Everyone deserves a good burger. Whether it be made of Angus beef, chicken, or tofu, whether it come with sides or none, or whether it be stuffed to the gills with toppings or garnished with a single slice of cheese, every unique composition of burger-y deliciousness is meant to make someone’s tastebuds out there swoon and fall in love. With the right burger for the right person, all is right with the world.
That’s why a trip to The Burger Project is an experience that would be a crying shame to miss out on. The Burger Project is a sister company to the Pino and Pipino Vegetarian line of restaurants. If its lively chalk-art designer burger menu and bright, glowy arrow don’t draw you in, then the quirky clipboard burger assembly order form will certainly bring out the kid/ artiste/ engineer/ mad scientist in you. After completing your order form and naming your burger (yes, it’s a must) and handing it to the friendly staff, it’s just a matter of minutes before you’re brought face-to-face with your baby, your masterpiece, or in some cases, your monster of a burger. Your handiwork, your rules, your flavor.
Here are some quick (and life-saving) tips, based on my own experience, when dining for the first time at The Burger Project:
1) When handed the order form clipboard, calm yo’self. Seeing all the different buns, patties, toppings, sauces, and everything else can really feel like your five-year-old self has been unleashed on Burgerlandia – I totally get you; I’ve been there myself a few hours ago. However, it’s best to first think about what kind of burger you enjoy most, and start building from there. Getting all excitable and piling your burger with every topping conceivable and the kitchen sink may end up really difficult to eat, and cheat you of the opportunity to savor the delicious harmony of your burger.
2) Go with either a strong cheese, or a strong sauce – not both. Combining Bleu cheese and their special BRGR sauce might seem like a fun idea, but think about how their flavors may clash on your tongue. A fight for supremacy belongs in the wrestling or boxing ring; not your burger. If you do decide to combine a cheese and a sauce in your burger, opt to go with one mild-flavored cheese and one strong sauce, or vice versa.
3) Choose a bun that can keep everything together. Think about this like an engineer: as you build your burger, the more ingredients that go into it, the more you need to go with a structurally-sound (i.e. compact) bun as a good foundation. Denser, heavier buns are great for topping-heavy burgers, while light-fluffy buns are great for leaner ones.
4) Match your side dishes and drink with your burger. Just as having a mild cheese and a strong sauce (or vice-versa) make for a delicious meal, so it goes with your choice of sides and drink. If your burger is on the heavy side and a big meal in itself, it would be a good idea to choose a lighter side dish, or opt to not have any sides. If your burger is light, bring on the mozzarella cheese sticks and onion rings! The Burger Project’s milkshakes can fill you up pretty well, while their special house blend ice tea is light, crisp, and refreshing.
5) Can’t decide? Try their designer burgers. With names like Tokyo Pop, French Lick, and Italian Stallion, The Burger Project’s own special combinations could give you ideas and spark your burger creativity!
The Burger Project is located at 122 Maginhawa Street, Teacher’s Village, Quezon City, The Grand Towers, Vito Cruz, Manila, and 38 Jupiter Street, Makati.