We head to BURGER in Edinburgh to learn how-to cook up a batch of awesome Teriyaki Tofu Burgers.
How did you get started?
Burger was started when we noticed a gap in the market between the likes of McDonald’s and the upmarket $10 pub burger. We felt we wanted to do something high-quality where nothing was bought-in or frozen. We like to think of ourselves as a restaurant that does fast-food rather than a fast-food outlet run by autobots (see Terminator).
Where are you located?
Our first location is on Fountainbridge near Cargo and our second location is opening in August on Shandwick Place.
What are your specialities?
Burgers are obviously our specialty but there’s a lot more to it than that. We have a specials menu that changes every two weeks and includes hot dogs, desserts and guest beer. We take our inspiration from all over the world – sometimes a classic national dish or we think of a stupid name and try to work it out from there. We also noticed that Britain was really missing proper milkshakes. We make our own sorbets and ice creams for our shakes, without any stabilizers or additives and we use a lot of it. We’ve also started doing boozy shakes which have been really popular.
What's your personal favorite thing on the menu?
We do really good veggie burgers made from tempeh, roast chickpeas and beetroot among other ingredients. Looking out for vegetarians, and those with gluten intolerance is very important to us. We feel people with those dietary requirements get neglected in this kind of market so we like to accommodate them as much as possible. We’re always on the lookout locally for some cool guest beers.
What's on the stereo?
We have a varied playlist as we all have different tastes and we like our customers to have an input too. You can check out our jukebox on Secret DJ and request anything you’d like to hear.
Where else should we visit in your area?
Preacher’s Patisserie on Lady Lawson Street is a favourite. It’s a tiny, unassuming, family-run place that makes the best scones in town. They’re also happy to try anything you request and take orders for their amazing cupcakes. Loudon’s next door is always a busy breakfast place. And the Hanging Bat is a must for great beers.
Do you host any special events?
We are taking part in this year’s Lupe Pinto’s Chili Cook-off at the end of September. You can get your tickets at their shop on Leven Street. We’re also going to make our spaces available for private hire and we can cater to any tastes. Suggestions for other events are always welcome.
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