I’m a big proponent of healthy eating, but I also believe in enjoying all foods in moderation and sometimes I just want to sink my teeth into some meat. I start daydreaming about a big, drippy, beefy cheeseburger and nothing else will do. Finding a favorite burger can be a fickle undertaking, though. I’m hopelessly devoted to In ‘N Out and praying fervently to the gods of all things ground beef that they will someday open an Indianapolis outpost. In the meantime, I have encountered several local sandwiches that deliver a solid burger fix.
I’ve recently been turned on to Five Guys Burger and Fries, and Zest! Exciting Food Creations knocks out a gourmet knife-and-fork burger worthy of a romantic date night. But for my money, Boogie Burger is the destination of choice these days.
Having recently relocated from its Westfield Boulevard spot in the heart of Broad Ripple to the former Tin Star Café building just a short distance east on 62nd Street, Boogie Burger seems to be settling into its new digs nicely. The space is bigger and brighter, although the old, more cramped place did have a certain charm in my opinion. Happily, the food remains the same. Good.
The menu offers all the standard burger configurations, and a few unexpected ones like the Maui Wowee, topped with ham, Swiss, teriyaki sauce and a slice of grilled pineapple. Or perhaps you’re in the mood for a Disco Inferno, gussied up with pepperjack cheese and grilled Serrano chili peppers. If you’re really feeling decadent (or slightly insane), you can order a Cluck and Moo, a monstrosity of a sandwich that marries a beef patty and a chicken breast all on the same bun. You can even choose to slather your burger with peanut butter if you so desire. I know some people really like this (yes, Lafayette Triple XXX fans, I’m talking to you), but the thought of it makes me shudder.
I’m more of a purist when it comes to burgers, although I can occasionally get down with the addition of blue cheese (i.e. the Blue Moon), or a Wild Wild West with cheddar, bacon, onion rings and barbecue sauce. More likely than not, though, you’ll find me ordering a straight-up Boogie Burger with American cheese, lettuce, tomato, ketchup and mustard (hold the raw onion and mayo, thank you very much).
These manly chargrilled burgers are 1/3-pound Angus beef beauties — big enough to satisfy, but not so big that you feel sick with regret after snarfing down the whole thing. At $4.50 for a basic cheeseburger with the usual adornments, Boogie is a little pricier than fast food, but totally worth it for a much better quality sandwich.
The fries are yummy, too, but be forewarned, the one-size-fits-all serving ($2.10) is ginormous. Between hubby, the toddler and I, we still can’t finish a single order. (If you want to scare off vampires, get your fries tossed with fresh garlic and cheese.) Hubby once made the mistake of ordering two servings of fries and we ended up with tons leftover. Don’t ever throw these babies away! I looked like a rockstar the following night when I brought them back to life by throwing them onto a baking sheet, sprinkling on some herbes de provence, and re-baking them until hot and crispy.
Boogie Burger does have a handful of other sandwiches and a few salads you can order, but why would you? Trust me. A burger is what you want here, and a great burger is exactly what you’re going to get.
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