Burgers Gone Wild!
The burger scene is blowing up everywhere now! Used to be a day when getting a burger meant going to a fast food joint for some cheap meat slapped between a bun. Nowadays burgers don't have to suck! Today there are so many higher end burger places popping up that eating at a fast food place is like settling for the ugly girl in the club when the hot girl just smiled at you. You're better than that! Get the hot girl (or guy) and eat a burger that doesn't suck.
American Wildburger in Des Plaines opened recently (December '12) and this little burger shop is more than meets the eye. By the size of the place you figure greasy burgers, hot dogs, and some greasy fries. But if you peek inside you notice a pretty hip looking place that is doing things with some TLC. These prime burgers here are not preformed and I know because I saw them pattying them up while I was there. Not a red meat fan? They have Amish raised chicken and turkey patties as well. Feeling adventurous? The wildburger patty has all three meats in equal portions.
Alright it's time to eat! While I would love to have tried the whole menu I settled on three different burgers (2 beef & 1 wildburger) and some cajun fries. Chicago BBQ is the first burger and it's a prime beef patty topped with caramalized onions (subbed raw), smoked gouda, mozzarella, barbeque sauce, and steamed in their sizzle sauce and nestled in a warm pretzel bun. What's the sizzle sauce? They wouldn't tell me but it is pretty darn good. Among all the toppings the best part of the burger was, wait for it...the meat! There's a saying that so and so is soo good that you could put it on a shoe and it would taste good. Well I don't eat shoes and your mother doesn't want you to either!
Next burger was my favorite, the Philly. This is the burger where I put the Wildburger pattty in and despite my initial hesitance, it was pretty darn good. My fear was that it would be dry and taste too much like a turkey burger. Instead it was moist and when topped with sauteed green and red peppers, onions, mushrooms, and provolone cheese inside a warm egg bun it became a wonderful combo. The sautee on the veggies is wonderful, not overly seasoned and not oily at all. The subtle sweetness from the veggies makes this burger pretty rock star!
Couple of bites of these well- seasoned crispy cajun fries before my final burger...ok let's go. Last burger was You're My Boy Bleu. Thankfully the ingredients in my burger were a lot fresher than Blue was in the movie Old School! This burger was topped with tomato, onions, lettuce, mushrooms, bacon, sizzle sauce, and topped with large crumbles of bleu cheese that are starting to melt just as the first bite is going in. The tang of the bleu cheese works so well with the smokiness of the bacon, and the subtle sweetness of the sauteed mushrooms.
So how much are the burgers? Burgers start at $5.50 for plain Janes and the signature burgers are $7.50 a pop. More than a Big Mac? Sure but that Big Mac is $4 nowadays and these burgers are easily three times as good. The only drawback is that the place only seats 6 but if you've got a car then you have your own personal dining room anyway. Check this place out and never choose the ugly girl again. Rating **** (very good) out of *****.
1550 East Oakton
Des Plaines, IL 60018