Remember Big Kahuna Burger? If you’re a big Quentin Tarantino fan you should. That’s that Hawaiian burger joint. Well, if Brad had gone to that Kiwi burger joint instead, Jules Winfeld would have found Burgerfuel providing the cornerstone of his nutritious breakfast. Burgerfuel is pretty much the Big Kahuna of our local burger joints. As you might guess the theme is burgers and motor vehicle references. For you vegetarians and vegans out there, I can say as an avid meat fan that their offerings for you are often my preferred choice when I dine here.
However, on this particular day, I was lacking leftovers and packing a heavy hunger, so I logged onto the Burgerfuel website to see if they had any special production models on the lot. I tell you, the thought of crispy onion rings, smoky cheddar, and Manuka smoked BBQ had me revved up for a test drive.
See, here’s the thing though. For me, crispy onion rings in a burger are a tricky prospect. Just about any self respecting burger will offer rings of onion, what I want in a situation like this are some sweet one and a half inch rims that provide a crunchy ride through the molars. Losing that character is all too easy when the onions are sweating away in the batter and riding shotgun next to the burger sauce. That was the case here. Also, if smokiness in sauce and cheese to you calls to mind tailgating and cookouts, there’s a good chance you won’t find enough here to trouble even the most asthmatic kitten. The flavour’s there, don’t get me wrong, but it doesn’t swagger through like Lash LaRue, spurs all jingling and jangling. At $13.50 for the burger, it’s a hefty premium over the more generic fast food counterparts, but you’ll probably feel better for the indulgence afterwards.
The onion rings with lemon aioli were a fine side on their own though. Fresh and crispy like great batter on a fillet of fish, my biggest complaint was:
How are you going to give me this puny little sauce pot for this hulking loop of onion? They’re so crispy that trying to pinch the rings into an oblong shape normally resulted in a loose battered shard bracelet that was difficult to push through the sauce.
Oh, you wanted to know about the fries? The fries were fine, I don’t know if they think I need to watch my sodium because they weren’t seasoned all that much, but the aioli makes up for a lot. I don’t know what it is but often I find fries from kebab shops most to my liking, so that gives you an idea of where my tastes lie.
So, the BBQ Roadster is good enough for a joyride if you’re bored with your current model of choice, but if you’re a smoky flavour enthusiast, you might be better with another model and sparing yourself any unmet expectations. You could even buy another burger and put some onion rings in that one yourself.