24 April 2017

The Elvis Burger (Peanut Butter & Strawberry Jam) (Hungry Horse) By @Cinabar

We don’t live particularly near a branch of Hungry Horse, but on a recent road trip we happened to approach one at lunch time. I was really keen to try out something a bit different and I couldn’t have hoped for more.
Spectre glanced through the menu and decided on fish and chips, but the burger section of the menu had caught my eye. In fact it exceeded my expectations and it was hard to choose, I settled on the weirdest sounding and ordered myself the Elvis Burger. The Elvis Burger consists of a beef burger topped with bacon (ok so far), and spicy peanut sauce and strawberry jam. Its served in a seeded brioche bun.
When our plates arrived I looked at the burger quite tentatively, and ate quite a few chips, and the coleslaw, before I braved an approach on the burger. If Hungry Horse has put it on menus up and down the country the theory is it must have passed some taste test by them, but peanut and strawberry jam aren’t two things I’d ever thought I needed adding to a burger.
So I picked up the burger and gave it a bite. The burger was topped with a lot of sauce and it oozed onto my hand, and was very messy to eat. You could barely see the bacon for all the sauce topping it. The flavour however was a joy. I’m not sure what I had been expecting, but the salty nutty flavour of peanut, the spices, the meaty bacon and the very subtle hint of fruitiness from the strawberry jam were a combination made in heaven. It was moreish and different, and the flavours were so different and yet extraordinarily nice that I couldn’t help but gain a big grin as I munched my way through. The burger itself was juicy with a good rich beef flavour. Yes this Elvis Burger did stay far more on the side of savoury than the strawberry jam implied, but for those brave enough to try it they are rewarded with an epic nutty topping, with just a hint of sweet to the burger giving it a fun playful touch. I’m going to have to find my nearest Hungry Horse and try more from their menu.

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