Teddy’s Bigger Burgers from Hawaii in Greenbelt 3 Puts Up a Good FightSeptember 9, 2014
Aside from a burger’s taste, I am after the experience of eating the burger. Every burger I take on is similar to a boxing match. A bite into it is like going for the punch, and halfway through I expect to struggle against the limits of my stomach. I need to feel that dread in the possibility of not being able to finish a burger versus wanting to clean my plate. As a number of new burger places opened up, I was often let down at how easy the fight was, and I braced myself for the local franchise of Hawaii’s Teddy’s Bigger Burger to be one of those overhyped, overpriced burger joints from abroad. I was proven wrong—so very wrong.
As Teddy’s hails from Hawaii, the place was decorated to have the feel of a modern late-night burger joint with Hawaiian accents such as surfboards and the occasional grass-skirted girl icon. The décor did right in being enough of a tribute to Hawaii without becoming kitschy.
It’s not fast food, but you start by ordering at the counter. Customers get a dizzying array of choices for the burger itself, from the size (with the smallest at 5oz, and the biggest at 9oz.), how you want your patty cooked, the bun (lettuce, their signature potato bun, and wheat), sauce, and toppings. If you’re undecided, the “true” Teddy’s experience is in a medium patty with a potato bun and everything on it. You can choose from pre-set toppings like the Cajun, Hawaiian Style, Kailua, and Bacado to make that burger extra special. I opted for a Cheeseburger Kailua (with Teddy’s homemade teri sauce, grilled onions, and Swiss cheese) as I wasn’t feeling too adventurous that day, but I am intrigued by the Bacado variant topped with avocado, cheddar cheese, and bacon.
Burgers are cooked only upon order, so be prepared for a few more minutes wait before your order is served. As said, this isn’t fast food.
The patty is made of 100% ground chuck flown in from the United States to ensure the quality of the burger. Their ground chuck patty is what made it Hawaii’s best burger for three years in a row, and the people behind Teddy’s aims to replicate that same experience here. I have not had the pleasure of visiting Hawaii and I can’t compare, but the Cheeseburger Kailua (PHP 549 for the Combo) I had was a sublime. The medium patty brings out the full meatiness of the burger. For the Kailua toppings, it gave the burger a kind of caramelized finish with their onions, a welcome aftertaste of sweetness after the hefty portions of meat. For those who are unsure about what makes a potato bun different, is that it is slightly sweeter than your average dough, and is mamon-soft to the touch.
I got the fight I was looking for, and what a fight it was. I was knocked out by Teddy’s Bigger Burger, and I’d go back and do it all over again.