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Portland born foodie and burger lover. On my quest to eat the great burgers in the Pacific Northwest and beyond, and share my experiences with you. This blog contains my burger reviews, food challenges, and reblogs of delivious looking burgers. All reviews are done by me and all photos are taken by me unless stated otherwise.

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Frack Burger | Portland, ORItem: Bareback Frack

Review: Frack Burger is a blossoming business that has expansion set on the horizons. I’m definitely glad I made the drive and gave Frack Burger a shot. Having only two establishments currently open, with a little word-of-mouth and social media marketing, this place will blow up soon.

I had the privilege of being invited to lunch and meeting the owner Jim Frack himself. As we shared our backgrounds, I realized quick that Jim is a very intelligent entrepreneurial-minded man, while being a very personable and laid back person to speak with. After hearing about his business background (I’ll leave out the specifics), I asked him “why burgers.” He told me how he wants to do something that makes him happy, enjoy life, and do something he always wanted to do. He wants to be proud of what he does. This is the passion a food establishment needs to stand out in quality, and with a business background, don’t worry. Frack Burger can burger with the best of them. Jim has culinary background in addition to business and crafts a damn good burger. 

Before I speak of the food,
WARNING: Be careful when going in for the onion rings. You will never care for an onion ring from anywhere else again. Be prepared. 
Now, as for the food itself, it’s clear to me that Frack Burger focuses on quality and they do their homework. Frack Burger uses an artisan bun partnered with grass-fed beef with a special meat blend (he told me the blend but said he doesn’t tell many people, so I’ll leave out the specifics on that as well). The meat was very tender and I noticed it wasn’t super greasy. I believe he stated that the patties here are made with an 85/15 percentage blend, allowing for a healthier burger in comparison to most burger establishments, which all of America should appreciate. The burger Jim recommended to me is the Double Frack burger, modeled after the renowned double double from In-N-Out. (Funny as he told me this, a customer was behind us in an In-N-Out t-shirt, who told Jim the burgers are great here and he’s a frequent customer. Wa-lah.)
Since Frack Burger recently brought out a line of specialty burgers on the menu which are not yet listed on the website, I had to go with one of these. I was excited but overwhelmed as it was hard to choose which one of these burgers, engineered by a chef he hired, to order. I ended up going with the Bareback Frack (photograph posted). He brought out a side of fries for me as well, which are made from the same potatoes In-N-Out uses, but cooked to a crispier texture. 
The Bareback Frack was amazing. Aside from the meat being of quality, tender, thick, and not super greasy, the onion rings really sold it to me. They were thick, perfectly crisp and fried, and did not have any cracks leaving for the batter to just flake off like I often experience. The onion rings were very crisp, and weren’t flakey. They do these rings special. There was also barbecue sauce and bacon on this burger, and the bacon was great as well. It was thick-cut chopped bacon, opposed to thinly sliced strips like what I receive from most places. Jim told me he needs to make that bacon thinner. I disagreed, and told him I liked the bacon. It’s good to do things differently than other places if it tastes great, and it worked for me.
Oh, and one of my favorite parts during my meal with Jim was when these two adorable young girls walked by with their parents on their way out, thanking “Mr. Frack” for the meal and telling him it was great. That sure was humbling and thats what I love to see.
 You eat here and you’ll have a wonderful Fracking meal.

Frack Burger | Portland, OR

Item: Bareback Frack

Review: Frack Burger is a blossoming business that has expansion set on the horizons. I’m definitely glad I made the drive and gave Frack Burger a shot. Having only two establishments currently open, with a little word-of-mouth and social media marketing, this place will blow up soon.

I had the privilege of being invited to lunch and meeting the owner Jim Frack himself. As we shared our backgrounds, I realized quick that Jim is a very intelligent entrepreneurial-minded man, while being a very personable and laid back person to speak with. After hearing about his business background (I’ll leave out the specifics), I asked him “why burgers.” He told me how he wants to do something that makes him happy, enjoy life, and do something he always wanted to do. He wants to be proud of what he does. This is the passion a food establishment needs to stand out in quality, and with a business background, don’t worry. Frack Burger can burger with the best of them. Jim has culinary background in addition to business and crafts a damn good burger. 

