Location: 6039 Erin Mills Parkway, Mississauga
Here’s a complaint I’m pretty sure I’ve never made before: the burger at Gladiator Burger has too much beef. It’s too beefy.
Is that even a thing? I feel like Peter in that episode of Family Guy where he lies about going to the doctor and claims he was told he was “in too good of shape.” That’s not a thing, is it?
I ordered the Gladiator Burger: “two beef patties, beef bacon, two slices Canadian cheddar cheese, caramelized onions, tomato, lettuce, pickles & Gladiator aioli.”
The menu says that the patties are six ounces each, but I wouldn’t be surprised if they were actually closer to eight. They’re enormous.
I actually had a surprisingly hard time cutting it in half, because the burger was almost as tall as the plastic knife. The knife went about 80 percent of the way in. It was nuts.
Too much beef or not, however: it’s a very good burger.
The patties had a decent amount of crust from the griddle and a mild but satisfying beefy flavour. The texture was great; the grind was nice and coarse, and they weren’t too tightly packed.
They were cooked all the way to well done, and I wish they were a little bit juicier, but they were quite good. They were top-notch patties.
It’s clearly too much beef, though. It should have either been a single, or had two smaller patties. It’s good quality beef, but it would have needed to be phenomenal for me to want that much of it. It’s overwhelming. It’s the equivalent of ordering a triple (or a quadruple) at a regular burger joint. It’s excessive.
Everything else was solid. The crispy beef bacon (which I’m pretty sure was deep fried) was satisfying, the cheddar was nice and melty (though American would have been preferable), and the griddled onions suit the burger perfectly. The Gladiator aioli was the standard tangy mayo.
The bun was quite good as well, holding up nicely to the enormous burger without being too dense or substantial.
I should reiterate that it was a really, really good burger; it’s easily the best burger in Mississauga, though that’s not exactly a tall mountain to climb. I just wish there were a little bit less of it. I won’t say that I was not entertained, but I could have been more entertained (what, did you think I was going to get through this whole review without a strained Gladiator reference? Come on). It’s also a bit pricey at almost twenty bucks for a combo — but then it’s like a pound of decent quality beef, so I guess the price makes sense.
As for the fries, they had a mild stale oil flavour, but were otherwise really good.