Remembering that one of Edmonton’s newer burger joints, Rodeo Burgers, offers a veggie burger, I headed back for my second visit. With their meat burgers named, Lonestar, Double Barrel, Rodeo, and Western, I thought it was quite humorous that the veggie burger is labeled the Outlaw. With a few people in line, and a customizable system (similar to Harvey’s), I took a few moments to look over my options.
Stepping up to the plate and asking for my Outlaw burger, I couldn’t help but notice the snicker, and half giggle come from the staff. What was so funny, I’ll never know. I didn’t want to overkill the burger and mask any potential the patty may have (no guacamole this time), I kept it simple; ketchup, mustard, lettuce, tomato, and caramelized onion. Who doesn’t love caramelized onion?
I was soon headed out the door with my very nondescript paper bag. If it wasn’t for the moisture and grease that was splashed on the bag, I might have felt like I was shamefully exiting an adult establishment. Not that I know what that would feel like. A quick look at the burger, and I noticed that the top and bottom bun were loaded with mustard and ketchup, the lettuce & tomato were fresh, and I didn’t get nearly enough onions!
The patty itself was just as crumbly, if not more so, than their meat version. I don’t know what the binding agent was, but the sheer amount of mushrooms in this patty was amazing. I actually think they should just call it a mushroom burger. The flat top cooking put a nice crust on it, but besides that umami flavour it was rather bland. The bun felt fresh and did a good job of holding everything together.
Overall, this was another decent example of what’s out there for people. It’s on the pricey side of things (like the Fat Burger version), is full of fresh ingredients and gives you a rough feeling of eating a burger. I didn’t like the fact that it ended up tasting like mustard and ketchup, as I wanted to taste the ‘meat’, and I found the patty started to disintegrate half way in. And if you can’t tell by the picture, the patty actually ends up disappearing in an other wise solid package. On to the next burger….