The first rule of Burger Club: Burgers are made of beef. The team of sandwich eating professionals that brought you Winnipeg’s Best Club House, Reuben and Gyro, now embark on a life long quest to find Winnipeg’s best burgers. Yes, burgers – we’re going to rate the best Bacon, Cheese, Chili, Fatboy, Greek and Mushroom burgers. I know what you’re thinking – there are already several lists for Winnipeg’s Best Burger – but we bring the science – we have spreadsheets!
Burger Club was waiting for the long cold winter to be over so we could enjoy a burger under the sun on the Market Burger rooftop patio at 645 Corydon Ave. Today was finally the day and it was cooking under the clear blue sky. We needed the overhead shade curtains to keep from getting as hot as our burgers. April exclaimed, “the atmosphere of the roof top patio was fantastic!” We were nestled in the corner, sheltered by walls featuring angelic artworks, a smooching couple and a wonderful definitive Manitoba banner.
Our group arrived at 11:30 to beat the lunch rush and staff were ready for us. One long table for 14 was setup with menus laid out, and as Russ commented, the “comfiest patio chairs ever!” Our server and hostess were great; enthusiastic and gave me a quick tour of the well stocked bar and museum that included a Jennifer Jones curling rock.
Back on the roof, they brought drinks quickly and started taking orders as soon as most of our group had arrived. There were a couple of latecomers and it seemed the waitress had a system; she finished putting in all the orders she'd just taken before coming back with menus for the new arrivals and writing down their orders. It wasn't a long wait before the platters were delivered sequentially to happy faces in the same order they were placed.
Each meal came on a sturdy wooden board covered in red butcher paper. Most people ordered a side, but I didn't, and the burger was placed at one end as if to point out “this is where the fries should have gone.”
Most of us spec’ed out our own personal build-a-burger while two diners couldn't resist the allure of the Mac n’ Cheese. A couple of rebels ordered the chili-bison and butter chicken burgers. They're on probation now. We all had either the Brioche or the Multigrain Kaiser bun and the crowd favorite was clearly the Kaiser. For many the Brioche was a little dry and crumbly. Karen commented the “Brioche bun was soft and when I compressed down the assembly, it squished until I hit a solid plank of burger.”
Most of our burgers were customized and there was great variety. Someone made the observation that if your burger wasn't what you wanted, you could only blame yourself. Russ expressed “Upon my first bite Karen commented "well, that's a happy look" and it was.”
Some of the comments were that the patty was seasoned with salt and had a nice crispy crust. Overall it was a very tasty, filling burger. The patty was juicy and well cooked. It was flavourful without having to add chili. Another diner wrote “Chili has an extra good amount of heat“.
The lettuce and tomatoes were fresh and onions were sautéed to perfection. Jalapeño relish was delicious - good spice. I think it really depended on your topping buddies - some diners thought the cheese and mushrooms got lost while others enjoyed the cheese. Some thought their burger wasn't saucy enough, others found it messy. Consider your toppings carefully – it may be the most important decision you make all day!
Stephanie had the Match Stick Fries and wrote “Shoe string fries!!!” on her review slip ‘cause that says it all.
When I was entering in the ratings later, newbie Mark had scored “comfort” low. Why? He got the wobbly table. Somebody always gets the wobbly table.