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“I am mystified by five star rating”
Review of Burger Lounge

Burger Lounge
Ranked #139 of 4,799 Restaurants in San Diego
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $8 - $15
Cuisines: American
Description: Burger Lounge is centered on creating a burger you can feel better about eating. It begins with 100% fresh single source American grass fed beef. We believe that a hamburger should not only taste great, it should also utilize healthy ingredients produced in a sustainable environment. Burger Lounge offers a simple menu utilizing the mindful procurement of ingredients that appeal to health conscious diners, vegetarians, salad lovers and those simply “hankering for a great hamburger.” We take the time to know our growers and producers. These partners share our values of authenticity and simplicity. They care deeply about the quality of their products and environmental stewardship. It means better and more nutritious food for our guests. Our burgers, from The Lounge Burger made with fresh 100% grass-fed beef; to the Free-Range Turkey Burger made with Shelton Farms turkey; to the Organic Quinoa Veggie Burger created from organic quinoa, brown rice, zucchini, garbanzo, carrot, corn, and chipotle; are offered with organic American cheese or organic aged white cheddar, fresh or grilled onion, crisp lettuce, fresh tomato and house-made 1000 Island dressing. Finally, our Lounge Bun, made with a blend of organic wheat and white flour with a hint of molasses delivers the perfect combination of flavor, texture and temperature. You can also enjoy fine dining quality, truly healthy salads. Not your normal “burger joint salads,” these formidable and nutritionally robust salads include baby romaine, kale, spinach, arugula, organic quinoa, grilled corn, zucchini, red onion, jicama, tomato and a choice of house-made dressings. Fresh-cut French fries, house-made onion rings, scratch-made dipping sauces and simple desserts round out a perfect menu for any appetite.Since we opened the first Burger Lounge in 2007, we believe that it is about “doing a common thing uncommonly well.” As a small but fast growing restaurant organization, we represent a new take on an industry that has long suffered from gimmickry, poor quality, over processed food products and inadequate guest service. We embrace these genuine ideals and mindful environmental practices throughout our organization.Burger Lounge continues to satisfy Southern California diners’ and their insatiable appetite for affordable hand-crafted food and superior guest service.
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Description: Burger Lounge is centered on creating a burger you can feel better about eating. It begins with 100% fresh single source American grass fed beef. We believe that a hamburger should not only taste great, it should also utilize healthy ingredients produced in a sustainable environment. Burger Lounge offers a simple menu utilizing the mindful procurement of ingredients that appeal to health conscious diners, vegetarians, salad lovers and those simply “hankering for a great hamburger.” We take the time to know our growers and producers. These partners share our values of authenticity and simplicity. They care deeply about the quality of their products and environmental stewardship. It means better and more nutritious food for our guests. Our burgers, from The Lounge Burger made with fresh 100% grass-fed beef; to the Free-Range Turkey Burger made with Shelton Farms turkey; to the Organic Quinoa Veggie Burger created from organic quinoa, brown rice, zucchini, garbanzo, carrot, corn, and chipotle; are offered with organic American cheese or organic aged white cheddar, fresh or grilled onion, crisp lettuce, fresh tomato and house-made 1000 Island dressing. Finally, our Lounge Bun, made with a blend of organic wheat and white flour with a hint of molasses delivers the perfect combination of flavor, texture and temperature. You can also enjoy fine dining quality, truly healthy salads. Not your normal “burger joint salads,” these formidable and nutritionally robust salads include baby romaine, kale, spinach, arugula, organic quinoa, grilled corn, zucchini, red onion, jicama, tomato and a choice of house-made dressings. Fresh-cut French fries, house-made onion rings, scratch-made dipping sauces and simple desserts round out a perfect menu for any appetite.Since we opened the first Burger Lounge in 2007, we believe that it is about “doing a common thing uncommonly well.” As a small but fast growing restaurant organization, we represent a new take on an industry that has long suffered from gimmickry, poor quality, over processed food products and inadequate guest service. We embrace these genuine ideals and mindful environmental practices throughout our organization.Burger Lounge continues to satisfy Southern California diners’ and their insatiable appetite for affordable hand-crafted food and superior guest service.
san diego ca
Level 5 Contributor
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“I am mystified by five star rating”
Reviewed March 14, 2013

I live in downtown San Diego and love burgers, and have wanted to love this place due to their emphasis on natural ingredients. But each of the three times I was here I was greatly disappointed. I really don't understand all the glowing reviews. The burgers were always big, and looked like they would taste good, but didn't. They were just kind of "there". My husband had the same reaction. We've been here three times, thinking maybe our previous visit was an "off night", but after three unimpressive visits we won't be returning.

You want a really good burger and are visiting downtown? These are my favorite places: The Counter in East Village at 6th & G St , Hodad's at 10th & Broadway, and Analog (5th & F) in the Gaslamp. All walking distance of one another; totally different atmospheres (Analog the nicest, The Counter more informal but very clean, and Hodad's more of a grunge feeling.) Analog has only one burger on the menu but it's terrific, the others you get lots of choices. Honorable mention to the lamb sliders at Bare Back Grill at 6th & E.

  • Visited December 2012
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Sweetwater, Texas
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“GREAT FOOD AND SERVICE!!”
Reviewed March 2, 2013 via mobile

Had the burger with onion rings and it was great. The service was great, with the young lady even asking if we'd been in before and then going over the menu with us, discussing all the options. They also had a great selection of beer! We enjoyed our experience and highly recommend the little Italy location of Burger Lounge.

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Englewood, Colorado
2 reviews
“Excellent!”
Reviewed February 17, 2013

Best burger I've ever had, and grass-fed to boot. Good service, too. Clean, friendly, good salads, and they offer mineral water and gluten-free buns.

Visited February 2013
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117 reviews
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“Amazing Turkey Burgers”
Reviewed February 1, 2013 via mobile

We visited and ordered turkey burgers, a salad and fries. The turkey burgers were delicious. If you like a clean tasting turkey burger without all the fat and grizzle then you should love this one. You get your choice of fresh or grilled onions which is also delicious (I guess as long as you actually like onions).

The salad was also delicious. Also very clean with fresh greens not wilted lettuce that's been sitting all day. Dressings were also "lite" tasting and not drenched with oil.

And last, the fries were nice and crisp but light as well. You can tell they fry them in clean, healthier oil by the taste of them. Not a pot of oil from last week.

For those who it matters to, I think they only use meats that are not pumped full of chemicals and they are grass or corn fed I believe. The bread used for the rolls is also delicious and healthy.

All the health info is available on their website and if that is important to you I recommend you check it out.

Overall, it costs more than the average burger, fries and salad but it's not like you pay a lot for typical nasty fast food. It's quality at least.

I'd recommend it if you are in the area.

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Qualicum Beach, Canada
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“Delicous burgers.”
Reviewed January 31, 2013

Staff were very friendly and helpful. Burgers were delicious. Fries and onion rings were very good, as were the different sauces. Would definitely recommend if you fancy a burger a step above the main stream burger shops.

  • Visited January 2013
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