Review: Colby Jack Pub Burger from Culver’s
After an eleven hour shift at work I decided to treat myself to Culver’s new Colby Jack Pub Burger. This is somewhat of a rare treat for me due to the fact that in my area we only have two locations and they are at polar opposite ends of the city. Today I was willing to brave the drive however, and tragedy nearly struck. Had I not been paying attention, a family of five standing in the drive-thru lane would have went SPLAT all over the grill of my Wrangler. Luckily, I was unsympathetic to their death wish and stopped in time to avoid five counts of vehicular manslaughter within full view of the entire restaurant. Crisis averted, lives spared, thank you baby Jesus. I still want my cheeseburger.
The Culver’s Colby Jack Pub Burger is described like this:
First, we take fresh, never frozen, Midwest-raised beef and sear it on a grill. Then top it with Wisconsin Colby Jack cheese, add crispy onions, our 4-pepper mayo with a touch of A.1.® Steak Sauce on a Supper Club bun, expertly seasoned with herbs and spices.
At $4.99 for the burger alone, this is one of the more expensive fast food menu items I would ever consider (another reason I do not often indulge; I am rarely able to resist the combo), and I was mildly surprised at the sparse smattering of key ingredients. The Supper Club bun was delicious as expected. At Culver’s, the buttery, lightly toasted buns are a staple and no sandwich from the franchise would be complete without one. The onions and sesame seeds on top were a nice touch and I am glad to say there was no disappointment on the breading. The A-1 Steak Sauce & 4-pepper mayo were quite tasty… a tangy, lip-smacker of combination of sauces if ever there was one. The only problem is that I did not even taste it until I was halfway through the burger, which was somewhat dry in light of the thin layer of sauce.
Double or triple the amount of A-1/4-pepper mayo on this burger would have completely changed the dynamic. The same can be said of the Korean BBQ Crispy Onions. While the onions did add a small kick of flavor, there simply was not a respectable amount of them on the burger, nor are they aptly named. These onions were not exactly soggy but to call them ‘crispy’ would be misleading, to be very polite. The Wisconsin Colby Jack cheese slice was not an overpowering flavor, but as it had partially melted, it glistened with a light sheen of grease and detracted from the overall appearance. The 100% beef patty was standard fare, not especially outstanding in any way except that it tasted like a higher quality of beef than one would expect from a fast food joint. Hence the $4.99, maybe?
To summarize, the Colby Jack Pub Burger was not the greatest buy, but I do not regret the purchase or the consumption. It was a filling meal and with a little tweaking I think would be a great permanent addition to the menu. Most of the ingredients were well-executed and high quality. Unfortunately the boldest flavor was woefully understated and demoted this sandwich from ‘great’ to ‘decent’ and that does have to be considered. I have come to realize that I enjoy a fair amount of sauce on my sandwiches to kick up the flavor and this one did not deliver.
Pros: Higher quality quick-sere ingredients, delicious bun and 100% real beef.
Cons: Not enough sauce, soggy onions, suicidal pedestrians
Grubbing on-the-go: 7.00/10
Overall GrubGrade: 7.00/10
More Info: http://www.culvers.com
Total Fat 40g
Sugar 7 g