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

15 comments on “Review: Grilled Portobello ‘n Swiss Steakburger from Steak ‘n Shake

  1. Carebear says:

    This makes me wonder what happened to my food at Ruby Tuesday. My burger had absolutely no seasoning at all and my fries were unseasoned as well. They were full of grease and lay there in a soggy pile on my plate. My server was quite attentive though. I’m from Georgia too.

  2. Chefprotoss says:

    Great review and awesome pics =)

    I’m still holding out hope for the Frisco melt I should be trying soon. Your review has made me a little more optimistic.

  3. Hunter-m3 says:

    I like the information of Marc Summers from The Best Thing I Ever Ate episode. I actually left this info as a comment on another food review cite that reviewed the steak n’ shake double and disliked it.

  4. Sascha says:

    Ah, good to see a good S&S review. Haven’t had this one before because I’m not a huge fan of Swiss, but it may have to be my next meal there.

  5. Cecil says:

    The fries are decent, but the onion rings are a MUST with any burger in my opinion. I love S&S 😀

  6. Murray says:

    Anyone else a huge Double Dare fan as a kid? Or are all of you too young to remeber Marc’s first gig?

    I’ll take the Physical Challenge!

  7. Dessa says:

    I love me some S&S. Great review!

  8. Brandon says:

    I just had steak ‘n’ shake for the first time the other day and oh GOD was it a bad idea–I am hooked. It’s way too good. And, you can’t beat their prices. McDonalds DQP is $4 after tax, yet for $4 at SNS you can get a triple burger with fries and a coke.

    Despite the fact that I have fallen in love with SNS, I have not been there since my last visit. Instead, I found out how to make identical SNS burgers at my house that taste just as good, if not better.

  9. blahblah says:

    tried this today, fantastic! the key is to improvise: i asked for no mayo and instead of caramelized onions – regular onions. also asked them to add jalapenos for an added kick.

    one word: mmmmm