From August 13 through August 18, Portland held its annual Burger Week, where participating establishments sold their own special burgers for $5.00. I managed to get to six places this year, so I am breaking it up into a three-part series (two burgers highlighted per post).
With my crazy busy schedule these days, I'm fortunate whenever I can break away during the week for an extended lunch or can leave the office earlier than normal. Thanks to both such events occurring during Portland Burger Week (August 13-18), I honestly got to more places than I initially thought I'd get to.
All special burgers during Portland Burger Week were $5.00. For this reason, the burgers were usually on the smaller side, because otherwise they'd probably be selling it just to cover food costs. So much like Portland Pizza Week, patrons are encouraged to tip generously.
Whenever I could get a knife, I got one so I could cut the burger in half for a cross-section photo.
I went to Foster Burger for burger #1. The Jimmy Pesto Burger featured a burger topped with nut-free pesto, mozzarella, arugula, and tomato. I'm a big pesto fan, so I was a fan. A nice touch to add arugula for an added flavor dimension. Otherwise, the patty looked pre-formed and not handmade. A tall pub-like sesame seed bun here.
For burger #2, I headed to Alberta Street Pub for the Can't Banh Mi Love burger: Carlton Farms seasoned pork belly loaded with ginger, lemongrass, rose bean curd, cilantro, and Thai chiles, served on a pub bun with fresh jalapenos, cilantro, pickled veggies, and sweet chili aioli. One of my favorites this year. Great crunch and flavor from the pickled veggies, lovely kick from the jalapenos, and what appeared to be a juicy, hand-formed pork patty.
Be sure to check back next week for two more blog posts on Portland Burger Week burgers!