I've had too many burgers since my first time at BRGR: The Burger Project in Maginhawa Street, but none yet has overwhelmed me as much as how this Four-Cheese burger did.
See. This ludicrous burger was my creation. The moment I got hold of BRGR's clipboard menu, the turophile in me went on a checking spree in the cheese section. I got all the available cheeses (Bleu, Mozarella, Gruyere, and Cheddar) to top one beef patty, a handful of mushrooms, and slices of bacon in my burger.
The result? A food coma before I got to finish my first burger. It was so huge, heavy, and extra rich, it rendered me useless and dizzy for the rest of the day. Lesson learned: four cheese works well in pizzas, but not necessarily in burgers.
After several tries at designing my own burger, I finally got the recipe for my kind of burger: A piece of 100% Angus Beef patty, in between a Brioche bun, along with Mozarella cheese, caramelized onions, Canadian bacon, lettuce, tomatoes, and steak sauce. And just recently, I tried my combo in BRGR: The Burger Project's second branch in the Taft neighborhood.
My kind of burger
Hidden inside a building in front of the Rizal Sports Complex along Pablo Ocampo Street, the Burger Project's second branch is-- space-wise-- a big improvement from their tiny Maginhawa outlet. Now with a loft area, the new branch still has the cutesy, casual look with blackboard scribbles and colorful posters.
Chef Ed Bugia, the chef behind BRGR: The Burger Project
In BRGR, you'll be given a clipboard with a checklist. The process is simple, much like an exam. First, you are to choose what type and how many burger patties you'd want in your burger. One burger can have as much as three patties. Below that are options for buns, cheeses (eg., Bleu, Mozzarella, Gruyere, Cheddar) toppings (eg., bacon, chili con carne, pepperoni, guacamole, tomatoes, egg, kimchi, etc.). There's also a checklist for the sides. Finally, you'll be asked to name your burger as they total how much you'd pay for.
If you're unsure of what works as a combo, you can get their pre-designed burgers written on their black board menu. Since this month is Oktoberfest, they currently have a Sausage with sauerkraut burger special that's best paired with their milkshake mixed with a hint of beer.
Sausage and Sauerkraut Burger
There's actually no point in recommending a certain burger combination since only you can make a burger that can best please yourself. It's always good to note though that unlike other burger places, BRGR uses hand-rolled beef patties that are always excellently grilled. I also urge you to order their Buffalo Wings (P150) and Mozarella Sticks (P140)-- both of which are great complements to any burger.
If you're based in Taft and you happen to be craving awesome burgers, head to BRGR: The Burger Project for that ultimate burger that is as good as your imagination and budget permits.
Located at the G/F of The Grand Towers, Vito Cruz (the building with the Coffee Prince cafe in front), BRGR: The Burger Project is open daily from 11am-12mn.