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Seattle Burger Review: BurgerMaster

(Tom Amato, KTTH)

I’m on a mission to find the best burger in the city of Seattle. I travel to various burger joints within city limits and rate the establishment’s MOST POPULAR burger on a scale of 1-10. Of all the measures I use, taste is most important.

This week, I went to University District to try the restaurant claiming to have the master of all burgers, BurgerMaster. They aptly call their prime burger, “BurgerMaster.” If you are to read no further, let this be the key takeaway: It’s a lazily-made burger.

As you can see in the picture above, there is nothing special about this sandwich. It looks bland and basic, and tastes bland and basic. It’s a quarter-pound beef patty, raised in Skagit Valley, with American cheese, relish, lettuce, and tomato that’s thicker than the patty. Oh, and they double up on the tomatoes. So really they should be advertising it as a ‘Tomato Burger’ that adds some beef for that “burger” flavor you desire.

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The bun is some kind of stale, whole-wheat, rounded bread. The patty is bland with little moisture. I put the burger down halfway through and just stared at it in disappointment. I went for the fries multiple times before finishing the whole thing. And the fries are nothing to write home about either. 45 minutes after the meal, I figured I wouldn’t be revisiting.

The size is okay. It’s not too small, but not big. The inside of the joint resembles a fast-food restaurant. At other locations around Western Washington, it’s more of a drive-thru setting, which can be fun.

Maybe the experience at other spots can make up for the lazy burger, but the price will always hurt you. You’re paying $6.39 for a single patty, but don’t worry, you can add another patty OR three strips of bacon for $1.99 more.

Now that I’ve ripped on the experience an adequate amount, it’s important to note that the burger isn’t far off from being improved enough to resemble average fast-food. With a few tweaks, it can be an OK meal. First, they must either slice the tomatoes thinner or get rid of them altogether. They’re really not that great to begin with. Second, a new bun is needed.

They need to throw out whatever they’re using now. And lastly, a new appearance would work wonders. As it comes on the tray, it doesn’t look like an enjoyable bite. They could also try adding some onions, but I don’t have much faith in where they’re getting the vegetables.

Biggest strength(s) – Multiple locations across Seattle, lettuce was chopped
Biggest weakness(es) – Tomatoes, bun, appearance, overall taste

I’ll give the ‘BurgerMaster’ from BurgerMaster a 4/10.

What do you think of their burger? Where should I go next? Tweet me, @NewProducerTom on Twitter.

Past reviews: 8 oz Burger (7.5/10), Little Big Burger (8/10), Uneeda Burger (5/10), Li’l Woody’s (7/10), CaliBurger (6/10), ShakeShack (8/10), Red Robin (7/10)

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