Summer is just around the corner and for most Bavarians, including several thousand US servicemen, the idea of alfresco dining is finally a reality again.
Regensburg, a town of about 150,000 people per hour south of the US Army garrisons at Grafenwoehr and Vilseck, is a fun day trip and has several good lunch options. If your craving for burgers, fries, and refreshing drinks during one of Bavaria’s hot spells, I would recommend Burgerheart for its creativity and selection.
The chain started in Würzburg in 2013 and now has 17 locations, each with a focus on sustainability and social responsibility. They’ve eliminated plastic waste and partnered with some leading German charities to give meals to the less fortunate for every burger they sell, the company’s website says.
This is great, but the food has yet to pass the mark, and for the most part it is. Before your meal, mango lemonade is a choice you won’t regret. If you want beer or wine afterwards, they have that too.
“Burger” in Germany often means pretty much any type of sandwich involving a bun, and it does here – there are all kinds of plant-based patties on the menu, as well as cheese sandwiches. grilled and fried chicken in some places. But when I review a burger restaurant, the beef is going to be a deciding factor.
My first choice was the Surf & Turf Burger, consisting of a German beef patty topped with black tiger prawns, tomatoes, arugula salad and vegan tomato mayonnaise on a brioche bun. For my money, I will always insist on vegan mayo with my beef.
I wasn’t a fan of the Surf & Turf’s bun; it was dry and tasted like eating a bunch of cotton swabs. I would swap it for one of the other rolls available. But I was impressed with the shrimp and the galette.
The second burger I indulged in was the Chuck Norris burger. Norris spent time in the Air Force, and this burger is as American as it gets, with bacon, tomato, caramelized onions, ranch sauce, and a burger on a sesame seed bun. The onions and bacon really made the burger, and I would recommend it for beginners.
To make your burger of choice even better, get some sweet potato fries if they’re your thing, with a side or two of aioli sauce.
If you still have room, the caramelized orange cream cheesecake has the right balance of sweetness and flavor without being overbearing; it goes well with a glass of sweeter wine.
Burgerheart compares quite well to other burger restaurants in town. Max + Muh is another good choice. It’s cheaper and has a tasty Caprese with a mozzarella-olive patty and tomato relish. But if I had to recommend one to someone going to Regensburg on a day trip, I would choose Burgerheart and its more plentiful options.
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Address: Schwarze-Baeren-Strasse 10, 93047 Regensburg
Hours: Open every day from 11:30 am to 10 pm, taekout and delivery only. For updates on restrictions and indoor dining, visit Online Updates at facebook.com/burgerheart.regensburg.
Prices: Between 6 and 15 euros. Most credit cards accepted.
Menu: Available in German and English on their website: shop.burgerheart.com/storedata/listStore. They have English menus in the restaurant.
Call: +49 0941 46627330