This past weekend, we tried out Top Gun Burgers for the very first time. This is a restaurant franchise that has locations all over the Greater Toronto Area for gourmet burgers. They also serve fries, steak sandwiches, milkshakes, and various drinks.
When driving along 16th Avenue and Vogell Road a while back, I noticed that Top Gun Burgers had opened up a Richmond Hill location (16 Vogell Road, Unit 3). I’m not sure when it opened, but it definitely was within the past year. It was a great lunch idea for a weekend takeout experience for some gourmet burgers.
The website for Top Gun Burgers was easy to use with all of their burgers and sides categorized neatly. They had a gallery full of mouth-watering photos as well. I was actually really surprised with how many different types of gourmet burgers they had. There was so much variety and the burgers varied from a simple burger for $7.50 to a three-patty burger with all of the works and more for $24.
We decided upon a beef burger, a chicken burger, a steak sandwich, a cheese fries, and a poutine for our takeout order. After placing our order online, the confirmation page notified us that our order would be ready for pick-up in 25-30 minutes. We live really close to their Richmond Hill location, so lunch was an easy one this weekend. 😀
Ken picked up the order and told me how no customers were allowed to go inside the store. A food runner actually came out with the orders and a debit/credit card machine. This is a good thing for the business so that they limit the number of customers who enter their store (in this case, zero), and they protect the workers’ health and safety. I’m sure that for such a big franchise name, if anything were to happen to them, their reputation and thus all of their locations would be negatively affected too.
I was excited to try the burgers out! I was craving for some beef. After a quick food photoshoot, we chowed down.
I liked how there was no plastic at all (other than the plastic utensils even though we had specified on the order sheet that we didn’t need utensils… for some reason, the page defaulted to include them). All of the burgers, sandwich, and fries were served on paper trays and packed in three brown paper bags. I love it when restsurants use sustainable packaging.
The “Take My Breath Away” Topgun Burger consisted of a beef patty, herbed crusted mozzarella cheese, guacamole, pico de gallo, tomato, lettuce, and chipotle aioli. All of their Topgun burgers are homemade 6 oz Canadian prime beef, grounded daily, and never frozen burgers. You could really tell that it was a fresh and never frozen beef patty. It was a very hefty burger and more than enough for one person.
The herbed crusted mozzarella cheese was thick and cheesy. It didn’t taste heavy though. The beef patty was moist and pounded lightly so that the meat was not too packed together or hard. It was a very solid burger. The soft burger buns held up against all of the ingredients too and weren’t soggy (so important).
The “Goose” Chicken Burger consisted of 4 pieces of fried chicken strips, grilled jalapeno, guacamole, pico de gallo, lettuce, tomato, and chipotle aioli. This was also a hefty chicken burger. You definitely need two hands to eat it as the pieces of fried chicken strips will slide away from you when you bite into it.
The fried chicken strips weren’t as deep fried as I thought. They were lightly battered and the chicken meat was moist. The guacamole went well with the chicken pieces. The grilled jalapeno slices really packed a spicy punch! I had to remove most of the slices since it was too spicy for me.
The “Eagle” Steak Sandwich consisted of thinly sliced rib eye steak grilled with onions, topped with lettuce, tomato, and top gun aioli. This was a long sub sandwich and definitely more than enough for one person (we shared all of the food).
There were some slices of rib eye steak that fell out of the sandwich, which I picked out to eat first and I felt the rib eye steak was quite rough for my taste. However, when I ate the sandwich altogether, the steak didn’t taste as chewy this way. It was a decent sandwich, but I liked the burgers more. I also liked how the sesame bun for this sandwich held up against the ingredients and weren’t soggy at all either.
The side of Regular Cheese Fries was a tad disappointing at first bite. I think the kitchen might have prepared this order of cheese fries a little early prior to our pick-up time. The cheese had solidified and hardened against the fries, so it was hard to taste what the cheese really should have been like when prepared fresh. The fries were a little mushy too.
Since we didn’t finish everything and I had the cheese fries again the next day and heated them up, the cheese fries tasted a lot better. The cheese flavour was present and were pretty good with the fries.
The Poutine was very good in comparison to the cheese fries. The fries here were still a tad soft, but the gravy and thoroughly melted cheese were a great combination. It was so savory and a great poutine.
All in all, I was happy with the sustainable packaging of Top Gun Burgers. I really liked the beef burger and would order any of their other Topgun Burgers again to try out the other beef selections. They have so many variations!