Downtown Lunch: Burger Burger

Midtown workers shouldn’t have all the fun, so to even the score, I’ve brought on Daniel Krieger as an official Downtown Lunch Correspondent to write up some of the tasty stuff you can get in the lower half of Manhattan. He’s a great photographer (ensuring good food porn), but more importantly he is a lover of cheap, unique and delicious eats (or as I like to call it- Midtown Lunch’ish food.)

Downtown Lunch: Burger Burger

BurgerBurger is located at 77 Pearl street, amid a row of quick lunch spots for the downtown worker bees. At first glance I thought it might be a bit expensive for Midtown Lunch because I was staring at the special of the day, the Aussie, served every Tuesday. There’s a different special 7 days a week, which includes fries (or salad), and a soda. At 11.99 it’s a bit steep but if you’re just looking for a cheeseburger and fries we’re only talking $8.50.

Despite the price, I had to try the Aussie because I’ve never had one before. Between a gently toasted brioche bun they stack and squeeze a mound of toppings on each other. First there’s a 6oz angus patty topped with lettuce, tomato, a thick slab of roasted beet, and a fried egg for good measure, all slathered in a special sauce.

Downtown Lunch: Burger Burger

The thing looks like a fat man trying to get dressed in the morning.

It was a difficult task handling the burger, and I needed a few bites to get into it. Overall it was an excellent specimen but I wish I had just gotten a cheeseburger. I don’t normally like too many meshuganeh toppings on my burger and the slab of beet was too thick and competed with the texture and flavor of the actual burger. The egg was a nice touch but not really necessary.

Other interesting specials include the spicy lamb burger with grilled red onion and cucumber/yogurt sauce (on Wednesday) but the next time I go back will be on a Thursday when (make sure you’re sitting down for this) they have the “Ultimate Stuffed burger”, which is 6 oz of angus stuffed with chopped bacon pieces, bbq sauce, and a blend of cheddar and pepper jack cheese. It’s also served with sweet potato fries.

Downtown Lunch: Burger Burger
Obama Burger is on the way…

Several low carb platters and a few chicken sandwich options round out the menu. *daydreams about bacon stuffed burger*.. what??

You can sit at the counter and watch the nervous wall street suits scutter by outside, but as it gets busier in the warm months, it’s probably better to order it as takeout.

Burger Burger (“So good we named it twice”), 77 Pearl Street (nr. Coenties Alley),     212-269-9100

Photos and post by Daniel Krieger



  • “The thing looks like a fat man trying to get dressed in the morning.”

    Thanks, that image will now be stuck in my head all day.
    Great write up!

  • That… looks…awesome. Definitely worth the extra couple of bucks. And, I think a fried egg is very very necessary!

    Can you sweet potato fries with every burger? I love sweet potato fries. Some of the regular burgers on the menu look awesome, and are under $10. Gucamole and fried onions? Hello!

  • wow, just wow. wow. wow.

  • OPRAH burger, not obama burger. which explains the “acai carmelized onions.” faaaaancy.

  • @Mish… Daniel was saying they are planning on adding an Obama burger

  • Ahh a break from the Chinese spot reviews; romanized cantonese = bleagurh. my brain still hasn’t fully recovered from your big wong review.

    That looks like a very tasty burger; and I agree, you don’t need to have a salad in your burger, meat+cheese+fired egg, ham sauteed onions (texas-East side burger) is the best.

  • Whats an “Obama Burger”? You HOPE it’s as good as a city burger and you get CHANGE back from your $10, but you end up with something that looks good but it’s the same old crap? :)

  • Clinton burger….the white sauce would be highly suspect.

  • @ arp

    No, an obama burger comes cut up into 10 pieces so you can “spread the burger around” =P

  • *sidesteps political comments* This place has been on my to-try list for ages! But it’s usually hard to pass up Burger Shoppe for this place. Thanks for the review, I’ve been craving burgers, will check it out… today or Monday.
    PS My old apartment – I could look out the window and see this place. Sigh. Actually, anyone familiar with the place, you know the wood chips in front of Burger Burger? Don’t walk over them. I used to walk my dog there and I saw lots of people who would pretend their dog’s “leavings” were nothing but more wood chips. Spew.

  • I love how Yvo always tries to avoid letting it out of the bag that she is a raging conservative. :-)

  • A real Aussie burger also has a slice of pineapple. And yes, all the ingredients ARE necessary! Check out some of the Aussie places around town for a ‘real’ Aussie burger. It is quite the tasty assembly!

  • ….and pickled beetroot.

  • where is this? i am not familiar with pearl street and google maps returns a result in brooklyn

  • what exactly is the special sauce?

    Was the burger well done or medium rare?

  • louis w – google “77 pearl street, manhattan” then click “maps”

    Downtown Luncher – I’m not sure about the ingredients in the special sauce but it was tasty.. and I did the burger medium rare, which is usually the way to go with a good burger in my opinion.

  • Fun write-up but this is not my kind of burger: Brioche buns get too soggy IMHO, the patty looks to thick, and a slab of roasted beet is just wrong. The burger at Irving Mill is still my favorite in the city (so far — I just heard that Blue 9 Burger, a half a block from my apt, is as close to In-n-Out as you can get. And I’ve never been!!) Anyway.

  • That full on burger porn profile made me wet!

  • Allyson – I think that Irving Mill has one of the best burgers in the city as well…I have to give them major props for what they’ve got there.

  • Sheep Station in Park Slope does a good Aussie Burger – the beet is thin and doesn’t compete with the meat, pineapple is included, and the egg just puts it over the top. It’s a mess to eat but tasty as heck.

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