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The Greek burger in crisis

The Greek burger in crisis The Greek burger in crisis

Photographer:Fotograaf: Kate Surala

Work like a slave, eat like a king

This time I find myself dining out with a plastic tray, cup and no cutlery. What is it about burgers that makes them so ‘hot’ right now? As Alex and Dorina, the owners of Hamburgeria, claim on their website, “finding a proper burger that is not a sticky, full of sauce fast-food product is difficult”. My definition of a proper burger would be: a masterpiece, one that is difficult to perfect at home. A satisfying, messy manifestation of all things umami: fine beef, sticky cheese, tomatoes (both fresh and in ketchup) all ready to be loaded with fresh lettuce and crunchy salad. Hamburgeria’s unique burgers did not satisfy my Sunday’s desires.

As soon as I enter this newly refurbished small restaurant/takeout, I already know what I want to order: in my opinion the most unpredictable burger I’ve ever come across … The Greek. I’m hoping it won’t be in the same state of crisis as its namesake. Within minutes my hopes are dashed, starting with the aluminum foil and insignificant portion of oily fries. The first bite reveals that the lamb has been grilled perfectly, giving it a crunchy, sweet layer of crust. Presumably, though, the meat was then casually set aside for a while, since the burger is served lukewarm. The tzatziki sauce and feta cheese add an interesting and welcome bit of unfamiliar, but for me far beyond my comfort zone. Moreover, the bun is cold, a tad chewy and overall not really brioche-like. The baby leaf lettuce and eggplant at least add a bit of freshness, but aren’t able to compensate for the mismatch between them as ingredients. By combining the, for me, uncombinable the Hamburgeria’s owners, as they say themselves, have certainly put their “own spin” on their recipes.

I figured my burger would come with a solid portion of ketchup, but caveat emptor*. A friendly waitress will offer you a small sachet of ketchup or mayonnaise, but it’s just not done to charge an additional 35 cents without informing the customer beforehand. The Hamburgeria’s idea of unique burgers served with fresh Limburg meat is great – but it’s not really my cup of tea.

Kate Surala

*Buyer beware

-> Hamburgeria, Wycker Brugstraat 57,

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The Greek burger







Every week Kate Surala, master's student of European Public Affairs and student tutor at the Faculty of Law, reviews a restaurant, coffee bar, catering shop or 'to go' in Maastricht.



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