Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Burger King Amsterdam Steakhouse

Review of Burger King Euro Trip Amsterdam Steakhouse

Website: http://burgerking.co.uk/menu/amsterdam-steakhouse

What they say:

The Netherlands' newest export is the Amsterdam Steakhouse. With 100% flame-grilled beef, Edam cheese, bacon, barbecue sauce and crispy onions. Who needs flowers?

Price: £4.69 for the burger only (subject to variation).

Calories: 570 kcal for the burger only.

Up next in our Toxic Triangle of 48 hours’ worth of greed is the Burger King Euro Trip Amsterdam Steakhouse. After the KFC Pulled Chicken Ultimate Burger and the Spanish Whopper I am now like King-Size Homer and will follow this simple instruction… to continue this review please mash the keypad with your palm now.

As you already know we were the first to tell you about the new range of BK promotional items and up next on our Euro Trip we get to sample the delights of Amsterdam.



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BK Promotional Picture...

We mentioned in the Spanish Whopper review that BK closes off upstairs to paying customers. It became apparent why when we got a window seat to find a shed load of dead flies on the windowsill, basking in the early evening sun… urgh…

Anyway let’s get this Euro Trip wrapped up (or unwrapped) and take a closer look at the Amsterdam Steakhouse.


Burger Lad
First look at the Amsterdam Steakhouse...

Now in my younger days I used to frequent Amsterdam quite a bit and yes there was always a load of Argentinian Steakhouses in abundance so I can see the semi-connection. This burger had been made up OK but it looked a million miles from the promotional pictures.

We filmed part 2 of Burger Lad® TV which you can see below and got amongst this. Well it was dry. Very dry! I likened the Angus patty to a cross between dry wood and cardboard, hence why it was slathered in mayo. The fresh tomatoes sat proudly on top of the other ingredients but this was merely to mask the small amount of bacon and crispy onions.


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The real BK Amsterdam Steakhouse...

Now I wouldn’t call these crispy onions as they were nothing like the sort you get on the standard steakhouse. In fact, these were quite good. Fried/glazed with a sweet and bordering on faintly burnt taste. There was bacon on this but nowhere near as much as expected but again far more than the non-existent amount on the Spanish Whopper


Burger Lad
Lifting the lid...

Now did I read that correct? Barbecue sauce!? I could have sworn on this build they had used Steakhouse sauce which is one of my all-time BK favourites. Maybe I was wrong? The significant flavour going on here was a creaminess which was from the faint Edam cheese (a nice change from the standard American type) and that mayo. Oh the mayo… so much, so domineering. I used to fear you, now I just pity you and the components you overbear. Poor (but stunning) Miss Milkshake, who was privy to this latest 21st Century burger adventure turned her nose up at the thought of the mayo… so it was up to yours truly to fly solo for this one. Disappointing is all I can really say about the Amsterdam Steakhouse.


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Inside the Amsterdam Steakhouse...

It’s a real shame to have paid £4.69 for this burger knowing that only five minutes’ walk and for £1.26 more you could be tucking into the awesome-ness of the Real Burger 6oz Mexican Deluxe Steak Burger. We’ll know next time…





At the My Burger Finals I told the McDonald’s MD I didn’t see BK as much of a threat anymore and if they keep churning out sub-standard stuff like this I can see my prediction being 100% accurate. This makes me sad as I used to love Burger King but in future I’ll only be returning for promotional reviews. Oh alright maybe their new £3.79 Big King meal deal isn’t all that bad…

Unfortunately this burger was seedier than the dark alleys of the Red Light District. Shame! With that let’s take one last look at the Amsterdam Steakhouse from Burger King. I’m off for a very long detox…


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Creamy... and disappointing...

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Burger King Spanish Whopper

Review of Burger King Euro Trip Spanish Whopper

Website: http://burgerking.co.uk/menu/spanish-whopper

What they say:

The Whopper’s cool cousin from Spain has arrived. It’s still 100% flame-grilled beef but now it’s got a cute European accent and a topping of crispy onions, bacon, brava sauce and a helping of Spanish flare. Olé.

Price: £4.59 for the burger only (subject to variation).

Calories: 592 kcal for the burger only.

Burger Lad® was the first in the world to bring you the exclusive news of the launch of the Burger King Euro Trip promotion and we’re back again on day one to check out the Spanish Whopper.

