The Southwestern at BGR The Burger Joint
After staring at the menu for months, I decided to finally pay a visit to BGR The Burger Joint in Bethesda, Maryland. With 5 locations in the DC/MD/VA area with another 2 on the way, BGR is more of a small local chain that makes me happy to reside in the DC Metro area. Do not fear outsiders! There’s also a BGR in South Carolina and one on the way in Alabama. For the rest of you, well I’m sure you’ve got something I’d be jealous of too.
I’ve made it known in the past that I’m not really a “big burger guy”. The Southwestern ($8.99) at BGR The Burger Joint isn’t a monster, but it’s still a good-sized beast (9oz patty) that is totally worth the price.
As described by BGR:
A fan favorite during the 2008 election cycle. A 9oz burger infused with southwestern influences, like chipotles, poblanos, onion and chilis. Topped with pepper jack and served atop our black bean salsa. Served on a fresh, buttery-toasted brioche bun with our mojo sauce.
I normally order my burgers medium-well, and from the looks of the picture you might think I got it well-done. I assure you I went for medium-well and other than the charred “looking” exterior or maybe lighting issues, the burger was indeed cooked the way I like. Spicy from the first bite, you’re getting shots of pepper jack cheese (that completely drapes the burger with melted perfection) and a peppery burger that has retained it’s natural juices that doesn’t have to compete with the mojo sauce. With the mojo sauce, you’re getting subtle hints of paprika and garlic, but mostly it’s quite muted when being accompanied by so much else. The black bean salsa is a mixture of black beans and corn that screams “southwest” through and through. And just look at that bun! Toasted to perfection, crisp along the edges and just the right size to contain everything going on in between. I went with a side of sweet potato fries (The Orange Standard) for $3.99 and they were quite good, but why oh why didn’t I get the thick-cut, beer battered sweet Vidalia onion rings? It’s on my radar for next time.
Do yourself a favor and seek out BGR if you’ve got one nearby. They’ve got some interesting choices (The Cuban, The Greek, an Ahi Tuna Burger). I see the quote “One burger YOU MUST HAVE before you die” on the BGR website and I’d say The Southwestern is on my short list of last meal choices. Or if you want to just eat a burger and then possibly die, risk your life with the 9-pounder. Good luck!