Who knew Dirk Nowitzki was a chef?
The beloved Dallas Mavericks player is debuting a new burger at the team's home court, American Airlines Center, on March 1. Fittingly, it's called the Dirkburger and it will be available for the entire month.
What exactly comes on this thing?
The Dirkburger starts with Bavarian pretzel bun slathered with mustard horseradish ailoi that’s then topped with a third-pound patty, bacon-onion marmalade and arugula. A toothpick threaded through a chunk of jalapeño beer cheese keeps the whole stack together. Is your mouth watering yet?
Truth be told, this wasn’t Nowitzki’s first recipe. He had pushed for a turkey burger (which we secretly hope would have been named the Dirk-y Burger), but chefs told him nobody eats those except for “yoga chicks,” Notwitzki joked at a press reveal. So the team opted for a more likely seller: beef.
Still, the Dirkburger is pretty damn delicious.
“It’s not the healthiest thing I’ve ever had,” Nowitzki said. We thought the new concession item was a slam dunk.
The sweetness from the bacon-onion marmalade is nicely balanced by the bitter argula, and the combination of patty and aioli dressing offers enough juiciness to offset the thickness of the pretzel bun.
To say this burger comes which cheese, however, is a stretch. Yes, it comes with a cube of cheese, but it doesn't dress the burger and is not enough to supplement the experience. Luckily the burger is tasty as is, so you can save those calories for another time.
American Airlines Center is selling the Dirkburger with a side of fries for $12 throughout the month of March. Grab yours at the concession stands in sections 106 and 118.
Take a look at Dirk in his fancy chef coat:
Bonus: In honor of the Dirkburger, SportsDay named foods for Johnny Manziel, Tony Romo and more.