When you think of summery sunny days, you think salads and barbeques, and for some reason, burgers also springs to mind. These days there seems to be a million burger joints popping up all over Perth. There's FAB, Jus Burgers, Flipside, Missy Moos and of course, the anti-foodie place that is loved by foodies, Grill'd.
It's gourmet burgers that are healthy and hearty and use quality ingredients. Though the price for a burger here is in the mid-teens, it seems worthwhile because the taste is great without a heavy oily aftermath.
Since it's an amazing spring day, Jeremy and I have set out for food and sunshine; deciding on Grill'd since burgers just seem so in order.
The menu at Grill'd is extensive, with selections of beef, chicken, lamb and vegetarian options - all customisable and all delivered with a smile by the young but happy staff.
Jeremy's decided on his choice pretty fast, drawn to the beef burgers and settling on the 'Wild Wild West' ($14.50). It's grilled grass fed lean beef, tasty cheese, crispy trim bacon, free range egg, a couple slices of beetroot, salad, relish and the herbed mayo that Grill'd is famous for. For his bun, he's gone for a panini which has a nice soft, fluffy inside and lightly toasted outside.
It tastes amazing. Beef that is tender but juicy and is well seasoned. The accompanying fillings are fresh and tasty; the egg is fried just right and the cheese melts over the top of the bacon tantalisingly. We decide to share a regular chips ($4.80) between the two of us because you can't go to Grill'd and not order them. Their hot chips are delicious - crispy but potatoey, they're tossed in a rosemary and herb mix. On their own they're enjoyable, but we both love them with a sweet chilli may chip dip ($0.70 each). We need a dip each since we're unable to portion the use out sparingly.
Wild wild west burger
For our drinks to accompany our meals, I am drawn to the white grape & passionfruit Agrum, which is one of my favourite drinks at the moment (yes, there comes that passionfruit obsession rearing its head again). Jeremy's chosen (like always) a ginger beer since it's his go to beverage at the moment. They're both icy cold and refreshing on this 27 degree day.
Agrum and ginger beer
Though a burger does sound great, I'm not in the mood for bread so I opt for a bunless version - which thankfully Grill'd allows you to do with any of their menu items. I've chosen the Goats Cheese & Hummus Lamb Burger ($14.50). It's one of the new gourmet burgers on their menu and I've fallen in love from the first time I laid eyes on it, let alone tasted it.
It's a grilled 100% grass fed lean lamb pattie with salad, Meredith Dairy goats cheese and a thick chermoula hummus. When you opt for bunless, they deliver it like a salad, with some extra lettuce and tomato added in to make up for what you've taken away.
Though it's lean meat, the lamb is so juicy. It's flavoursome and breaks apart when I move my fork through it. The hummus is so yummy, I can see why there's an Adam Sandler movie basically dedicated to celebrating it. And the goats cheese, well that just leaves shivers up my spine. It's creamy and soft and there's never enough of it for a cheese fiend like me. It's a perfect meal for a Sunday afternoon.
Goats cheese and hummus lamb (bunless) burger
Burgers are suited to the happy weekend days in the sun. They appeal to the child in every adult or the child with every adult so there's never any reason not to indulge - especially when this particular place does a great salad or bunless burger too.
One thing I did find amusing though is that next to the gluten free bun option there's a little asterix that says... may contain gluten. Lucky I don't have celiacs otherwise I'd find this statement troubling rather than entertaining.
For more information about Grill'd visit them on their website.