Yesterday we featured an awesome, interesting Disney burger, and we figured today would be a good day to delve into a few more of these finds!
Over the past few years, it seems like the culinary staff throughout the resort has made it a mission to reinvent the humble hamburger.
Once upon a time, there were rows and rows of nondescript fast food hamburgers. Now, you can find all manner of interesting flavor combos.
Whether you’re planning a vacation as you read, or you’re just looking for some serious burger inspiration, check out our list of some of the most unusual burgers we’ve had at Walt Disney World!
Sports fans who love Disney know that the BEST place to catch a game while you’re at the resort is the ESPN Club at Disney’s BoardWalk Inn.
But just as impressive as the myriad of televisions (even in the bathroom!) is the innovative menu of upscale sports bar food. One of the most interesting entrees is the PB&J Burger.
Yep, that’s correct. Two of the world’s most comforting foods — peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and burgers — create a fusion of flavors like nothing you’ve ever had. And with the salty flavors of Bacon and spicy notes from sliced Jalapenos to add even more interest, there’s a lot going on here!
You’ve got to try it at least once (that’s about all I could take). And be sure to ask for extra napkins!
This small counter service spot shares a
building with Raglan Road, and offers some of the best Fish and Chips that I’ve had at Disney. But the Battered Burger is an original option that will take the ho-hum out of your burger eating experience.
And it’s just what it sounds like: a Burger Patty is dipped in a flavorful batter before it’s deep-fried to a golden brown. It’s then served on an amazing Freshly-Baked Roll with seriously tasty condiments, including a Chunky Tomato Chutney and Garlic Mayonnaise. Very fun.
UPDATE: Please note that the Picnic Burger is not currently being served at Sci-Fi-Dine-In Restaurant, but they typically feature a specialty burger on the menu in addition to the Build-Your-Own Burger.
Hamburger or hot dog?! Which to choose?
The genius chefs at Sci-Fi Dine-In Restaurant in Disney’s Hollywood Studios have obviously had the same conundrum — but they got busy and did something about it by inventing the Famous All-American Picnic Burger.
Sci-Fi Dine-In is one of my favorite restaurants (I don’t care what you say, it’s awesome) for its fun drive-in movie setting and retro themeing. And while going to this eatery is as much about the setting as the food, this burger is always on my shortlist of favorites here.
Easily big enough to split, the king-sized sandwich starts with a flame-broiled Angus Burger Patty, which really gives you an authentic taste of picnic food. But the burger is nestled on top of a…Grilled Hot Dog! So rad.
As for toppings, you find a mish-mash of burger and hot dog garnishes including Sauerkraut, Sauteed Onions, Mustard, Ketchup, and Pickle. Two things I guarantee about the picnic burger: you will not leave hungry; and you will not believe how incredibly good this is.
Burgers + Seafood
Another trend that we’ve seen at Disney is either topping burgers with seafood of some sort, or subbing the beef out with seafood altogether. It may seem like an unlikely pairing — seafood and beef — but it’s very popular!
The Captain’s Grill has surprisingly good food (for it’s ho-hum atmosphere and location), and there’s rarely a wait to get in. But this burger is another reason to make the trip over to the Yacht Club, even if you’re staying at another resort.
The enormous burger is topped with Lump Crabmeat and Choron Sauce — a variation of Bearnaise that incorporates tomato paste. The effect is rich and luxurious — and just plain fancy!
And don’t forget that Kona Cafe Surf and Turf burger we mentioned yesterday, which comes complete with Brie and Spicy Fried Shrimp!
Want a little lobster with your burger? Check out the Grand Floridian Cafe for the Grand Burger, which features poached lobster along with the beef!
In place of a burger, you’ll find a Crab Cake topped with Popcorn Shrimp, and dressed with Lettuce, Tomato, and Remoulade. You’ll never miss the red meat!
“Bacon & Egg” Burgers
One trend that we have been seeing at Disney lately are burgers that combine the best of breakfast and lunch into one major meal! That’s right, we’re talking about burgers with a fried egg and bacon on top.
I’m not a big fan of Fried Eggs, so I was a little skeptical — but it actually wasn’t too bad! The rich taste of the egg — and the messiness — was soaked up by the House Made Bun. And the complementary flavors of Bacon, Tillamook Cheddar, and Chipotle Ketchup made this a memorable sammy.
If you’re looking to enjoy this flavor combo inside the parks, you’ll also find a similar version at Epcot’s Rose and Crown Pub and Dining Room in the UK Pavilion.
There you have it — some of the most interesting burgers we have had the pleasure to taste in Walt Disney World. While there is still no shortage of this humble, fast food staple, it’s fun to see all of the new ways that it’s being reinvented with exciting toppings — from the most common to the seriously upscale!
What unusual Walt Disney World burger are you looking forward to trying? Leave a comment and tell us about it!