Alright, Summer over and I thought I’d be well done with this thing by now, but to my surprise there are an awful lot of burger places in Provo, Utah. As of this post I’ll have been to fourteen different burger joints and there are still at least a dozen to go. Frankly though I’m kind of done with this, especially since I’ve found a number of really good places and I haven’t been able to go back and eat at them because I always feel kind of guilty that I’m not going to a new place and being as thorough as I could be. So I got three places for today, and then I’ll do one more before calling a wrap on Provo’s best burger.
The three places today each fall into their own categories. One place is really good. One is okay. One sucks.
Let’s get the bad news out of the way. Sonic’s burgers suck. I had a SuperSONIC bacon double cheeseburger and absolutely no part of it was great, the patty is bland, the cardinal sin of stacking tomatoes on top of each other was committed, there were tons of onions despite my request for no onions, and the whole burger had a “wetness” to it. Not like how a burger feels wet when the juices and sauces roll down your hands as you bite in, but more of a soggy texture to the whole thing. Hard pass on ever eating a burger there again. (Shakes and drinks are still good though.)
What’s ok? Wendy’s is ok. The Fresh Never Frozen ™ patties are certainly noticeable, and most everything else about the burger was pretty enjoyable. Condiments were plentiful but not overbearing. (One slice of tomato! Novel thought!) the lettuces kind of sucked, but that’s pretty much expected at every fast food joint ever so I’ll partially excuse Wendy’s for this particular blunder. Other than that nothing stands out about Wendy’s. No identity crisis like the Big Mac, just a solid, competitive burger.
Ok now the great place. Mooyahs is a place that had been recommended to me much earlier in the summer, but when I went to try it out it was for whatever reason closed. Luckily for me though some new folks stepped in and brought the place back from the dead. Man am I glad about that one, because they’re burgers are dynamite. Rather than order one of their pre-planned burgers I opted this time to build my own out including two certified Angus beef patties, american cheese, lettuce, tomato, pickles, mustard, mayo and A1 sauce. All of this between a multi-grain bun.
I think the biggest takeaway I’m going to have from trying out these burger places is that it really makes an enormous difference what kind of meat you use in the bun. Like I knew it was important, but I definitely don’t think I realized how monumental of a difference it makes. You absolutely cannot have an exceptional burger without using good meat. Plain and simple. Mooyahs uses great meat and they use it well. Also the bun is amazing, but I’m kind of a sucker for a multi-grain or whole wheat bun. It’s just better than white bread ok? This seems silly to mention, but really if more burger places would just offer A1 sauce it would be spectacular. It’s that important. These things all come together though to make a wonderful and messy (not soggy) burger that is delicious with every bite. It’s one of the few burgers I got to the end of and felt both satisfied and sad that I had eaten the whole thing. A perfect feeling about burgers if you ask me.
Mooyahs is not without it’s flaws though. They didn’t have chili.
Peace out folks, make some good choices and have a great day!
- Tommy’s Burgers Double Cheeseburger with Chili.
- Mooyahs Custom Burger
- Cubby’s Gypsy Burger
- Burger Supreme’s Golden Burger
- Five Guys Double Bacon Burger
- Classic Smash from Smashburger
- Double-Double from In-N-Out
- Wendy’s Dave’s Double
- McDonald’s Big Mac
- Double Bacon Burger from BYU Creamery
- Pastrami Burger from JCW’s
- California Classic from Carl’s Junior
- BBQ Bacon Burger from CHOM
- Sonic’s SuperSONIC Bacon Double Cheeseburger