BRGR

Burgers, burgers, burgers – that’s all that seems to be happening with the Glasgow food scene at the moment. I have to admit, when I heard yet another burger joint was opening, my heart sank a bit. But as with any new establishment, I was intrigued to see what they can offer that’s different to others & was happy to be invited along to a blogger event they were holding.

BRGR should not be mixed up with the London chain, BRGR co. The name BRGR actually stands for Black Rabbit Great (Western) Road, keeping the spirit of the prior Black Rabbit premises alive through the name. BRGR is the brainchild of Chris who decided to replace Black Rabbit into a burger place following a flood which ruined much of the interior of Black Rabbit in June.

Although not a large venue, BRGR already has it’s own character that it evident when you walk in. This is in part thanks to the reclaimed furniture & decorations used to kit out the venue. The lights are reclaimed & refurbished, the chairs are old school chairs & my favourite part is the crates used to border the stairs. Not only are these old crates, but they are actually antiques which were handpicked by Chris himself & then broken up to create this amazing structure.

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Now down to the food. I’ve actually been talking with a few people about this since I visited BRGR. When you go to a burger place, you often find it’s either the burger itself or the overall package that seals the deal for you. For me, BRGR won me over with the overall package. The menu is relatively small, with 8 burgers ( 3 beef, 2 chicken, 1 lamb & 1 veggie), a kid’s menu & a host of sides. Some thought has went into the burger names to give them a quirky, tongue in cheek name such as “A Special O’Cajun”, “The Shroom with a Pew” & my favourite, “The Barbie…Ken?”.

BRGR

I opted for “The Hot Coo”, which as the name suggests was their spicier offering with a spicy beef patty, salami, cheese, chipolte mayo, roast jalapenos & salad. The patty itself was slightly salty, which I quite liked & was clearly made from steak mince as it was a bit meatier than other burgers I had. The salami again was slightly salty but has such a nice, almost smokey flavour to it that it nicely accompanied the chipolte mayo. My favourite part of it was the use of fresh jalapenos. Most restaurants think nothing of opening a jar & flinging on a few pickled jalapenos & charging £1+ for it but BRGR have went the extra mile, using fresh ingredients.

Burgers

Now the sides, where do I start? There are loads to choose from- fries to wings to slaw & salad – & we were lucky to try all of them. The stand-out sides for me were:

  • Sweet Potato Fries – crispy yet fluffy & pre seasoned. Possibly the best I’ve ever tasted
  • Onion Rings – the batter was like, almost tempura like & it didn’t fall apart as soon as you bit into it
  • Corn on the Cob with Jalapeno Butter – you may automatically think it would be spicy because of the jalapeno butter but it actually provided a nice, sweet & smokey flavour that worked so well with the natural sweetness of the corn
  • Coleslaw – another place that has put a lot of thought & refinement into their coleslaw recipe. It is creamy with a hint of garlic which makes it stand out from the rest

Sides

As you can tell I was really impressed with BRGR & the amount of thought that has went into each element of every dish they have. But it doesn’t end there! No, they also have created a “Hawder”, which if you’re Scottish, is as it sounds, it’s a holder for your burger to stop it falling out & your hands getting so messy. A total ingenious invention & worked a treat!! Their milkshakes also deserve a mention – 4 scoops of Crolla ice cream with some milk, with flavours from traditional vanilla & chocolate to modern classics such as kinder & cookies & cream (Oreo) available, not to mention some boozy options with spirits such as Kahlua & Kraken Rum.

Milkshake

Given its location, I think BRGR has a promising future as there are no dedicated burger outlets in that area of the West End, given Ketchup is a good 15-20 mins walk away. Coupled with the fact that they do take away, it is sure to be a hit with local businesses for lunch time munchies! I’m already planning my next trip as I have to try the cajun chicken burger (I have a slight obsession)!

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Ketchup West End

This was my first visit back to Ketchup since I began Get Stuffed! Ketchup is located in the well-known Ashton Lane in Glasgow’s West End & is well known amongst burger lovers (they also have branches in Shawlands & Dundee).

We went along as a large group for a friend’s birthday. As Ketchup does not take bookings, we had to take refuge in their sister bar for the best part of an hr until a table was available. Ketchup is known for their wide range of burgers with toppings varying from haggis, satay to a full breakfast! They also have a range of vegetarian burgers & specialised burgers including venison & wagyu beef.

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Having been to Ketchup previously, I knew to only order a burger each & a side to share due to the size of the burgers. Between us, we ordered an Arriba! Arriba! (Beef burger with guacamole, salsa, chilli jack cheese, bacon & jalapenos) & an Incredible Hulk (beef with smoked bacon & green peppercorn sauce). We decided to tackle 2 sides & ordered onion rings & peri-peri chicken wings. Ketchup has a couple of quirks – the first being their K sauce which is their house ketchup. I can’t fault it as a ketchup as it goes nice with the sides but doubt I would go as far as to purchase a bottle. Another is their milkshakes which they present in old school milk bottles with a straw.

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Our burgers arrived on wooden slates accompanied with a pot of coleslaw. We split each burger to try both & had a nibble at the chicken wings. As far as good wings go, these were not up there. There was no hint of peri-peri seasoning & they just tasted like normal, oven baked wings. The rest of the meal made up for it. The arriba! arriba! I tried first & it did not disappoint. The guacamole tasted fresh, the salsa & jalapenos provided a good tang & the bacon was plentiful & not too fatty. The Hulk on the otherhand, tasted just like a burger topped with bacon. It was disappointing as I had expected the peppercorn sauce to have more of a distinct flavour. Others who had the same burger also expressed their disappointment. The onion rings made up for this. They are massive & take a bit of eating. But unlike other onion rings, which have the onion fall out on the first bite, these stay in tact & are very moreish.

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Ketchup is one of my fav burger joints in Glasgow. Although one burger did not quite meet expectations, I am already planning my next trip back!

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