What Symon Says

Michael dishes on his favorite style of barbecue and what he does to balance his love for meat. Plus, learn a few things you may not have known.

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Find all the burger joints, barbecue spots and breweries featured on the show, and discover more places across the country to whet your appetite.

Take a Cue from the Show
Season 1, Episode 6

Hot and Spicy

Michael Symon digs into a spicy burger that uses four different types of peppers to fire up even the most adventurous eaters in Hell’s Kitchen, New York before heading to Nashville, where he finds Southern comforts infused with Latin flavors in saucy and sweet chicken fried steaks and beer belly tacos. Michael then hits in Northeast Ohio where a former NFL star’s top secret de-boning ribs process was inspired by his wife who doesn't like getting messy.

Saturday
Feb 4
4:30am | 3:30c
Season 2, Episode 5

Meat, Meat and More Meat

New Orleans' favorite son, John Besh, shows Michael Symon his most treasured spot for an incredible burger and sides that play on the region's staples. Next, Michael hops over to Hoboken, N.J. for a juicy, authentic Eastern European pot roast that takes five days to make! Lastly, he builds a super-sized smoked meat sandwich along with a candied praline pie in St. Louis.

Saturday
Feb 25
4am | 3c
Season 2, Episode 6

Tastes of the Tropics

Pastry chef phenom, Ron Ben-Israel, hangs with Michael Symon in Baton Rouge, La. to feast on a mile-high key lime pie and a Caribbean-inspired brisket melt. Then, Michael heads to Louisville, Ky. for a burger topped with chorizo and a downright dangerous dessert aptly named the bacon cinna-bomb. Finally, in Lexington, Ky., he devours a fried chicken sandwich so spicy, he quenches things with a soothing local craft beer.

Saturday
Feb 25
4:30am | 3:30c
Season 2, Episode 7

Decadent Regional Dishes

Baton Rouge, La. native and Food Network Star finalist, Jay Ducote, joins Michael Symon for a French and Cajun-inspired burger with a twist. Next, Michael heads to St. Louis, where they're taking the local tradition of toasted ravioli and stuffing them with burnt ends. Lastly, he hits an Austin institution for a gigantic peach-glazed pork chop and piled-high peanut butter mousse pie.

Saturday
Mar 4
4am | 3c
Season 2, Episode 9

Juicy, Crunchy and Tangy

Michael Symon starts in Lexington, Ky. for a plump pork burger and ingenious smoked chicken wings smothered in a blackberry jalapeno sauce. Next, he whips up spicy fried chicken and waffles that are making the Cincinnati food scene soar, before hitting the French Quarter in New Orleans for Caribbean-inspired creations like crispy, tender rum-soaked ribs.

Saturday
Mar 11
4am | 3c
Season 2, Episode 11

Ooey, Gooey and Cheesy

Michael Symon gets messy in New Orleans with a bacon-onion jam, brie and brioche brunch burger alongside creamy crabmeat mac and cheese. Then, he devours a massive meatloaf sandwich in San Antonio, wrapped in crispy bacon and drenched with an egg. Finally, he heads to Brooklyn for a smoked lamb belly sandwich and Chinese-style sticky ribs.

Saturday
Mar 18
4am | 3c
Season 3, Episode 1

Barbecue in The Big Apple

Michael Symon is joined by his good buddy Michael Strahan at their favorite New York City burger spot for juicy, award-winning creations. Then, they bounce around The Big Apple dining on meatball sliders, succulent St. Louis style ribs, pastrami-topped pizza and barbecue as authentic and anything found in Texas. Finally, Michael attempts to work it off by donning a cowboy hat and throwing himself into his first ever lesson in the Texas Two-Step.

Saturday
Mar 25
4:30am | 3:30c
Season 3, Episode 2

Phenomenal Philly Food Feast

With a day off from his concert tour, musician Nick Lachey hooks up with Michael Symon in Philadelphia, one of the best beer cities in the country with a food scene to match. From Chef Jose Garces' over-the-top bourbon burger, to true German smoked sausages, to authentic Italian pizza, everything they eat pairs perfectly with Philly's endless array of local and European brews.