Before I speak of the food,

WARNING: Be careful when going in for the onion rings. You will never care for an onion ring from anywhere else again. Be prepared. 

Now, as for the food itself, it’s clear to me that Frack Burger focuses on quality and they do their homework. Frack Burger uses an artisan bun partnered with grass-fed beef with a special meat blend (he told me the blend but said he doesn’t tell many people, so I’ll leave out the specifics on that as well). The meat was very tender and I noticed it wasn’t super greasy. I believe he stated that the patties here are made with an 85/15 percentage blend, allowing for a healthier burger in comparison to most burger establishments, which all of America should appreciate. The burger Jim recommended to me is the Double Frack burger, modeled after the renowned double double from In-N-Out. (Funny as he told me this, a customer was behind us in an In-N-Out t-shirt, who told Jim the burgers are great here and he’s a frequent customer. Wa-lah.)

Since Frack Burger recently brought out a line of specialty burgers on the menu which are not yet listed on the website, I had to go with one of these. I was excited but overwhelmed as it was hard to choose which one of these burgers, engineered by a chef he hired, to order. I ended up going with the Bareback Frack (photograph posted). He brought out a side of fries for me as well, which are made from the same potatoes In-N-Out uses, but cooked to a crispier texture. 

The Bareback Frack was amazing. Aside from the meat being of quality, tender, thick, and not super greasy, the onion rings really sold it to me. They were thick, perfectly crisp and fried, and did not have any cracks leaving for the batter to just flake off like I often experience. The onion rings were very crisp, and weren’t flakey. They do these rings special. There was also barbecue sauce and bacon on this burger, and the bacon was great as well. It was thick-cut chopped bacon, opposed to thinly sliced strips like what I receive from most places. Jim told me he needs to make that bacon thinner. I disagreed, and told him I liked the bacon. It’s good to do things differently than other places if it tastes great, and it worked for me.

Oh, and one of my favorite parts during my meal with Jim was when these two adorable young girls walked by with their parents on their way out, thanking “Mr. Frack” for the meal and telling him it was great. That sure was humbling and thats what I love to see.

 You eat here and you’ll have a wonderful Fracking meal.

The Youcanhascheeseburger with peanut butter and bacon. A dream come true. @thepdxfoodie @brunchbox #brunchbox #foodie #pnw #pnwburger #pnwburgers #burger #cheeseburger #food #hamburger #hamburgers #burgers #foodie #portland #oregon #pdx #pdxeats #pnweats #portlandeats #foodadventures #foodlover #foodblog #burgerblog #pdxburger #pdxburgers #foodlovers

The Youcanhascheeseburger with peanut butter and bacon. A dream come true. @thepdxfoodie @brunchbox #brunchbox #foodie #pnw #pnwburger #pnwburgers #burger #cheeseburger #food #hamburger #hamburgers #burgers #foodie #portland #oregon #pdx #pdxeats #pnweats #portlandeats #foodadventures #foodlover #foodblog #burgerblog #pdxburger #pdxburgers #foodlovers

Hands down one of the best non-gourmet burgers I’ve bad. You’ll find this in a whole in the wall spot called Glisan Burger Barn. This burger has everything you need. #glisanburgerbarn #pdxburger #portlandburger #burger #cheeseburger #burgerlove #burgerlover #thepdxfoodie #pdx #portland #oregon #food #foodie #pnw #pacificnorthwest #portlandfood #portlandeats #pdxeats  (at Glisan Burger Barn)

Hands down one of the best non-gourmet burgers I’ve bad. You’ll find this in a whole in the wall spot called Glisan Burger Barn. This burger has everything you need. #glisanburgerbarn #pdxburger #portlandburger #burger #cheeseburger #burgerlove #burgerlover #thepdxfoodie #pdx #portland #oregon #food #foodie #pnw #pacificnorthwest #portlandfood #portlandeats #pdxeats (at Glisan Burger Barn)

