Gourmet Burgers By The Bros
I heard about The Burger Bros through social media - there was certainly a lot of buzz about them for a couple of months, and I’m glad to say the hype lived up to my expectations. We Kiwis love food trucks - maybe because we love the variety it offers, and often it’s food that isn’t found down at your local (especially if you live in a small town).
Food truck dishes are never cheap of course, unless you’re in line to get your fried staples of hot chips or hot dogs. That means if you’re wanting to create a loyal following that insists on hungry customers parting with their hard earned coin, your product needs to be better than what they can cook at home. Gourmet food that you rave about should also have great textures, as well as layers of flavour that you can taste individually and compliment each other with each bite.
Ironically, The Burger Bros are actually owned and operated by two women. I think the name is catchy and gives that quintessentially Kiwi flavour of hospitality and familiarity. We found the truck in a car park with a couple of cars already waiting for orders. That distinct and glorious smell of searing meat on the grill hit us as we pulled up beside them.
There were three burgers on the menu: BBQ Dream, Fried Chicken and Sweetpea 2.0 (you can check out the list of ingredients below). My foodie friends, Sam and John joined me on this review - we were going to a concert that night and needed to grab a bite to eat. We wanted to taste all three burgers, so asked the girls to divide them into three portions each. It took about fifteen minutes for them to serve up the burgers and fries, which I thought was quite reasonable waiting time. Unfortunately we didn’t realise they had put a portion of each burger in the takeaway boxes, so Sam and I ate two of the same burger, and only John had a taste of all three.
What’s in it? Crispy fried buttermilk chicken pieces, crispy bacon, Gouda cheese, tomato, lettuce, mayo, mustard + bbq sauce.
I didn’t get to taste this one, but here’s what Sam and John loved...They were raving about the honey mustard - mustard this, mustard that (yes I was a little annoyed at myself that I didn’t get to try this one because they LOVED it.) This was the boys’ favourite.
What’s in it? 200g ground beef patty, onion rings, bacon jam, cheddar cheese, crispy bacon, mayo + bbq sauce.
What do I love? I’m all about textures, so the combination of the succulent beef patty and crispy bacon got me hooked after the first bite. This one’s for the meat lovers for sure!
What’s in it? Moroccan spiced chickpea + sweet corn patty, garlic mushrooms, caramelised onions, tomato chutney, tzatziki + Swiss cheese.
What I loved? I didn't try the original, but I do love this version. In my head I pictured the patty to be more like a crunchy falafel, though in hindsight, never in my cooking experience were chickpea patties naturally crunchy, more mushy, like mashed kumara (sweet potato). For a meat lover, I didn’t miss the meat patty in this one, and it’s a great lighter option while still satisfying the taste buds.
The Burger Bros also have gluten-free options, and you’re even allowed to bring your own GF bread. Head onto their Facebook page to find out where they’re cooking next - let the bros take care of dinner tonight!
RonnaEats: 4.5 Spoons
Ambience: 5 Spoons
Phone: 027 316 3191 | Instagram: @theburgerbrosnz
Who is RonnaEats? Ronna Funtelar runs this independent foodie blog, with a philosophy to eat and write about food we can rave about. We don't ask for free meals or collaborate with our reviewed eateries, so you can be assured the reviews are unbiased and all for the love of food. Whether it's a food truck, a hole in the wall eatery, street food, local hangout or fine dining, we want to know where to head to for our next food adventure.