Location: 4870 Tomken Road, Mississauga
Burger Maker is a bit of an odd concept. Apparently it started out as a place called Sweets House that specialized in kunafe, a very tasty Middle Eastern dessert.
It’s a burger joint now, though the kunafe remains on the menu, and the Sweets House signage can still be seen in the restaurant.
I think it’s safe to say that there aren’t many restaurants in the world that specialize in hamburgers and kunafe, so that’s interesting. Alas, I didn’t try the kunafe — they only sell it in big, shareable trays that they make to order.
I did, of course, try a hamburger.
I got the BM Burger (should someone tell them that BM has… other meanings?), which comes topped with pickles, tomato, onion, lettuce, and BM sauce (seriously, someone should say something).
The patty is grilled, which is a nice change of pace, with a decent amount of flavour and texture from the grill. Its flavour is a bit odd, however — I wouldn’t call it a full-blown meatloaf burger, but it’s definitely spiced with something beyond salt and pepper, and the spicing is mixed right into the meat, giving it a slightly sausage-like texture.
Thankfully, the spicing isn’t too assertive, but it’s enough to cover up whatever mild beefy flavour that the patty might have had. It’s not unpleasant to eat, but it tastes muddled — it’s not particularly meatloafy, and it’s not particularly burgery.
The well done patty was also a bit on the dry side, with a texture that’s slightly too finely ground, but it’s basically okay.
The BM sauce was quite tasty, however, which is good because there was a lot of it. It’s zingy and a little bit sweet, with a nice roasted garlic flavour.
The bun was slightly oversized for the patty, but it was soft and fresh enough that it was barely an issue.
As for the fries, they weren’t great. They were overly crispy on the outside and slightly undercooked on the inside.