Claiming to be Hawaii’s top burger joint, Teddy’s Bigger Burgers opened its first branch in the Philippines—its second international market after Japan—last August 23 in Makati City. But before the throngs of hungry meat-eaters arrived, Eats Now or Never got a sneak peak (and taste) at the burger they’ve been so proud of.
Located at the third floor of Greenbelt 3 in Makati, the first branch of Teddy’s is along the row of establishments on the open air patio. In their alfresco area diners can enjoy the view of the Greenbelt gardens. Inside, meanwhile, their surfer-themed interiors evoke the island feel of the brand’s origin.
This is the first international franchise of SumoBurger Global Inc, the same company behind Sumo Sam and Akira.
The focal point of any burger creation is the patty. And at Teddy’s they’re very proud of what sits in between their toasted buns. “Our patty is made from 100% corn-fed US Black Angus ground chuck, shipped regularly from the US from the same supplier of Teddy’s Hawaii, with no binders and fillers,” says co-founder Rich Stulla, who visited Manila for the opening. That last part—no binders and fillers—they’re quite serious about.
The formula that they use is 80/20—80% lean meat to 20% fat. The result is a dense yet juicy puck of meat that’s flavorful and, when served at the ideal medium cooked state, an almost sacred eating experience. Folks, go for medium.
Navigating the menu may seem a bit daunting at first what with the various burger permutations. I just want a medium slab of beef in between two toasted buns. For starters, you need to choose the size of your patty. The smallest size, a 5-ounce patty is already 1/3 of a pound. This is followed by a 7-ounce patty, and, finally, massacred by their massive 9-ounce patty. And in case you find yourself bulking up on protein, their Monster Double Burgers—two f*cking paties!-can go as high as 18-ounces of happiness.
The base for everything can be found in Teddy’s Original Burger (starts at P265 for an ala carte order, P365 for a combo): lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, and onions encased in their specially-made potato bun. Once can also choose to add other toppings such as bacon, blue cheese, jalapenos, onion rings, and pastrami.
The Teri Burger (starts at P300 for an ala carte order, P399 for a combo) is basted with a sweet teriyaki sauce, while the Hawaiian Style (add P70) has a juicy slice of pineapple. The Kailua Burger (add P150) starts with the Teri base and builds it further with grilled mushrooms, grilled onions, and Swiss cheese.
For sides, Teddy’s Crispy Fries (P60 for small, P99 for large) is a meal in itself. Their O-Rings (P149), battered thick-cut onion rings are also a good choice. Craving something a bit sweeter, the Tiki Wings (P560) may get a bit messy, but it’s all for a deliciously good cause. Drinks include the usual iced tea, lemonade, and soda options. But what they’re really proud of is their milkshakes (starts at P120) composed of 90% ice cream and 10% milk. We hesitate to call it a milkshake because of its extremely thick consistency. Ice cream topped with milk sounds more appropriate. Either way, we love it.-#EatsNowOrNever
Teddy’s Bigger Burgers Philippines
3rd floor, Greenbelt 3, Makati City
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