Rockin’ Robyn’s Sassy Burger | Portland, OR
Item: Rockin’ Robyn’s Sassy Burger
I’m currently writing this review from my car, as I attempted to consume this burger about five minutes ago and it deserves an immediate review for this has been the first burger that has defeated me. Rockin’ Robyn’s Sassy Burger is a food cart located on Sandy blvd in Portland, OR and it’s definitely one to look out for.
The portion size of this burger was so large, that sadly there was still about three bites worth unaccounted for. Now I know how Adam Richman feels when he is only a few bites away from finishing a challenge, and fails. In fact, this was my first meal of the day, and I came here right after the gym. So trust me when I say I came hungry. You just need to come hungrier. This is what my friend ordered for himself, and described it as delicious and similar to the texture of shredded onions, but sweet. It’s currently sitting next to me in my car in a to-go box, and I’m so full that I’m debating throwing it away. Will I though? Probably not, I’ll post a photo later.
Anyways, for $15.25 for this burger, stuffed with 2 cheeses, 2 beef patties, a fries egg and pepper bacon, you better be expecting a hefty meal. However, I didn’t spend $15.25 for this. The best way to save some money while dining here is to purchase the Groupon deal ($5 for $10 or $10 for $20), which is exactly what I did. Want some fries? Check in here on the Yelp app, and as of today (February 21st, 2014) and however much longer this deal continues, you’ll get a free half order of fries. Since I had more money left on the Groupon, I also ordered the Apple Dream Burger…a seasonal item of a simple burger topped with shredded Braeburn apple and cheddar cheese.
First of all, the fries were delicious. Some of the best fries I’ve ever had. They are thick cut, but square shaped (not flat) and seasoned to perfection. I believe they’re seasoned with salt, pepper and a bit of Cajun spicing or paprika but I may be mistaken. Either way, they’re off the hook, and getting them for free thanks to Yelp is just awesome. They’re excellently crispy with the perfect tenderness inside. A must have item here.
Now the burger. The burger was large, filling, heavy, and an asshole. I hate when I can’t finish something. I feel both defeated and wasteful, and I can put away a lot of food. I think the fact that this monster is packed with tons of calories also filled me up good. Looking at the patties, you can see that this place has their own special blend of seasoning to give their meat a distinct flavor. The beef was cooked well done and deliciously done, and it was very, very juicy. Why took this burger to the next level was definitely the cheeses. There was both blue cheese and cheddar, and they were melted and blended to perfection. I would dip my fries in the melted cheeses that dropped onto my tray. The egg with bacon was definitely a good and necessary touch, but the distinct beef and melted cheese is what I believe make this place special.
A great thing about this place is that they have many options. Specialty burgers, ordinary, different vegetarian options and even hot dogs and stews. They have unique additions to add to a burger for only a dollar each, such as peanut butter, Braeburn apple, or Cajun seasonings.
This place is awesome, and I’ll be back once I recover. Considering actually hitting the gym for the second time today now…but maybe I’ll eat this Apple Dream Burger first.

Rockin’ Robyn’s Sassy Burger | Portland, OR

Item: Rockin’ Robyn’s Sassy Burger

I’m currently writing this review from my car, as I attempted to consume this burger about five minutes ago and it deserves an immediate review for this has been the first burger that has defeated me. Rockin’ Robyn’s Sassy Burger is a food cart located on Sandy blvd in Portland, OR and it’s definitely one to look out for.

The portion size of this burger was so large, that sadly there was still about three bites worth unaccounted for. Now I know how Adam Richman feels when he is only a few bites away from finishing a challenge, and fails. In fact, this was my first meal of the day, and I came here right after the gym. So trust me when I say I came hungry. You just need to come hungrier. This is what my friend ordered for himself, and described it as delicious and similar to the texture of shredded onions, but sweet. It’s currently sitting next to me in my car in a to-go box, and I’m so full that I’m debating throwing it away. Will I though? Probably not, I’ll post a photo later.

