Thursday, March 22, 2012

The Burger Guild

The Burger Guild is located at the a la Carts Food Pavilion (SE 50th and Ivon). If you're from the Midwest (or know someone who is), make sure to go here!

Pork Tenderloin sandwiches? Dang, I didn't have to travel to the Midwest after all! But for me, it's all about the stuffed burgers. Having been to Minnesota for some Jucy Lucys, I figured this may be as close as I'd otherwise get to having another for the foreseeable future.

(FYI, another Portland cart, Lucy's Original, serves Jucy Lucys, but has not been seen for months. The last time I checked, the owners had taken a winter hiatus -- but may do rare catering appearances.)

The non-burger menu
(March 2012)
Stuffed burger menu
(March 2012)
Not surprisingly, I ordered the only burger that described anything with kick. For the Jalapeno and Cheddar stuffed burger ($7.50) sliced jalapenos and cheddar cheese are stuffed between two Cascade Natural beef patties, then grilled up.

The cheese transformed into bubbly, sexy attire. I get the picture. The beef patties became the change room to slip into something more comfortable. Aw, and look at how the cheese models jalapeno lingerie so well!

Fried onion rings and smoky chipotle are added. The latter even possesses a noticeable backend zip. Suddenly, the cheese/beef duo has perfume and a lasso to reel me in. Just perfect. This seriously calls for food porn music. The whole ensemble is so dang unfair to a gluttonous panda.

Oh, we can't forget the refreshing lettuce and tomato, because something on this burger must be healthy.

Anyway, for food photo purposes, I sliced through the middle, revealing the glorious cross-section. The cheese raced out from between the patties like a flowing river.

Jalapeno & Cheddar Stuffed Burger
(The Burger Guild)
*sings* Cry me a river...cry me a river....
In my opinion, there are very few ways I'd want to eat a burger. Stuffing cheese and chiles between meat patties would be one of them. The jalapenos still had a little crunch to it, retaining a powerful green color. The whole burger was beautiful from bun to bun. I stared down the multitude of colors like a cat plotting its attack on a mouse. Hypnotizing....

Each burger comes with free chips. You can get fries or onion rings instead for a couple bucks more.

What greeted me upon opening the takeout box
Two ideas for next time:

(1) Ask if spicier peppers can be used in these burgers. Perhaps some habaneros and ghost peppers can be sparingly added. After all, we don't want to decimate the population here, right?

(2) I must add bacon. It may cost a little more, but who cares? It's meat crack.

All the menu items sound great. I've found another place to get a great burger, and I'll have to come back for more! 8.5/10

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