Mindy Kaling (who just so happens to grace the cover of this month’s issue of Los Angeles magazine) thinks Umami Burger’s new Mindy Burger, which she describes as “spicy and cheesy,” is an apt representation of her personality. The sixth release from the company’s Artist Series, the burger is a beef patty stacked with pickled jalapeño, fried onion strings, and house-made sriracha aioli. It debuted earlier this week.
Umami’s Artist series is a collaboration between the ever-expanding burger behemoth and artists in various fields. Previous creations have included homages to Andy Samberg (cleverly named “The Samburger”), The Black Keys, and Slash along with local celeb chefs Michael Voltaggio and Jose Andres. So far, the Artist Series has raised over $50,000 for different charities, and The Black Keys’ “Akron Burger” has proven to be the most profitable, raking in $11,338.
For every Mindy Burger ($13) sold, one dollar will benefit the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, a Manhattan Beach-based organization that Kaling has worked with as a tribute to her mother Dr. Swati Chokalingam, who passed away from the disease in 2012. Along with providing a range of services for those living with pancreatic cancer, PCAN has also set a goal of doubling the survival rates of the overwhelmingly fatal disease by 2020 through research, advocacy, and outreach.
“Mindy Kaling is a brilliant comedic talent, simultaneously fearless, sharp and approachable,” said Umami CEO Paul Clayton in a press release. Her culinary talents have a similar sensibility. The Mindy Burger will be popular with food lovers everywhere.”
The Mindy Burger is available for a limited time at Umami Burger, which has multiple locations throughout California. Check out their Web site to find one near you.