Ham­burg­ers in Hawaii aren’t quite your av­er­age patty and bun

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - Escape - - DESTINATION UNITED STATES - ASHLEE GALEA

Thoughts of Hawaii usu­ally con­jure up im­ages of bikini bod­ies, rather than beau­ti­fully built burg­ers, but rest as­sured the is­lands are home to both. Scratch the food sur­face of Hawaii’s cap­i­tal city, Honolulu, and a tasty burger scene ap­pears. With ac­cess to fresh in­gre­di­ents pro­cured lo­cally from cat­tle ranches, fam­ily-run farms and es­teemed bak­eries, the Hawai­ian Is­lands pro­duce top-qual­ity pat­ties, fill­ings and buns.

Honolulu’s best burg­ers come with a huge help­ing of creativ­ity, from ’50s-style in­spi­ra­tion and 1980s pop cul­ture, to comic-book decor and beer-in­fused in­gre­di­ents. This is not your av­er­age list of burger joints.


Pint + Jigger is a “hip­ster” gas­tropub in Honolulu spe­cial­is­ing in high­qual­ity cui­sine, craft beers on tap and classy cock­tails. The gourmet menu show­cases food in­tended to be paired with spe­cific bev­er­ages. Burger choices are lim­ited; it’s about qual­ity, not quan­tity. The Stout Burger is a must-try ex­pe­ri­ence for all burger con­nois­seurs. The high­light is a tossup be­tween the thick and juicy patty and an un­usual slice of beer cheese. Eat it with the stan­dard trim­mings of let­tuce, pick­les and gar­lic aioli, or el­e­vate the in­dul­gence with caramelised onions, av­o­cado or ba­con. Its sug­gested match is a pale ale but if beer doesn’t ap­peal, select a hand­crafted cock­tail, such as an Old Fash­ioned, in­stead. PINTANDJIGGER.COM


Burg­ers & Things is a small burger joint filled with comics, ac­tion­fig­ures and anime para­pher­na­lia, a one-of-a-kind in Hawaii. The meat pat­ties are braised in dif­fer­ent house­made jus de­pend­ing on the burger type, giv­ing them com­plex flavours that pack a punch. Quirky burger ti­tles such as Wagyu Say?!, Lamb Bam Thank Ewe Ma’am and Un-foieget­table set them apart from the com­pe­ti­tion. The orig­i­nal Juicy Burger is a fin­ger-lick­ing good time. The patty is soaked overnight in a “se­cret-recipe” sig­na­ture jus and housed in a ba­sic bun with tomato, let­tuce and bal­samic aioli. Up­grade


Teddy's Big­ger Burg­ers is Hawaii’s largest burger chain and din­ers won’t be dis­ap­pointed with the menu choices. TEDDY’S BIG­GER BURG­ERS

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