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

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GBK – THE CALIFORNIAN

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

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 

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

STEAK ‘N SHAKE – BACON LOVERS 

– 14, Frodsham St, CH1 3JL, Chester

There’s a slight apprehension in my mind when a steak burger is mentioned, this is solely down from experience with previous burgers, but this time it felt different and it was different. 

Sited in the heart of Chester City Centre surrounded by toy shops and fashion stores is Steak N Shake, a 5 month old burger restaurant with 80 years experience. 

The choice of burgers seemed to be endless being able to add or subtract ingredients at your own will, at times this can be stressful but being my first time, I went simple. 

BACON LOVERS– 
((Double Steakburger, two slices of American cheese, four strips bacon, ketchup, mayo))

I’ve had all of these ingredients on many burgers before, but this particular burger oozed a lot of flavour in a reasonably small area, I was impressed. 

Tender, succulent and delectable are the only words to describe this burger, the meat was cooked to almost perfection which has permanently altered my perception on steak burgers. 

I only had two qualms; there was an extreme amount of sauce, which made eating it an ugly mess and the burger was a tad too small, these could be improved. 

You can see in all areas Steak N Shake know what they’re doing and they know their way around a burger. Burger Rating; 8 out of 10.

figrman 

STEAK ‘N SHAKE – BACON LOVERS 

THE CORN MILL – STEAK BURGER 

– Dee Lane, Llangollen, North Wales 

Burgers are an anomalous, an incomparable blend of whatever ingredients you feel fit. Which is where the beauty lies, in the mind of the creator and at the fingertips of the maker. 

Closing in to nearly 40 opinionatedburger reviews, it seems like burgers have become 90% of my meal intake and this was carried on at lunch, in the beautiful tourist town of Llangollen. 

I won’t babble anymore, I’ll get to the important content. The burger. Labelled as the Steak Burger, I was interested for three reasons; I’ve surprisingly never had a steak burger previously, I was ravenous and what else could I choose from the menu? 

The entire mass and weight of the burger was overwhelming, not so much the amount of content but the size of each ingredient was not done in half portions. The steak which made up most of the burger was of great quality but the flavour overpowered pretty much everything and that was this burgers downfall. 

The steak was of gargantuan size which killed the burger, but with the chips, salsa and cheese following closely behind I managed to finish the burger feeling accomplished and satisfied. 

I’ll stick to ordinary burgers from now on. Burger rating; 3 out of 10. 

-figrman 

THE CORN MILL – STEAK BURGER 

HICKORY’s – SOUTHERN FRIED CHICKEN BURGER 

– 9 Llandudno Road, Rhos-on-Sea, North Wales. LL28 4TR

Hickory’s Smokehouse don’t bare the largest choice of burgers, so on this visit I’m left with only one burger I haven’t tried. Of course I chose that burger to dine on. 

With a very welcoming and busy atmosphere, my girlfriend and I sipped on our delicious sugary drinks awaiting our food. Chicken burgers aren’t my normal choice, but a burgers is a burger and I was excited nevertheless.


((Double stack fried chicken with melted cheese, creole mayo, lettuce and tomato)) 

The size, mass and filling of the burger  were gargantuan something Hickory’s feel a necessity in each meal, but quality over quantity, right? 

The Southern Fried Chicken Burger was very simple, so simple it was silently requesting other absorbing and alluring ingredients but forgetting what could of been, I’ll assess the positives. 

The two chicken breasts were flavoursome, juicy and of ample size. The cheese was false advertised and not melted but still blended well with the burger as a whole. Everything else fell by the way side being close to bang average but I don’t feel it’s necessary to delve into the intrecates as they’re minor.

Hickory’s will continue to produce reasonably priced above average, imitation American style burgers, served in a welcoming atmosphere. Hickory’s can be defined as try- hards, I think that’s quite appropriate, but I like try-hards. Burger rating: 6 out of 10. 

-Figrman

HICKORY’s – SOUTHERN FRIED CHICKEN BURGER