PSU Eats: The Field Burger & Tap's Burger, Fries, & Shake Copycats

The Field Burger and Tap is an iconic place to get some grub in Happy Valley. Instead of choosing one element to copy from their iconic meals, I made a GIANT copycat post with burgers, fries, and milkshakes all in one. You can thank me later. #HappyValleyAtHome


Do you crave the days when your parents would visit you at school, and you'd lure them into taking you to the Field Burger and Tap?


Ah yes. The bucket of fries dumped on the table like a feast for hungry students; a meal that left you full after your first course of fries.


To properly commemorate my graduation from Penn State, I decided to replicate the iconic Field recipes for my graduation dinner. And I must say, it turned out awesome.


ON THE MENU: I made the Hot Chick Burger with Parmesan Truffle Fries and Classic Peanut Butter Cup Milkshakes.


These recipes will take you right back to Happy Valley, or, even better, let you experience the Field food coma in the comfort of you home.

Be warned: you may start salivating and become irrationally hungry while reading. I may just be speaking from personal experience as I write this before lunch but, you know, FYI.

Since there is so much packed into this post, I’ll keep the intro brief, but I do want to note that these copycat posts really are so much more than just recipes.

I equate food to comfort and feeling.


As I took the time to try these copycat recipes, it really brought back a sense of my home-away-from-home in Happy Valley. What was even better is that I could share things I loved at Penn State with people who never had the opportunity to enjoy them.

Enjoy the recipes, the process, and the familiar end result. This was my favorite copycat, hands down.

A NOTE ON HOW I WRITE RECIPES:

I am not a critically acclaimed chef nor am I trying to come across as such. I write my recipes with a candid, imperfect tone because I’m learning and so are you.

I am a firm believer in empowering a cook instead of telling them exactly what to do. So, there is no intricate description like every other mommy blog you come across. I just share the ingredients I use and the gist of how I put it all together.

If you ever have a question, hmu.


HOT CHICK BURGER RECIPE

INGREDIENTS:


BURGER COMPONENTS

- beef patties, grilled

- buffalo chicken dip*, a heaping spoonful per burger

- lettuce

- tomato, sliced

- red onion, sliced

- pepper jack cheese, sliced, go figure

- jalapeno aioli**

- brioche roll

NO SUMMARY NEEDED: Explaining how to assemble a burger seems silly; I think you can get the gist.


*BUFFALO CHICKEN DIP

Makes for about 6 burgers

- 1 cooked chicken breast, shredded

- ½ cup ranch dressing

- ¼ cup hot sauce

- ½ cup shredded cheddar

- 4 oz. Philadelphia cream cheese, at rm temp

What To Do: Preheat oven to 350°. Mix all ingredients in bowl, and transfer to oven-safe dish. Bake until bubbling, about 20 minutes.

**JALAPENO AIOLI

You can find the recipe I used HERE.

If this seems extra, you can substitute it with pickled jalapeños sliced or just mayo. With or without the aioli doesn't make a huge difference.



PARMESAN TRUFFLE FRIES RECIPE

If I’m being honest, this was very much an eyeball affair. Instead of guestimating the measurements, I’ll give you the general idea.

INGREDIENTS:


- russet potatoes, I portioned 1.5 potatoes to each person to gauge how many I should use

- canola oil, A LOT – the standard is about 2 quarts

- fine-grain sea salt

- parmesan cheese, grated

- truffle oil, what I use

- freshly ground black pepper

HERE’S A SUMMARY OF WHAT TO DO:

Standard fries recipe + cheese & oil topping = how simple this recipe is.

I vetted a bunch of fries recipes, and I found Guy Fieri’s to be the best copycat. You can find it HERE.


When the fries are done frying, dump them into a large mixing bowl, and cover them with a layer of grated parm - toss. Once combined (and starting to melt beautifully), drizzle the truffle oil all over the top. A little goes a long way, so mix, taste, and add more if desired.

Eat right away. No one likes soggy fries.


A Field Burger wouldn’t be complete without a milkshake, so…

CLASSIC PEANUT BUTTER CUP MILKSHAKE*

INGREDIENTS:


PB MILKSHAKE

- peanut butter cup ice cream, I used this

- Reese’s PB cups

- milk, a splash to thin it all out

- chocolate syrup, for drizzling in the glass and atop the whipped crea

PB WHIPPED CREAM

- 1 cup heavy whipping cream

- 1 tbsp peanut butter

- 2 tbsp confectioners’ sugar


* To make it a hard milkshake, the menu says they use Baileys Irish Cream. Throw a splash in before you blend the shake. Tell me how it turns out!


HERE’S A SUMMARY OF WHAT TO DO:

This is another eyeball-er for me but that’s because you really can’t get it wrong; t’s so simple and so satisfying.

  1. Throw a couple ice cream scoops (for 2 shakes, 3 - 4) into a blender, and add a splash of milk and crushed PB cups - think 1 PB cup to 1 scoop of ice cream. Blend until you get a fairly smooth consistency.

  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the heavy cream, PB, and sugar on high until soft peaks form. Done.

ASSEMBLY:

  1. Drizzle the chocolate syrup on the inner walls of your milkshake glasses and place in the freezer prior to making the shakes.

  2. Once the shakes are ready, pour the drink into your frozen chocolate glasses.

  3. Top with the PB Whipped Cream. I placed the cream in a pipping bag to pipe the right look atop the shake. If you’re not interested in being extra, you can just place a big dollop on top.

  4. Drizzle the whipped cream with more chocolate syrup and place a full PB cup in the whipped cream.

  5. Enjoy! If you don’t have a straw, it may get a bit messy... :)


HOT CHICK COPYCAT SCORE: 8/10.


Why is it not a 10/10?

The Field makes hand-formed burger patties using a blend of sirloin, chuck, brisket, & short rib. This gal just purchased some basic ground beef patties from Wegmans.


The Field’s meat is definitely a level above your average beef patty, but since this burger is smothered in buffalo chicken dip, it makes up for it. Reading that line back reminds me how good this burger was. I might make another right now…


PARM TRUFFLE FRIES COPYCAT SCORE: 8.5/10.


Why is it not a 10/10?

These fries were SPOT ON. The only reason they didn’t get a full 10/10 is because it is so hard to keep the fries hot.


If I had a staff pumping out fries all night long, they would probably be hot. Since I am one person making multiple batches, this is a challenging feat.


Because of it, I recommend scaling this recipe back and just make enough for yourself and one other person...if you let them have any.


CLASSIC PB CUP SHAKE COPYCAT SCORE: 10/10.

Why is it not a 10/10?

From my memory, this tasted almost exact. Jess, how can it be almost if you gave it a 10/10? Well, because, if it wasn’t exact, it was probably better. :) Honestly, ask my PB-loving BF if you don’t believe me.


PHEW. That was a lot of stuff! Excuse me, a lot of YUMMY, totally-worth-it stuff.

Enjoy the recipes, and let me know how they turn out! If you decide to make it, tag me @MsAceofTrades and use #HappyValleyAtHome.


Want more Happy Valley Copycat Recipes? Click HERE for Cozy Thai and Sowers Harvest Café recipes!


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