POP’S PLACE – SILVERTON BURGER

 – Cankarjevo nabrežje 3, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia

Slovenia, Ljubljana is as charming as a city can be. The surroundings, the people, the man made river that runs right through the heart of the city and the faultless weather, you can’t ask for anything more. 

With a few days of exciting activities ready to begin, It was lunch time on the first day and a burger sprung to mind. Pop’s Place was situated on the river on a busy side street with large awnings to save you from the hot weather. 

A quick scan over the menu and the Silverton Burger caught my attention. The Silverton Burger– 

((Custom beef blend, crispy onions, cheddar cheese, home-made BBQ sauce, signature brioche bun)) 

I am the first person to give recognition to a restaurant who has clearly crafted each individual burger to provide the best possible product to their customers. This is what I feel Pop’s Place has done here, or attempted at least. 

This burger sounded like it should of blown me away, but it didn’t quite get there. The bread was weak, the meat was undercooked (for me) and there was too much sauce. But, the bacon was shredded into small chunks which sunk into the melted cheese and not forgetting the onion ring, possibly the nicest I’ve had to date. 

I’ve come to the point in my blogging career that I feel it a necessity that I consider all aspects. Service, surroundings and effort in the production have been taken into consideration, giving this of burger a rating of 7.4 out of 10.

FigRman 

POP’S PLACE – SILVERTON BURGER

ZING BURGER & CO – BBQ BURGER

– somewhere in Budapest, Hungary. 

After being in Budapest for a long 5 hours, an introductory burger felt almost mandatory, which brought us to an area of street food named Karaván

There was a lot of abstract and unorthodox foods within the confines of Karaván, which gave you a good sense of what type of foods the Hungarians like to dine on. But tonight I only have eyes on the promising looking burgers from Zing Burger & Co. 

The BBQ Burger was the unsuspecting choice; 

((Chilli mayo, caramelised onion, patty, cheddar, bacon, BBQ sauce, pickles))

Quite simply all I’m going to do here is sing this burgers praises, all the ingredients were extremely flavoursome with beautiful textures. The patty was cooked well done, which sat well with both sauces making the burger pleasant from all areas and the bread was second to none, which we all know is important. 

Apart from the wait time, which was around 15 – 20 minutes and considering the price 1390HUF (£3.90) this burger was a game changer in Budapest. 

Burger rating: 9.2 out of 10

-figrman 

ZING BURGER & CO – BBQ BURGER

FIVE GUYS – BACON BURGER w/ pickles & grilled onions

– 5 Coliseum Way, Chester 

I could write line after line about how Britain perceive Five Guys as a higher class fast food restaurant, with the idea they are experiencing a slice of America. But with all respect, it doesn’t fill expectations. 

Five Guys hold a unique & creative experience where you can add as many selected ingredients to any burger you choose at no extra cost. This part of Five Guys can either be a success or a failure. 

((regular two-patty burger, layered with four pieces of crispy, sweet apple-wood smoked bacon extra: pickles, grilled onions, mayonnaise)) 

Five Guys don’t help themselves from the offset with moist and greasy bread. The bread is an imperative part of a burger, its the backbone, its the glue that figuratively and literally holds the burger together. So i suggest getting it perfected. 

Considering everything, the bacon/beef/pickles and onions weren’t all that bad, it’s just hard to justify £11.50 for a burger and a drink and that’s without chips too. Quite simply overpriced. Burger rating: 4 out of 10.

figrman 

FIVE GUYS – BACON BURGER w/ pickles & grilled onions

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

LUCIA WINE BAR & GRILL – HOMEMADE LAMB & BEEF BURGER w/ cheddar cheese 

– 13 Back Swinegate, York, North Yorkshire YO1 8AJ

Spending a few days in York city as celebrations for my girlfriends birthday meant many opportunities to experience a proper Yorkshire burger.

On our last night in York we found a quaint restaurant set away in the back streets with chairs spilling out onto the cobbles with many satisfied faces and aromas that you could smell from a distance. Seated, jug of an exotic cocktail on the table and good conversation meant the wait for the food was close to non-existent which is always exactly what you hope for. 

The most hideously ginormous piece of meat sandwiched between two inadequate pieces of bread was delivered along side chunky chips, onion rings and generic salad (nobody cares about that). The most interesting trait that this burger holds is the lamb. The lamb made it for me, it’s truly nothing like I’ve tasted before.. Giving you a similar taste to a kebab which was very strange. 

Huge, but still succulent meant the meat was easy to enjoy but was too much to handle aswell as the counterparts. The burger felt like it was missing something, maybe a tasty sauce? Just didn’t quite blow me away. Burger rating; 5 out of 10.

Figrman

LUCIA WINE BAR & GRILL – HOMEMADE LAMB & BEEF BURGER w/ cheddar cheese 

HICKORY’S – THE HICKORY’S BURGERS (Double) 

– 9 Llandudno Rd, Rhos on Sea LL28 4TR

My 21st Birthday. A special yet terrifying time where nothing has changed yet everything is different and one thing staying concrete is my love of burgers.

My first burger as a 21 year old was the hickory’s burger, a name that’s not inventive in any sense but that doesn’t really matter in this case. The burgers fillings were; seasoned prime beef patties grilled medium-well with lettuce, tomato, onions, pickles, house sauce and American cheese… Very American? 

The burger was stacked well, making it very pleasing to the eye but meaning you couldn’t take a bite from top to bottom. I guess this is the consequence of your eyes being to big for your mouth. Weirdly this burger tasted different, I’m not sure what it was but then I’m not saying this was a negative thing. Overall it gave you what you wanted, thick well cooked beef, generic salad (lettuce, tomato) and a tasty cheese. 

Overall I did enjoy this burger, but it’s nothing special. Burger rating: 4 out of 10. 

– Figrman

HICKORY’S – THE HICKORY’S BURGERS (Double) 

FIVE GUYS – LITTLE BACON BURGER 

– The Trafford Centre, Manchester England 

I had my anticipation when thinking of collecting a burger from Five Guys as it has its negative connotations with it being an ‘another American burger take away’ but even with this resting at the back of my mind I was still intrigued.

  
Only available for the burger alone, I went for the ‘Little Bacon Burger’ with lettuce and mayonnaise to accompany. Something that was a new experience was picking what toppings you had on the burger, not sure I enjoyed it truthfully. The burger arrived after a quick 2 minutes and I was excited. 

 
It’s exterior was dreadful, with it looking squashed and not very appetising but I definitely wasn’t fooled. The first bite was the most satisfying, with the thin crispy bacon, beef, mayonnaise and lettuce already giving me reasons to return. The burger was so delicious and it wasn’t even one of their finest or extravagant burgers which excites me. The burger looked about a 3 but held flavours which were a 7.5. Five Guys – pricey but succulent. 

– Figrman

FIVE GUYS – LITTLE BACON BURGER