Anyways, for $15.25 for this burger, stuffed with 2 cheeses, 2 beef patties, a fries egg and pepper bacon, you better be expecting a hefty meal. However, I didn’t spend $15.25 for this. The best way to save some money while dining here is to purchase the Groupon deal ($5 for $10 or $10 for $20), which is exactly what I did. Want some fries? Check in here on the Yelp app, and as of today (February 21st, 2014) and however much longer this deal continues, you’ll get a free half order of fries. Since I had more money left on the Groupon, I also ordered the Apple Dream Burger…a seasonal item of a simple burger topped with shredded Braeburn apple and cheddar cheese.

First of all, the fries were delicious. Some of the best fries I’ve ever had. They are thick cut, but square shaped (not flat) and seasoned to perfection. I believe they’re seasoned with salt, pepper and a bit of Cajun spicing or paprika but I may be mistaken. Either way, they’re off the hook, and getting them for free thanks to Yelp is just awesome. They’re excellently crispy with the perfect tenderness inside. A must have item here.

Now the burger. The burger was large, filling, heavy, and an asshole. I hate when I can’t finish something. I feel both defeated and wasteful, and I can put away a lot of food. I think the fact that this monster is packed with tons of calories also filled me up good. Looking at the patties, you can see that this place has their own special blend of seasoning to give their meat a distinct flavor. The beef was cooked well done and deliciously done, and it was very, very juicy. Why took this burger to the next level was definitely the cheeses. There was both blue cheese and cheddar, and they were melted and blended to perfection. I would dip my fries in the melted cheeses that dropped onto my tray. The egg with bacon was definitely a good and necessary touch, but the distinct beef and melted cheese is what I believe make this place special.

A great thing about this place is that they have many options. Specialty burgers, ordinary, different vegetarian options and even hot dogs and stews. They have unique additions to add to a burger for only a dollar each, such as peanut butter, Braeburn apple, or Cajun seasonings.

This place is awesome, and I’ll be back once I recover. Considering actually hitting the gym for the second time today now…but maybe I’ll eat this Apple Dream Burger first.

LunchBox Laboratory | Seattle, WAItem: The Smoker
While up in Seattle, WA, the day after I along with my crew of three others indulged in some Red Mill Burger, we decided to go ahead and have lunch at the Lunchbox Laboratory. While I’ve had both Red Mill and Lunchbox Laboratory (not enough times, I should say) in the past, for my friends, it was their first time for both.  After examining the menu and it’s creative concoctions for a solid fifteen minutes or so, we were finally able to order with the waitress’s recommendations. The Havarti cheese in The Smoker caught my attention, so I, and along with one of my crew ordered that. My two other friends ordered the Le Truffle Love (pictured in a prior post) and the Santa Fe Slammer. The take away?
 I looked up after taking my first bite into this delicacy to see my friend’s jaw drop. The next words that came out of his mouth while he was simultaneously shaking his head were, “this is better than Red Mill.” And everyone else at the table agreed. The Lunchbox Laboratory is like the Voodoo Donuts of burgers, and anyone who is a PDX native that’s been to the nationally popular Voodoo Donuts knows what this means. The Lunchbox Laboratory though may not be as nationally renowned, this restaurant serves up some insanely creative menu items such as their Hong Kong Hot Wings which is their chicken wing based egg rolls, and the Cinnamon Toast Crunk, and alcoholic milkshake based on the popular cereal, Cinnamon Toast Crunch.  But what Lunchbox Laboratory is famous for, is their unique mouthwatering burgers that are constructed with local organic buns and American style Kobe Beef, also coined as “Super-beef”…if you choose the beef option that is. They offer other options such as lamb, black bean, “Churken”  (chicken and turkey), as well as their “Dork” meat (pork and duck), and you even have the option to create your own burger with toppings ranging from green chilies to brown sugar kissed marsala onions.

