On Saturday of the recent long weekend, we went to Claremont Showgrounds to see the Perth Adult LEGO Society display. It was a good excuse to have lunch at Claremont Quarter and eat at Grill’d Burgers – we’ve wanted to try Grill’d for ages.
It was busy and we grabbed the last free table outside. We ordered two burgers and a regular serving of hot chips to share. Our plan was to go next door afterwards to Koko Black for dessert. Burgers, chocolate and LEGO – a perfect Saturday afternoon with my sweetheart. :)
Jac ordered the Baa Baa burger (AU$12.90), with a grilled lean lamb pattie, mashed avocado, tasty cheese, salad (tomato, lettuce and thinly sliced red onion), relish and herbed mayo. You can choose a panini or “traditional” wholemeal blend bun – we both chose traditional buns. There are buns on display at the front counter to help you decide which to order (both looked really good, though – tough decision).
The lamb pattie was flavoursome and juicy. The cheese could’ve been a little more melted but Jac enjoyed this very tasty burger.
The thick-cut chips were sprinkled with salt and Grill’d’s special herb mix. Jac wasn’t so keen on the herb seasoning but I really liked it. The chips were hot and crispy and I couldn’t stop eating them.
To go with your chips you can choose herbed mayo, tomato relish or sweet chilli mayo (70 cents each). Be warned – the herbed mayo and tomato relish dipping sauces are the same as the herbed mayo/relish that are in many of the burgers. The herbed mayo was creamy and moreish but in hindsight between our burgers and the dipping sauce there was just a bit too much herbed mayo. I really should’ve chosen sweet chilli mayo. I’m not a fan of charging extra for chip dipping sauce though.
I ordered the Summer Sunset (AU$12.50), which features beef, mashed avocado, bacon, pineapple, salad, relish and herbed mayo. They forgot my pineapple but quickly fixed that when I told them it was missing.
I love pineapple in savoury dishes – pineapple on pizza, pineapple in burgers. I love to get a deep-fried battered pineapple ring along with my fish and chips. My favourite chicken pack at Chicken Treat is the Hawaiian Pack (quarter chicken, chips and pineapple fritter). How do you feel about pineapple in your burger or pizza?
Grill’d burgers are cooked to order and “Made with Love”. Their aim is to make healthy, wholesome and nutritious burgers the old-fashioned way using fresh ingredients sourced from local small family producers – this is a philosophy I wholeheartedly support!
The beef and lamb patties are made using 100% lean meat blended with herbs and Grill’d’s signature tomato relish, with no fillers like breadcrumbs and no preservatives. The chicken burgers use fresh lean chicken breast. Their veggie patties are 100% vegan and rather than a token vegetarian option, there are three veggie burgers on the menu – the Field of Dreams (AU$11.50) sounds good, even to this carnivore: grilled field mushroom, roasted peppers, basil pesto, tasty cheese, salad and yes, the herbed mayo.
The burgers don’t look very big but they were certainly satisfying. They tasted wonderfully fresh – the cos lettuce was crisp (so much better than the floppy shredded iceberg lettuce often used in burgers), the patties were meaty, juicy and delicious. The buns held together very well despite the mashed avocado, salad and generous lashings of mayo and relish – they dripped with every bite. We took bites from each other’s burger and really enjoyed our meal.
We’ll eat at Grill’d again for sure.
So, Grill’d versus Jus Burgers – who wins?
Both had flavoursome meat patties. Both used burger-strength buns. I preferred the Turkish bun of Jus; Jac preferred Grill’d’s traditional bun. I plan to try a Grill’d panini bun next time. I liked Grill’d’s chips better than Jus Burger’s chips – they were more crispy and I loved the special herb seasoning – but Jus Burger’s onion rings reign supreme. I preferred the baby cos lettuce in the Grill’d burgers. Jac still talks about Jus Burger’s fresh lemon juice.
For me, they’re both winners and I want to eat at Jus Burgers and Grill’d again. And there are other burger bars around Perth I must try. So many great burgers, so little time.
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