I’ve actually reviewed Burger Urge before, a couple of years ago, and I distinctly remember passing out in a delirious, slightly comatose state after eating their delicious sweet potato fries.
So, obviously when the kind folks offered me a couple of vouchers to use recently, I was game to hit them up and see whether they still fulfilled my sweet potato-lovin’ dreams.
We visited the Kelvin Grove location, which is a pretty funky space:
“Give me a 1 kg tub of your sweet potato fries!” I declared, throwing my vouchers at the stunned employee. Naw, kidding – I asked for 500 grams.
In the end we went with a New Yorker burger ($12.90), a Cheese Louise burger combo ($14.50), and a Wasabi Lime dipping sauce (90 cents).
The food came out super quickly – like, in less than 5 minutes. D’s New Yorker burger was stacked with slices of bacon, cheese, and crispy lettuce:
While my Cheese Louise was a fine lookin’ number herself, filled with cheese, lettuce, salad, and mayo:
While the buns were fresh and soft, and the burgers were easy to handle (because having half your burger explode onto your shirt will not get you a date. Trust me, I have tried), we were a little underwhelmed. They’re tasty enough, and the veggies are all really fresh, but the beef patties were pretty bland and felt a little processed. The patties weren’t that sort of glorious, chunky beef patty that dreams are made of – they were more like a perfectly formed, smooth edged rubbery disk. Harsh, but that was our experience. I remember a better burger experience when I first visited back in 2011 – what happened?
The sweet potato fries, however, WERE as good as my first experience with them – pairing them with the creamy lime wasabi mayo, I was happily shoving my face with them until I saw D’s hurt face. Oh. I had just eaten them all and barely given him any. This was because the serving was pretty small – call me greedy, but for something that is nearly 5 bucks on its own, I did expect a bigger serve. I distinctly remember getting MASSIVE serves in general when I last had Burger Urge – perhaps we just had a stingy cook this time around?
Burger Urge touts itself as a ‘gourmet burger bar’, but that’s not quite the experience, taste-wise, I had this time. However, they do score points for amazing sweet potato fries and a cool, hip ambiance.
Shop 20, 8 Carraway St
Kelvin Grove Urban Village
(also in St Lucia, West End, The Valley, and the CBD)
Ph: (07) 3839 2187