Saturday
Apr 1
4am | 3c
Season 2, Episode 13

Meat Fix Four Ways

Michael Symon begins his meat-seeking journey in Lockhart, Texas, where one family remains at the forefront of America's greatest barbecue after four generations. Next, he swings over to a British-style joint in Brooklyn where they use lobster meat and pork belly to amp up the traditional BLT. Finally, he hits Louisville, Ky. to sink his teeth into a juicy venison burger ignited by unique sauces and seasonings.

Saturday
Apr 22
4:30am | 3:30c
Season 2, Episode 9

Juicy, Crunchy and Tangy

Michael Symon starts in Lexington, Ky. for a plump pork burger and ingenious smoked chicken wings smothered in a blackberry jalapeno sauce. Next, he whips up spicy fried chicken and waffles that are making the Cincinnati food scene soar, before hitting the French Quarter in New Orleans for Caribbean-inspired creations like crispy, tender rum-soaked ribs.

Saturday
May 20
4am | 3c
Season 3, Episode 1

Barbecue in The Big Apple

Michael Symon is joined by his good buddy Michael Strahan at their favorite New York City burger spot for juicy, award-winning creations. Then, they bounce around The Big Apple dining on meatball sliders, succulent St. Louis style ribs, pastrami-topped pizza and barbecue as authentic and anything found in Texas. Finally, Michael attempts to work it off by donning a cowboy hat and throwing himself into his first ever lesson in the Texas Two-Step.

Saturday
Jul 8
4am | 3c
Season 2, Episode 12

Brisket for Breakfast

Michael Symon visits an old San Antonio institution given new life by their phenomenal bacon and blue cheese burger. Then, he sinks his teeth into a spicy Cincinnati sausage that's a staple of his home state. He finishes in Austin with a meaty eggs Benedict, combining mouthwatering brisket smothered in smoked tomato hollandaise sauce.

Saturday
Jul 22
4:30am | 3:30c
Season 3, Episode 5

Meat Plus Music Makes Mario's Michigan

Michael Symon is in the Traverse City area of Northern Michigan with Mario Batali, a longtime summer resident who takes Michael on a tour of his treasured local spots. They enjoy heavenly smoked fish straight from Lake Michigan, delicious brews at his favorite up-and-coming watering hole and the region's famous olive burgers where they end the night rocking out to one of Mario's favorite bands.

Saturday
Aug 19
4:30am | 3:30c
Season 3, Episode 3

Salty and Smoky in the Windy City

For Anthony Anderson, Chicago represents great childhood memories and outrageous adult shenanigans. He hooks up with his old pal, Michael Symon, to discover some of the city's legendary food institutions for sensational smoked sausages and indulgent burgers, and to discover some of its best new treasures for phenomenal pork and rare brews. Along the way, he helps settle a dispute Michael has with a local chef by refereeing a wild and hilarious sumo-style wrestling match.

Saturday
Sep 30
4am | 3c
Season 1, Episode 2

Bring on the Bratwurst

Mario Batali shows Michael Symon his favorite late-night indulgence at New York City's most classic burger joint, while in Nashville, Michael learns what makes dry ribs the classic Tennessee take on smoked meat. And then he visits his favorite hometown haunt where they pair Cleveland classics like bratwurst and pierogi with refreshing house-made brews.

Saturday
Sep 30
4:30am | 3:30c
Season 2, Episode 13

Meat Fix Four Ways

Michael Symon begins his meat-seeking journey in Lockhart, Texas, where one family remains at the forefront of America's greatest barbecue after four generations. Next, he swings over to a British-style joint in Brooklyn where they use lobster meat and pork belly to amp up the traditional BLT. Finally, he hits Louisville, Ky. to sink his teeth into a juicy venison burger ignited by unique sauces and seasonings.

