THE days when one simply bought a burger from a van outside a football match or from a famous fast food chain are long gone.
Just as pub food has been given a gastro makeover, so too has the humble burger.
There are quite a few outlets selling such ‘upmarket burgers’ and Solihull is no exception with the Handmade Burger Company among the selection of eateries in Touchwood.
On a recent visit I sampled one of the most recent additions to the menu - one of the Jimmy’s Farm Burgers featuring free range, rare breed beef.
My Jimmy’s Beef Cheese Classic (£7.95) was a world away from your ordinary common or garden burger and it was instantly evident it had been made from top quality beef.
It really hit the spot and I was glad that rather than any exotic combination it had some simple additional ingredients - caramelised onion relish, Cheddar cheese, salad and mayonnaise.
My wife enjoyed a lamb burger with redcurrant and ginger.
We went easy on the side dishes.
They can err towards American restaurant oversized portions, but we managed to get through an order of chips (£2.75) and homemade coleslaw (£2.45).
My only criticism would be that the burgers are so big, you can’t really pick them up and eat them in conventional burger style - you really do need a knife and fork to tackle them.
Overall, though it’s good value and I was particularly impressed with the speed with which we managed to get in and out of the place.