I discovered Edmonton’s newest burger shop after catching up on Chow boards one day. Sounding decent enough, it wasn’t until I discovered Kelly’s post, followed closely by another courtesy of The Celiac Husband, that I was sold. So I jumped into my vee-hic-ular and made the jaunt over to see what the hype was all about.
Located near the university, this burger establishment goes hand-in-hand with the Burrtio Libre next door. Run, from my understanding, by the same group, the general store layout and signage is similar in both shops. A lot of “fresh this, fresh that”. With only one other customer, I had plenty of time to take in the menu. But, you won’t need it. Your choices include; Lonestar (single) or Double Barrel (double), Rodeo, Western, and Outlaw (vegetarian). Of course you can add cheese and a large assortment of condiments to any burger. There is also a small number of condiments that come at additional cost (guacamole etc..).
With rodeo in the name, I figured it would be a good place to start. Opting for a double burger, it comes topped with rodeo sauce, rodeo relish, ketchup, pickles, lettuce, caremalized onions and tomato. I figured a side of fries would only be fair, as they are apparently ‘famous’. Grabbing a bottle of coke to complete the deal, I was almost taken aback by the 15 dollar price tag. These are definitely not fast food style prices, and for something located near the university (which is littered with starving students), I was surprised. Better be good!
It took a bit of time to get the meal, as the burgers are made to order, but I was eventually out the door and into the nice blanket of sunshine. With my brown package becoming greasier by the second, I freed the cup of fries. Cut thinner than KFC, and maybe slightly wider than McDonald’s, these skin on fries reminded me of New York Fries. The fries were given a nice sprinkle of salt and ‘custom’ seasoning powder, which besides the grease, made for an enjoyable fry.
The burger survived quite nicely in its paper cocoon, but definitely needed to be let out. The patties, which are quite small (4oz?) look to be home-made as they have that crumble, loose pack feel. I couldn’t tell you if they were seasoned with anything more than S&P. The fresh tomato and lettuce were good, and the sauces did a nice job to add an appropriate level of flavour. Besides the cost, the one downside might be the juicy arm syndrome that is almost guaranteed. This is a ‘tuck and lean’ style burger.
With only one sample in the books, I’d have to say that Rodeo Burger is a fantastic spot. A good, fresh, and tasty burger is not much to ask for, but so many places don’t live up. The thin patties, mean even the smallest of appetites should be able to finish a single, while the fries should make most fry patrons happy. If you are in the area, and looking for a tasty treat, I think Rodeo Burger would do the trick.