I have personally had The Dork in a prior visit, and that was an interestingly delicious experience, however on this day, I had The Smoker. Served with a side of perfectly crisp tater tots, I took a bite into The Smoker, which is constructed with super-beef, Havarti cheese, bacon, “Lunchbox onions” and smoked pepper mayo. Though these burgers aren’t trying to make an impression with the size, they certainly do make up for it in flavor. The patties are cooked well done, but are still left with juiciness and kept flavorful. What puts these burgers over the top though, are the unusual ingredients and uniquely crafted sauces that complement the delicious American-style Kobe beef. The smoked mayo was a perfect complement to the Havarti cheese, and it was hard to distinguish what was what while I was chewing, but it was melt-in-your-mouth deliciousness. The Lunchbox onions along with the bacon gave the bite a crispy crunch, which supplemented the creaminess of the Havarti. This burger was downright outstanding. While in this restaurant, you can’t look around without seeing and old school lunch box, and with the awesome environment and crazy unique eats, Lunchbox Laboratory will definitely be one of my favorite spots in Seattle.

Now the tough choice is to decide what burger I want to try out next.

LunchBox Laboratory | Seattle, WA

Item: The Smoker

While up in Seattle, WA, the day after I along with my crew of three others indulged in some Red Mill Burger, we decided to go ahead and have lunch at the Lunchbox Laboratory. While I’ve had both Red Mill and Lunchbox Laboratory (not enough times, I should say) in the past, for my friends, it was their first time for both.  After examining the menu and it’s creative concoctions for a solid fifteen minutes or so, we were finally able to order with the waitress’s recommendations. The Havarti cheese in The Smoker caught my attention, so I, and along with one of my crew ordered that. My two other friends ordered the Le Truffle Love (pictured in a prior post) and the Santa Fe Slammer. The take away?


I looked up after taking my first bite into this delicacy to see my friend’s jaw drop. The next words that came out of his mouth while he was simultaneously shaking his head were, “this is better than Red Mill.”

And everyone else at the table agreed.

The Lunchbox Laboratory is like the Voodoo Donuts of burgers, and anyone who is a PDX native that’s been to the nationally popular Voodoo Donuts knows what this means. The Lunchbox Laboratory though may not be as nationally renowned, this restaurant serves up some insanely creative menu items such as their Hong Kong Hot Wings which is their chicken wing based egg rolls, and the Cinnamon Toast Crunk, and alcoholic milkshake based on the popular cereal, Cinnamon Toast Crunch.  But what Lunchbox Laboratory is famous for, is their unique mouthwatering burgers that are constructed with local organic buns and American style Kobe Beef, also coined as “Super-beef”…if you choose the beef option that is. They offer other options such as lamb, black bean, “Churken”  (chicken and turkey), as well as their “Dork” meat (pork and duck), and you even have the option to create your own burger with toppings ranging from green chilies to brown sugar kissed marsala onions.

I have personally had The Dork in a prior visit, and that was an interestingly delicious experience, however on this day, I had The Smoker.

Served with a side of perfectly crisp tater tots, I took a bite into The Smoker, which is constructed with super-beef, Havarti cheese, bacon, “Lunchbox onions” and smoked pepper mayo. Though these burgers aren’t trying to make an impression with the size, they certainly do make up for it in flavor. The patties are cooked well done, but are still left with juiciness and kept flavorful. What puts these burgers over the top though, are the unusual ingredients and uniquely crafted sauces that complement the delicious American-style Kobe beef. The smoked mayo was a perfect complement to the Havarti cheese, and it was hard to distinguish what was what while I was chewing, but it was melt-in-your-mouth deliciousness. The Lunchbox onions along with the bacon gave the bite a crispy crunch, which supplemented the creaminess of the Havarti. This burger was downright outstanding.

While in this restaurant, you can’t look around without seeing and old school lunch box, and with the awesome environment and crazy unique eats, Lunchbox Laboratory will definitely be one of my favorite spots in Seattle.

Now the tough choice is to decide what burger I want to try out next.