Little burger joints are all the rage. It seems every city across the nation has a small franchise that churn out delicious burgers and fries, handcrafted and each with a unique twist. In my opinion, these are some of the best places to eat. Even for a Vegan/Vegetarian/Pescatarian like me. I am always on the hunt for a darn good veggie burger.
I was thrilled when I stumbled onto a fairly new place in the Edgewater, NJ area called Bareburger. Turns out it is part of an 21-unit franchise based in the New York City area. Not only that, but they offer a variety of burgers for us non-meat eaters. And if you do eat meat, you have a choice of meats like beef, turkey, wild boar, elk, bison and ostrich. Our choices as non-meat eaters were a black bean patty, a quinoa veggie patty or a portabella mushroom. I’m in.
I visited with my Mother. We are both big fans of fried pickles and on the Bareburger menu there are two varieties for an appetizer. So we got both.
She preferred the Panko Crusted Butter Pickle Chips served with buttermilk ranch dressing and a Thai chili mayo. They were crispy on the outside, tangy and juicy in the inside. The buttermilk dressing was safe while the Thai chili mayo definitely kicked the spicy factor way up.
I preferred the Cornmeal Crusted Spicy Pickle Spears with the same buttermilk ranch dressing and a whole grain maple horseradish mustard. The pickle spears were spicy on their own but I absolutely recommend the mustard sauce. Sweet, spicy and pungent.
I am still trying to recreate this mustard sauce at home and I just can’t get it nearly as good as the Bareburger version.
My Mother ordered the California Burger with the Farmer’s Quinoa Veggie Patty. The Quinoa patty is handcrafted in the Bareburger kitchen and was topped with cheddar cheese, avocado, green leaf lettuce, tomatoes, red onions and salsa verde. It’s a pretty big burger for a veggie patty- she enjoyed the fresh flavor and the crisp garnish.
FYI- the burger menu consists of 15 styles of burgers- any of which can be made with any of their protein options and on any of the 5 varieties of buns. Ketchup and mustard is not standard on any of the burgers, and truly not needed, however, it is readily available on every table.
I went with the Habanero Express burger with the portabella mushroom patty and a tapioca rice bun. The burger was excellent but the bun fascinated me the most. Tapioca rice? Yes please. The bun itself was slightly sweet and was perfect with my spicy toppings.
My toppings included pepperjack cheese, poblano pepper relish, red onions, spicy pickle chips and a habanero chipotle mayo. I really enjoyed it. The combination wasn’t too spicy but it was certainly spicy enough for me (and I like things spicy.) In general, these were not the best veggie burgers we had but they were certainly delicious.
Our sides were pretty good too. I pigged out on French fries and onion rings while Mom tried the homemade red slaw. While they weren’t our favorite things on the menu, they were all good. It was just way too much food for us and the side items were sacrificed and left behind.
Also a nice touch, there is no sticky soda machine and no Coca-Cola in sight. Bareburger serves soda made with organic evaporated cane juice- mostly from the Maine Root brand. I love about anything that comes from the brand and here I enjoyed the sarsaparilla flavor.
My Mother enjoyed her homemade lemonade made from lemons, organic sugar and mint.
I was so stuffed I couldn’t indulge in one of their milkshakes for dessert but they are no doubt calling my name. Next time I am springing for the Bananas Foster shake or the Hot Honey flavor.
There are plenty of options for anyone with any tastes including salads and sliders in addition to chicken sandwiches and brisket.
While I didn’t exactly worry about my waistline by ordering a lot of fried foods, eating very healthy here can be easily done. I look forward to my next visit soon.
As stated earlier, there are 21 locations- 19 in the greater NYC area, one in Philadelphia and one in Columbus, OH.