RED’s TRUE BARBECUE – DOUBLE BEAN BURGER

– 51 Hanover Street, Liverpool, England

Red’s True Barbecue is simply the place to be for meat, any type, cooked in every way. With an open mind I kept my eyes firmly on the food that is available to a vegetarian. Unsurprisingly, there’s only one vegetarian burger, suffocated by many other gargantuan extravagant burgers. With that said the Double Bean Burger it was.

((Red kidney and black beans, chipotle, crispy sweet potato, caramelised onions, smoked tomato, avocado, mayo and melted cheese))

I know what you’re thinking, another bean burger but you’d be wrong. This bean burger seemed to be different amongst the rest. Comparing it to the atrocious bean burger I endured in GBK, this was leaps and bounds ahead, in both taste and texture. Everything on the burger was tasted and appreciated with the bean burger having a hard outer exterior and a soft centre which was full of flavour. I do believe that having two bean burgers was unnecessary, one would of been an ample serving but that wouldn’t be in Red’s True Barbecue’s nature would it.

Considering Red’s True Barbecue isn’t a place for a non-meat eater, they did take care while crafting and cooking this burger. There were a few minor issues but I’ll take what I can get these days. Well done Red’s.

Burger Rating: 7.5 out of 10.

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RED’s TRUE BARBECUE – DOUBLE BEAN BURGER

GBK – THE CALIFORNIAN

– 137 George Street, Edinburgh, Scotland

GBK has always stood as my favourite burger establishment, for many reasons but mainly because they always provide the elite when it comes to burgers.

This time I won’t be having your ‘traditional’ burger, I’ll be dining with a vegetarian burger, this was The Californian. The Californian, sounds very impressive with the ingredients of homemade & pan-fried bean patty, mature Cheddar, avocado, smoked chilli mayo, crispy onions, relish – sounds pretty delicious considering it contains no meat, right?

Well, you’d think wrong. The bean burger patty, which i think you’d say is what a burger is centred round, was undercooked and like a ball of mash potato on dry bread. The overpowering flavours from the bean burger patty killed everything else that was pointlessly added to the burger, a huge mistake in my opinion.

If that doesn’t already make you want to avoid this burger completely let’s talk about the price. This burger was the same price as your average meat filled burger which is completely wrong. For bean as a replacement this burger should be considerably cheaper, especially considering it was plainly bean mash potato on dry bread.

With all that in mind, the sweet potato fries are still 10/10, nothing changes. You need to get better at your vegetarian burgers GBK, it’s just not acceptable. Burger Rating 1 out of 10.

– figrman

GBK – THE CALIFORNIAN

SOLITA NQ – HALLOU ME? BURGER

– Turner Street, Manchester, England

There’s something great about a restaurant that doesn’t take bookings in a time when you’re desperate for a place to eat. And Solita’s that place.

You can always count on Solita for a good wholesome burger and also for having your back. And this visit could well be a landmark in my burger eating history.

Having come to the very hard decision that eating meat might not be the best decision for your health and more importantly the environment, I’ve suspended my consumption. So vegetarian burgers are now my main focus.

The Hallou Me? Burger was the focus on this occasion;

((Charcoal grilled halloumi, breaded portobello mushroom, charcoal grilled peppers, burger sauce))

This exact burger seems to be a favourite amongst burger restaurants as it’s an easy filler, with no other burger option being available. That being said, it was a very delicious burger. Considering it only having 3 primary ingredients it did pretty well, with all parts being as tasty as the next.

I know I’m going to now consume many halloumi + mushroom burgers, and I’m very pleased this gave me a solid benchmark. The only downside here was the price, with the burger not including anywhere near as many ingredients as the other burgers, it should be cheaper and it wasn’t. Sort that Solita.

A Burger Rating of 6 out of 10.

Figrman

SOLITA NQ – HALLOU ME? BURGER

BURGERMEISTER – BARBQ BURGER w/ CHEESE

Oberbaumstr. 8, 10997 Berlin, Germany, Kreuzberg

Burgermeister, quite simply the most talked about burger establishment in Berlin, maybe for its spectacular burgers but more over for its quirky venue, an old disused public toilet situated underneath the metro tracks of U1.

Now it’s exactly as it sounds, an 8 meter by 3 meter metal shack tucked away underneath the noisy U1 metro tracks, curb side to the busy Kreuzberg traffic intersection. All of the above just adds to the authenticity of the experience.

