I was driving to the movies the other day (to see Gravity, which is amazing, and which you should see immediately if you haven’t already) and saw the newly-opened Union Burger right nearby. Intrigued, I pulled up their website on my phone; they’re a chain, apparently, with about a dozen locations.
I hadn’t planned on eating a burger that day, but plans change.
The place is very similar to South St. Burger, right down to the round metallic trays they serve the burgers on. They have a handful of elaborately topped signature burgers, but I went with the original burger topped with tomato, pickle, and mayo. I got it as a combo with a drink and fries and it came up to less than eight bucks.
They have a convenient pager system to let you know when your order is ready, so you can sit down and wait for your disc to light up.
The grilled burger is very, very okay. It is quite possibly the most middle-of-the-road hamburger I’ve reviewed for this blog. It’s neither particularly good or particularly bad; it’s just there.
The patty doesn’t have much flavour at all, with pretty much all of the taste coming from the grill. I wouldn’t exactly describe it as juicy, though I wouldn’t call it dry, either. It tasted fresh, though it also had a very slight amount of the chewiness that you tend to find with frozen, industrially-produced burgers. I’m not sure what to make of that.
The bun and toppings were fine. The whole thing was fine. Very innocuous. I certainly wouldn’t go out of my way to eat at a Union Burger again, but if I found myself there, I wouldn’t object.
As for the fries, they were actually a bit better than average, so I guess they were the highlight.