I hate to say this, but maybe switching Burger Month to May this year wasn’t such a good idea. The biggest problem of holding a celebration of my favorite food now is that it’s the middle of summer in the Philippines! As such, it’s boiling hot and it’s normal for the Metro Manila area to reach heat index temperatures in the 40 degrees Centigrade! To all you Yanks that don’t use the metric system, that means that you feel temperatures of more than 100 degrees Fahrenheit! And that’s supposed to be normal? Anyway, this means that I’ve been super lazy when it comes to actually going out and looking for places where I can get a good burger nowadays. Who has time to go out and explore when it’s so freaking hot? However, I’m still committed to powering through and finishing off this year’s Burger Month. You’re welcome!
This does mean that I have been looking for burgers at places that don’t really specialize in burgers this year. This is why the past two entries became Burger Month entries this year. I came by them by happenstance. While I was pleasantly surprised with one of them (Eat City’s Breakfast Burger), I was rather underwhelmed with the other despite it having so much promise (Tokyo Tokyo’s Wagyu Cheeseburger). Well, this week… I just came by the burger again. However, I think it deserves special mention because, while it comes from a place that’s more famous for its chicken dishes, I think Kenny Roger’s Roasters 1/3 Pound Cheeseburger Combo needs to be featured. Why? Because it’s 1/3 pound! Bigger is supposed to be better!
On the website, the 1/3 Pound Cheeseburger Combo doesn’t read anything special. However, what the website doesn’t state is that Kenny Rogers actually uses Angus beef. So, essentially, you’re getting some high quality beef in that 1/3 pound meat patty! Oh, and did I mention it is 1/3 of a pound? That means it’s bigger than your typical burger that usually only gives you a quarter of a pound. So I decided to take the plunge and, of course, I had to get the combo. Sadly, the combo doesn’t include fries; it comes with potato chips. I’ll delve more into my disappointment with the substitution of the potato side dish later.
I will warn you right off the bat that you shouldn’t order Kenny Rogers 1/3 Pound Cheeseburger if you’re in a rush as it’ll take them 15 to 20 minutes before they serve it to you. I guess it’s good in a way because you know that it’s always made to order. But if you’re impatient and don’t like to wait, you should stay away. Me? I’m okay with waiting for a burger as long as it’s good… I don’t know if it’s gonna be good at this time but we’ll see.
When I did get my order after around 19 minutes (I timed it), I was a bit miffed. Oh, not because of the wait time, but because it looked like not much care was put into actually making it look presentable. The potato chips were haphazardly scattered to one side of the plate and do I see the tomato already creeping to the outside of the burger as if it were trying to escape? But the worst thing about how the 1/3 Pound Cheeseburger was the huge dent on the top bun. It looked like someone squished it too hard with their thumb! I sure hope it’s mandatory that they were gloves… or at least wash their hands before handling food here!
With that appetizing thought in mind, I still soldiered forward and took a bite into the burger. I will say it wasn’t half bad and definitely much more delicious than its poor presentation might suggest. The vegetables in the burger tasted fresh and crisp, particularly the cucumber. They were also sliced to the appropriate thickness so that they were still easy to bite through. The burger patty was a bit overcooked for my taste but it was still rather juicy. To be fair, I generally like my burgers to be medium done and most places in the Philippines don’t do that because the people here generally don’t like to see any kind of red in their burgers. Maybe I can ask them to cook the burger to a different doneness next time?
Despite there being a huge dent in the bun, I couldn’t really find any other problems with it. The bread was okay but pretty unremarkable. Actually, my biggest issue with the burger that I got was how it was put together. And, no, I’m not talking about the possible thumbprint again. What I’m actually referring to is how uneven the dressing was inside. At first, the dressing did enhance the flavor of the burger as it was mostly in the background. However, the further I got into the 1/3 Pound Cheeseburger, so did the amount of dressing. I wasn’t able to take apart the burger this time around but I do suspect that the mayo and tomato dressing wasn’t spread around well enough. This made it so there were globs of dressing on one side of the burger. Surprisingly, however, that’s the biggest complaint I have with it. The 1/3 Pound Cheeseburger managed to satisfy me because it did taste good and was big enough to fill me up for the most part.
The most disappointing part of the 1/3 Pound Cheeseburger wasn’t the burger itself. Rather, it was the side of potato chips. I’m not a huge fan of potato chips as a side dish to my burgers and the ones I got at Kenny Rogers was no exception. I’m definitely more of a fries guy. To be fair, the potato chips weren’t terrible. However, there just wasn’t all that much care put into making them. There were a lot of broken chips as well as a lot of teeny tiny crushed potato chips on my plate. They were crispy but ultimately, boring.
Would I order Kenny Rogers Roasters’ 1/3 Pound Cheeseburger again? Actually, I think I will from time to time. If I happen to pass by the restaurant but I’m not feeling like eating chicken and I’m not in a rush, their burger would actually be a good alternative. It’s tasty enough to warrant a second or third going and it’s definitely filling. I just hope they don’t try to leave their fingerprints in the bun again!
Have you tried Kenny Rogers Roasters’ 1/3 Pound Cheeseburger? What did you think of it? Let me know in the comments section below!