I still have plenty of burgers to review from my trip to Bulgaria. Burgero is one of the popular burger joints in Varna and I met there with the local burger expert. Apparently, they have an interesting way of preparing the patties where they first boil them and then finish them off on the grill (which sounds weird tbh but it works).
How tasty is the Motherf*#$&r? – 6.5/10
The burger had a lot of going on for it and is one of the few times where the size has put me off. If I, as a large dude, can’t eat a burger, few people can. Don’t make your burgers tall make them wide if you want them to be big.
The burger had:
- Beef Patty
- Nduja Slam
- Bacon with honey and mustard
As you can see, nothing was missing from that burger. Let’s get to the point, the meat. The patty was boiled with beef stock and then grilled and I wasn’t sure what to expect. The truth is it was absolutely full of flavour however it was a bit on the well done and dry side. It wasn’t too bad but I can imagine a better execution if the same flavours and spices are used. I wouldn’t put the patty as a centrepiece in a simple burger but it actually worked well here. The bacon was tasty but I couldn’t find the mustard and honey flavour, only the sweetness. It complimented the flavourful beef and had good texture.
The cheddar was a single slice in the middle of everything else and to be honest it was kind of lost in between everything. There were only one or two decent bites so I would recommend either commit to the cheese like a man and put 2 slices (at least) or back off and don’t put any.
The Nduja was interesting but wasn’t as present as the title of the burger suggests and I’m not surprised. Nduja is potent but when in the mix with so many ingredients it is difficult to give it the flavour stage in your mouth. The few spicy bites I had were great but again the burger didn’t really allow for wholesome bites.
The burger overcompensated with salad and I’m not sure why. We had both lettuce and rocket which I believe is an overkill. IMO rocket is the best green salad topping for a burger with its peppery flavour. However, when you mix the fresh leaves of the lettuce they both kind of lose their purpose. I love tomato and especially a good Bulgarian tomato but I honestly don’t think it had a place in the recipe. It added flavour but nothing to combine with the rest except for the salads and aioli. I loved the gherkins as they provided the acidity and balanced out the bites
The brioche wasn’t great, but it was small and the burger compensated in height which led to a very uncomfortable experience. The bread went soggy very quickly with all the juices dripping and in the middle of my meal I had moved to fork and knife.
Burger joint venue and overall experience? – 4/10
It was supposed to be a burger joint but it kinda had anything in between. When you have that many things on the menu it doesn’t speak well. The fries were OK but I was hoping for more.
Quirkiness level of the experience? – 8/10
This is a very quirky burger, considering its shape, size and weird ingredients used. It isn’t your typical burger experience.