The burger that was, and the burger that wasn't.
Burger #3 didn't happen for me. I happened to have made other plans for Tuesday (which seems to be the night on which we eat burgers) and Wednesday was out for me too. It was agreed that the others couldn't go another week without a burger, and I graciously suggested they went and ate burgers without me – an offer which was quickly accepted. I was just grateful nobody was questioning my commitment to the cause.
Burger #3 was the Beefroot at Food Truck Garage. The patty's made of beef and shredded beetroot, to lighten it up, make it healthier and add extra juiciness. I've had it before and I liked it, but I wasn't in the thick of a challenge then. The general consensus, officially reported to me when I next saw the burger crew, was that it was good but not great. The beetroot just added too much flavour that wasn't classically burger-based, and health-consciousness is all well and good, but everyone needs an indulgence now and then.
Burger #4 is a bit of a curveball. It wasn't part of the official challenge. But I think it's going to win. Yes, already.
So why did we let a random burger into the middle of the challenge? Well, long story short, a new place called Burger Burger opened recently in Ponsonby Central. We all work pretty close to there, so we saw it a lot on our travels, and also read the rave reviews popping up everywhere, and – well, we cracked. We couldn't let Burger Burger keep on burgering without us.
So we went and had lunch and I'm pleased to let you all know that it was splendiferous. The bun was good – not too dry, not too crumbly, and not too sweet (I'm a fan of brioche buns but they can be a bit of overkill). The patty was freaking fantastic. Obviously good quality meat, freshly-made, pleasingly crumbly (i.e. the meat wasn't pulverised into oblivion, but allowed to remain a bit meaty while still being mince) and juicy. The meat/bun ratio was perfect, the cheese was present but not overpowering, and best of all, the only other things taking up residence on the burger was a bit of tomato relish and some pickles. As it should be on a classically awesome burger (which is, after all, what we're looking for). Let salad be salad. Let burgers be burgers.
No decisions have been made, and the burger challenge has a long way to go yet. But if you need a burger, like now, go to Burger Burger. You'll love it.