So apparently The King has competition. After a friend who loves Huxtaburger claimed that he enjoyed the one at Mr Burger even more, I was intrigued and utterly intent on trying the burger myself. Being a food truck however, I was afraid that I had to chase it down all over Melbourne. Luckily, they have one permanent location on Little Bourke Street that’s open for lunch, so it was to there that Ethan and I headed.
|Mr Meat ($11)/Mr Burger ($10)|
Mr Burger does one thing and one thing only. There are only two burgers on the menu – the Mr Burger ($10) and Mr Meat ($11) – with sides of chips and cold drinks. There is also a Mr Veg on offer but, really? There are no seats but plenty of cheery staff, one of which who had called me a series of amusing nicknames by the time we had our burgers, including Ming the Merciless, charMING, and Ming Kong.
|Mr Burger ($10)|
The Mr Burger ($10) was a stalwart combination of meat, cheese, salads, and sauces. This is what a burger should taste like – fresh salad, oozy cheese over a melt-in-the-mouth patty, doused in the golden trio of tomato sauce, mustard, and mayo. It was a lovely and balanced burger.
|Mr Meat ($11)|
The Mr Meat ($11) isn’t actually as meaty as it sounds, but certainly manlier with the addition of bacon, onions, and BBQ sauce. It was also richer than the Mr Burger, with a strong aroma of sweet smokiness.
|Chips ($5, large)|
We also had a serve of Chips ($5, large), which were exactly what you would expect – fluffy, golden, and coated in chicken salt.
I can definitely see the appeal in Mr Burger – there’s nothing to fault, from the fresh ingredients to the succulent patty to the jolly staff, and there are plenty of locations around town to cater for the munchies any time of day. I still prefer Huxtaburger and its overly indulgent flavours, but Mr Burger definitely has it going.
Rating: 14/20 – dr burger.
This rating reflects my personal experience at the time of visit.