New Burger: Elevation Burger


elevation-burgerI happened to notice a new burger place the other day and decided to give it a try today. I’d never heard of Elevation Burger before, and a little post-lunch research reveals why. They’ve only been in the franchise business since last year and this is their first location that’s not in Virginia or Maryland.

The claim-to-fame of this chain (sorry!) is their organic, grass-fed beef. They also use olive oil to cook their fries and offer two types of veggie burgers. My understanding is that grass-fed beef is less greasy than traditional (well, traditional these days) corn-fed beef.

Upon entering, I was happy to discover that this is one of the apparently trendy burger places where there is a long list of available free toppings. I really like this style as I like to have a bunch of toppings on my burger. For this test, I chose pretty much what I’ve been getting at Five Guys lately, except that sauteed mushrooms were not offered, nor was any hot sauce. Jalapenos were not on the list, but were offered to me and brought out separately.

They also have shakes and malts, with a choice of ingredients that can be added. Depsite the inevitable impact on my diet, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity for a vanilla shake blended with fresh strawberries. Because of this, I skipped the fries on this visit, though I did try a few of my lunchmate’s fries. I thought there were good and reminded me of old-style McDonald’s fries, though fresher and with less salt.

The burger itself? Quite tatsy. I definitely enjoyed it more than Mooyah, but probably not as much as Five Guys. It certainly seemed like I was eating a healthier burger, though I was unable to find any nutritional information, so I’m not really sure. As with Mooyah, I would credit the toppings more than the burger, but I did try a plain bite of meat and found that it actually had a pretty good flavor.

I really liked the fresh strawberry taste of the shake, but I found it overall to be not very satisfying. I’m hopeful that that’s an indication that the 16 oz. is at least slightly on the lower side calorie-wise. I doubt I’ll get a shake again — certainly next time I’m more likely to get fries.

I’ll definitely try Elevation Burger again some time, and it’s quite a bit closer to work than my still-favorite, Five Guys. Although, Five Guys’ web site indicates that a new location is coming soon, very close to where Elevation Burger is.

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  1. #1 by bubblewench on June 5, 2009 - 4:14 pm

    Being a meatatarian myself, I do enojoy your burger reviews!

    Will have to keep an eye out for Elevation burgers around here.

    In the meantime, I’ll be at 5 Guys. :)

    • #2 by Ren on June 7, 2009 - 10:01 pm

      bubblewench – Thanks! Maybe I need to start a rating system?

  2. #3 by martymankins on June 7, 2009 - 7:40 pm

    There sure are a lot of burger places there in Texas. I mean, we have our share here in Utah – Iceberg, Astro Burger, Apollo Burger, Five Guys.

    But I have admit that I like their use of more natural ways of cooking the beef and fries. If I get to a place that has one, I’ll have to try it. Judging from their locations on their web site, it may be a while.

    • #4 by Ren on June 7, 2009 - 10:12 pm

      martymankins – Yes, we do have a lot of burger places — which I think is great. I hope the Elevation Burger business model works out for them as it’s certainly nice to have an organic choice around. There’s a Terra Burger opening soon, though I don’t get a very good vibe from it — not sure why. Actually, now that I’ve visited the web (http://www.terraburgeraustin.com/) site, I’m looking forward to trying it.

  3. #5 by whall on June 9, 2009 - 8:47 am

    I’m glad you keep introducing me to new burger places; here I thought *I* was the connoisseur in this particular genre of meat.

    • #6 by Ren on June 9, 2009 - 10:51 am

      whall – Someday, when you’re off nurse duty, we’ll have to hit up one of these places for lunch.

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