19 January 2011

Really beef up this act

Just under the cutoff for New Year’s resolutions, Walt Disney World announced several new designer burgers that would begin appearing on menus all around property. With this announcement coming just days before my scheduled trip to the Vacation Kingdom for the annual event known as Marathon Weekend, I begrudgingly took it up myself to sample a few of these new offerings. The first burger we’re going to look at comes to us from Backlot Express in Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

This cheeseburger comes decked out with sweet onion, sliced not diced, lettuce, tomato, diced avocado, cheddar cheese and special sauce. Oh, and it is worth mentioning that the burger portion of this sandwich is a third pound (prior to cooking) Angus patty. Even with all of the veggies piled high atop this burger, I am not going to insult anyone’s intelligence by stating it is a healthier option than some of the other burger offerings found around Walt Disney World. The question is, how does this vegetable combo stack up?

From the first bite to the last, the lettuce, tomato and onion all retained their crisp, fresh potential. Elsewhere in the burger, the cheese and special sauce added a nice bite to the entrée, even if I couldn’t deduce the flavors in the sauce. The bun itself never became soggy, but did succumb to the tectonic shift of the sandwich’s layers due to the avocado.

Don’t get me wrong, the avocado was a delicious addition to the sandwich, but the chunky nature of the element felt more like a homemade guacamole. The texture of the avocado made this a very messy burger to devour, but I persevered. Perhaps a better vehicle for the avocado in this situation would be to add slices of avocado, not the chunks.

All in all, this is a burger worth a taste test, especially if you like avocado in your sandwiches. It may be messy to eat, make sure to grab a fork before you sit down, but the mixture of flavors and fresh veggies will make it all worth it.

1 comment:

Matt said...

I tried the avocado burger in December and was disappointed. The avocado was, as you mentioned, guacamole and the patty is still the same boring frozen patty.