STEAK ‘N SHAKE – WESTERN BBQ N’ BACON

– 14, Frodsham St, CH1 3JL, Chester

Climbing and burgers come hand in hand after a hard(ish) week of work and this week is no different. Like any other Friday evening Steak ‘N Shake is the bearer of our rich and flavoursome dinner. 

Steak ‘N Shake feels like an anomaly to myself, there are a handful of different attributes that make it unique, and that’s why my friends and I like it so much. 

On this return it’s the Western BBQ N’ Bacon burger that’s caught my Burger eye and what a great choice it turned out to be. 

((Double steakburger, American cheese, bacon, diced and crispy onions, sweet ‘n smokey BBQ sauce))

With four of my very favourite ingredients on the burger, my expectations were high and it didn’t disappoint. As always the steak from Steak ‘N Shake was cooked to a level where it falls apart in your mouth, making it an effortless pleasure and with the burger being very easy to handle, there was no work involved. 

To finish off the package, the crunch of the diced and crispy onions were softened by the sweet ‘n smokey BBQ sauce, which was smothered on all corners of the steak patty. 

As a collective with the food, the service and the portion size considered, this burger receives a respectable 8.1 out of 10
Well done Steak ‘N Shake, I’ll see you next time.

figrman 

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STEAK ‘N SHAKE – WESTERN BBQ N’ BACON

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

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

GOURMET BURGER KITCHEN – THE STACK 

– Trafford Centre, Manchester 

After being absent from my beloved burger restaurant Gourmet Burger Kitchen, it was well overdue that I payed a visit. A total revamp of the burger menu took me by surprise but left me intrigued on what was to come. Honestly, it looked pretty lacklustre not holstering any gems and more importantly didn’t leave me wanting to order the whole menu. 

With great anticipation I had decided to start with ‘THE STACK’ ingredients; (Grilled chorizo, Red Leicester cheese, house onion ring, smoked chilli mayo, rocket, pickled onions, house relish). I think you’ll all agree that it sounds pretty typical of GBK?

As expected I didn’t find this burger hard to polish off, but that didn’t mean there weren’t any cons. The whole ingredient match up as a collective just didn’t blend together well, the onion ring was in a some of breadcrumb batter which is just incorrect, come on GBK. The chilli mayo, and house relish cancelled themselves out once together on this burger but the chorizo on the other hand. The chorizo was not in short supply and together with the burger and the cheese, was quite lovely. 

Overall it wasn’t GBK, it was more of Chiquito trying their hardest. And that’s still an achievement at any rate. Burger rating; a 6 out of 10

Figrman

GOURMET BURGER KITCHEN – THE STACK 

RED’s TRUE BARBECUE; THE DONUT BURGER

– 383-385 Ecclesall Rd, Sheffield S11 8PG

My personal conquest to find the most delicious burger is very much ongoing and getting very interesting. While attending the Tramlines festival in Sheffield, myself and 3 of my close friends ventured out to the well renowned Red’s True Barbecue.

After being swiftly seated we didn’t need much time to order as our devilish stomach’s took over. I bravely went for the ‘The Donut Burger’- ‘Two patties, melted cheese, smoked peppered bacon, crispy onions and Dirty sauce. All between two sweet glazed donuts. Served with frickles.’ All but the ‘glazed donuts’ sounded just perfect, but my curiosity definitely got the better of me and before I knew it I was staring down at what was possibly the greatest burger creation I had ever seen. 

Handling this Frankenstein of a burger was extremely treacherous, with 2 hands being in play 100% of the time. There were 1 million and 1 flavours in each singular bite with the help from numerous sauces, the cheese and the donuts which kept you wanting more. The wanting more staggered to a holt as you fell close to the end of the burger, which was a 100% down to the donut bun, sticky, sickly but unbelievably morish. 

 

This is a definite recommendation for the future, a true innovation for burger creations. A little pricey but this is 2016 don’t forget. Burger rating; a easy 8 out of 10. 

Figrman

RED’s TRUE BARBECUE; THE DONUT BURGER