1st Annual Octobërgerfest - Burger Diaries Day 4
Rounding out Day 4, our team ventured over to a tried and true standby, BGR: The Burger Joint. While past experiences definitely place BGR in a favorable light, it's been a while since we sampled their namesake product. What better opportunity than Octobërgerfest week to put their burgers to the test!
**Check out our inaugural post to get a run-down of the Octobërgerfest manifesto and rating system**
Victor - Turkey burger with lettuce, tomato, grilled onion, mojo sauce, side of the "Green Standard" (grilled asparagus spears, tossed in parmesan cheese)
Brad - Turkey Burger with lettuce, tomato, onion, pickle, mojo sauce cheese and applewood bacon.
Corey -The Burger with lettuce, tomato, american cheese, pickles, side of fries
After the dearth of non-beef options at our day 1, 2 and 3 Octobërgerfest picks, I gotta say I warmed up to the idea of a change of pace. The turkey burger at BGR seemed like it would do the job nicely. From a glance at the menu, BGR seems to parallel Black and Orange in its "international" burger approach. They have "cuban", "greek" and "southwestern" inspired options, and even an ahi tuna burger that's jazzed up with teriyaki and pickled ginger to give it an asian flare. Still, multi-culturalism doesn't come cheap. While the burgers here are in fact bigger, they're much pricier per lb. My 3.6 oz turkey burger with a side of asparagus spears and a fountain soda came out to almost $14.00. That's close to 3 times the price of my meal at Five Guys.
Yet despite the price-tag, BGR puts out a respectable product. My burger was juicy, the toppings were fresh, and the asparagus spears were super-addictive. For the price though, I would've wished for an even better burger. Maybe it's my fault for not going with the standard, but my turkey burger just didn't taste enough like turkey. The flavors were far too overwhelmed by the other ingredients accounted for in the patty-- mushrooms, gorgonzola, a smattering of herbs (thyme or rosemary maybe?). Not to mention it was just a tad too salty for my palate-- and I love salt. It's unfortunate because BGR gets a lot of stuff right otherwise. I managed to snag a french fry or two (or ten) from Corey and they definitely had rights to claim the "Gold Standard", if not contend for the title. Crisp exterior, light and fluffy on the inside, and tossed in parmesan, roasted garlic, or fresh rosemary at your request. Pretty luxurious for a "neigborhood joint"
Taste - 6/10
Presentation - 5/5
Originality - 4/5
Wildcard - 5/5 (the asparagus spears are top notch and a great alternative to fries.)
TOTAL - 20 / 25
"I've been to BGR on a few occasions and I've always been pleased with the results. Often when selecting a turkey or veggie burger the result is a dried out puck. This is not the case at BGR. The turkey is thick and juicy with a flavor that is refreshingly original. The originality comes from the Portobello mushrooms and gorgonzola cheese mixed into the turkey. The bread only adds to the quality, it is grilled lightly and remains soft and buttery. I love this burger!"
Taste - 8/10
Presentation - 4/5
Originality - 4/5
Wildcard - 3 (they have great fries, and good customer service, but a little on the expensive side) ** delicious burger **
TOTAL - 19/25
All in all, BGR still ranks high in our book, and we'll keep coming back. If not for the burgers, than for the sweet 80's record covers and jukebox tunes that fill the restaurant at the very least.
Tomorrow: Octobërgerfest wraps up with day 5!