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9828 Great Hills Trail
Austin TX

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About Elevation Burger

Eco-conscious burger chain out of Virginia. First Texas location opened recently, and another is planned for the Northcross Mall site.

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Elevated over Expectations

Reviewer: Chris

Original Review Date: 06/23/2009

Rating: +2/+3(Goooood)

OK, this place has been getting very mixed reviews on Chowhound and Yelp. I have hesitated even giving it a try, not wanting to waste a good lunch opportunity. But, I'll have to say that I was pleasantly surprised.

I opted for the "Cheeseburger", which is their single-patty burger with a slice of cheddar. Thumbs up that they offer cheddar (hello Mighty Fine?). The burger is diminutive, thin patty, griddled. None of those qualities makes my list of Burger Perfection Requirements, but given that we are talking about, well, a thin pattied griddled burger here, I thought the burger performed well. It had a good homemade cooked-inside burger flavor. The real cheddar helped too (nice that they don't mess with that American stuff). Veggies just fine. And the size is enough for me at lunch these days, especially when paired with an order of fries.

The fries have also been a subject of some debate online. They fry them in olive oil for some reason (they tout it as "heart healthy", which is a bold claim to attach to anything fried), which is not usually an oil you deep fry in (due to its low smoke point, I believe). However, I found the fries to be quite tasty, a tad different from your usual fry. They are thin cut, fresh, kind of crispy and kind of not crispy, but not at all soggy or greasy. And they give you lots of 'em (they charge lots also--$2.49 for an order). I liked them.

One thing that surprised me is that they don't have fresh lemons for their tea. I usually get water at lunch, and I like to plop a lemon wedge in my water. At Elevation Burger, home of Organic, Grass-Fed, Free-Range, Antibiotic-Free everything, you are offered plastic bottles of that nasty lemon juice concentrate to enhance your beverage. Harumph. [see update below regarding the lemon situation]

The whole eco thing matters not to me. A burger place with a stated Philosophy is kind of silly, but these days, and in this city, it's sure to appeal to lots of folks on those grounds alone (there is a local chain, TerraBurger, that prides itself on the same principles). All I care about is taste and value. I thought they delivered well enough on both fronts for me. I'd go back if in the neighborhood.

Restaurant Bisection Update: Returned 6/26 for another burger and this time went during the lunch rush. The place is a bit hard to navigate when busy. Drink machine seems to be in a bad location. I would recommend sitting on the same side of the restaurant as the drink machine if you plan on needing refills--the line to order pretty much bisects the restaurant into a drink-machine-friendly half and a bathroom-friendly half. Traversing the dividing line mid-meal can be a whip, so I recommend choosing your half according to your dining needs.

Lemon Update: Last visit (8/25/09), there were fresh lemon wedges at the beverage station. They must have read my review!

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Great burger!

Reviewer: Lily Tracy

Review Date: 02/26/2012 04:30PM

Rating: +2/+3(Goooood)

Many of my friends kept recommending that I try Elevation Burger- and I'm glad I did! Cost is a bit above average for a burger, but this isn't a typical burger. I love the great assortment of condiments and toppings, as well as the fact that I can eat this healthier version of fastfood and not feel as guilty as I would for going to McDonald's or Wendy's. Good fries too.
Try it out!

Not that good

Reviewer: dave

Review Date: 03/15/2010 10:04PM

Rating: +1/+3(Not bad)

Had the combination meat/veg patty burger and I wouldn't order it again. Also, the bottom of the bun was very cold, so I'm thinking they just pulled it out of the freezer. The sauce they put on left the burger very soggy.

Like the meat but what happened to the bun?

Reviewer: Evelyn

Review Date: 01/22/2010 02:12AM

Rating: +2/+3(Goooood)

I like the meat. Anything healthy in the meat department (grass fed, no hormones) makes me smile because that way I can get a burger out.

The buns are made with bleached flour, a no-no for me. Kills the beta cells in the pancreas. (Most restaurants use bleached flour breads, pastires). So I now get the lettuce wraps.

The olive oil is great because canola oil is a GMO (genetically modified) product, even if it is labeled that it isn't it can be cross contaminated. So I try not to have anything with canola in it. GMO is believed to kill your organs, and maybe you at the same time. Hey, that makes sense, me and my organs. Were are one aren't we? By the way, at this time I want to thank Montsanto for helping us change the structure of plants. (JERKS)

Fries usually good. I know they don't use organic vegies so I have the lettuce and a little onion. I just hate doing without all the vegies so I compromise.

So when I need the burger fix like I do today, I go there because at least I know (or believe) that I am getting grass fed meat. Corn fed problems? Very bad for the cows, makes them very sick AND bad for us. Most corn is GMO and it will eventually make us very sick. Sometimes I even get a stomach ache after I eat GMO corn chips and popcorn. I have had to stay off of the stuff.

Vegan burger was bland

Reviewer: Cindy R

Review Date: 10/12/2009 03:47PM

Rating: -1/+3(Crap)

They had two versions of a veggie burger and I opted for the Vegan variety. Is it possible to boil a burger? I'm sure they didn't cook it that way but it was the equivalent in flavor and consistency, then flattened and put on a bun. Fries were good... place was clean, staff friendly, we got there early and it filled up fast.

customize a unique burger

Reviewer: Brian K

Review Date: 08/20/2009 12:32AM

Rating: +2/+3(Goooood)

This is a very straightforward business. They express their values clearly, the most important being grass-fed beef.

Wide assortment of toppings and choice of patties. Respectable deals. Including delicious veggie patties and a 1/2 beef, 1/2 veggie double cheeseburger called the "half the guilt burger." This is all that I get - it is delicious and when you customize it the way you want (veggies, toppings etc.) it has a very complex and gratifying taste. Good grilled flavors. There is also a "vertigo burger" which allows you to create a burger with up to 10 patties.

The fries are excellent tasting despite being small and fragile. I believe they are cooked in olive oil and are easily devourable.

Solid fast food joint if you want relatively healthy burgers. Definitely worth a taste test. The burgers are delicious w/ cheddar cheese, but I recommend the "half the guilt burger."

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