The days of burger joints are back in style and several have popped up in the city over the last couple of years, including Fat Burger and Five Guys. There’s a joint in Sherwood Park that takes them all though and that’s
Fulton Market Burger Company Burger Works (see note at the end of the post for the clarification of the name). I had previously tried the place before but the pictures didn’t do it justice, so I just had to go back and do another round and in due time too, it has been nearly a year since my last visit. Having a Groupon for the place didn’t hurt either!
Two options are available: you can choose one of the pre-set burgers, all of which sound delicious, or you can flip the paper menu and spend a rough 10-15 minutes making your own burger. Although tempted to just choose a burger on the front side of the menu, the number of toppings available was too hard to withstand. This being my second time here though, I had a rough idea of what I wanted.
Once we ordered, we settled down into a booth. They bring out your food to you just like a true burger joint. The interior is decorated in a bold red with a brick feature wall. Printed New York monuments line the wall and a couple flat screens allow sport fans to keep tabs on their teams.
In no time, our full order came out. With the Groupon ($10 for a value of $20), Joe and I only paid an extra $5 on top. In other words, a steal. Two custom-made burgers, two drinks, sweet potato fries with garlic herb mayo dip, and an order of fries that were kindly split into two seasonings, sea salt and Cajun (although I forewarned him of the option, Joe still couldn’t decide).
Joe’s custom burger was a mishmash of ingredients. His choices were: 1/3 lb Signature Flame Broiled burger on an onion bun (their specialty), with tomatoes, lettuce, pickles, grilled Portobello, jalapeno jack cheese, and mix of Signature sauce and Frank’s hot sauce. It photographed and mushrooms were delicious. I’m not the biggest fan of pickles but all to their own (the whole point of a build your own burger!). My favorite were the Cajun seasoned fries, which when sadly neglected for only a few minutes, were gone!
Not to be biased, but I thought my burger tasted a lot better. I decided to combine more classic ingredients that I knew would go well together: a 1/3 lb Signature Flame Broiled burger on an onion bun, with tomatoes, lettuce, caramelized onions, dusted onions, smoked cheese and a chipotle mayo sauce. I wanted something sweet (thank you caramelized onions), with a bit of a smoky kick to it (thank you smoked cheese and chipotle mayo sauce). I could have used a bit more sauce on my burger but the patty is tender enough that it’s not a necessity. What really made my burger stand apart from Joe’s is the dusted onions. No matter what burger you choose, I highly recommend the dusted onions. That will make any burger you make killer!
At the end of the meal, we were stuffed. Debates of whether we should just go home and lie down or go walk it off at nearby lakes or the river valley ensued. The walk did beat out our usual post-meal TV watching and I’m glad we did. Burger Works is a one of a kind gem and I’ll be sure to make more trips (hopefully more than annual) to the Park because of it. For those who are able to ration out their stomach capacity a bit better than us, or for milkshake lovers, they also have a wide variety of Chapman’s ice cream milkshakes (something I’ll be sure to at least try next time). What makes this different from all the other burger joints is that you can choose your own toppings at your own leisure without being pressured by the line behind you as you stare up into a large menu board. With so many toppings, the possibilities are endless! The onion bun gives another dimension to the burger and the burger patty is always nice and moist. I absolutely loved this place, check it out!
Note: What was previously known as Fulton Market Burger Company is now Burger Works as they are no longer a part of that franchise – confirmed via Twitter.
160 Broadway Boulevard (Sherwood Park)
Facebook: Burger Works 2