The burger’s culinary history is a complicated one. In the website What’s Cooking America, author Linda Stradley writes, "Tracing history back thousands of years, we learn that even the ancient Egyptians ate ground meat, and down through the ages we also find that ground meat has been shaped into patties and eaten all over the world under many different name." That being said, the burger, which is composed of a meat patty sandwiched by two buns, has become the most universally loved fastfood. While the most popular kind features a beef patty, other meat and non-meat variants have also become favorites. SPOT.ph ranks 10 under P100 burgers in Metro Manila according to their bang-for-your-buck goodness.
Power Plant Mall, Rockwell Center, Makati City with various branches
Tel. no. 501-3106
Open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Monday to Thursday and 11 a.m. to midnight, Friday to Sunday
Burger lowdown: Sango!’s Hamburger (P95) contains a beef patty loaded with minced onion, mustard, and ketchup. Its plain bread buns are fluffy and firm, complementing the not-so-typical filling. Bottom line: The buns seal the deal.
Foodie fuss: If you’re used to Jollibee and McDonald’s hamburgers, this one may not tickle your taste buds.
9. SLAMMER BURGERS
M2 Level, Food Choices, Trinoma Mall, Quezon City with various branches
Open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday to Thursday and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday to Sunday
Burger lowdown: These three-inch-wide burgers always come in twos. We got their Bacon Mushroom Melt Burger (P85) and found them tasty. The cheese spread blended nicely with the little patties, the chopped bacon, and the mushroom bits. Don’t let their size or nondescript appearance fool you. They’re really quite filling.
Foodie fuss: We wonder why they can’t just make one bigger burger instead of serving two small ones.
With branches all over Metro Manila.
Burger lowdown: To complement the beef patty, Wendy’s Cheeseburger Deluxe (P65.75) has a slice of cheddar cheese, tomato, pickles, lettuce, and one raw red onion ring. Sandwiched by two plain buns, the burger’s taste is amped up by the raw onion ring.
Foodie fuss: We wouldn’t mind about a couple more raw onion rings. We do, however, appreciate the very light coating of the ketchup-mayonnaise mix.
Level 2, SM City North EDSA, North Avenue corner EDSA, Quezon City with various branches
Tel. no. 928-3405
Open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday to Thursday and Sunday; 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday to Saturday
Burger lowdown: Max’s Chicken Burger (P71) features a chicken meat patty topped with creamy coleslaw and a slice of cheddar cheese. The burger’s top bun also has a smattering of sesame seeds. The pickles are served separately. This is a delicious-yet-unexpected innovation from a restaurant that’s identified as a fried chicken spot.
Foodie fuss: This is the only burger that’s served with about half a cup of potato chips on the side. Plus, you don’t have to wait in line for it.
No. 297 Katipunan Avenue, Loyola Heights, Quezon City
Tel. no. 882-8888
Open from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily
Burger lowdown: The Mushroomburger Royal (P71) boasts of a hefty and juicy mushroom patty sandwiched by two plain buns. It contains cheddar cheese, a slice of tomato, cucumber, pickles, as well as some ketchup-mayonnaise mix. The light buttery taste is good enough to make you forget that you’re not eating meat.
Foodie fuss: If you’re into eating healthy, this isn’t it yet. Not that we’re complaining.
5. GOOD BURGERS
1/F Connecticut Carpark, Greenhills Shopping Center, San Juan, Metro Manila with other branches in Annapolis, San Juan (723-4663), Quezon City (435-4663) and Pasig (910-8138)
Tel. no. 345-4442
Open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily
Burger lowdown: The Just Burger Best (P85) is a no-nonsense creation featuring a lean chicken meat patty sandwiched by plain buns and seasoned with a mayonnaise-ketchup mix. You add P5 if you prefer wheat buns. The patty is nicely moist. Nothing gets in the way of its flavor. Plus, hardcore vegetarians can opt for the veggie patty for their burger.
Foodie fuss: How about a slice of tomato served on the side? The yummy burger looks so lonely. But, then again, that’s just us.
4. TROPICAL HUT
Elliptical Road, Quezon Memorial Circle, Diliman, Quezon City with various branches
Tel. no. 924-3413
Open from 7:00 am to 9:00 pm daily
Burger lowdown: The Super Cheeseburger Classic (P90) lives up to its name. The moist beef patty is sandwiched by sesame seed buns that are firm on the outside and fluffy inside. It also contains a slice of cheddar cheese, tomato, cucumber, and lettuce. A light coating of mayonnaise finishes it off.
Foodie fuss: We wonder why this burger chain isn’t getting much buzz these days. Hopefully, our renewed appreciation for its burgers will help.
3. HUNGRY HIPPO
Prince David Condominium, 305 Katipunan Avenue, Loyola Heights, Quezon City with various branches
Tel. no. 434-1184
Open from 7:00 am to 10:00 pm daily
Burger lowdown: It’s hard to believe that Hungry Hippo’s Cheeseburger (P67) is still priced so low. It’s as if this little-known chain was spared from the economic upheavals of recent years. This burger boasts of a perfectly grilled beef patty that’s made more delicious by cheddar cheese and mayonnaise. You can ignore its vegetables (tomato, cucumber, and lettuce) and the sesame seed buns. The real star is the patty.
Foodie fuss: We want this burger to stay just the way it is--pocket-friendly price and all.
31st Street, Bonifacio Stop-over, Fort Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
Tel. no. 818-0168
Open from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily
Burger lowdown: Dayrit’s Junior Burger Todo (P90) may be a miniature version of its bigger and pricier Cheeseburger Todo, but it still packs a lot of burger punch. The beef patty is grilled well and complemented by a special burger sauce that tastes a bit like gravy. Best of all, it has fresh tomato, lettuce, and cucumber in it. You can tell because they’re crunchy and juicy. The sesame seed buns likewise taste great.
Foodie fuss: More sesame seeds on the top bun, please.
1. WHAM! BURGERS
Level 5, Shangri-La Plaza Mall, EDSA corner Shaw Boulevard, Mandaluyong City
Open 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily
Tel. no. 634-2093
Burger lowdown: The Wham! Burger (P98) is easily a carnivore’s delight. It boasts of a char-grilled 1/3 pound beef patty that can put more expensive fastfood burgers to shame. Sandwiched by sesame seed buns, it also contains a slice of tomato and lettuce. Ketchup and mustard complete this power burger’s ingredients.
Foodie fuss: The lettuce was a bit limp--but that may be beside the point. The beef patty more than makes up for it.