Review: Grilled Portobello ‘n Swiss Steakburger from Steak ‘n Shake

If you are a fan of the FoodNetwork like I am, you know Marc Summers. I’ve learned two things about him: his is a germaphobe and his favorite burgers are the Steak Burgers from Steak ‘n Shake. I’m from Georgia and realize that not many western states have Steak ‘n Shakes. This might bring inspiration to some GrubGraders, while you’re out exploring the food world, or just happen to pass one, go in and try it. They make a super tasty burger. I stopped in for lunch and got the Grilled Portobello ‘N Swiss Steakburger. And you always have to get a milkshake from there, always. I got the new Chocolate Fudge Brownie shake. It ended up being a great lunch for an awesome price.

Steak ‘n Shake describes the Grilled Portobello ‘N Swiss Steakburger like this:

A Double Steakburger with fresh Portobello mushrooms, seasoned on our fiery hot grill and topped with melted Swiss cheese, caramelized onions and garlic mayo. Served with fries.

This steakburger contains two thin patties of their famous steak meat. The patties came slightly crispy and had a huge amount of flavor and wonderful texture. The flavor was beefy with a simple hint of salt and pepper. The cheese, a basic melty Swiss.  I was pleasantly surprised with the Portobello mushrooms. They were soft, plump and added a great earthy flavor to the burger.  There was plenty of the mushrooms to go around too.

The onions complemented the mushrooms, but since they were caramelized, it all ended up being one big texture mush with the beef. The toppings were also falling out of the burger left and right. It ended up being a little messy to eat. I think if they would have added an extra slice of the Swiss atop the mushroom and onion, it would have been a little more secure and put together. The bun was a fancier thick bun that was toasted and buttered to provide a slight crisp, buttery flavor.

The bottom of the burger, unfortunately got a bit soggy. The only other thing I would have changed is an acidic flavor to go along with the flavor profile. I’d suggest adding a pickle or some mustard on top.  If you have never been to a Steak ‘n Shake, the fries are amazing. They are shoestring cut; super thin which makes them very crisp. They were also light and not too muddled down with a bunch of oil. They have a “fry seasoning” which is their house blend of paprika, salt, pepper, garlic, and sugar, but it just covers the fries natural taste instead of enhancing it… all in all, great fries.

The milkshake you see in the pics below is the Chocolate Fudge Brownie. It’s chocolate ice cream and milk with pieces of brownie mixed in with a whipped topping and cherry. I like extra stuff in my ice cream and in my shakes, so brownie makes me happy. Even better, it had little flakes of brownie that added a super texture, but not so big that it would make drinking through a straw difficult.

The shakes, amazing. The burgers, amazing. Fries, amazing. I’ve never had a bad meal from Steak ‘n Shake and with the fun diner look to the place, it makes a great dining experience.

(for another take on Steak ‘n Shake, Chefprotoss reviewed the Original Double ‘n Cheese)

Pros: Great flavor, nice atmosphere, good price. All around a good meal.

Cons: A bit messy, lacking acidity. Soggy bottom bun.

Taste: 8.50/10
Value: 9.00/10
Price: $4.99

Overall GrubGrade: 8.50/10

More Info:
Nutrition Facts:
Grilled Portobello 'n Swiss Steakburger Calories - 770
Total fat - 56 grams
Saturated fat- 16 grams
Cholesterol- 80 milligrams
Sodium- 920 milligrams
Dietary Fiber-2 grams
Sugars- 9 grams
Protein- 26 grams