Now yesterday we reviewed the KFC Pulled Chicken Ultimate Burger so it was a bit of a daunting task knowing that we were going into BK to review not one, but two of the new promotional items from the King and Co.



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BK Promotional Picture...

It was a good time to hit BK. The lunch time hoards had long since departed and it was early evening so it didn’t take too long to get served and wheel away with this safely on my tray. We gate-crashed upstairs (this particular restaurant doesn’t allow paying customers to eat upstairs all the time but passing non-paying members of the public more often than not head straight upstairs to use the toilets).

Anyway… this is Burger Lad® and we’ll sit where we want gracias. We’ll tell you why we think they close upstairs in our review of the Amsterdam Steakhouse. So up first on our Euro Trip is the Spanish Whopper...


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First look at the Spanish Whopper...

This had been constructed fairly well in appearance – cheese draping out over the side of the Whopper patty. The sauce was glistening with a red sheen and lettuce and fresh tomato poked out the sesame seed bun. We filmed our latest episode of Burger Lad® TV which you can see below and dived in for a taste of the Mediterranean.

I’m not a fan of fresh tomato but I left it in and on this occasion it wasn’t as over-bearing as I have so often found with this almost obligatory burger topping. The sauce is not exactly “scorchio” but it has got a bit of a kick to it. It’s very sweet with a piquant twist. In terms of spice levels it is nowhere near the honey cayenne sauce found on the California Whopper but it’s still hotter than anything you’ll currently find at McDonald’s.


Burger Lad
A marginal heat level...

The patty was alright… the standard whopper fare with that trademark flame-grilled flavouring. The cheese acted well as a binding agent, no distinguishable taste but always welcome and the lettuce was fresh and plentiful. I even kept the tomato in the whole time which was a testament to how well the flavours worked together with their bitterness offset by the sweet sauce.


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Lifting the lid...

But what of the bacon? And the crispy onions? Well I’ve had crispy onions before and if they were on there I couldn’t pick them out. And if you look back at the BK promotional picture it looks like an abundance of bacon on-board – sadly this was not the case with this build. In fact I’d be pushed to recollect if it was indeed even on it. Sloppy review work yes… but that’s what I like about McDonald’s promotional items. Their boxes include every ingredient in the description so you can double check exactly what is on them.


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Inside the Spanish Whopper...

So the Spanish Whopper? Did it have that promised “Spanish flare”? hmmm no. The sauce was good-ish, I can relate to why they’d call this a “brava” sauce as I’ve eaten a fair bit of patatas bravas in my time and this is a fairly decent High Street, Fast Food attempt.







Would I have it again? At £4.59 and weighing in at just under 600 calories I can tell you for a fact I would not have it again. It’s decent, not bad, not good just middle ground. Being "Spanish" it is crying out for fresh red or white onion... maybe next time... I know it is supposed to have crispy onions but I just didn't get anything on mine.


With that let’s take one last look at the Spanish Whopper before heading off to Amsterdam for part 2 of our Burger King Road Trip. Adiós amigos!


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The real Burger King Euro Trip Spanish Whopper...

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Monday, 1 September 2014

KFC Pulled Chicken Ultimate Burger

Review of KFC Pulled Chicken Ultimate Burger

Website: http://www.kfc.co.uk/our-food/pulled-chicken-range/ultimate-burger-meal

What they say: To create something special like our new Ultimate Burger takes time. Now you can delight in slow-cooked, BBQ Pulled Chicken, draped over 2 crispy Mini Fillets on a bed of Southern-style paprika slaw. All topped off with lettuce, cheese and a softly toasted Brioche bun and served with a drink and fries. Make the most of every mouthful.

Price: £5.39 as part of a meal (subject to variation).

Calories: 637 kcal for the burger only.

Arriving shortly before KFC’s 50th anniversary we are treated to a new product from the purveyor of poultry - The Pulled Chicken Ultimate Burger. According to KFC “If Pulled Pork was the dish of 2014, then 2015 will become the year of Pulled Chicken.” The pulled chicken is made-up of 60% white breast meat and 40% dark meat. The meat is first tumbled in a dry spice rub which includes smoked paprika, clove and chilli before being marinated in a molasses-based sauce and slow cooked for almost two hours. Source: Hospitality and Catering News.


