Mark the date, August 23, 2014, to welcome Hawaii’s multi-awarded burger joint in the Philippines.
Hailed as the best burger in Hawaii multiple times, Teddy’s Bigger Burgers rode the plane to give Philippines a taste of how impressive their burgers are.
Last August 20, I was privileged to get my burger belly ready to try it before the store opens to the public.
The top burger joint was established in 1998 by Ted Tsakiris and Rich Stula, whom I met at the private launch. Currently, Teddy’s Bigger Burgers has 11 locations in Hawaii and recently opened mainland locations in Washington and Iowa. In the pipeline, California and Texas stores will be open next. As for the Philippines, this is Teddy’s 2nd international location, following Japan.
The bigger question I believe is this, “What makes Teddy’s Bigger Burgers special?”
“Teddy’s is built from the burger, borne out of a passion for burgers. With gourmet burger restaurants on the rise across the metro, and Filipino foodies clamoring for burgers that go beyond fastfood, we’re looking forward to giving the Filipinos a taste of Teddy’s and what makes it a cut above the rest,” said Ted Tsakiris, co-founder of Teddy’s.
“Our patty is made from 100% corn-fed U.S. Black Angus ground chuck, shipped regularly from the US from the same supplier of Teddy’s Hawaii, with no binders or fillers,” reveals Teddy’s Philippines Executive Chef Kirsten Habawel. “All patties are hand-pattied daily, with the special seasoning of Ted and Rich, and always charbroiled to order.”
|Monster Double Burger
Solo (Php 440)
Combo (Php 565)
Listening to the hype about Teddy’s overwhelmed us. After ordering burgers with O, we took a pause, sat down and waited for Teddy’s to impress us.
O chose the Monster Double Burger with 5oz. each patty. 5oz. is the smallest among the patties. Sizes start with Big (5oz.), next is Better (7oz.) and Biggest (9oz.), which is obviously the biggest in size. All burgers are cooked medium well and stacked with special sauce – a sweet and tangy secret combination, lettuce, tomatoes, onions and pickles. But for O, he requested his burger to be cooked ‘medium.’
O’s double patties were a little saltier than mine. It’s big and not too greasy that leaves you with messy hands. The first bite showed us the dense texture and lean meat. The kind of quality the burger has pitch an expensive taste.
Quick Fact: Ground chuck is taken from the shoulder and neck portion of the cow, with prevalent meaty flavour and enough fat to ensure the beef does not dry out even when cooked on high temperature.
|Teddy’s Original Burger Combo (Php 365) +
Kailua Burger (Php 150)
To make burgers more interesting, Teddy’s played with other ingredients to specialize each burger depending on your preference. In my case, I ordered the original burger and added extra Php150 for a Kailua special burger.
Kailua is one of Teddy’s Specialty Toppings menu. It includes teri, grilled mushrooms, grilled onions, and swiss cheese. A masterpiece that suits my kind of burger. Teddy’s achieved to impress me with or without the potato buns. I could count on the lean burger patties alone.
An upgrade for my fries to make it meatier and cheesy. I added cheese sauce (Php 45) and bacon bits (Php 45) to match up my good looking Kailua burger.
Burger patties can live alone to conquer my hunger. But Teddy’s packaged every piece to be special including their Potato Buns. After 30 trials of sending buns to Ted and Rich, Chef Habawel finally got the buns right. Soft texture with golden color that draws out more flavors to any burger patty size and toppings to squish in between.
|Tiki Wings (Php 295/6pcs.)
The restaurant knows their market too well. Tiki Wings is an exclusive dish for the Filipinos. Its sweet glaze taste engaged me without thinking twice.
The Hawaiian-themed burger joint leaves a small space to move around inside. But outside, Teddy’s has enough space for a view of Greenbelt scene in the afternoon or at night.
A playful sight to hang out.
I know you noticed the price. One of the things that could raise an eyebrow at Teddy’s is the pricey money to spend on.
Fall in line on August 23 to win this awesome prices!
-1 year supply for first 5 in line
-6 months supply for the 6th to 10th in line
-3 months supply for the 11th to 20th in line
FREE Burgers for the first 100 in line!
|With Teddy’s Philippines Brand Manager Khaezel
Teddy’s Bigger Burgers caught me with their patties alone. I’d say I’d want to take that home with me. If I live in Hawaii, I’m sure I’d swing around any time of the day. I just have a little hesitation on visiting again when I’m on a tight budget.
How about you? Will you line up for Teddy’s Bigger Burgers?
Share with me your thoughts. 🙂
Pray, Eat and Love.
The Food Scout
Location: 3/F Greenbelt 3, Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines