GOURMET BURGER KITCHEN – THE DON

14 Paradise Street, Liverpool, England 

2 burgers for £12? I’ll take that any day of the week, even if it is on a Thursday evening 44 miles away. Promotion really is one of Gourmet Burger Kitchen strengths, along with astonishing burgers. 

Making sure I select a burger I’ve not eaten yet, only really leaves me with 1 or 2 to choose from. The Don held my attention on the menu showing promise with some of GBK’s classic ingredients and this quickly become my choice.

((American cheese, gorgonzola, baconnaise, rocket, onion jam, house mayo, pickled onions))

All I can give this burger is praise, everything that accompanied the juicy, medium cooked beef was in the correct proportions, spread evenly across the length of the burger leaving no room for anything else. The pickled onions, along with the gorgonzola could be argued that they are unnecessary as they come across over powering to other ingredients. Maybe that’s a personal opinion. 

In hindsight, the design could of been better thought out, the aesthetics and construction were second to none and the materials used were top notch. Typical GBK. Burger Rating: 8 out of 10. 

-Figrman

GOURMET BURGER KITCHEN – THE DON

JAMIE’s ITALIAN – THE JAMIE’s ITALIAN BURGER

– The Assembly Rooms, 54 George StreetEdinburgh, EH2 2LR

Edinburgh is well known for its enriched castle, medieval town, hills and friendly people but what can be said about their burgers? 

The choice of restaurant wasn’t typically Scottish but I like to believe that all the ingredients were sourced locally, especially considering Jamie Oliver’s reputation. 

Seated very central in a large hall with high ceilings, the waiters flowed around with a certain prowess, seeing to everyone’s requests with a personal touch. My meal this evening was the Jamie’s Italian burger w/ fries.


((Prime British beef patty with pancetta, balsamic onions, artisan Westcombe Cheddar, tomato & our house special sauce in a brioche bun))

Unfortunately this burger presented far too many critical mistakes, the beef burger was cooked beautifully but the quantity was overwhelming and this was the underlying issue. All other counterparts to the beef burger fell obsolete as the beef was extremely overpowering. I can’t give a proper review on each ingredient as I truly didn’t taste them, other than the cheese, the cheese was full of flavour but was presented in a lump in the centre of the burger. Lastly, the seeded brioche bun, hard on the top, soft in the middle, with a sweet after taste – this was applaudable. 

Compared to the average burger this burger wasn’t too bad, it just wasn’t what they advertised on the menu. Average burger with great service. 

Burger rating; 5 out of 10. Thanks for having me Edinburger. 

Figrman 

JAMIE’s ITALIAN – THE JAMIE’s ITALIAN BURGER

THE HARLEY (TWISTED BURGER COMPANY) – RETURN OF THE MAC

– The Harley, 334 Glossop Road, Sheffield, S10 2HW

With a heavy head and wavy eyes, me and four friends dined at The Harley for some proper Sheffield burgers… hangover cure? 

A choice of 6 very solid burgers stood centrefold on the blindingly overwhelming menu making it a onerous decision. With guidance from a devoted attendee to The Harley, I was confidently lead toward the ‘Return of the Mac’ burger. 

(Double bacon patty, Mac n Cheese, Harley House Relish and Pesto) 

I can say with confidence this burger is one of the more obscure burgers I’ve eaten to date, with its wide array of unconventional burger ingredients and the UK’s first bacon meat patty. 

From the first bite to the last the bacon patty made this burger a completely different experience, but still a noteworthy one at that. The pesto was quite delightful, again quite unusual for me as this is a first on a burger but with the mac n cheese and house relish, it blended in and wasn’t too overpowering. 

I feel this burger needs a sister burger where it’s available with a beef patty instead of bacon, as I think this is what will make it one of the finest. But until then, I’ll give this burger a burger rating of 7 out of 10. 

Figrman 

THE HARLEY (TWISTED BURGER COMPANY) – RETURN OF THE MAC