Burger Lad
There's a rainbow over this drive-thru...

Burger Lad® had notification recently of this new product launch coming on Monday 1st September and on this very special of days we received a package by courier. Inside there was a mysterious black box with “To get something Special takes time” scribed on it. We looked in the box to find some fantastic vouchers, a personal note and an awesome shopping bag. Love it.



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What's in the box...!?

We’re no strangers to pulled pork as we regularly cook up a batch at BLHQ for our own creation the PFT but how would this compare?

The Colonel is serving up pulled chicken for some Kentucky Fried Realness with their latest promotional burger. On this, the Ultimate Burger you get the BBQ Pulled Chicken and 2 x Mini Fillets on a Southern-style paprika slaw. My mouth was literally watering as I typed this in anticipation. But we had one problem – well actually three, in the form of Burger King’s new promotional items coming Tuesday 2nd September.


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The graphics on my new bag...

“What’s the matter Burger Lad®? Too chicken to review the new KFC AND Burger King items in 24 hours!?”

“Nobody calls me 'chicken', Needles. Nobody!” (and no that’s not Sharon Needles!)

We hit the drive-thru in the evening as unfortunately we could not get to this promotional item as quickly as we would have wanted to. The guys serving did give the voucher I presented a degree of scrutiny before handing over my slow cooked goodness and off I drove back to BLHQ for a full analysis…


Burger Lad
Loads of promotional material...

We’re going to analyse each single component for this review and then provide an executive summary at the end.

BBQ Pulled Chicken – obviously the ingredient on this burger under the most scrutiny… even more than the voucher which paid for this Ultimate Burger Meal. This had a very sweet taste to it, a slight hint of BBQ but very subtle. I’d possibly add a bit more of the pulled chicken to this burger but as it stands it certainly avoids a slop-fest. A respectable ingredient and an interesting “innovation” from one of the major brands.


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First look at the Pulled Chicken Ultimate Burger...

Crispy Mini Fillets – your standard mini fillets contribute nicely to the overall textures going on here. So you have the softness of the pulled chicken contrasted with the crispy crunch to mix it up a bit. That combined with the secret recipe flavour we all know and love gives me the hunch you’ll be trying this for lunch.

Paprika Slaw – this was actually really very good and consisted of a combination of carrot, onion and cabbage I believe. Very enjoyable and a million miles away from the sickly sauce found on the McDonald’s Great Tastes of America Memphis Special. Works well with the chicken and provides additional sweetness through the slight paprika spice to it.


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A very respectable build today...

Lettuce – another good addition. Mine was fully loaded with lettuce and we couldn’t get a real good look at the pulled chicken because of this. Gone was the standard issue iceberg variety to be replaced with this fresh, peppery salad. Good.

Cheese – standard American cheese style. One of the only components I failed to pick out. It was on there definitely but I found it got a bit lost, I don’t think you would notice if it was missing and KFC could drop it to lower that calorie count even more. Not good, not bad just there.


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Lifting the lid on lots of lettuce...

Brioche bun – a brioche can divide the burger community like two football teams can divide a city. Some love them, some loathe them. I’m sort of sitting on the fence when it comes to this argument. The brioche served to me today was toasted correctly, had a healthy glazed exterior and coped easily with the pulled chicken and other ingredients found on the Pulled Chicken Ultimate Burger.


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Incredible Cross Sections: KFC Edition...

Overall I thought this was a very respectable new release from KFC. Calling it the "Ultimate" burger may be pushing it a bit but it is enjoyable all the same. There is no real spiciness to this burger and the flavours coming to your palate are sweet, slightly smoky and with a faint hint of BBQ. The slaw is bordering on domineering but not quite in my opinion. Anyone looking for the flavour to blow them away will be disappointed. It’s all about subtlety with this burger and that mix of the semi-gooiness of the pulled chicken vs. the crispy snap of the mini fillets. And this works well.


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Closer look at that pulled pork... I mean chicken...!

At 637 calories it’s also not the most obscene burger on the High Street. I may even re-visit KFC in the near future to sample another and I don’t say that too often about any promotional burger.


