If you want a good burger along with some fries and tasty fry sauce, then Tonyburgers is probably going to do it for you. I’m not going to put them in my top 10 burgers from Salt Lake City. They were decent, but a few things keep them from hitting a home run in my book.
The first thing I noticed about the restaurant, is while it is very clean and nicely decorated, Tonyburger does take a lot of time tooting their own horn when it comes to burgers. It’s not necessarily abnormal to see Zagat, City Weekly, or other awards plastered on walls of restaurants. If I were a restaurant, I would probably display my trophies as well. What this did however, was really create quite a high expectation in my mind for the food.
I went with the Southwest Burger. The two things I enjoyed most about this burger was the meat and the bacon. Tonyburger takes the same approach that Smashburger takes, they take loosely packed ground beef and then sear it on high temperatures. The patty was actually quite good. Very juicy and cooked just right. The bacon also was worth the investment. I glanced back into the kitchen while I was ordering and saw them grilling up the bacon. I noticed they used really thick cut pieces, and you could tell on the finished product. Everything else however was pedestrian. The bun didn’t really add or take away from the burger, it was average. The toppings weren’t something to write home to mom about.
This is the base 1/4 pound burger with cheddar cheese and one tomato for my daughter. You be the judge.
I was really intrigued reading about the preparation process on the fries as we waited for my order. I did like the fact they were shoestring style. I’ve always enjoyed the thin fries as opposed to the thick crinkle cut ones. These however seemed to be overcooked ever so slightly. What saved the day was Tonyburger’s fry sauce. They had your standard fry sauce as well as a hickory sauce that was fantastic.
Okay so what is the verdict? Probably somewhere around 6 or 7 out of 10. They were good burgers, maybe not great. I didn’t get a chance to try any of the salads or their assortment of shakes.