In my time, I’ve been to quite a few tastings - most of them wine, but also some others (like olive oil and chocolate, for example). But I’d never really heard of a “burger tasting”, so that subject line immediately caught my attention in my inbox!
The email came from the new burger place that opened this summer in the city center: Friends & Brgrs. It’s a small Finnish burger chain, although “chain” might be stretching it, since they have five places overall, four of which are located in Finland. I’d read good things about them on Yelp and Instagram, plus I’m not one to turn down a free burger, so, boyfriend in tow, I ventured out to give it a try.
The first-floor restaurant is located on Strøget and the interior is minimalistic, modern and relaxed, with a big open kitchen. It’s a bit of an odd mix somewhere between your typical fast food joint and a low-key restaurant - it’s inviting you to sit down and enjoy your burger, but not to linger unnecessarily. Burgers are served on plates, but there’s no cutlery. There’s a self-service soda fountain, but you get actual glasses. It’s a little unusual, but it works.
We picked our table and got some drinks, and then the first burger arrived. All in all, we got to taste four different burgers. They were cut in half for us to share - thank God, ’cause I could NOT have eaten four whole burgers!
Up first was the Aioli Brgr with aioli, cheddar, lettuce, and pickled red onions.
Friends & Brgrs make their own buns, and they are fluffy, light, and squishy, if that makes any sense… they’re definitely very tasty, not your typical sesame buns or the sweeter, brioche-like bun. All burgers can also be made gluten free, and their cheddar cheese is always lactose free (I didn’t taste any difference at all).
The meat itself was lightly packed into patties, they crumbled a bit, but I vastly prefer that over a stone hard, perfectly round piece of charcoal! The meat had a great taste, although you may want to note that their standard is to cook them well done.
Up next was the Classic Brgr: cheddar, lettuce, tomato, and onion with ketchup, mustard and homemade mayonnaise. In my mind, this is what a classic burger should look like (maybe without the cheese would be even more classic, but I love cheese so I was happy). I think a classic burger needs mustard and ketchup for sure, and the homemade mayonnaise is some of the best I’ve ever tasted! This may have been my favorite burger of the night.
In between all of the burgers, we also got to taste the triple-fried fries with three homemade sauces: mayo, chipotle mayo, and aioli. Give me all the chipotle flavored things and I will die happy!
The fries are quite short, but that means you don’t have to double-dip. They’re crispy and tasty, so no complaints here. At all.
Our third burger of the night was the Chevre Brgr with fresh goat’s cheese and chili jam. I’m a sucker for goat’s cheese, and I loved that it was the creamy kind - normally, you’ll find the aged, melty kind on burgers. This worked exceptionally well with the chili jam, which was spicy and sweet. This burger also had a different kind of bun, this one was a bit more ciabatta-like.
While the first three burgers were pre-selected for us, we got to choose the last one ourselves. I’d had my eye on the Chipotle Brgr from the minute we walked into the place, so of course that’s what we went with.
And it did not disappoint! Lettuce, onions, chipotle chilis, and cheddar, topped off with a generous dollop of chipotle mayo. I think I’m in love!
I really enjoyed all of the burgers and it’d be hard for me to pick a favorite - I’d probably go with the classic or chipotle burger next time. A burger with fries and a drink is DKK 115, which I find very fair.
Have you tried Friends & Brgrs? What did you think? And do you have any other great burger places that I haven’t tried yet? Share in the comments below!
Friends & Brgrs - Vimmelskaftet 47 - friendsandbrgrs.com
I was invited to taste these burgers free of charge. I received no further compensation for this post. As always, all opinions are my own.