You'll have to excuse my continued slip of the tongue in the latest episode of Burger Lad® TV which you can see right now here:





It was really very cool to receive this marketing pack from our good friends at KFC so we really appreciate that guys. The bag is awesome and I loved the personal handwritten note in the box as well. KFC recently launched their UK and Ireland Twitter account and we are honoured to have them following us. We hope to build on this relationship and review many more promotional items in the future.


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The paper it was printed on was "some American Psycho business..."

With that let’s take one last look at the KFC Pulled Chicken Ultimate Burger – a sweet, BBQ beauty that’s sure to be popular on the High Street and drive-thrus across the UK. If you’re tempted I’d certainly recommend it – you won’t be disappointed! And if you are tweet us and let us know your opinion on the latest promotional item from the Colonel, leave a comment or use our new forum to discuss. We’ve got more to add to this review tomorrow from a valued contributor. Remember we are the people’s burger website!


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The real KFC Pulled Chicken Ultimate Burger...

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Thursday, 28 August 2014

Three Brothers Burgers Blue Brothers Burger

Three Brothers Burgers - Blue Brothers Burger

Website: http://www.threebrothersburgers.co.uk/

What they say:

Our burgers are made in house, using 28 day aged Herefordshire beef, served in a soft, glazed brioche bun with Three Brothers house dressing, baby gem lettuce and red onion. Our burgers are served pink, please let us know if you prefer yours well done.

Price: £8.00 for the burger only.

Calories: Unknown.

About three months ago now Burger Lad® was sent a link from a good friend saying “I bet you’ve seen this.” Well I hadn’t. He’d sent me a link to a great forum and this particular thread was discussing guess what…!? BURGERS! I soon joined in the conversation and felt right at home. Because on there you have passionate people talking about & sharing photos of burgers they’d either eaten out or made themselves. And there are some really good creations going on! Anyway… I’ve asked these good folk if they want to contribute to your favourite burger review website and I’m over the moon someone has accepted our invitation. Burger Lad® presents Yetman and the Three Brothers Burgers Blue Brothers Burgers…


So, I'd planned to cook dinner for my family this evening, promising them fish and home-made chips. Everybody loves home-made chips so of course, they were very much looking forward to it. As the end of the working day drew closer however, it was drawn to my attention that today was National Burger Day... WHAT? How could I not have known this?!?! So the fish and chips were straight out the window, the wife stormed off in a mood, the kids were in tears but Burger Day is Burger Day and if I ate anything else but a burger on that day well then I'd never be able to live with myself. I'm sure they'll understand one day.

So off I sauntered to a fairly new and promising burger joint in Bristol town centre, on a boat no less. The exterior looked welcoming, and they had a sign up saying 'National Burger Day!' which got rid of any remaining shreds of guilt I had from earlier....see, it is important. There's a sign. The interior was swish, clean and I was immediately attended to by a nice Australian waitress and taken to a table and asked if I would like to eat today. Well of course young miss, for it is of course, National Burger Day!


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Inside Three Brothers Burgers...

I ordered a pint of Czech Pilsner while I chose my burger. The online menu seems to imply that there are only 1/2 pints, and 2/3 pints available but that's lies. Pints are available and excellent beer it is too. The burger next, and after less than a minutes thought I went for the SMOKEY BRO BURGER.

Described as:

Single patty topped with smoked Applewood cheddar, sweet cured bacon, house-made relish and crispy onions.

Excellent. I was also informed that the burgers come pink in the middle, and that I could have it well done if I wished... well, I'm usually a cook-it-right through man but when one is in the company of a chef who obviously knows what he's doing, I tend to trust him. So pink it is.

10 minutes later my burger arrives, looks good, the chips look amazing, even more so when I coat them with the secret spice mix. I give the burger a quick quality check but I'm bloody starving so tuck right in before I can realise that something is amiss.... I'm nearly halfway through it, noting the slight bitterness of the cheese, the softness of the bun, and the sweetness of the caramelised onions when HANG ON A SECOND.......there should be bacon! And these onions should be crisp! How could I not have noticed?! They'd given me the wrong burger!!


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Amazing looking chips...

