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Burger Story March 23, 2010

Posted by Steven Bartus in Foreign Cuisine.

Turks often ask me for examples of traditional American cooking. Such examples are difficult to ascertain since our cuisine is in many ways an amalgamation of the different culinary styles brought to our great country by numerous waves of immigration. One distinctly American food, though, is the hamburger. Originating in the late 1800s, the exact birthplace and inventor of this sandwich remain subjects of dispute. But through the popularity of American chain restaurants, it’s impact on dining both in the U.S. and around the world is uncontested.

There is more to a burger than the Big Mac or Whopper. Many who are used to these fast-food staples often forget that all burgers are not created equal. Restaurants across America create far more intricate, gourmet versions that incorporate top-quality meats and special ingredients, such as blue cheese, jalapeños or even lobster. In Ankara, the options for high-end burgers like this are quite limited. The recent opening of the Kentpark A.V.M bought a new place for those craving beef-laden deliciousness. Appropriately named Burger Story, this establishment delivers the goods for those seeking American-style tastes here in Turkey.

Burger Story’s menu offers about a dozen options ranging from the classic to the more complex.  The cornerstone of these burgers is the excellent meat. You’ll immediately notice the fresh-ground difference. Several burgers are also topped with some nice sauces, a welcome addition in a country where the food is too often sauce-less.

I’ve visited Burger Story twice in the past few weeks and was really impressed with the more traditional offerings. I’d highly recommend the caramelized onion and mushroom burgers. The cheese streak, rokfor soslu and “White Castle” are also quite good. However, avoid the falafel “veggie” burger; the flavor is dry and overpowering from the excessive starch.

You might be enticed by Burger Story’s milkshake selection. While better than most in Turkey, they’re sadly underwhelming if you’ve ever had a proper milkshake in America. They lack the thickness that, for example, separates a chocolate milkshake from chocolate milk. My friends reported otherwise after a different visit, but I still expect more consistency for the premium price.

Burger Story is on the ground floor of Kentpark (Google Maps). To the chagrin of my bank account, it’s on the pricey side. Burgers average between 15TL and 20TL ($10 and $13 at 1.53TL/$).


1. Deniz Özger - March 23, 2010

Never been to Burger Story so far, but best burgers that i’ve eaten in Ankara are in Num Num. The last one was blue cheese and bacon burger with rare cooked meat (http://www.flickr.com/photos/43461252@N02/4428580125/) and it was awesome. There are many gourmet burger restaurants in İstanbul, such as Burger Bar, Dükkan Burger, Gourmet Burger Kitchen, Günaydın Burger etc, Ankara lacks these. A few weeks ago, i heard that Günaydın Burger opened its first branch in Filistin cad, it deserves a visit.

2. Steven Bartus - March 23, 2010

That burger looks nice. Is it real bacon or Turkish bacon?

3. dlayra - March 23, 2010

have u ever been in Amarillo Grill Restaurant?
you should definitely try to taste their burgers also. I am not keen on eating meat, but once in a while, I really like to be in Amarillo for taste this delicious burgers. it is a Texas style:)

4. Steven Bartus - March 23, 2010

Amarillo seems like a place I should check out. Thanks for the suggestion.

5. Deniz Özger - March 24, 2010

Amarillo is also very popular among non-Turkish people.

Unfortunately it is Turkish bacon 😦 In their İstanbul branch they offer pork bacon but not in Ankara. Weird.

6. Carol Bartus - March 26, 2010

Come home for some American food. Mama’s food is best.

7. Tim - April 14, 2010

Don’t forget the steak sauce. Fantastic. Peppery, vinegar, with a hint of cloves, I think? Wow, excellent place.

Steven Bartus - April 14, 2010

Yeah, I was impressed that they took the initiative to make their own sauce. It was good stuff.

8. duygu - June 8, 2010

I tried the classic burger today there. The burger was quite good, the meat was well cooked and tasty; but the fries tasted like the frozen fries from the local supermarket. I think they can do better considering the quality of the burger and homemade sauces.
Thanks for the recommendation, I would definitely go back! 🙂

9. Ellen Randall - October 22, 2010

I realise this blog has come to an end, but I thought I would post anyway as maybe someone will find it via google (as I did). There is a new sandwich cafe that has opened just off Cinnah, it doesn’t do burgers but the bacon, ham, and frankfurters are amazing and are real genuine pork. The prices, especially for stuff like pastrami, actually seem cheaper than the shops to me. The cafe has a blogspot website, which seems to still be under construction, but the menu and directions are there. Here are the details: http://theparlours.blogspot.com/
They are well worth giving a try!

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