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Day 66: "One burger YOU MUST HAVE before you die."

The Burger Joint

Folks there are burgers and then there are burgers.  I’ve had my share of ’em over the years and The Burger Joint, or BGR, located at 4827 Fairmont Avenue in the Woodmont Triangle area, is one of the best.  I love a good business story and one common thread to many successful businesses I’ve experienced is that the owner’s passion is expressed in everything the business does.  The Burger Joint is no exception.  Mark Bucher founded the company on the simple desire to recreate a seminal childhood experience he had while enjoying a great burger at a neighborhood block party outside of Philadelphia.  The story goes that Mark and his friends would line up and wait at the grill to enjoy a one-of-a-kind burger that only Mr. Kaufman, the local butcher, made with prime beef from his butcher shop.

So what makes these burgers so special?  First the beef comes from free-range, grain-fed cattle and it’s all beef.  Did you ever see the documentary Food, Inc.?  This movie will turn your stomach when you find out the details behind where most hamburger meat really comes from.  No fear here however as the Burger Joint beef contains no hormones, fillers, or antibiotics.  And guess what? The burger tastes better that way!  Now that perfect beef is blended, ground and cooked on an open flame to perfection.  (I’m a Five Guys fan as well but to contrast the cooking process consider that at Five Guys the burgers there are really steam cooked on a stainless grill not cooked, barbeque style, on an open fire.)  But the Burger Joint’s passion does not end there.  No burger would be complete without a great bun so BGR treats its customers to “buttery-toasted brioche buns” fresh-baked, daily, by a local bakery.

Burger Joint Wall Art

There are 11 different burgers to choose from.  You can order a classic or a veggie, or try the Wellington (Amy’s choice on our last visit).  This burger is a roasted mushroom infused creation with carmalized onions, blue-cheese and a house Mojo sauce.  Then there are the fries and onion rings!  The fries are perfectly cooked thick-cut Yukon Gold potatoes and the onions are large beer-battered Vidalia.  Of course they have root beer and to top-off this sinful meal nothing washes it all down like a cold milkshake.  Are you starting to understand all this? The founder has another passion as well.  Rock and Roll.  Inside the restaurant you will find album cover art on deep purple walls featuring the Rolling Stones, AC/DC and Huey Lewis and the News.  You may even end up sitting at one of the mosaic covered tables embossed with the famous Stones Lips logo.   Well don’t just take my word for it, stop into the Burger Joint and find out why NBC 4’s Wendy Reiger called it “burger porn” and needed to dig up her bustier and channel the Cat Woman to adequately express her dining pleasure.  Passion. It’s what transforms an ordinary business into something truly special.  ~Brian

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  2. John

    Hi, Nice review! My mouth is watering just reading about this place. I do have a question for you. Why would you say FiveGuys steams their burgers, they do sear them and smash them. Is it in reference to their multi-zone cooking process? I’m just starting out and looking to put out my own burger business on the market very soon. Thanks!

  3. John

    Hi, Nice review! My mouth is watering just reading about this place. I do have a question for you. Why would you say FiveGuys steams their burgers, they do sear them and smash them. Is it in reference to their multi-zone cooking process? I’m just starting out and looking to put out my own burger business on the market very soon. Thanks!

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