Well, I called the waiter over and explained that I'd been given a different burger to what I'd ordered. He was immediately apologetic, noting that I'd been given the BLUE BROTHERS BURGER (described as a 'Single patty topped with caramelised onions and Alex James from Blur's "Blue Monday" cheese) instead. He then offered to give me my fries for free. 'Hell' he said, 'make it the beer'. So he's given me a £4.50 beer for free..... which was nice of him, as I'd already demolished half of the burger. 


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Three Brothers Burgers Blue Brothers Burger...

The thing is though, I was secretly glad he'd messed my order up, because I would never have ordered a burger with blue cheese on otherwise, let alone anything with the simpering twot Alex James' handle attached; But it was lovely. I usually expect a toasted bun, but this wasn't, and it worked. It held everything together beautifully. The potentially overpowering strength of the cheese was balanced by the sweet tang of the caramelised onions, and the pinkness of the burger only made it more juicy, no blood thankfully - this chef knows how to make a burger!


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Excellent burgers and customer service...

So this was a lesson for me today. I learned how I can like blue cheese on a burger, how toasting the bun isn't absolutely necessary, and just because lettuce is there, it doesn't mean tomatoes have to be...... I smashed the lot, and with the 20% off I also got for it being NBD meant I got everything, including the drink, for less than £9.00!

I look forward to going back to try the Smokey Bro, because if they can bowl me over with a burger I shouldn't like, I can't wait to see what they can do with a burger I will definitely like.


Burger Lad
Final look at the Blue Brothers Burger...

Once again a massive thank you to Yetman for this guest review – hope to see you again soon for the Smokey Bro!

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Burger King Summer BBQ Whopper

Review of Burger King Summer BBQ Whopper

Website: http://burgerking.co.uk/menu/summer-bbq-whopper

What they say:

Summer’s here, so come on over to our place and get your chops around our Summer BBQ Whopper®. It’s flame-grilled, 100% beef patty topped with lettuce, tomato, onion, sweet BBQ sauce, crispy bacon and cheese.

Price: £4.79 for the burger only.

Calories: 602 kcal.

Admiral Burgerbar is back again, this time getting the last glimpse of summer. The Burger King Summer BBQ Whopper that is…


This is a burger that has been around for a while, and in fact is due to be replaced next week by a new limited line-up, as Burger Lad® reported here.

I do apologise for not getting around to this sooner. There's not much excuse. Too many burgers, just one belly I suppose, but I do beg everybody's forgiveness. It may well be back in future summers, in some form or other, so it is still very worthwhile reviewing.

The Summer Whopper seems to differ from the regular Whopper with the inclusion of bacon and cheese (which are available on the aptly named Whopper Bacon & Cheese), and Burger King's BBQ sauce which, as we know from the Rodeo, is really rather good.



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BK Promotional Picture...

Like the Whopper, this includes tomato. From the photo on the summer range marketing materials, the tomato slices look very prominent. As you know, I'm not a great fan of fresh tomato on burgers, so that may have served to put me off all this while.

However, Burger Lad® asked very nicely so it's off to BK I go.

At the start it was a bit annoying, frankly. The staff seemed to make it look busier than it actually was. Most frustratingly, the one lady at the tills seemed intent on clearing all the existing orders (about 4 or 5 receipts laid out on the counter) before making eye contact to take new orders. So that wasted a bit of time.

Anyway, I finally put in my order, waited a short while, then took it back to my table. The BBQ smell was present as I walked, with its sweet tones, and my mouth was watering before I sat down.


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No promotional boxes at BK...

Opening the box and the presentation looked neat. The burger was tucked in a paper wrap with bacon, onion and tomato poking tantalisingly out. Well, bacon and onion poking tantalising out. Tomato was crashing the party.

All Whoppers have quite a girth and this was no exception. It's a substantial offering for £4.79.

I duly got the photos before discarding the tomato. I dislike waste and should have asked for the tomato to be left out, but I was perplexed with the serving delay and forgot.


Burger Lad
The real Summer BBQ Whopper...

With the first bite I got the double taste whammy I was expecting. The trademark grilled beef taste of BK's cooking, and the sweet (very sweet) barbeque sauce hit. All good, so far.

As the two large slices of tomato stared up at me from the tray, I got stuck in further.

Lettuce, cheese, onion. All in here and all rather generous. But my taste buds had to hunt quite hard for them.

