Back again in Sofia, Bulgaria so I had to come back to the burger place with one of the most interesting recipes I’ve had – Muffin Burger. Burgers on the Road is one of the better burger joints (trucks?) in Sofia. I was excited to try one of their other recipes especially considering that they are one of the few places serving horse burgers. Guess which type of burger did I go for?
Although it is a food truck and it can move, that is the last place I found them so here is the location:
How tasty is the Motherf*#$&r? – 9/10
Although not too weird this burger does use a recipe I really like. They’ve managed to execute it quite well, although there are few light critiques from my side (almost there guys!)
The burger had:
- Horse patty
- Red Onion Chutney
- Mild Cheddar
- Mayo and Horseradish
- White Bun
OK, so if you haven’t had horse meat… you should. There is a reason gym bros are crazy about it. It isn’t only delicious but very lean and healthy meat. I believe it has a very specific yet light flavour with which you can play around in any recipe. The meat used by Burgers on the Road is very nice, from my “expertise” I think it isn’t frozen which is a rarity when talking about horse meat. The burger was juicy and although the flavour was there, it could of been slightly more accentuated with few other spices added to the patty.
My biggest obstruction against the burger is the cheese. I don’t think it is bad but it can be so much better. I mentioned it in the last review for Burgers on the Road but you can’t have strong flavours like onion chutney, full of taste Bulgarian tomato and horse meat and put mild cheddar. I believe the cheese gets lost this way among the rest of the flavours. I would recommend stronger cheddar or maybe light camembert or a light blue cheese like Stilton.
Veggies with purpose. Those are the veggies in Bulgaria. Quality is high, flavour is there and they are not in simply for the classic burger recipe. The tomatoes in Bulgaria are among the best you can try. I also believe this is a challenge in balancing a burger’s flavour because you have more and stronger accents to work with when adding other ingredients. Lettuce is great you have the texture but from a recent recipe I tried and loved, why don’t you try shredded lettuce, you can put more and you really can add freshness for the taste buds.
I believe horseradish is a superb ingredient for almost any kind of red meat. It is difficult to get it wrong. Mellowing it out with mayo and making more greasy is a great move although my preference is to have slightly more horseradish
The bun was really fresh and tasty, crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside. It was nicely toasted.
I loved it, going back again 100%.
Burger joint venue and overall experience? – 7/10
The burger choice was decent, but you can’t find the recipes everywhere which makes the place very special. It is a food truck and the second time I tried to go it was missing so I would expect them at food festivals in Bulgaria and the Balkans.
The fires they were serving were actually homemade chips (crisps for the UK people) and were really delicious. Quite greasy so keep in mind if it isn’t your thing.
They had a very good choice of beer including some pale ales which I think are the perfect choice for any burger.
Recommended ale: Sierra Nevada
Although Sierra Nevada is a bit more on the sweet, caramel taste and it goes well with the burger, to cleanse your pallet I would go with a more bitter option if available.
Quirkiness level of the experience? – 7//10
Very few places have fresh horse meat especially for a burger. The overall recipe is not shocking but the choice of meat really makes a difference.