BGR offers a fresh spin on the fast-food franchise concept of basic burgers paired with fries and a soft drink – a sort of grown-up high school cafeteria. Meat eaters can select either a single or double beef or cheeseburger, while herby patties and grilled cheese are on offer for vegetarians. Add toppings such as crispy ‘American’ bacon or select ‘the works’, which includes favourites such as lettuce, pickles, grilled mushroom, jalapeno and others, with a choice of condiments.
Dessert is a scoop of unremarkable vanilla or chocolate ice-cream, although the rest of the fare certainly delivers on taste.
Enjoy your burger with a beer or a soft drink, iced tea or lemonade. If it takes your fancy, delight your inner child with a shake or float.
Fast, friendly and efficient, which is exactly what you’d expect from a fast-food restaurant.
Inside, BGR feels like a trendy cafeteria. With red-and-white décor, wooden tables and chairs and a split level-floor, it’s decidedly ‘teen-chic’. Outside, you can view the outdoor sculpture at the Everard Read Gallery and people-watch on the pavement.
Informal dining, family meals, or to satisfy a burger craving with friends.
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BGR has brought the classic american style take-out burger to Joburg. The difference being that they're made with some seriously top notch ingredients, including 100% beef patties and some super good chips - and you can taste the difference. Go for a standard order of a single cheese burger with "the works" and you won't be disappointed. The decor is clean and simple with a hint of American-diner. Arguably, one of the best burger spots in town!
If you've recently returned from a trip to the states and are hankering for a Shake Shack/Five Guys style burger you need to try BGR. Every two months or so I get a hankering for one that nothing else will satiate. I like the well cooked almost crunchy patty and the chips are like Mc Donald's chips but better.
This is the best burger in Joburg...and fries...no contest! I haven't been to their new premises yet but they can only be an improvement on the previous shop, which was basic. The good news is that it shouldn't be too long to wait, in my household. Go and see what the fuss is about, you won't be sorry. (Last tip - eat there, the burgers are juicy so are best enjoyed straight away)
I visited BGR when they were still in the Caltex garage on Jan Smuts. It was such a hole in the wall, you wouldn't take a second look. But, I did, as I had heard a few people raving about it. We ordered one of the plain and one double cheese, with the works. It was to die for. The mayo they use is amazeballs. The skinny fries are awesome, but my favourite has got to be their countertop chilli sauce, OMG. I have got to try the new venue soon, and hope their taste is just as good as the new space.