Mr. Bartley's has been hyped on Guy Fieri's Diners, Drive-In, and Dives and on Todd Fisher's United States of Burger. The question is Mr Bartley's the real deal or are Guy and Todd just shills? I hadn't seen the episode of Triple D featuring Bartley's but after careful re-watch of US Burger and an eat of the Bartley burger, I have the answer.
Luckily on a Saturday mid-afternoon, the queue was essentially nonexistent and I was able to quickly put in an order after reading the lengthy menu. The menu consists of the standard traditional burgers as well as specialty gourmet burgers which receive either a celebrity, place, or product name.
The gourmet burgers didn't have exotic ingredients worthy of being labeled gourmet burgers so I chose a more traditional burger. Besides a traditional simple burger truly tells you if the burger is great.
Bacon Cheese Burger
It was ordered medium and arrived in the medium to medium well range. The meat was coarser ground leading to a rougher texture than expected. Although the juices could be seen with each bite, the patty did not taste juicy and succulent but rather dry and rough. Guy Fieri says the foundation of a burger is the patty with a 80/20 meat to fat ratio. This patty seemed more like 85/15 to 90/10. The meat itself was bland. Where's the salt or seasoning? The bacon was thick and tasty, some of the best I've had on a burger. The cheese felt like a stringy cap incongruous with the patty.
- Bun: Sesame bun. Proper bun to patty ratio. Held together well from start to finish. Didn't get mushy.
- Toppings: Bacon
- Cheese: I thought I ordered Cheddar so it it white Cheddar? Or didn't I have a choice?
- Meat: 7 ounces ground daily. According to United States of Burger, they are formed at 41 degrees F to minimize liquefying the fat.
- Price: $7.95
- Rating: 8.3
Mr. Bartley's is by no means drab or bad but it isn't anywhere close to the hype. Best burger in the US? Sorry, but I can't even seeing it being a candidate for the best burger in Boston.