Which brings me to the inception of the idea which sparked this article. A few weeks back, our favorite couple (Jobz and Fefu) asked us what was the best burger we’ve ever eaten in the Philippines, besides the one I make at home (humblebragz =D). Micah and I couldn’t come up with a concrete answer. As we all have seen, a lot of burger joints have been making waves in the North; 8 Cuts, Burgers and Brewskies, and the Burger Project to name a few. Thus, here we are, sampling a new burger joint every 15th and 30th of the month (yes, to coincide with payday), in our quest to find the Best Burger in the South (and yes, your suggestions are VERY welcome).
Patty (20 points) – The patty is the heart and soul of the burger. Enough said.
Composition (15 points) – This refers to the make-up of the burger. Size, toppings, condiments, its appeal to the senses, among others.
Bun (10 points) – The bun is often overlooked, but is vital in ensuring a remarkable burger experience.
Value (5) – Since not everyone has the same budget to spend on food, this was given minimal weight.
To judge each place, Micah and I will be scoring our own order, summing the scores, and adding short notes regarding a Bonus Item (side dish), be it fries, wedges, or the like.
Micah’s Pick – Big Al (Php170)
Composition (13/15) – I found the burger tasty, mostly because the pairing of bbq sauce and onion rings is one of my favorite flavor profiles. The bbq sauce could use a little less sugar and a little more smokiness.
Value (4/5) – Decent burgers at affordable prices are hard to come by. Even if the burger was more snack-sized than meal-sized, there is value to be had. Make it a little lighter on the wallet and that place would have even greater fanfare.
TOTAL SCORE = 37/50
Bun (6/10) – The thickness and diameter of the bun were just right, perfectly in proportion with all the goodness it contained. Topped with oats, it gives off the vibe that some thought was put into choosing the right bun. A little crunch and some seasoning on the inside and outside would do wonders, though. Easily replaceable.
Value (3.5/5) – Comparable in price to other mid-level joints such as Brother’s Burger and Army Navy, this burger provides an upscale ingredient list while sacrificing on the massiveness scale. Not the place to go to when you are famished. More like a place to get a mid-day snack after running some errands or getting a massage.
TOTAL SCORE = 36.5/50
Bonus Eats: Burgery Style Wedges (Php 120)
Micah (3.5/5) – The best part of the meal. Hands down. Will come back even for this only. Only thing I think they can improve on is making the wedges same-sized, to prevent the occurrence of uncrispy pieces.
Jason (3/5) – Unlike Micah, I found these pretty much meh. Like she said, some pieces weren’t crispy, even to the point of being soggy. The Burgery Sauce did not stand out and that isn’t a good sign, since it IS their trademark sauce. Some improvements to be had here.
The Burgery Total Score = 73.5/100
Kicking off this project, The Burgery was a good start. It wasn’t too good that we’d have difficulty finding something better, yet not too bad that we didn’t have a good time. There are still quite a few burger variations that we could choose from in the future, and if ever you are looking for a place to grab a quick snack (without ruining your appetite for dinner), then The Burgery is a solid choice.