Continuing on with my burger search in Brisbane, I decided to try Burger Urge. It wasn't on my go-to list however BYOB was closed over the Christmas/New Years period and this place was just around the corner. I've heard mixed reviews about Burger Urge but tried not to let that affect my judgement. I find prior expectations of a place can really affect your dining experience.
Burger Urge is a chain restaurant with numerous branches in Brisbane including St Lucia, Kelvin Grove, West End and Fortitude Valley, which is where I ate. The decor had a grunge feel to it and the seating area was small. It was Saturday lunch time but we found the place rather quiet.
I thought the staff was friendly and was a bit suprised when they came to ask how our meal was. It's not something you would expect from a chain store burger joint but it was a nice gesture.
Zorba the Greek - Lamb patty, onion jam, haloumi cheese, mayo, pesto, cos lettuce, tomato
Loc ordered the lamb burger and the first thing he noticed was how little haloumi was in it. Then we noticed how small the meat patty was in proportion to the bun and fillings. Definitely disapointing. The pesto was your standard basil and pinenut base and was the dominant flavour in the burger. I could hardly taste any lamb in it. Overall it was an acceptable burger but definitely would have appreciated more cheese, less pesto and more patty.
Red Hot Chilli Peppers - beef patty, chilli sauce, mayo, cheddar cheese, cos lettuce, tomato, onion
Although you wouldn't be able to tell from this photo, the patty was again too small for the bun and fillings. However, I really enjoyed the chilli sauce. It wasn't a spicy chilli sauce but it had nice roasted pepper flavour. They put ample amounts in the burger which kept it nice and moist. I thought this was the best burger of the three.
Primal Urge - Beef patty, beetroot, pineapple, egg, cheddar, tomato chutney, mayo, cos lettuce, tomato and onion.
Will had the primal urge which is the deluxe beef burger. It had a balance of sweetness from the beetroot and pineapple and a good savoury kick from the herbed patty, cheese and chutney. I thought it wasa good burger and the only downfall was that it was too large and very messy to eat.
A quick metnion of their chips. They were seasoned with herbed salt but I couldn't taste the herbs. The garlic aioli had no garlic flavour and the sweet chilli aioli was simply a sweet aioli. Nothing special here.
I wouldn't say this is my favourite burger joint but it's definitely not as bad as people make it out to be. The taste was good. The main problem was the small patty to bun ratio. The meal was quite expensive too in comparison to other burger joints (Loc's lamb burger came to $23 with large chips and drink).
Burger Urge Fortitude Valley
542 Brunswick St