If you're a fan of the Food Channel, then you may have heard of Burger Me!, a gourmet burger restaurant, located in the charming Sierra Nevada mountain town of Truckee, CA. Burger Me! has achieved quite a reputation among locals, tourist and travelers on nearby I-80, as the restaurant has received national exposure, and it's know to serve the best burgers in town, in a laid-back atmosphere.
As with all reviews I publish, I have no affiliation with the restaurant reviewed, and there is no monetary gain on my part, as I am simply a person who likes to eat, and I love to write-up, and publish my dining experiences.
Photo: It's around 05:30 in the afternoon on Monday, October 12, 2020, and I've arrived at Burger Me!, located in Truckee, CA, to satisfy my craving for a custom hamburger, and to scratch one more fine restaurant off my "bucket list."
Photo: As you walk up the stairs to the lovely outside patio, you're greeted with a white board that lists today's specials.
Photo: Thanks to the COVID-19, along Nevada County's rigid guidelines, you can't go inside the dining to order, or dine. The front door is open, and a staff member is at the door to take your order. The restaurant works on what I call the "taqueria" format, in that you make your selection from the menu - to the right of the door outside this photo - you pay for your order, and when your order is ready, it will be brought to your table.
Photo: The menu, just to the side of the "order door," lists the many varieties of burgers, salads, sides and "Add On's" Burger Me! is famous for. No wonder the restaurant was featured on the Food Network's "Diners, Drive-ins and Dives" a few years ago.
Photo: The once busy dining room is now bare of tables and chairs, and all dining happens outside on the comfortable patio. Burger Me! is definitely aware of the COVID-19 virus!
Truckee is located in the Sierra Nevada mountains at the 6000 foot level, with winters that are cold and snowy, with temperatures frequently many degrees below zero. I wonder what the dining conditions will be this winter?
Photo: On this beautiful Monday morning in mid-October, the patio is a lovely place to enjoy a cold beer, and a custom-made burger, at Burger Me!
Photo: Meet Bryce, my friendly host, who brought out my beer to me to enjoy before my hamburger and fries arrived.
Photo: I peeked inside to open door to catch the burger chef busily preparing my burger. Burger Me! makes outstanding burgers, and this chef has talent!
Photo: Thanks to the virus - I suppose - host Brandon brought my hamburger and fries in a paper bag, which didn't make for much of a presentation.
Photo: Thanks, Brandon for snapping my photo, as I prepare to open the bag, and enjoy my dinner of a delicious custom-made burger, with seasoned fries.
Photo: On this late Monday afternoon, I went with the stock, "Hamburger," along with a side of "Regular" fries. When I'm dining at a restaurant for the first time, I like to start at the "top" of the menu, or with a dish that's named after the restaurant. A plain "Hamburger," along with a basket of "Regular" fries seemed like a good place to begin... All burgers from the "Menu" come with lettuce, tomato, pickles and in-house made 1000 island dressing.
All burgers served at Burger Me! are custom made from fresh ingredients. This isn't "fast food," as the burgers are made as the order is placed, so if you're expecting your burger to arrive in a minute or two, there are many "fast food" restaurants in town that would suit you better. Your "Hamburger" starts with a 1/3 pound of all natural beef, cooked to your specification - medium in my case - and your meat patty is season, juicy, and perfectly cooked.
The meat patty is placed on a toasted bun, that actually stays intact with you eat your burger, and you'll enjoy the fresh lettuce, tomato, pickle and the in-house made 1000 island dressing. Onion is available upon request, but I didn't request any onion, as I wanted my burger "stock," from the menu.
This is an "old school" burger in every way, complete with the 1000 island dressing, as it's juicy, messy - you'll use many napkins - and delicious. The bun and meat are warm, and the lettuce, tomato, pickle and dressing are cold, which is the mark of a superior, custom-made burger, and makes for an excellent burger taste sensation. This burger was so delicious that I didn't add any mustard, mayonnaise or any other condiment.
The fries were simply amazing, as they were deep fried to a perfect, golden brown on the outside, and tender, white and chewy on the inside, which is the way fries should be. The fries arrived perfectly seasoned, and they really didn't need to be dipped in ketchup, but the "kid" in me always wants to dip my fries in ketchup.
Photo: Cross section of my "Hamburger," showing all of the "old school" goodness, along with the basket of seasoned fries.
Burger Me! certainly lives up to it's reputation, as it serves an amazing burger, and some of the best fries known to mankind. The burger is amazing, the fries are heavenly, the patio is comfortable and inviting, and the staff is as friendly as it gets. When you're craving an "over the top" delicious burger, think of Burger Me!, located in downtown Truckee, CA.
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