Saturday
Oct 7
4am | 3c
Season 1, Episode 3

Whole Hog Heaven

Michael Symon's in Nashville, where a killer new burger joint encourages you to construct your own custom creations. Then, he hits the heart of Cleveland where a newcomer pushes the boundaries of pub food and house-made brews. Lastly, way out in industrial Brooklyn, he joins the only pitmaster in the entire Northeast ambitious enough to smoke Carolina-style whole hog barbecue right there on site.

Saturday
Oct 7
4:30am | 3:30c
Season 2, Episode 2

Sweet and Savory

Scott Conant shows Michael Symon his favorite burger and brew bar in an out-of-the-way corner of New Orleans, and then in Kansas City, Kan., Michael learns how two brothers have stormed the classic barbecue scene with their award-winning smoked meat techniques. Finally, he dives into a lively joint in Austin where they match their artisanal sausages with brew-infused cocktails.

Saturday
Oct 14
4am | 3c
Season 2, Episode 5

Meat, Meat and More Meat

New Orleans' favorite son, John Besh, shows Michael Symon his most treasured spot for an incredible burger and sides that play on the region's staples. Next, Michael hops over to Hoboken, N.J. for a juicy, authentic Eastern European pot roast that takes five days to make! Lastly, he builds a super-sized smoked meat sandwich along with a candied praline pie in St. Louis.

Saturday
Oct 14
4:30am | 3:30c
Season 3, Episode 2

Phenomenal Philly Food Feast

With a day off from his concert tour, musician Nick Lachey hooks up with Michael Symon in Philadelphia, one of the best beer cities in the country with a food scene to match. From Chef Jose Garces' over-the-top bourbon burger, to true German smoked sausages, to authentic Italian pizza, everything they eat pairs perfectly with Philly's endless array of local and European brews.

Saturday
Oct 21
4am | 3c
Season 1, Episode 1

Southern, Spicy and Sweet

Bobby Flay makes a surprise guest appearance as Michael Symon visits an over-the-top barbecue joint in New York with a one-of-a-kind brontosaurus beef rib. Next up in Nashville, where the local tradition is hot chicken, Michael pushes his personal limit to find out just how spicy he can handle it. And in his hometown of Cleveland, he tackles the mother of all burgers — the brunch burger, topped with massive onion rings and an over easy egg.

Saturday
Oct 21
4:30am | 3:30c
Season 2, Episode 4

Spiced, Salty and Succulent

Food Network Star winner, Eddie Jackson, meets Michael Symon in Austin for a barbecue sandwich that has the entire town lined up. Then, Michael heads to Jersey City, where a chef who was tired of driving into Manhattan for a great burger concocted his own sweet and spicy creation. Finally, in Louisville, Ky. he washes down a pastrami spiced sandwich and dessert with a refreshing local brew.

Saturday
Oct 28
4am | 3c
Season 1, Episode 5

Sweet and Smokey

Michael Symon starts in his hometown of Cleveland, where a place he went as a kid combines several classic sweets to make a one-of-a-kind dessert burger. Then, in Brooklyn, he meets a smoked meat lover who blends old school Jewish deli with traditional Canadian-style dirty fries. Lastly, a barbecue institution in Nashville is giving creamy mac and cheese a juicy pulled pork kick to the diners' delight.

Saturday
Oct 28
4:30am | 3:30c

About the Show

Meat lovers, rejoice! Michael Symon is taking a road trip to taste the best of the American classics: burgers and barbecue. Whether it's mouthwatering, mile-high cheeseburgers or slow-smoked, fall-off-the-bone ribs, Michael is going to eat and meet his way through some of the best all-American spots to get your grub on. And what better way to wash it all down than with local beers and brews, sure to make any meal a perfect 10. So, get ready to get full, because you don't want to miss the delicious flavors of Burgers, Brew & 'Que.

About the Host

Michael Symon

Chef Michael Symon cooks with soul. Growing up in a Greek and Sicilian family, the Cleveland native creates boldly flavored, deeply satisfying dishes at his four restaurants in America’s heartland: Lola, Lolita, Roast and B Spot. He also shares his exuberant, approachable cooking style and infectious laugh with viewers as an Iron Chef on the Food Network.