Strangely enough, although I'm assuming it is the same stuff, the barbeque sauce didn't quite announce itself as clearly as it did on the Long Rodeo. Perhaps because summer is nearly over, and it's getting tired.


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Lifting the lid on the Summer Whopper...

Anyway the bacon did. Bacon is probably one of the all-time great burger toppings. It tends to enhance the beef without taking over completely.

A word for the Whopper bun too. It looks a bit pale, ironically for a summer special, but it is a substantial size for the patty and its toppings, holds together just fine and does the job asked of it. I'd probably darken it a bit, but that's largely aesthetic. It tastes fine.


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We'll be back next Tuesday...!

So, the Summer BBQ Whopper from Burger King, just in time for the end of summer and BK's new offerings next week.

Goodbye summer. I'm off to do my Christmas shopping now.


Thanks Admiral. We’ll be back to Burger King next week to try out those Euro Trip promotional burgers!

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Wednesday, 27 August 2014

KFC Big Daddy Burger

Review of KFC Big Daddy Burger

Website: http://www.kfc.co.uk/

What they say: Bring a big appetite because with a whole chicken breast fillet, hash brown, bacon and slice of cheese barely contained between the toasted sesame bun, you're going to have to be hungry. Oh, and there's Heinz Ketchup and our signature mayonnaise in there too.

Price: £3.99 for the burger only.

Calories: 655 kcal.

Today in the UK is National Burger Day and bizarrely Burger Lad® is not participating. Well every day is Burger Day in our world. Anyway… today also saw the launch of a KFC UK & Ireland Twitter account - we’re honoured to be one of their first followers! So to celebrate this momentous occasion our very own Admiral Burgerbar checked out the Big Daddy Burger.


This was either a new branch or one benefitting from a recent refurbishment. I have seen some KFC branches that look like they haven't been refitted since Milli Vanilli were in the charts. The garish colours aren't my favourite, but it looks and feels new, and the lighting is nice.


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Inside KFC...

These aren't necessarily the main things one thinks about, or even writes about when visiting a fast food outlet, but I admit I'm procrastinating a bit, because today's burger was just so bland.

The Big Daddy from KFC is essentially a variation on the Fillet Tower burger, with the chicken fillet, cheese, hash Brown, lettuce etc. The differences are that it includes bacon, fresh tomato and peppery mayo.


Burger Lad
What's in the box...?

It was made up from scratch by a very polite and friendly member of KFC staff. The box is the same as provided for the Fillet Burger. If I recall, the Zinger gets its own box. Big Daddy, apparently not. I'll come back to the Zinger later...

So, sitting down and opening my burger up to get the inside photos, I first removed the slices of tomato. They looked big and they looked fresh, and those of you who like tomato on your burger would like those. I don't.


Burger Lad
Lifting the lid...

Next, the bacon. Three fairly conservative pieces draped across the burger. They looked a bit limp and as I ate through the whole burger, I just didn't get the bacon taste at all.

The chicken fillet was as per usual at KFC. A good chunk of breast coated in their crispy goodness - and covered in cheese.

The peppery mayo was probably the most interesting thing in there. It did give a faint hint of bite, something to raise a smile, but it was very much on its own in cutting through the blandness.


Burger Lad
KFC Big Daddy Burger...

The Big Daddy isn't a bad burger. It isn't a great burger. It's just OK. And that brings me to the main problem with it. The Zinger.

The Zinger or the Zinger Tower are such good basic high street burgers, that the Big Daddy and the Fillet burgers aren't interesting enough by comparison. That little injection of spice in the Zinger sets it far above others, and although the peppery mayo in the Big Daddy was trying ever so hard, it just couldn't match its cousin's jazz.


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Are you more of a Zinger person...?

So there you go. The Big Daddy from KFC. It isn't a Zinger.


Harsh from the Admiral today, it's all these posh London-based burger joints he's been getting in. Don't worry KFC I still love you... in fact reading this and seeing the pictures has made me want to go out and get KFC now...

And don't forget... two Big Daddy Burgers can nearly re-create that infamous Double Down!!

