There are burgers...and then there are BURGERS worth remembering with every bite. Layers of melty cheese, chargrilled beef, adcrispy veggies merge and become juicy goodness between two toasty buns. Overall, as a heavy, savory symphony, gourmet burgers always manage to whet one's appetite with tummy-filling grandeur. Here are a couple burgers in the local dining scene we think you should give a go, plus a little homemade bonus to top it off.
The Farm Organics. If you're hunting for a more or less "happy" beef burger sourced from cows with access to healthy green grass, look no further than burgers by The Farm Organics. Thick juicy patties with gains from clean source grass-fed beef make all the difference. Eat them with care, the patty kind of packs a punch in flavor and size and things sometimes get messy! Find them at F106 Forbeswood Heights, Burgos Circle, Bonifacio Global City; they're also at Commercenter, Alabang Muntinlupa on the second floor, and in Sta. Rosa, Laguna. For more info, call (02) 852 8228.
Sweet Ecstasy. They hail the burgers from this joint on Jupiter, Makati as locally close dupes of the famous U.S. In-N-Out burgers. The beef from Sweet Ecstasy is from local suppliers. Similarly enough, it's these locally sourced ingredients that make the In-N-Out burgers abroad such a success also. Their milkshakes, we find, are pretty swingin' too, head over for a "Riverdale" moment. Find Sweet Ecstasy at #10 Jupiter St. cor. Asteroid St., Barangay Bel-Air, Makati. You may also call them at +6329063467989.
8 Cuts (their mini-sliders). If what scares or overwhelms you about burgers is not the calories but the size of them, then try these cute mini-burger sliders by 8 Cuts! What we specifically love is how the cheese is melted to perfection all over that juicy patty. Find 8 Cuts burger branches in Makati, Taguig, Mandaluyong, and Alabang. For more information, visit their FB page here.
"There may be burger joints a plenty in Metro Manila, but 8 Cuts features 8 cuts of beef in custom-blended patties that are freshly ground, hand-pressed and seared to order. "
At home. Some things can't get yummier, cozier, or oozier than a homemade burger. If you try heading over to S&R Membership Shopping opt for 80% lean New Zealand ground beef with 20% fat and season with salt, pepper, and a dash of olive oil. Make 3/4 to 1 inch-thick patties (or make them slightly thicker before pressing) in a diameter the size of your palm and hand-press them down. Choose your toppings, cheese, and custom assemble. Toast the buns separately on the grill.
For tailored patty cooking follow these steps: On the high-heat area of your grill. Sear the patties for 2-minutes on either side then transfer them to a lower heat area of the grill. Cook for another 3-4 minutes on either side for "medium" doneness ("medium-rare" doneness 2-3 minutes). For the buns, try the in-demand two-seed deli buns at French Baker as seen below. DIY Burgers presented here are as shared with us by neighborly neighbor, husband, and father of four, Danny Kawpeng. We tried them and were more than quite satisfied. Tap the arrows on either side of the IG slideshow to see this burger progress.
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Photos from: Instagram.com/blessmybag, Instagram.com/8cutsburgers, Instagram.com/sweetxmanila, Instagram.com/thefarmorganics