Is traveling the world to exotic places on your bucket list? Don’t worry, Hard Rock Café Dallas has you covered, and you can leave your passport at home. Hard Rock is taking their guests on a first-class tour of the world through burgers. Sit back, relax and enjoy the flavors and styles of Hard Rock locations across the globe.
These unique burger “acts” from four continents will be available at Hard Rock Café Dallas until Tuesday, June 30, 2015, and Dallas Food Nerd was invited for a first-class sampling of these new burgers. Buckle up your seatbelts.
First stop on our tour, we crossed the pond to the United Kingdom for the Lancashire Hot Pot Burger. The star of this English legendary is a juicy lamb burger broiled until it’s perfectly cooked and then topped with caramelized onions, crispy carrot frazzles and a mint mayonnaise. This burger was so unique. The lamb patty was incredibly juicy and well-cooked, not underdone and not too pink.
We ventured back to the Americas for our next burger that offered a Latin twist, the Marimba Burger. Boasting flavors from Guatemala, this festive burger features an angus beef patty, but it’s the toppings that make this sandwich sing – a homemade chipotle and jalapeño spiced layer of beans, fresh salsa, Monterey Jack cheese, Cheddar cheese and crispy tortilla straws. Of course my favorite component was the tortilla straws because hello crunch. The beans were buttery and a little spicy. It took a while to get used to them.
For our next sample, we had to cross the International Date Line and venture to the east for the Sweet & Sour Burger in Hong Kong. The manager stated this was the favorite amongst the servers. I can see why. This burger is topped with grilled pineapple, a huge onion ring, bell peppers and then drizzled with a house-made sweet and source. Sweet. Smoky. Savory. Yes. I don’t think I’ve ever eaten an Asian-inspired hamburger before this moment, but I am glad I did.
We finished our Burger tour in the good ‘ol US of A with the Cuban Burger. Welcome to Miami where our Cuban friends’ pulled pork and plantain are always welcome. Out of the four, this was my least favorite burger. Between the beef, pork, plantain and toppings, there were a lot of competing flavors, and nothing stood out. Yes, the other sandwiches had multiple components, but they married well together. With the Cuban, it was almost too much for my palate to decipher.
And of course what is a good burger without the ultimate sidekick — Hard Rock’s savory artisan french fries with complimentary dipping sauces. Guest have the option of chili seasoned fries with chipotle garlic ketchup, Parmesan Romano fries with garlic aioli and herb and garlic fries with chimichurri mayo. Depending upon which burger you order, I suggest you ask your server which fry option would be the best accompaniment to the sandwich.
After I had eaten myself into a massive food coma, I wondered why those burgers in particular were selected for the tour. More than 150 local burgers were evaluated by Hard Rock’s culinary team, with fan favorites selected to star on this limited-time menu. Hard Rock Cafe Dallas’ Local Legendary, The Jamie Burger, was also submitted to this contest, but sadly didn’t make the cut.
The fans failed. I’m not sure what other burgers were on the list, but this one SHOULD have made it.
Holy Moly. This sandwich has a simple beef patty, Swiss cheese, bacon, avocado, crispy onions, fried jalapenos, romaine lettuce, and chipotle, served on sourdough bread/Texas toast. Jaime Burger = Texas. I unbuttoned the top bottom of my pants after I ate only a quarter of this burger. In my own defense, I was already digesting samples from the other ones and fries. No shame in my game. Don’t judge me.
I love how food has the beautiful ability of transporting individuals to anywhere in the world with one small bite. Something as heavy as burgers can be light, tangy or sweet simply by switching up the ingredients. No matter which option you choose, make sure you check out this World Burger Tour at Hard Rock Café Dallas before time runs out. Don’t forget to tell us which one is your favorite!
(Disclaimer: My meal was complimentary and all thoughts are my own.)