I’m often asked what my favorite food is. It’s a burger. Of course I enjoy ALL kinds of food, but nothing gives me more satisfaction than that very first bite of a burger that is really well made.
A couple of weeks ago I had the opportunity to try Easy Burger (official Facebook page), Bangkok’s newest contributor to the burger scene, and I was BLOWN AWAY. I ended up smashing 4 of them…don’t judge me, it was an International Beer Day event.
At the event they had limited their menu to 2 burger choices: Cheasy (pictured above) and the Bacon Blue (3 of the 4 burgers I smashed). I was impressed with the quality of the burgers, and equally impressed that they’d managed to keep the prices very reasonable (their Cheasy burger sells for 135 baht).
Recently I had an opportunity to check out their production and learn a little more about their burgers. Afterwards I then visited their location across from Cheap Charlie’s Bar for some burgers and beer fun. I’m even more impressed now that I understand what they’re doing here. If you’re a burger fan and really appreciate a quality burger I think you will be too. Let me show you…
What’s in a burger?
I figure the best way to show just what makes these burgers so incredible tasting and such an incredible value is to take one and dissect it for you. For this I’ve chosen the most expensive burger they have on their menu, The Big Easy (199 baht). If you’re looking for a filling burger this is a good choice as it comes with double beef patties, double cheese, bacon, pickled jalapeño slices, crispy shallots, romaine lettuce, a special sauce and BBQ sauce.
Let’s begin with the bun…
Homemade Milk & Butter Buns
It took the founder, Tom Tabruyn, a lot of trial and error (at least 1,000 buns) before he hit on the recipe he felt was the perfect burger bun for Easy Burger. Using French butter, these milk and butter buns are made daily. First each bun is weighed to exact measurements, and proofed.
Once proofed the buns receive an egg wash to give them a little color and shine and then off to the oven they go!
The results are a light and fluffy bun that has a little chew. Making their own buns provides a consistent product and allows them to market these burgers at a more competitive price point.
For their burger patties, they use organic, hormone-free, locally sourced beef. The beef is dry aged for 28 days, giving it a rich flavor. It’s then freshly ground and rolled into carefully weighed meatballs. Why not hamburger patties? Because Easy Burger makes smash burgers!
The burger balls are seared on the grill and then smashed into a patty. It’s then dusted with a little salt and pepper as it cooks. Sorry, fans of rare or bloody burgers, you’re not going to get it “your way”. For The Big Easy you get a double patty burger, but you can make any of their burgers a double or even triple patty for an extra 49 baht for each additional patty.
Speaking of meat, The Big Easy also comes with crispy streaky bacon. All of the pork products that Easy Burger uses is sourced by Sloane’s, one of Bangkok’s highly respected butcheries. For non-beef eaters, they will soon offer customers the option to have pork patties instead. But for now non-beef eaters can enjoy the very popular Veggie (145 baht) and Fried Chicken (140 baht) sandwich options.
When it comes to cheese on a burger, there’s 2 different camps of opinion. Those who think a really good burger needs a natural cheese on it, and those who like a fat laden slice of melty processed cheese on it. Easy Burger has found a way to camp in the middle of these two opinions, and in my opinion I’m a fan.
They’ve decided to process their own cheese. But unlike slices of processed cheese you pick up at the supermarket, you won’t find salt, sugar, vegetable oils, or food coloring in this “processed” cheese. In fact they use only 3 ingredients, the main being mature aged cheddar. The process is simple: melt and blend it all together, then allow it to cool in large trays covered in plastic wrap. Simple, right?
It actually costs about the same as buying processed cheese. But the cheese is much more flavorful, and customers can taste the difference!
My personal favorite…
I’d by remiss if I didn’t mention my own personal favorite burger, the Bacon Blue (149 baht). The maple bacon jam (a winning combo made with Sloane’s bacon and caramelized onions), homemade ranch dressing, pickles, and gorgonzola cheese makes this a burger packed with flavor.
But take a look at their menu. I’m sure there’s something on there that you’re craving! Yes, those prices are net.
A chat with the owner…
Originally from the little town of Sint-Truiden, Belgium, Tom Tabruyn moved to Phuket, Thailand 12 years ago. He first pursued his passion as a DJ, but the scene was pretty competitive. He found himself spending most of his time working at his father’s restaurant, Brasserie Phuket. He’d been working around restaurants and bartending since the age of 16 so it was natural for him.
Four years later he began working with the Bangkok Burger Company, where he developed a passion for burgers. From the experience he gained he then opened his own burger joint, Flipside. After 4 years he wanted a change of scene and decided to accept a position in Bangkok as the operations director for Papa’s Kitchen. Over the 2 years he spent in the position he was able to network with local suppliers and envisioned opening another burger concept: Easy Burger.
The concept was simple, keep the costs low and keep the quality high. Easy Burger debuted at a Smalls pop-up event June 19, 2019. A few weeks later an opportunity to take over the location adjacent to Cheap Charlie’s Bar presented itself. On July 5th Easy Burger had it’s very first location!
I’m hungry. Where is it?
Located near the On Nut BTS station, on Sukhumvit Soi 50 Easy Burger is located directly across Cheap Charlie’s Bar. They have an arrangement with the bar that they will not sell alcohol Monday-Saturday when the bar is open. But on Sunday’s when the bar is closed, Easy Burger does sell alcohol.
Nearly everything on Cheap Charlie’s menu is 90 baht (and ice cold). So if you’re looking for an amazing burger and an adult beverage to enjoy with it on the cheap then the choice is easy…go to Easy Burger! If you’re feeling lazy you can also order for a quick delivery via the Get! app.
Should you visit Easy Burger I’d love to hear your feedback in the comment section below, directly to me, or via message on either the Chow Traveller Facebook page or Chow Traveller Instagram. However you choose, I’d love to hear from you!