Review: Pepper Grinder Pub Burger from Culver’s
In today’s world of text-driven abbreviations, I had to LOL when I heard the name of the new Culver’s LTO: Pepper Grinder Pub Burger. That’s a mouthful. So if the title of the burger is a mouthful, does the burger match up? Sure. The burger is a mouthful, but that’s about where the correlation with its title ends. Like most of the Wisconsin-influenced offerings at Culver’s, they won’t send you home hungry. You especially won’t go home hungry if you take their promo poster suggestion to pair the two-cheese burger with, what else, cheese curds.
So my stomach was full, but my GrubGrade soul was still a bit empty. I mean, read their description :
Melt into perfectly seared fresh, never frozen Midwest-raised beef, layers of real WI cheddar and Swiss, crispy bacon, zesty 4-pepper mayo, on an authentic pub bun.
Adding this to the lengthy title, I was ready for a fully rounded, robust, burger leaving me for want of nothing. Unfortunately, I just got a plain old bacon cheeseburger. I’m guessing that if I had gone to a restaurant and ordered a bacon cheeseburger and ended up with this, I would have walked away happy. As always, Culver’s delivers with quality beef and cheese. Add to it a decent cut of bacon and you’ve got yourself a tasty, albeit, gluttonous lunch. So with all this, what am I complaining about? I guess in the grand scheme of things, these are first world problems, but I was psyched up for a freshly ground pepper taste, and thought maybe a zesty sauce of some sort would be oozing out of the space between the bun and patty. However, the only sign that this was a “Pub Burger” was the blue plastic knife that came with the burger, sticking up out of the middle of the sandwich.
As a way to pretend that I was eating a “Pub Burger”, I used the knife to cut it in half. I ate the first half in search of this fresh, cracked pepper taste, but found nothing. I cleansed my palate several times, trying to start from scratch, but still nothing. Before diving into the second half and relinquishing my search for the title-promised taste, and deciding just to enjoy a good bacon cheeseburger, I performed a bit of surgery and noticed the faint presence of a white, speckled sauce under the bottom of the second beef patty.
The other layers were stuck together by melted cheese, but the bottom bun came apart from the rest of the burger revealing what must have been their attempt at pepper flavor. Scraping a little off with my blue knife, I gave it a taste; sure enough, there it was… a nice smokey, pepper flavored sauce. I even saw some small bits of what looked to be freshly cracked pepper. I put the burger back together, now with a mind for what the sauce was supposed to taste like and tried once again to find the flavor over the beef, cheese and bacon, but alas, it was nowhere to be found.
In the end, maybe it was just that my burger maker got a little skimpy with the sauce bottle, but without a second try at this one, I’m going to have to call it a bit of a bust. As a post script, the onion and poppy seed bedazzled bun was interesting and tasty, but still not enough to pull this burger off the ordinary rack.
Pros: High quality beef and cheese. Good plain bacon cheeseburger. Interesting bun.
Cons: Pepperless flavor for a Pepper Grinder Burger.
Grubbing on-the-go: 6.00/10
Overall GrubGrade: 6.00/10
More Info: http://www.culvers.com
Calories 911 Total Fat 60g Cholesterol 197.5mg Sodium 1126.5mg Carbs 44.2g Protein 51g