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Monday, 25 August 2014

Red Dog Saloon The Punisher

Review of Red Dog Saloon The Punisher

Website: http://www.reddogsaloon.co.uk/

What they say:

Our award-winning smoker has been imported from the USA and is built to recreate the cooking process of those original fire pits. We use the traditional American woods of hickory and mesquite to give a full smoke flavour, and the meat stays in the smoker for up to 16 hours. Choose fat ‘n’ juicy 6oz or smash ‘n’ grab 2 x 3oz patties. With 16 hour smoked pork butt, applewood smoked bacon and American cheese.

Price: £11.45.

Calories: Unknown.

Burger Lad® returns with another review from our Principal Burger Critic – this time he’s here to check out the Red Dog Saloon “The Punisher”… Prepare to meat your maker!!


The Red Dog Saloon is seemingly well known in the bearded hipster area of Hoxton, and now they have a new branch called "south" in Clapham, and it's there, over the river, that I'm headed.



Burger Lad
Outside Red-Dog South...

The reason it is well known, on the internet anyway, is for its meat - Burgers and ribs. And fame is aided in no small amount by The Devastator, apparently legendary in these parts. Look it up - I won't be having one of these today. For a start, it's £24, and secondly it is 18oz of meat.

The burgers on the menu come as 6oz - either a thick patty or two thin ones. Only with the former can the cooking be requested as anything other than well done. I suppose it makes sense - very hard to medium cook a thin 3oz patty.

So, for that reason, I feel compelled to order The Punisher (one step down from the Devastator on the menu). Partly because it has a 6oz patty which I can have cooked medium, and partly because it includes an underlay of pulled pork - something our commander-in-chief Burger Lad® is very fond of.

Speaking of which, the Devastator Challenge, which involves devouring the Devastator, fries and a milkshake in ten minutes, I'm quite sure would present no problem whatsoever for our fearless leader, but today the Admiral is having the Punisher. Essentially a thick bacon cheeseburger with pulled pork. Yum.

It arrives on a wooden plank and the first thing that hits me is the smell. Meaty, cheesy goodness.


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The Punisher at Red Dog Saloon...

With the first bite, there's a bit of slide and I get only pork. But my god, it's good!

The burger as a whole is a bit of a beast. The bottom bun is already degrading with the sauce and I know it's going to be a challenge.

I pick up a few errant bits of pork with my fork and reconfirm that it is indeed bloody tasty. Overall, I wouldn't exactly say it holds together. It's a dirty beast and it is itching to get out of its cage.


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It's a dirty beast...

Less than halfway through, I'm proved right as the pulled pork escapes entirely.

But this gives me two glorious meals in one. The fantastic BBQ pork on one side, and the bacon cheeseburger on the other.

So as hard as it is setting the pork aside, let's get to the beef. Cooked medium as per my request, with a crusty barbeque grilled outside, this is an example of people who really, really know how to cook meat.


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Lifting the lid of The Punisher...

This beef perfection, with the cheese and sauce attacking it from both sides, is fantastic. It's hard not to start imagining the next bite before the current one is finished. So, so, so good.

As we know, bacon makes everything better and this is no exception. It comes through loud and clear with every bite.


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16 hour slow cooked pulled pork...

This is a very good burger, and makes me realise that all the other burgers on the menu are also very good. Therefore, as a burger destination, Red Dog Saloon gets a big fat 
Burger Lad® thumbs up.

Gauntlet down, next time Burger Lad® himself visits the capital - the Devastator Challenge............


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Bit of a mess... tastes better than the rest...


Thanks Admiral Burgerbar – to quote Devastator in the 1986 animated Transformers: The Movie. If I was presented with The Devastator I’d say exactly what he says in the battle with the Autobots: Prepare for extermination…

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Sunday, 24 August 2014

Real Burger 6oz Mexican Deluxe Steak Burger

Review of Real Burger Cheltenham 6oz Mexican Deluxe Steak Burger

Website: http://www.realburgercheltenham.com/

What they say:

REAL BURGER only uses 100% pure, Gloucestershire beef, finest chicken fillets, fresh baked bread and hand-cut chips, with tasty toppings & spicy sauces. MEXICAN - With chilli Cheddar cheese, jalapenos, salsa & hot sauce.

Price: £5.95 for the burger only. £7.95 with soft drink and chips, £8.95 with any cider, lager or real ale and chips.

Calories: Unknown.

I was looking for a real burger after the disappointment of the “Mexican Fail” on Friday. And what better place to exorcise that misconstructed Mexican infringement of the trade descriptions act than our favourite local – Real Burger.

