A while back, I read a glowing review of Fleming's $12 burger on my favorite blog A Hamburger Today. I mean, the pictures looked incredible...the beauty is, we've got Fleming's in Denver, and before 7:00pm the burger is only $6.00!
So, myself and a few friends gave it a shot. One of those friends is a fellow reviewer on this blog (Mark), so without further ado I give you the SECOND OFFICIAL REVIEW of Pure Burger.
I really don't want to be overly negative here, so I will say upfront that a lot of the blame for this experience falls on me. I think my expectations were simply too high after reading previous reviews of this burger. The presentation was nice...
Beef: As soon as this burger plopped down in front of us, we knew we had a problem on our hands. Previous pics had led us terrible astray, and a short chat with the waiter revealed the ugly truth: PREFORMED PATTIES!!! The flavor was decently seasoned, but the meat itself was just...preformed. Juiceless. Tightly packed. Perfectly round. Bad news.
Bun: While the waiter mentioned sourdough, I think he was wrong. This was a decent sized, pretty tasty, challah bun.
Cheese: Mark and I both kept it simple with cheddar (unfortunately, they don't sell American), and my wife and other buddy got a very moldy (in a good way) bleu cheese. The bleu was very high quality, but unless you like your burger totally overpowered by bleu cheese, then stick with cheddar. (In general, I've moved away from super strong cheeses to let the meat speak for itself.) Swiss is an option, too. Sadly, the slice of cheddar was about the size of a credit card. Pathetic.
Extras: Mark came through with a stroke of genius here, and ordered a side of 1000 Island. Otherwise, the burger comes plain. It comes with either 2 big onion rings, or sub fries at no extra charge.
Produce: Standard burger produce. LTO.
Ratios: A decent ratio, although maybe a but too much bun. Overall, nothing outlandish.
Price: $12 regularly, $6 before 7:00pm
*Pure Burger recommendations: I'm serious when I say that I am quickly getting to the point of calling a restaurant beforehand to see whether they use preformed patties. It's just a flat out disgrace for any burger attempting to actually BE a burger as opposed to a second rate menu addition (as Fleming's burger clearly is). Even for $6.00, we'd recommend visiting a spot like Park Burger, 5 guys, or possibly even Smashburger. Fleming's just didn't satisfy.
Hopefully we'll have a positive review soon!!!