BunsOnWheels 

Thanks to some unusually cooperative schedules we were able to schedule a Legit Beef team lunch earlier this week.  A few emails went back and forth arranging the details when Drew suggested BunsOnWheels.

One of the many food trucks starting to dot the Seattle landscape, BunsOnWheels calls themself a “mobile gourmet kitchen serving gourmet burgers made from premium, all-natural and organic ingredients.”.  Further reading uncovers that they use organic, grass-fed beef – so we piled into KP’s truck and went for a drive.  Here’s each of our three takes on what we found:

Drew:

The Classy burger pulled me in, seduced by her pretense. She was beautiful with 1/3rd lb fresh, all natural grass fed beef, lettuce, tomato, pickles, red onion, buns sauce. I added a second patty and bacon for effect. Beef looked great. Veggies and bacon were quality. In a word, this burger screams fresh. But in a classy kind of way.

If I’m going to find a rip to this burger, and it’s a stretch at best, it’s going to have to be the bun. Definitely a nice bun. Fresh and tasty. But as brioche goes, a little light and under matched when paired with a perennial burger and fixings. This is a burger that does absolutely nothing wrong. If I’m being feed from the side of a truck, this is the kind of class I want in my mouth.

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

KP:

Buns on Wheels serves up a high quality burger that far exceeds expectations for any establishment, let alone one powered by Diesel. Perhaps ironically, my only complaint is with their bun which I found to be dry, truly a shame because it was the perfect size relative to the burger. Beef was top notch, coming close to the taste you can expect at a steakhouse, and the veggies were fresh and well-proportioned. Cheese, bacon and sauce were up to par but nothing to write home about.

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

e:

My burger (pictured) was a Cheesy ordered medium-rare with bacon but without pickles.  Their menu describes the Cheesy as 1/3lb of beef with cheddar, lettuce, tomato, pickles, red onion, BUNS sauce, and truffle fries.

All burgers come in a brown paper box.  Upon opening the box I got both a great whiff of food that I wanted to eat, and food that looked good.  My first bite was great, and the burger was exactly the medium-rare I’d asked for.  The overall balance of the burger was pretty good – no one ingredient overwhelmed the others.  The flavors of the bacon and cheddar were too subtle for my taste, but given the quality of the beef and the care with which it was cooked I’m ok with that.  The bun was a too-soft brioche, but still above-average.  Taken as a whole I was very satisfied and I’ll definitely be going back.

The fries were pretty good, and without a doubt much better than average for frozen fries.  The truffle flavor was nice and not at all overwhelming.

+ great ingredients treated well resulting in the best food truck burger i’ve ever had

– bacon, cheese, and bun not quite as strong as the beef

Rating: ★★★★☆