There’s a Burger Renaissance Happening in Metro ManilaOctober 26, 2014
Everyone loves a good burger. It’s one of the few classic combinations that lends itself well to new riffs and versions. While the classic burger and cheeseburger will always remain the benchmark favorites, a toasted bun together with a meaty blend of chuck, shortrib or any type of beef, provides the perfect canvas for any array of toppings– from avocados to beetroot, to heavier, more carnal things like a fried egg or fatty bacon.
Though Filipino diners have always had a soft spot for American food, with the burger one of the most loved imports of all, there’s an assured pattern to its popularity. Sometimes, it’s hard to find an incredibly good burger; other times there are an influx of restaurants dedicated to the indulgent snack alone. While we have our staples, here are just a few of the restaurants and franchises devoted to this king of beef that opened in 2014, signaling a burger renaissance.
Teddy’s Bigger Burgers
A franchise from Hawaii, this outfit is known for their, well, bigger burgers. Smothered in Teri sauce, it’s the type of blend that Filipinos will grow easily accustomed to, as some of their famous toppings tend to go on the sweet side. There’s a Hawaiian style similar to our Aloha burger, which pairs beefy goodness with slices of pineapple. Another iteration even includes patties smothered in peanut butter for a sweet and savory kick. They’ve got legit potato buns too.
Teddy’s Bigger Burgers
Known as a rip-off of the world-renowned In n Out burger chain, this Cali-style joint actually has origins in China. They have the same vision and mission as In n Out too, aiming to serve 100% grass fed beef, always with fresh ingredients. Some have said that their burgers are almost as close to the real thing, but others say the taste begs to differ. Still, branches of the franchise have popped up everywhere fast, and their wild-style fries and Santa Fe wings are almost as well-known as their burgers.
Triple O’s by White Spot
Named after their famous Triple O sauce—made of hamburger relish and mayonnaise—this place in Megamall hails from Canada and is known for their Monty Mushroom burger. The patties are big and juicy, and infinitely tastier than those from your usual fast food joint. The Monty Mushroom comes slathered with cheese, Triple O sauce and plump mushrooms, whose earthiness only enhances their 100% Canadian beef (which the chain says has no extenders). Served with a pickle on the side to cut through the fattiness, Triple O’s burgers have a loyal following in Canada and is making waves here in Manila too.
SM Mega Atrium
Barely a month old, this small store in SM Pasig boasts gourmet burgers at accessible prices, and the verdict so far is that they pack a punch. There’s the Baja, with chili and avocado, and another one with watermelon relish. They’ve got a Juicy Lucy too, that infamous burger that comes with a cheesy interior that oozes from each bovine pore at every bite. Also serving wings from classic Buffalo to one smothered in mole, Burger Joint has a seemingly winning combination that is bound to bowl over even more customers.
SM Center Pasig
Big B Burgers
What makes this Maginhawa burger joint different from the rest is that their signature patty adds bacon inside the mix of ground beef, making sure that they are juicy every time. Bacon can sometimes disappoint when thrown into dishes, but adding it to a beef patty gives a smoky and pronounced porky flavor to the burgers here at Big B.