This is not the first Burger Lad® review of Real Burger in Cheltenham. Previous visits included the 6oz New Yorker & Bacon and our most popular review of all time – the 8oz BBQ Classic.


If anyone is thinking of visiting this regency town for a regency standard burger Real Burger is tucked away just off the High Street in Cheltenham on Grosvenor Street. Real’s menu is pretty impressive without becoming too busy. They’ve got a great range of meal deals (they also serve booze!) and burgers are available in 4oz, 6oz and 8oz patty sizes – I’ve also heard rumours of a secret menu 12oz version too. Check out their menu, they have an impressive array of flavour combinations and sometimes feature special meats such as Llama and Zebra.

On this occasion I was going with their 6oz Mexican Deluxe Steak Burger and having not been since April 2013 (sorry guys!) I was very much looking forward to my return…


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Real Burger 6oz Mexican Deluxe Steak Burger...

I had previous described Real Burger as “the real place to be for quality home-made burgers” and after checking out a shed load since my last visit I was looking to see how that statement held up. I was not disappointed. All burgers are cooked to order here and we were told by the guy serving called Chris that it would be about 15 minutes. No problem… we went and got a couple of Shakes 2GO which is only two doors down – also awesome!

So as the burgers finished cooking the burger bar filled with an awesome smell. I was getting really hungry at this point and damn it smelt good. I held the tomato on this order as I didn’t want to see it go straight in the bin. When you order you are asked if you want salad and/or mayo on your burger so it seemed a no-brainer to leave it off.

The Mexican arrived and I unwrapped it as quickly as possible. There’s no attempt at pretty presentation here and no skewers involved. Don’t get me wrong, the burgers look good, real good but they don’t need to try and hide behind “fancy” presentation.


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Damn tasty burger today in Cheltenham...

OK after filming our latest episode of Burger Lad® TV which you can see below (please excuse the debris on the face AGAIN) we went to work on the Mexican.

The patty was cooked perfectly but it has an awesome, smoky, straight off the grill taste which does not get lost amongst its other components. The freshness and quality stands up for itself and boasts a beefy brilliance I’ve not tasted recently. Amazing beef patty, I can’t sing its praises enough and I recommend getting amongst one ASAP to try any of their tempting menu items.

After the disappointment of the burger on Friday I was looking for a proper Mexican standoff and the toppings used by Real worked 100% - this really was AAA standard! There were a respectable number of Jalapeños on-board, about four or five I believe. The salsa was fresh, served cold on the Mexican but was great mixed with the Jalapeños and red onion. Yum! This was bordering on orgasmic in terms of enjoyment! The star of the show was the hot sauce. This really did have a kick to it and basically was EXACTLY what I wanted and expected of a Mexican burger. Great! Really, really great.


The cheese had been added to the patty while still on the grill and had melted perfectly over the beef. It had a kick to it which contributed to the spice levels which to my palate were spot on.


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AAA burger from Real Burger...

Overall the 6oz Mexican Deluxe Steak Burger from Real Burger is a real winner. Go and check it out, you won’t be disappointed. If spicy food is a bit too much for you then you might struggle but any chilli heads out there won’t find it any more than a little tickle. And what an absolute delight it is.

Chris was a really friendly guy who had a great knowledge of the business and its product so we can’t commend you highly enough. Good work Sir! And after I had finished filming I looked to my left to see him watching the “episode” in-front of him with a smile on his face – so thanks again! He also confirmed they will go up-to anything like 30oz as well as long as you pay for the additional ounces.




In previous reviews I have mentioned other Cheltenham establishments proclaiming to be the “best by far” – don’t make me laugh! Real Burger is easily the BEST burger place in the town and having sampled burgers from multiple places since starting this website I dare say it has shot back in at number one on my list of any place I’ve been to. I’m seriously already planning my next visit it was that DAMN good! 

Because of the quality, fresh ingredients used you don't get that burger hangover which can hit you after some of the High Street offerings. And at under eight quid with chips and a soft drink you'd have to have brain damage to go anywhere else!

We mentioned secret menu items earlier in this review and you can check out Miss Milkshake's expert analysis of Real's current offering - the Peanut Butter and Jelly Burger right here.

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