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

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BURGERMEISTER – BARBQ BURGER w/ CHEESE

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

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

TURTLE BAY – TWO WAY CHICKEN BURGER

– 33-35 Oxford St, Manchester M1 4WB

While holstering a sensitive palate, spicy foods can be quite daunting, so dining in the Caribbean restaurant Turtle Bay can be an exciting yet a nerve racking experience. 

Only set for a light luncheon i fixed my eyes firmly on the burgers. Being overly cautious I picked out the least spicy and left everything else ignored, which left me with the Two Way Chicken Burger – 

((Spicy panko crumbed chicken fillet, topped with pull jerk chicken, crisp gem lettuce, fresh pineapple chow & herb mayo in a sweet bun))

This looks and sounds like only something Turtle Bay could manifest, with a prominent Caribbean twist to what can normally be a mundane chicken burger.  

With flavours that felt endless and textures that caressed your lips and mouth, this burger carry’s a lot in-comparison to its size. The two different types of cooked chicken was the game changer, each chicken had a very unique flavour which i believe could stand for the reason this burger was so brilliant for its size. 

Lastly, the fresh pineapple chow was extremely spicy and in opinion unnecessary, the burger would cope very easily without it. 

An applaudable effort by Turtle Bay, this will stand in my top 5 chicken burgers eaten to date. Burger rating: 7.7 out of 10.

figrman 

TURTLE BAY – TWO WAY CHICKEN 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

BELLA ITALIA – BURGER AMERICANO

Cheshire Oaks, Coliseum Way, Ellesmere Port.  

Christmas shopping lays hand in hand with good food, and my current intentions are to find the most delicious burger. I carried this personal quest into Bella Italia. 

Chargrilled Aberdeen Angus beef burger, gem leaves, tomato, onion & mayonnaise in a ciabatta roll. With cheese and bacon as extras. 

What Bella Italia have here is an extremely basic burger with basic ingredients, showing no respect on what even the simplest burger should taste like. The salad here was far too overwhelming, I’d say around 70% salad and we aren’t buying a burger for the salad are we. 

The beef itself was unsettling with an extreme lack of flavour, provided it is described as ‘chargrilled’ but this leaves nothing other than some overly cooked meat between some bread. This silly choice of bread was an attempt to place an Italian twist on a seemingly non Italian meal. 

As a collection the burger wasn’t anything to talk about, but the chips and BBQ sauce that accompanied were mighty fine. The BBQ sauce was sweet with a thick consistency, more of a BBQ relish but either way it was a pleasurable condiment. 

A dissatisfied burger rating of 2 out of 10. 

Figrman

BELLA ITALIA – BURGER AMERICANO