In my younger, heftier years, I was a burger eating machine. When my doctor told me I should probably lose a few pounds and cut out the red meats, I fell into a deep, chicken breast filled depression. These days, burgers are an indulgence for me, something I eat only a few times a year. That means I’m only eating the best burgers I can get my hands on.
There are two burgers places in St. Louis I can hardly resist: the first is Annie Gunn’s and the second is Five Star Burgers.
I don’t know what kind of magic the Five Star team uses on the burgers, but they are delicious. Their burgers are juicy on the inside and crispy on the outside, plus they’re on buttered and toasted brioche buns. On top of that, they have a cornucopia of premium toppings.
Nearly every time I go, I get the same thing: the Dad’s Green Chile Cheeseburger ($9.50). The patty is topped with pepper jack cheese, but that’s not nearly as exciting as the crispy fried New Mexico Hatch chiles that are piled on there. If they had a “burger” on the menu that was just a pile of those in between two buns, I’d get that. The burger also comes with a green chile mayo, which is equally delicious and gluttonous in its own way. I think by this point it should be clear to you that it’s absolutely impossible for this not to be a good, sinful burger: it has butter, beef, fried stuff, mayo and cheese. Guy Fieri would likely say that this burger was “money”, “bananas” or “driving the bus to Flavor Town”. I hate him.
For the sake of this review, I had to try their Mixed Basket of Russet and Sweet Potato Fries ($3.50). I view fries simply: there are good fries and bad fries. These are good fries. If Five Star is looking for any ideas, I think they should also have the option of getting the crispy chiles as a side. I would like a basket of those.
If you’re looking for a great burger and you’re in Clayton or Kirkwood, I highly advise you check out Five Star. They also have a selection of salads, soups, milkshakes and beers.
I Recommend: Dad’s Green Chile Cheeseburger.
8125 Maryland Ave