The time has come for the thrilling conclusion of my quest to find the bets place to get a burger in Provo, Utah. While technically there are still other burger joints that exist in Provo, I only meant for this to be a summer thing, and we’re halfway through September now… so gotta wrap it up.
Why finish with me though? Do I really think that I have a shot of making a better burger than all of those establishments, most of which have been open longer than I’ve been alive? I mean yeah, kinda. I’m the only judge here and I know exactly what I would want on a burger right? I should be able to have a decent run at this. I know I won’t break any of my arbitrary rules about forgetting onions and never stacking tomatoes on top of each other. Yeah I might just have a shot at this.
So what did I make? I kept things pretty simple, 1/4 pound patty smashed onto a searing grill after liberally seasoning with salt and pepper. One single slice of American cheese melted on top of the patty, two long slices of pickles, a couple of thin slices of tomato placed precisely so that no overlap occurred, a small handful of iceberg lettuce to top it off. Oh yeah, also some A1 sauce and mustard to keep things good and messy. (I didn’t use ketchup since there is already tomato. Why ruin good tomatoes with ketchup?) All of this topped off on a nice ciabatta bun I picked up from my local grocery store. It sounds pretty decent right?
Right you are. Actually dead on the mark. The best way for me to describe what I ate was “pretty decent”. It couldn’t compare with some best burgers I had previous, but with pretty much everything else what I made stood its ground. It was nice and messy, none of the flavors were totally overbearing ( 2 pickle slices might’ve been a tad much though.) I was a bit nervous about using pre-packaged American cheese (Singles) but despite my own lactose intolerance it all worked out. At least I think it will, it’s only been about 20 minutes since I ate the thing I may come to regret that slice of cheese. Overall it was plenty good enough that I didn’t even bother to sit down at my dining table to enjoy it, I took my first bite standing up over my kitchen counter and by golly I finished that burger in the same spot.
It still wasn’t as good as a few of the others though. Why though? The best answer I can give at this moment would be that great burger joints like Tommy’s burgers, Mooyahs, Cubby’s, and Burger Supreme just use higher quality of meat then me. Probably higher quality of all the ingredients, except the bun. I got real nice buns. Also they know to the second how long those patties need to be cooked, I’m doing guesswork on my own and maybe another 20 to 30 seconds on the grill would’ve made the difference. I’ll probably try this again just to see if that’s the case, but for now I cannot claim that I make the best burger in Provo, even by my own judgement.
That title belongs solely to Tommy’s Burgers on 401 W 100 N near downtown Provo. If you ever find yourself in Provo you gotta take a minute to stop by that run down looking shack of a place to eat the best chili burger you may ever taste. Don’t worry about the year or two of your life span you’re gonna lose eating it, just bite in and embrace the joy of it all.
Thanks for going on this largely pointless journey, maybe I’ll do another one with something like pizza or tacos later, but for now I’m gonna go back to rambling about movies, games and the like. Just a touch of political op eds as well. Peace out folks!
- Tommy’s Burgers Double Cheeseburger with Chili.
- Mooyahs Custom Burger
- Cubby’s Gypsy Burger
- Burger Supreme’s Golden Burger
- Five Guys Double Bacon Burger
- JonnyT’s Bacon Cheeseburger
- 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