By Dave Begel Contributing Writer Published Nov 21, 2011 at 2:13 PM

In my continuing and just about life-long search for great burgers I've found one that is clearly a contender, not a pretender, with one quality I've almost never found before.

I had dinner at the Ovation Restaurant in the iPic entertainment center at Bayshore over the weekend.

After a battle between the shaved rib eye steak sandwich I opted for the burger recommended by our server. It was a mushroom Gruyere burger.

I am very particular about my burgers and I eat them medium rare, given the choice. When you go somewhere like Solly's or Mazo's (two of my all-time favorites) you get it the way they cook it.

The burger I got at the Ovation was incredibly good. A high-class ground Angus patty with a crisp and well-seared outside and a nice pink and hot inside. The Gruyere cheese didn't overpower the taste of the meat and the mushrooms were freshly sliced and added a nice touch.

But the most amazing thing was that the burger was the absolute same size as the bun. I mean, it was perfect. No meat dripping and hanging over the edge and no bun dwarfing the meat inside.

If you're a burger fan, this is one I'd be anxious to give a try.

Dave Begel Contributing Writer

With a history in Milwaukee stretching back decades, Dave tries to bring a unique perspective to his writing, whether it's sports, politics, theater or any other issue.

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