Monday, October 20, 2014

Blue Cheese Burger - Jody's Drive In

First time Hamburger Reviewer, long time Hamburger Eater.

After listening to AceBurger’s stories on multiple occasions about The Clogger at Jody’s Drive In, we couldn't say ‘no’ when he offered to treat all of us after officiating a soccer game in Redmond.  The menu at Jody’s is a big tease, because you can stand and look at it all day…it all looks good.  I went with the Blue Cheese Burger, which costs $8.25.  A perfect and thick Chocolate Shake kept me cool while we waited for our burgers.  I think for my next vacation, I’ll just go sit outside Jody’s and smell the aroma of burgers being cooked, it was delightful!

Once the Blue Cheese Burger arrived, it was nice and hot and had just the perfect amount of juice and blue cheese crumbs to smudge the side of your lip and face, without being overly runny or uncontrollable.  The lettuce and tomato were fresh and not overly done, and did not drown out the flavor of the blue cheese or meat.  I was so proud of the hamburger bun for holding everything together so nicely until the very last bite.    

The gal that had made our burgers came out to check on us midway through our meal.  You could tell she cared about the burgers she had made for us.  She had done an excellent job and we let her know how much we appreciated her. 

Jody’s in Redmond is an awesome place but easy to miss if you’re not paying attention.  You really should slow down and at a minimum just roll down your window and smell the burgers being cooked.  

AceBurger’s big saying is “Go big, or go home” … and we finally got to see why he likes Jody’s so much and ranks them so highly.


Saturday, May 10, 2014

Juicy "Blue" Lucy at Real Food Bistro

Juicy "Blue" Lucy
Real Food Bistro
The Real Food Bistro has a burger on their special board and this baby is truly SPECIAL.  Hands down one of the BEST burgers I have ever eaten!  The Juicy "Blue" Lucy has blackened burger patties, bacon, gorgonzola, pickled onions and peppers, and buffalo mayo.  I am not a huge blue cheese fan but this burger takes you through an amazing progression of tastes and flavors on every bite and the blue cheese compliments and highlights all of the flavor in this burger.  If you are a true burger lover then you must get one of these before they take it off of the Special board!  It is $11 and comes with great sea salt French Fries.  Most burgers of this quality come in at over $15!

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Dry Rub Buffalo Burger!

This burger comes from Billy Roos, who I always enjoy eating burgers with!  It can be found at the Washington Park Grill in South Denver, CO.  Billy doesn't mince words and just puts it out there:


Excellent burger, poor bun, crisp flavored fries, fresh lettuce and tomato slice.

Billy, this looks tremendous!  You failed to mention that this beauty is topped with all natural, dry rubbed, buffalo pastrami?  I want one.  The next time I am in Denver I am taking you to the Washington Park Grill, South Denver!

Smith Rock Brewing - Great Burger!

Another new brew pub has opened up in Central Oregon, this time in Redmond!  Seems like a new brewery and/or pub opens every month now.  Most have OK food and burgers, so my expectations were low.  I ordered a Bacon Cheeseburger and I was quite impressed!  Home made buns and fresh local beef, from Cinder Butte, a local butcher!  A very good burger.  Another plus is you can get awesome onion rings at no extra charge!  I got all that you see in the photo for $10.25  Check out their website: Smith Rock Brewing

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Pilot Butte Burger Westside!

My friend Joel and had had lunch at the relatively new (ish) Pilot Butte Burger on the west side of Bend.  This place is very different from the original Pilot Butte but is has the same menu.  Joel had the Jalapeno Cheeseburger and I had the Western BBQ Cheeseburger.  If I do NOT get a Tavern Burger, which is pretty rare, this is my next choice on the menu!
Jalapeno Cheeseburger - $10.25 - Spicy sliced jalapenos and melted cheddar cheese, with mayo, lettuce and tomato (onions on request)

Western BBQ cheeseburger - $10.95 - Two onion rings and loaded with BBQ sauce with cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomato and pickles (onions on request).  I really like this burger!

THE HUMDINGER - Big Bear's Country Market and Deli

  The BIG BEAR is a great burger joint.  If you can find this place along the Sandy River in Troutdale, you must go in and have a burger.  Of Course I had to order a Humdinger which is a classic tavern style burger and it was only $8.50!  This is the kind of place, burger, and price that I created this blog for.  Please check it out!

31815 East Historic Columbia River Highway, Troutdale, OR 97060

Thursday, May 17, 2012

The International Burger

This is a blog from Burger Meister who is stepping up to the plate for Oregon Hamburgers!  While this burger is a home cooked burger and not from a burger joint, any burger lover and member of this blog could very well contact burger meister through this site and perhaps sample this unique beauty!  An important note about this post is the nuance of history and origins of the burger and how different regions of the country and world adapt their burgers to local produce, meat and toppings!  Burger Meister brings in an important point about toppings with his "Argentinian style" fried egg.  I know that most burgers in Australia have fried eggs as well (a burger with the lot) and here in the US a burger with an egg is considered a Tavern Burger, or "tavern style".

Ace Burger,

Thanks you for considering the addition of our home constructed and grilled, International Burger.
The International Burger was made from 1/3-1/2 lb of grass fed Colorado beef, chopped Vidalia onion, parsley, and a touch of Kabob spices brought directly from the spice market in Istanbul, Turkey. It was served Argentine style, with an egg perfectly fried over easy (you can see the yolk oozing nicely onto the plate) and topped with triple crème brie, avocado and a slice of a nice ripe tomato. This masterpiece of meat was all placed on a buttered, grilled Rudi’s bun. And of course it was grilled to RARE perfection. Now while there was a lot going on here, the flavors all worked beautifully together. This was truly a gastronomical delight.

Burger Meister (aka Mark Vermeal), aspiring featured correspondent