With 5-6 burgers to choose from, there isn’t lack of choice, especially with the option to add ingredients at your own will for a small fee. I chose the Bar – B – Q burger with cheese –

((Beef patty, bacon, cheese, BBQ sauce and various farm-to-burger salad))

Considering the setting, the burger tasted very organic. Other than the mass of fat that excreted from the patty, it all seemed proper and thought through. Each individual ingredient carried its own flavour, and you could taste that. Normally with burgers, individual ingredients lose their flavour amongst the rest, normally if it’s a weak choice of ingredients, but this was different. These ingredients are a just a handful that I’ve had 100x on burgers but this was the most uniquely ordinary burger I’ve ever eaten.

For the price and experience you get, it’s a MUST that you eat here if you are visiting Berlin. Burger Rating 9.5 out of 10.

I’d like to thank my very good friend Alex Jones (spottedradiator) for insisting that I visit Burgermeister upon my arrival in Berlin. No regrets.

Figrman

BURGERMEISTER – BARBQ BURGER w/ CHEESE

ALMOST FAMOUS – DOUBLE WONDER BURGER

– Great Nothern, Peter St, Manchester

Manchester cradles an enormous range of restaurants and more importantly dedicated burger restaurants. While searching for the greatest burger, I’ve eaten in most of these restaurants and Almost Famous is quite simply the king of the bunch.

After a year of chipping away at the Almost Famous menu, unfortunately I’m only left with 3 burgers out of 10 yet to try. So, the Double Wonder Burger was under the spot light on this occasion.

((Cheddar, American Cheese, Bacon, Wonder Onions, Pickles, French’s Mustard, English Mustard, Bacon Ketchup, Pepper Mayo))

As you can read from the ingredients, there are 3 different types of sauces on this burger, which practically is a disaster but with flavour in my mind, maybe not. The flavour of the Double Wonder Burger surprisingly did work, but the sauces did overpower many of the other ingredients which was expected. Also, the amount of sauces did destroy the structural integrity, which is always disappointing.

The meat as always was soft and tender, something Almost are very capable at doing. The fries were outstanding and the generic Almost Famous surroundings are as prominent and unique as ever. Burger rating – 6.8 out of 10.

– Figrman

ALMOST FAMOUS – DOUBLE WONDER BURGER

THE BOARDROOM CLIMBING LTD – 8oz STEAK BURGER

– Rectors Lane Industrial Estate, Rectors Ln, Pentre, Deeside CH5 2DH

The Boardroom Climbing, is a large indoor climbing centre dedicated to providing you with the best utilities, in each form of climbing. The ‘Boardroom‘ is where i usually find myself 2-3 times a week, struggling to climb, socialising and occasionally eating. They have a menu which usually consists of paninis, curry, pizza and cakes but no burgers. For a one off, The Boardroom decided to place on the menu an 8oz Steak Burger, which meant i had to make an immediate trip to feast on the said burger.

BOARDROOM BURGER((8oz steak burger, bacon, fried onions, cheese on a brioche bun))

As a whole the burger did what it stated, just 4 bold ingredients, standing together on a brioche bun, leaving you satisfied that it only cost £5. The steak burger was cooked well-done on a barbecue, which gave it a different taste than your usual burger, but still providing you with that homely feel. What i did find with this burger, is that it felt like a meal my Father would make me when he was let loose with the BBQ. Now that’s not a bad thing at all, its more of a comforting thing.

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I’d definitely have this burger again, for £5 how could you not? Burger rating of 5 out of 10.

Figrman

THE BOARDROOM CLIMBING LTD – 8oz STEAK BURGER

MUD CRAB DINER – 2nd BEST CHEESEBURGER

– 521-523 Ecclesall Rd, Sheffield S11 8PR

My best friends birthday weekend was well underway on it’s second day, in the great city of Sheffield. After planning a well structured weekend, meant each day was used to its highest potential, with rock climbing, alcohol, shopping and lots of food all tightly packed into 3 autumnal days. 

Mud Crab Diner, which is situated on the busy street of Ecclesall Road offers a smart/casual vibe with a wide variety of food and drinks. The 2nd Best Cheeseburger caught my eye immediately on their oddly confusing menu. 

((Thick & juicy, double ground flat iron steak burger with mature cheddar, lettuce, tomato, aioli, club sauce and pickle)) 

I seem to be subconsciously eating a lot of steak burgers recently. I did have certain opinions about them, but that seems to be turning around. 

Everything about this burger spoke upperclass, the sauces, the bread, the quality and taste of the steak patty. This burger really was well prepared with a multitude of flavours and textures that I’d never come across before, which at this point really makes the difference. 

The 2nd Best Cheeseburger is more like the 8th Best Cheeseburger, but good effort though. Burger Rating; 7 out of 10

Figrman  

MUD CRAB DINER – 2nd BEST CHEESEBURGER