Elevation Burger: Ingredients Matter, But So Does Flavor

Categories: Burger Break

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Minh T Truong
A burger and fries for me is one of those guilty pleasure meals in life -- you know it's not great for you but when you want one you want a really good one. When a craving hits you, it hits you hard and if you've used up your designated cheat day for something else, you're S.O.L. I was hoping that Elevation Burger would solve that problem for me. When a burger craving crept up on me maybe I could get away with a "healthy" burger -- but what I discovered was if you're gonna eat a burger -- just eat a burger.

Elevation Burger is a chain with locations from Kuwait to Austin. The first Houston location opened in 2012. According to the website their philosophy is to "elevate" the dining experience by providing 100 percent organic, free range, grass-fed beef and high quality ingredients. They also offer veggie and vegan burgers.

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Minh T Truong
Among the choices for your burger are the "Elevation Burger" which comes with double meat, the "Half the Guilt" burger that comes with one meat patty and one veggie or vegan patty, a regular veggie or vegan burger, or the "Vertigo" burger where you can stack as many as 10 patties of your choice. Once you choose your burger you can then add as many toppings as you like from tomatoes, onions and jalepenos to hot pepper relish and organic bacon. The calorie count is prominently displayed for everything on the menu -- you'll get sticker shock when you notice the shakes are a whopping 710 calories.

My friend went with the straight up veggie burger ($4.49) as he doesn't eat beef - I wonder how I'm friends with him too -- and I opted for the "Half the Guilt" ($6.59) and even went one step further and ordered it bunless -- adding on tomatoes, pickles, carmalized onions and jalepenos. We both ordered a side of fries ($2.99), touted for being fried in heart-healthy olive oil.

One thing I noticed right away was the freshness of the toppings. The lettuce was crisp, the tomatoes and pickles were thick sliced and bright in color, the onion on my friend's burger was a whole substantial ring and my jalapenos still had crunch to them.

But the word that came to mind during the meal was "bland." Everything was bland, the thin, and I do mean thin, beef patty had no flavor to it, the veggie patty didn't fare any better and had a really mushy quality to it. Ordering it bunless wasn't the best idea either as everything fell apart from the first bite and I ended up using the thick end of the lettuce as a scooper. The french fries were crisp and weren't bogged down with grease but also lacked salt. I know sodium isn't healthy -- but I mean, maybe just a sprinkle?

Elevation Burger is obviously a much better option than your usual fast food joint and in a pinch I'd much rather spend a little more here for a far superior and healthier product --But if I'm going to eat a burger, I'm just going to eat a burger.



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15 comments
Imhotep Taylor
Imhotep Taylor

Do you all write food reviews strictly to piss off restaurant owners? Honest question. Because your non-sense with Torchy's Tacos only served to make sure they have a line outside the door nearly all the time.

Allan Jan Frallicciardi
Allan Jan Frallicciardi

How about just eating less burgers fata$$ and not talking about it like a normal person with a life

texmex01
texmex01 topcommenter

Tried it last week, worst.....burger....ever.

Aly Xandra
Aly Xandra

I LOVE this place, ugh. It's so delicious. Their fries need work, but those burgers!!! Good milkshakes too.

weilruss
weilruss

Agree completely - very bland.

FattyFatBastard
FattyFatBastard topcommenter

Beck's Prime is right across the street, is probably just as healthy, and actually tastes great.  Why would anyone bother with Elevation burger at all?

Ed Truitt
Ed Truitt

BTW, I remember reading somewhere that frying in olive oil is a Bad Thing, as the smoke point is too low.

Amanda Maxian
Amanda Maxian

totally agree... at least the finally made the drive-thru window operational!

Bruce_Are
Bruce_Are topcommenter

You probably should have aimed right up the middle instead of trying a lettuce wrap and a vegetarian burger. If the lettuce wrap burger was awesome, it would be the first awesome one in the history of the universe.  Same for the vegetarian burger.  OK, I've had edible vegetarian burgers but the best are still not even close to being as good as an average hamburger.

neilquan
neilquan

@Bruce_Are  Ive had the Lettuce wrap thing before and I think it can be very good. Maybe not as good as the best, but still very good. But I will totally agree with your assessment with vegetarian burgers, even the best taste like cardboard. Im not sure why they even try. Just slap a pair of hash browns in a bun and call it a day.

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