When I heard that there was a new burger joint opening in Edinburgh, said to be the city’s answer to Byron (London’s answer to Five Guys – we’re in a burger matrix people), I couldn’t wait to try it. Named simply as Burger, does it set a new standard of burger in Edinburgh?
Located in my end of town in Fountainbridge, Burger certainly has potential to become my new go to. The interior is a simple, industrial style and reflects the ethos that the focus is doing something simple well. We visited at around 2pm on a Saturday and it was busy but we had no problem finding seats. Much like rival Wannaburger, you order at the counter, get handed a buzzer and collect your food when it’s ready. The food is served on Vegware compostable packaging which is a fab move from Burger.
The most important part – the food! The menu is straightforward – pick from a regular burger, cheeseburger, bacon cheeseburger, chicken or veggie burgers. There is also a specials menu which changes weekly and includes hotdogs on the weekends. I went for the bacon cheeseburger – best to test the basics! Once I got rid of the pickles it was perfect. Juicy burger, smoky bacon, and a burger sauce that adds a tiny bit of spice without overwhelming everything else. I enjoyed the brioche bun too which added a hint of sweetness and – importantly – didn’t get soggy and fall apart half way through the meal. My dining partner got one of the specials, a Juicy Bluecy with blue cheese cooked into the middle of a double patty. He was equally happy with his choice.
The fries were a thing of beauty. Medium thick, skin on, crisp, they were perfect. If I was being picky I would say that as they are salted by the staff they may be too salty for some, although I thought they were tasty.
I also got a chocolate and peanut butter milkshake. It was the perfect accompaniment to the salty fries. David got a vanilla milkshake and disappointingly it seemed to be only three-quarters full. This was shame as I couldn’t finish mine (choc and peanut butter is always going to be incredibly rich and filling) and he was left wanting more. But they were both lovely, creamy, well-flavoured milkshakes.
The bill came to around £20 for both of us. I enjoyed my first experience at Burger. The food came quickly and was very tasty. There were lots of great touches, like jugs of water to help yourself to, the Vegware and of course the staff who were just lovely. Considering they’ve only been open a couple of weeks it seems to be going really well and I’m sure it’ll go from strength to strength. I’m looking forward to trying the hotdogs and some of the specials next.
I am such a burger fan, do any of you have burger recommendations for Edinburgh and Paris, where I’ll be next week? I’d love to hear them.