Burger is aptly named as it’s solely a burger joint. It’s taken a simple approach with a menu limited to a handful of option and a similarly restricted selection of drinks (although it does include a couple of hard shakes for adults). The theme continues from the spartan décor to the need to order at the till but it’s all focused on providing an easy and enjoyable burger experience. And that it does, mostly.
What you need to know
- They only serve burgers and they have a regularly changing special
- Beers typically come in cans – not a deal breaker but it feels less restaurant and more frat
- It’s very much self-serve as you order at the till and also have to collect your food there
- The chips are excellent
Food: ★★★☆☆ Service: ★★★☆☆ Atmosphere: ★★★☆☆ Value: ★★★★☆ Overall: ★★★☆☆
There isn’t much around Burger and the drinks menu is too limited to make the place itself a worthy watering hole while you wait for the group. Luckily, Edinburgh isn’t that big so you can easily congregate in a pub near the castle and then take a 10 minute stroll over to the restaurant.
What to eat?
Obviously, you’ll want a burger. While the staples sounds perfectly pleasing (and the chicken katsu one tempting), I opted to take a chance on the special. This was a good life decision as the special had the added ingredient of grilled peaches. Now, I’m not a huge fan of combining fruits with my meat, but in this case the smoky sweet peaches were a great accompaniment and possible my favourite bit of the burger.
The bun was a quality effort with a soft chewy texture and enough endurance to make it through the whole thing without falling apart. The patty had potential but was a bit overcooked – this seemed to be a recurring theme with Scottish burger joints – and lacked enough meaty punch.
Chips, on the other hand, were excellently fried and were both crispy and floury. I could have eaten another bowl but I had plans for dessert. Burger does do a few desserts (mainly ice cream), but Mary’s Milk Bar is only a short walk back towards town and the ice cream there is spectacular.
How about a drink?
I opted for a FourPure Pils which was fairly decent but I couldn’t help but feel it lost a bit of value being served in a can. And for over £4 it was a bit of a rip-off too given the small size. In hindsight, a shake might have been better value and possibly more enjoyable too.
Worth the dosh?
For the food, yes, it was with the burger special and a generous side of chips clocking in at around £8. It was really only the beer that seemed ridiculously overpriced but even then the whole meal was £12. While it’s a bit out of the way, the staff are friendly and the food is decent so it’s worth the short walk. Plus, you might also discover you love grilled peaches on a burger – whouldathunk?
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