“Best Diner in town? I’ll let me decide…” – Fatburger, Aliso Viejo [CLOSED]

Medium Fatburger w/out Pickles/Relish w/ Bacon/Egg at Fatburger

With owners such as Los Angeles Laker legend Magic Johnson, actress/musician Queen Latifa, and rappers consisting of E-40, Kanye West, and Pharell, you have to assume that this place is going to be BOMB.com. History of this premiere burger joint dates back to 1947 in Los Angeles, where the restaurant first began under the name of “Mr. Fatburger”; However now, in 2012, Fatburger has more than 96 locations around the world including China, Kuwait, and my little hometown of Aliso Viejo. And this my friends, is where we begin…

Menu Name: Medium Fatburger

  • Pure Lean Beef (Medium)
  • Wheat Bun
  • Cheddar Cheese
  • Fried Egg
  • Bacon
  • Grilled & Raw onions
  • Lettuce & Tomatoes
  • Ketchup and Mustard
  • Pepper

Calorie Count: 590 kcals Cholesterol Count: 105 mgs

As I sat down at the table, readied my mouth, and took the 5.3oz burger in my hands, the jukebox started again with “I’ve Got The World On A String”, by jazz icon and legend, Louis Armstrong. I couldn’t have asked for a better song to play while I was about to devour this burger. Thanks to the inviting atmosphere and friendly staff, I felt as though I had gone back 70 years to a more simple time, eating with a friend and talking about the good things in life. And in an instant, I was propelled back into the 21st century as I looked down and saw a beast of a burger awaiting my arrival.

The first bite was as glorious as Gandalf had been, charging into the masses of orcs at Helm’s Deep in The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers. Now while I might be over-exaggerating just a bit, the perfected balance of all the ingredients smashed into one bite made for a delicious lunch only an American-Diner Style (ADS) burger could have. On first impact, my mouth was touched by meat heaven as the lean beef, cheese, and bacon took ahold of my taste buds. Then came the splash of freshness, light and cool, balancing out the meat-heavy beginning. All the while, there to wrap it up, was the fried egg. Now sadly, when Fatburger cooks the eggs to put on burgers, they break the yolk, resulting in a omelet-style serving. This doesn’t effect the burger too much, however when I put eggs on my burgers, I enjoy the oozing yolk down the sides. Tends to give it a little more flavor.

Personally, I could’ve used some more onions, in that the serving size on the burger was on the frugal side. That, and a bit more mayo would have done the burger a little more justice. I know that mayonnaise is a controversial subject in terms of health, but with an ADS-Burger, it’s essential. The last improvement that would’ve made the little ‘buds in my mouth happy, would have been a better bun. The use of Fatburger’s Puritan bun is out-dated and is simply not as good as a more heavily “sponged-dough” buns like many of it’s competitors. The bottoms, and tops of the bun are hard, rough, and unforgiving; with the inside being vaguely softer, and served without butter. And although some may say that this is what gives a fatburger it’s unique taste, I disagree and believe that it could be even better given a different Puritan Bakery style. (WARNING: RANT – And let me just add to that, by quickly saying that in my experience thus-far, I have noticed that the use of different, and specialty type buns on burgers is far and few between. That needs to change. People underestimate the power and flavor given by a bun. I think that sometimes, too much focus is dedicated to one category only: Either the burger meat, the toppings, or the cooking-style; When a major makeup of the burger, the bun, falls by the waist-side. Plus, with many chains using the Purtian Bakery, based out of Carson, for their bun selection including In-N-Out, Johnny Rockets, Original Tommy’s Hamburgers, Islands Restaurants and of course Fatburger, the diversification is clearly hard to come by.)

Anywhoo, $9.97 for a good, filling, burger and fries is a good deal. It’s staple in my burger rotation, and once again solidifies it’s place on my list, and in my stomach.

And so we have, keeping it’s position at #11 on THE OC Burger List, Fatburger’s Medium Fatburger. Finding itself in-between #10 Umami Burger, and #12 Bentley’s Bistro.

Grading Scale

  1. Burger taste… 8.0 out of 10
  2. French fry taste… 7.5 out of 10
  3. Burger presentation… 9 out of 10
  4. Price… 8 out of 10
  5. Knife test… N/A

TOTAL: 32.5/40 = 81% B

*Note: Actual ranking is subject to change when new burgers make the list. Also, the percentage score will not reflect the burgers’ ranking on the list, for each burger is unique and must be graded on it’s own merits. For up-to-date rankings, check THE OC Burger List in the menu! Thanks.

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  1. What makes the knife test N/A?

    Also, how does a burger with both grilled AND raw onions not have enough onion for you? You’re a hard man to please (although I suppose that makes you the hero burger eaters need, if not the hero they want).

    • (Remember when I told you, that there would come a time when I would no longer need to be the burger hero… That time has passed… The people need to know which the best burger is!)

      – Quantity: They didn’t give a lot of either types of onions. And for the test being N/A, it’s because its not a restaurant that serves silverware with the food.

  2. dude, sam, grilled onions and raw onions are totally different flavor-wise and texture-wise, so it is certainly not too much onion, but i guess that’s a matter of opinion! and maybe the knife test is n/a if you don’t need a knife or if it’s more of a fast food type of place than a nicer sit down?

  3. fatburger makes a mean veggie burger. it’s one of my personal favorites, you should check it out sometime. that being said, when I get the craving for one, I usually opt out due to the price. fatburger has a really inefficient and oppressive pricing system. they charge you extra for cheese?! what the fuck is that? after the cheese, fixings, fries, and a drink, you’re paying near $15. i can only assume its similar for the beef burgers. that is not what american eating is all about. keeping it under ten (unless it’s gourmet) is key. my point is, fatburger offers a delicious product but loses cred, in my opinion, by alienating burger lovers. at their prices, it’s near impossible for regular people to make a habit out of eating there. and if there’s one thing that’s damn necessary when it comes to enjoying one’s favorite food, it’s being able to eat it all the time.

  4. just reread that last part of your post. i guess you paid just under ten for your meal? my fatburger back home must be jacking up their prices. perhaps there is hope for fatburger yet!

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