Willamette Burger Co.'s new veggie burger
Willamette Burger is now closed
Whenever I talk to people about all the reasons we like to go to Willamette Burger Co., I find myself craving whatever I last had on their menu. It's all in the details and care in the product they put on the table in front of you. The house made buns, aioli, tots, onion rings and sauces. Oh my word!
So when I read they were debuting their veggie burger, I felt it was my duty to go check it out. Yup, sacrificing a chance to eat meat for all of you. Not sure if it had to do with my sacrifice, but N decided he should try something on the menu he's never had before--an Old MacDonald burger, featuring an egg and bacon.
Here's WBC's description of their veggie burger:
"You've been patient long enough...the long awaited veggie patty is here! Handmade in our kitchen from a propriety blend of beans, grains and mushrooms. The patty is completely VEGAN, and topped with caramelized onions, roasted red peppers and our house-made avocado spread. 8.00"
We both ordered a pint of Ninkasi's Believer Double Red Ale and our first ever basket of WBC's onion rings with Adam's Rib barbecue sauce for dipping. Willamette Burger Co.'s onion rings = heaven covered in batter.
Please keep in mind that this is the first time I've ever ordered a house made veggie burger in a restaurant. I'll describe it, but not compare it to meat. (I've been told that's not the point.) The generous patty was fall apart tender and juicy. The flavors were good, but subtle. What really made the burger was the house made bun, roasted red pepper and caramelized onion. I would definitely eat this again, but do see some room for upping the patty flavor just a bit.
I'd love to hear what others think.
Oh for Pete's sake! Now I'm craving their onion rings!
2360 Fairgrounds Road NE,
Salem OR 97301
Seven Days a Week, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.