July is the month of the “Legendary Burger Festival” for Hard Rock Café in Hyderabad, and this year is no exception. This year too the festival is on till 13th July. On an invitation from the outlet, a group of foodies converged there on a Wednesday evening.
Nine burgers which are part of this festival were brought to the table. Chef Prabir of Hard Rock Café patiently explained each of the burgers - the concept and the recipe. This was followed by the burgers being shared by the foodies present.
My favorite among all was the Kansas City Legendary Burger. It has a big beef patty topped with BarBQ sauce with bacon and cheese on top. The patty was thick, juicy and sumptuous and combined well with the bacon and cheese. French fries, pickled vegetables and lettuce were served as sides.
The next one I liked was Chicken Parmigiana Burger. The chicken patty here has been mounted on lettuce topped bun and had a layer of Arrabiata sauce and cheese on top. This was soft and after the bite there was a distinct aftertaste of spicy Arrabiata.
The Thai Chicken Burger had a distinct flavor of lemon grass and ginger. Served with a Peanut dip and pickled vegetables, this had a very distinct taste.
I was looking forward to the Greek Shrimp Burger. However I thought the seafood fillings were too soft almost to the point of tasting like mashed seafood. The seafood flavor was strong, but the softness of the patty gave it away.
The Mediterranean Chicken Burger had different herbs like parsley and rosemary in the patty topped with olive and cheese. This was again a decent preparation distinct from others.
The Sri Lankan Chicken Burger had flavors of curry powder and Madras curry. This tasted much like a South Indian local burger. I did not dig the taste of this but some Hyderabadis might find it to their liking.
The Indian burger or Chicken Makhani Burger had soft chicken meat with a layer of butter chicken gravy based sauce. I somehow do not like the Indianized versions of Western fast food, so would prefer the others to this.
In vegetarian there was the veg version of Sri Lankan burger with paneer, beans and curry powder and a Caribbean Veg Burger, which had a filling of sweet potatoes in chermoula yoghurt. It was topped by shredded spinach and served with French fries. I tried neither of the veg burgers.
Interesting festival - especially for the burger freaks due to the variety of burgers available together. The burgers cost Rs 350-Rs 600 each.