SPOT.ph’s Top 10 Best Burgers Under P100 (2013 Edition)
These burgers have bang-for-your-buck goodness.
(SPOT.ph) The burger has become one of the most universally loved dishes. While the more popular kinds feature a beef patty, other meat and non-meat variants have made their mark, challenging the norm of what can be squeezed between two slices of bread. We support creativity, but taking an "artisanal" approach to this classic usually entails top dollar. For us, the best comfort food is one that’s as comforting to the wallet as it is to the palate. Hence, we scoured the metro for the best burgers below P100. No giant fastfood chains; this time around, it’s all about what neighborhood joints and chow spots can offer.
10. Stuff Over Burger Cafe
This new spot's Regular Burger (P95) is a no-nonsense creation containing a beef patty, a slice of tomato, a ring of fresh white onion, and several pieces of lettuce. Ask them to go easy on the ketchup so you can really taste the smoky flavor of the burger meat. The soft sesame seed bun? No complaints there.
51 Magiting Street, UP Teachers Village, Diliman, Quezon City
9. Slammer Burgers
Don’t let the no-frills appearance of these Bacon Mushroom Melt Sliders (P95) fool you. They may be small, but they are packed with so much flavor. The cheese spread blends nicely with the mini patties, chopped bacon, and mushroom bits. They come in twos so they’ll fill your tummy just like any regular-sized burger.
4/F The Block, SM City North EDSA, Quezon City
8. Little Quiapo
The Hamburger (P99) is served unadorned-with just the patty inserted into the sliced sesame seed bun. A bit of coleslaw, a slice of carrot, and cucumber are served on the side. You’ll appreciate the logic of the presentation when you bite into the burger. The patty has a flavor profile similar to chorizo that most people find it unnecessary to mess with its sweet-salty-peppery taste. Then again, it goes pretty well with the coleslaw, carrot, and cucumber. It’s a not-so-usual combination that’s a pleasant gustatory surprise.
90 Malakas Street, Barangay Piñahan, Quezon City, with a branch in Parañaque City
The house that fried chicken built also boasts of the Max’s Chicken Burger (P86.90), which features a chicken meat patty topped with creamy coleslaw and a slice of cheddar cheese. The smattering of sesame seeds on the burger bun gives it some nuttiness while the pickles layer on a bit of tang. We do love the fact that potato chips are also served on the side.
G/F Forum Robinsons, No. 30 Pioneer Street corner EDSA, Mandaluyong City, with branches nationwide
6. Tokyo Tokyo
The first thing you notice about this Cheeseburger (P85) is that the bun has black and white sesame seeds instead of the usual single color. The beef patty, which is blanketed by a slice of cheese, lies on a bed of shredded lettuce that’s drenched in just the right amount of Japanese mayonnaise. The mayonnaise has the slightest hint of wasabi heat, an easily acquired taste. In a word, it’s delicious.
2/F Market! Market!, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig, with more branches in Metro Manila
5. Shopwise Cubao Soda Fountain
We found out by accident that this particular branch of the supermarket chain has a food stop near its baked goods aisles. The Hamburger with Cheese (P65) is a yummy mess-but that doesn't make us love it less. The bun has bits of toasted oats on it and the beef patty-along with the lettuce and the chunky cucumber slice-is drenched in Thousand Island dressing with an extra-tangy kick. Truth be told, the patty is well-seasoned enough that you don’t really need the cheese or that much dressing.
Araneta Center, Cubao, Quezon City
4. Good Burger
The Just Burger Best (P95) is a hearty creation featuring lean chicken patty in a plain bun, seasoned with a staple mayonnaise-ketchup mix. The patty is nicely moist and the bare burger makes sure nothing gets in the way of its flavor. Plus, hardcore vegetarians can opt for the veggie patty version. There’s something for everyone.
Connecticut Carpark, Greenhills Shopping Center, San Juan City
It’s probably a little-known fact that this halo-halo joint has a Homeburger (P80) that deserves at least some of the limelight. Never mind the corny portmanteau, the beef patty’s flavor is enhanced by just a hint of smokiness. Except for two tomato slices on the side, it doesn't have any condiments, but only because it doesn’t really need any help.
Silver City Mall, Frontera Drive, Ugong, Pasig City, with more branches in Luzon
2. Tropical Hut
The Super Cheeseburger Classic (P95) lives up to its name. The savory beef patty is enveloped by a sesame seed bun that's firm on the outside and fluffy inside. It also contains lettuce, cheddar cheese, tomato, and cucumber. A light coating of mayonnaise finishes it off. When it’s good as it is, we can only imagine how it would taste with other toppings.
Pioneer Street corner Shaw Boulevard, Barangay Kapitolyo, Pasig City, with more branches in Luzon
1. The Snack Shack
The hefty Quarter Pounder with Cheese (P70) boasts of a grilled-before-your-eyes patty that’s so unbelievably juicy, you’ll feel like you’ve died and gone to Carnivore Heaven when you take a bite. It comes with cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomato, and a couple of rings of raw white onion, plus a dollop of mustard. It sure doesn’t hurt that the sesame seed bun is soft and fluffy. The Snack Shack burgers are grilled and made to order, so there's a minimum 15-minute waiting time-this, apart from the crowds and long lines. But for burger this good, you'll always be more than willing to stick around.
Along V. Luna Extension, beside SM Savemore, Sikatuna Village, Diliman, Quezon City with a branch at the UP Diliman Campus (near the Post Office)
Photo credits: Lorie Victoria (Tokyo Tokyo, Razon’s, and Max’s), Chong Ardivilla (Slammer Burgers, Good Burgers, and Tropical Hut), SPOT.ph staff (Snack Shack, Stuff Over, Little Quiapo, and Shopwise)