Sunday, June 28, 2009

Grill'd - Grilled Healthy Burgers


Burgers are yum. Good burgers. Even bad ones. They were a genius invention. Thank you, inventor-of-the-burger!

The lone problem is of course relating to fat and kilojoules, the enemies of our modern day, health-conscious generation. When someone claims they're making HEALTHY BURGERS, my heart sings out for them.

Obviously it's not difficult to custom-make your OWN healthy burgers. Just put a salad and lean patty in between 2 pieces of a wholemeal bun. However, there's a unique satisfaction in ordering fast food that is hearty and delicious but still relatively guilt-free.

I've been to Grill'd a few times now, at various locations. They have a menu with a decent selection of burgers and sides.

On this occasion, I went to Grill'd at Rosalie. We ordered a burger each and a side of chips (not healthy, I know but... you win some and lose some).

I totally dig the style of the place - kinda like an artsy milk bar vibe. Pretty fresh.

Hot chips

The chips came out first. They are flavored with rosemary and come with a dip. We chose sweet chili mayonnaise. These chips are fantastic; everything a chip SHOULD be: crunchy, fragrant and just the right cut. That's love right there in that little paper packet. Mmm...

Zen Hen - grilled chicken breast, tangy satay sauce, coriander, shredded carrot, salad and herb mayo

Burgers come out not long after. They're massive. I begin to doubt exactly how low in kilojoules they are but they're probably still 'healthy' (as in, not much fat and high in good nutrients). My chicken burger was pretty good. Loads of stuff inside. It was satisfying.

Hot Mama - grilled lean beef, roast peppers, dill pickle, tasty cheese, tzatziki, salad and harissa paste

Charlie had ordered a beef burger on this occasion and claims he prefers the lamb burger he had in the past (also from Grill'd). He 'says' it was a bit dry and bland but he 'says' that and finishes the whole thing.

Overall, the burgers at Grill'd don't give you that grease-lined feel that a Whopper or Big Mac does... and that can be a good or bad thing. They make a great meal complete with meat, veg and carbs and for the most part, taste pretty awesome too. I think I'd prefer something fattier for hangover food but Grill'd is the way to go for a day-to-day meal solution.

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