Friday, August 19, 2011

OG Burgers - a burger food truck

Hey everyone. Ben here. This is another caveat blog post…just a singular review, not to be taken into account of the overall ranking of “best in Denver” (our other judges were absent). Here goes:

In the future, my buddy and I own a burger trailer of sorts. We travel around Denver serving up fine examples of the American cheeseburger. Quality and flavor are our motives. With that in mind, I decided to visit Civic Center Park last Thursday to try what I believe to be the only burger-only “food truck” in Denver: OG Burgers. Here’s their website:

I was excited. I am always game for a new burger experience, and I was interested in trying a quality burger from a food truck. “OG” stands for “original grass-fed”, and they tout their beef as local, Colorado cow…from farm to bun. The offer a wide range of clever toppings and sauces, and a decent brioche bun. The truck itself is very minimal: spray-painted, old, and lots of character.

I decided to keep my order simple, as I feel that’s the best way to:
1) Try a new burger spot and even the playing field
2) Let the quality of the beef really shine
3) Judge the overall experience, because if the basics aren’t satisfying, then I doubt a more complex burger would be.

With that said, I ordered a medium-rare burger, with sharp cheddar (they don’t offer American cheese…a TRAVESTY!), lettuce, tomato, onion, and mustard/ketchup. Then, things went downhill. FAST.

After a brief conversation with the owners, I had the distinct feeling they were not burger connoisseurs and that the whole idea of grass fed burgers in a food truck was some kind of novelty to them. As if burgers were just a route to profit instead of a true passion. The quality of the burger I was about to eat bore this out…I was massively disappointed. The guy flipping burgers even remarked, “Uh, I think this is closer to medium instead of medium-rare…just want to make sure it’s cooked…” What?

The meat was gray. There was SO much mustard and ketchup slathered on the burger that I literally couldn’t taste the meat anyway. The lettuce was shredded (which gets soggy, in my opinion). They don’t serve fries. It was like eating a bun covered in mustard. I felt like there was no concern for the almighty “ratio” of a good burger: beef to bun to cheese to toppings. It was just a total mess.

I left disheartened, and realized I probably should’ve visited the neighboring food truck from Steuben’s and got a burger there. To all you burger joints out there: for the sake of everything sacred in burgerdom, PLEASE do us all a favor and get out of the business if you aren’t obsessed with burgers! I bear no ill will towards the owners of OG Burgers…maybe it was off day for them…but unfortunately I won’t be returning.


  1. The simple fact that I can see the mustard (looks like it should be the cheese!) tells me something is off. Sorry to hear.

  2. Oh Lord you crack me up sometimes. A couple of your comments made me chuckle. That having been said .. I LOVE your blog, I love the way you write, and I can attest to anybody who might wonder ..... YES, he really is THAT passionate about burgers. Obsessed, really. He probably needs therapy, but then how would we know where to eat?


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