When you think “homemade” you don’t typically think “hamburgers.” But all that’s changed for anyone who has visited Jay’s Stuffed Burgers—the latest and most original entry in downtown Plymouth’s restaurant scene. Located at 600 W. Ann Arbor Trail (just east of Kellogg Park), Jay’s Stuffed Burgers opened its doors on October 1, 2012, and this is the first chance the proprietors have had to stop and think about how far they’ve come in such a short time.
Jay Kizy and his brother Jon spent years perfecting the art of stuffing hand-pressed, fresh Angus beef patties with everything from portabella mushrooms to mashed potatoes to an artichoke/spinach blend and more. After five years of debuting their creations at private parties and festivals and then taking on ever-increasing catering orders, the brothers were ready to commit to a storefront. They picked the Plymouth community for the first of what they hope will be many Jay’s Stuffed Burgers. “We scoped out locations, from downtown Detroit and the northern suburbs to Ann Arbor and places in between,” explains Jay, but both men have been extremely pleased with their decision to locate in Plymouth. Says Jon, “We knew immediately that we made the right choice here in downtown Plymouth. We have been overwhelmed with the enthusiasm of the community; people pop in all the time to welcome us to the neighborhood!”
Clearly that enthusiasm has spilled over into the business as the brothers proudly describe the made-from-scratch mashed potatoes featured in the Paul Bunyan burger and the homemade turkey chili that diners sample as they wait. “Our secret ingredient is really our Mom,” explain the brothers, and they’re only half joking. After all, she’s the one who taught them the importance of using homemade ingredients for many of their burger fillings as well as for their chicken marinade and salad dressings. And, it’s Mom who whips up the daily batch of her secret recipe turkey chili.
The always hot, always juicy, never greasy burgers have won over skeptics and fans alike. Jay and Jon smile as they recall one of their early customers who was quite hesitant the first time he came in. But after trying a stuffed burger, the same customer returned the next day—with a friend. Later that week he was in again with more friends. “Do you see a pattern here,” asks Jay. “Our customers recognize good food, and we recognize great customers!”