Bacon Cheeseburger, Dick's Smokehouse - Birmingham, UK

I love a food festival. I love a burger food festival above all else. Taste & Liquor’s second annual ‘Big Fat Burger Fest’ hosted in the SK Building in Digbeth promised top vendors in attendance to dish up a burger bonanza. Included in the list of attendees was ‘Dick’s Smokehouse’; Warwickshire-based BBQ kings rustling up slow cooked meats of all varieties.

With just four menu items, all of which I wanted to devour, the choice for me had to be the ‘Bacon Cheeseburger’; a staple classic and often a favourite of mine. Notably the other items on the menu included pulled pork and shredded beef, as well as the ‘Ultimate Burger’; the latter of which I will be sampling upon my return.

The ‘Bacon Cheeseburger’ boasted the usual suspects of bacon and cheese (maybe didn’t need to tell you that?) but also included pickles, lettuce and a tomato relish, between a brioche bun.

Not knowing what to expect, I was thrilled to be handed a wonderfully crafted burger with thick bacon peaking out each side and cheese melted across the patty.

This burger made the event for me and was by far my favourite, ticking most of the boxes on my mental checklist. You can tell when a vendor specialises in quality meat and knows how to cook it. This was evident with the juicy and well-seasoned patty, cooked medium well but still oozing juicy goodness.

The bacon was plentiful, thick and absolutely packed with flavour. With a crispy crunch and a smoky tone in each bite, it’s a pleasure when the two most important ingredients run the show.

The cheese was balanced well, though was relatively mild in taste overall, a little outperformed by flavours elsewhere.

Tomato relish is an interesting one. Offering a slight kick to proceedings, it was enjoyable, though perhaps a bit limited in flavour where the classics of ketchup, mayonnaise and mustard normally run riot. Whilst this was a solid relish, maybe the addition of mayo or mustard could take this burger to the next level of flavour town.

The bun was heavily seeded, fresh and well-balanced. Who doesn’t love a brioche bun nowadays?

I was unaware of Dick’s Smokehouse before going in to this event. I am now a huge fan of these guys as the ‘Bacon Cheeseburger’ sits high on my rankings table. The highlight of this burger was the quality of meat, though every element worked well to build a powerhouse of flavours, with my only minor drawbacks coming with the relish and cheese. Next time I’m going for the ‘Ultimate Burger’.

Patty Master Musings:

  • Love the name. Gotta be said.
  • Did I Dip It? So many delicious flavours bouncing around here, so no need.

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