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The Burger:

The Canadian

Overall Rating:

73/100

Cost Range:

$10.00-$20.00

Rated On:

Oct 23, 2012

It's All In The Details

Burger Basics

Finding some hard, concrete details on the Sammy J’s burger is a little difficult as neither their website nor menu divulge where they get their beef, how large their patties are and what type of beef it may be. Based purely on my own experience it appeared to be about a 6oz Angus beef patty properly cooked and placed atop a fresh and very doughy bun. Some people may not enjoy an overly doughy bun, but it does accomplish one thing. It holds form. The burger stayed together and the bun provided the necessary burger juice retention.

The Extras

As I only got the Bacon/Cheddar burger, it wasn't the widest range of toppings that I sampled, but the one topping that stuck out was the bacon. Cooked perfectly with bold smoky bacon flavor, it helped offset the somewhat lacking amount of produce that was placed on my burger.

The Experience

Sammy J's is revamped since the days of Sammy J Pepper's, with a more refined feel and a more sophisticated atmosphere. However, they still put the game on their big-screen, so I found myself there for the sole purpose of catching the football and baseball games.

My Take

As with most chain restaurants of this ilk, I don't really frequent them all that often, and I don't always order a burger here as it is normally assumed that the burger isn't their specialty per say. Of course there are exceptions, but this is usually a good rule of thumb. However, this rainy Thursday evening I found myself hungry and burger famished, having gone at least a week without beefy goodness. Upon glancing over the menu, I was greeted with the heading "Gourmet Burgers". At this point, it seemed inevitable that I would be partaking in said burger in hopes that it really was gourmet. I can say that, while it didn't blow my socks off, the burger was quite tasty, and didn't leave me wanting in any areas. Great bacon flavor and a good patty/bun combo will nicely compliment a ball game any day of the week.

Rating Breakdown

  • Quality of Bun
  • Quality of Patty
  • Quality of Toppings
  • Selection of Toppings
  • Preparation
  • Aesthetics
  • Manageability
  • Drip Factor
  • Uniqueness
  • Overall Flavour
  • Value

Score

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  • 16/20
  • 3/5
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Burger Rating Scale: Explained

To start, just a note explaining the weighted rating of the burg. We understand that it might be a little confusing, but the thought is that certain points of a burger just have more of an effect on how good a burger really is. For example, we feel the quality of the patty has a bigger impact on the burger than the cost or how well it holds together.

  • Quality of Bun: How was the bun? Fresh? Chewy? We always hope for the freshest possible bun, something that we can grip on to and that will act as a proper container for the burger itself
  • Quality of Patty: Ah, the essence of the burg. How good is the patty though? I mean, are we dealing with the ideal 80/20 chuck? Or, do we have a patty riddled with filler and other foreign and unwanted product?
  • Quality of Toppings: How fresh is the produce on the burg? How fresh are the sauces? How well prepared are the other wild and wonderful things that adorn our burg?
  • Selection of Toppings: Is this a joint that tells you what to get? Or is the the sky the limit? There's something to be said for a place that will let you pile some onion rings, a fried egg and a half a Bavarian on your burg.
  • Preparation: How well are the 'essentials' prepared? Did you have the makings for a good patty, but Joe Chef burnt it beyond recognition? Was the patty great, but that heap of bacon you wanted was uncooked? Overall, how was the burger put together?
  • Aesthetics: Nothing says delicious like a burger that is giving you those "come hither" looks with how delicious IT looks.
  • Manageability: How far did you make it before the burger fell apart? I know a good burger is supposed to be juicy and leave your hands a mess, but I don't feel that I should be eating the majority of it with a fork.
  • Drip Factor: Just how far down your arm did that succulent stream of burger juices make it? We all know that noone leaves a proper burger battle without getting a little messy
  • Uniqueness: Can you get this burg at McDonalds? Did they take some time to actually make something different here? You can have burgers that are just plain amazing, and you can have burgers that are amazing and make you think "Where did they come up with this?"
  • Overall Flavor: Did your taste-buds do a jig? Does your mouth water at the mere mention of this burger joint? Flavor is where it’s at baby!
  • Value: How much "bang for your buck" factor was involved? Obviously you pay for greatness, but sometimes it is unjust, and sometimes it is just a treat.
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Available with your choice of:

Patties

  • Beef
  • Chicken
  • Halibut

Buns

  • Burger Bun

Sauces

  • Mustard
  • Mayo
  • BBQ Sauce
  • Chipotle Aioli

Cheeses

  • Cheddar
  • Gouda
  • Havarti

Toppings

  • Onion
  • Lettuce
  • Tomato
  • Mushrooms
  • Sauteed Onion
  • Peppers
  • Pickles
  • Bacon
  • Arugula
  • Short Rib Medallions
  • Crispy Onions

Sides

  • Fries
  • Garden Salad
  • Soup
  • Yam Fries
  • Chowder

Drinks

  • Pop
  • Beer