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Harvey's

The Burger:

Great Canadian Burger

Overall Rating:

66/100

Cost Range:

$0.00-$10.00

Rated On:

Jun 13, 2012

It's All In The Details

Burger Basics

Not really seeing any differences between the burgers by simply looking at the menu I went with the great Canadian burger based on the fact that it was the biggest of the burgers, weighing in at 5.75 oz. I am glad I made that choice, as the rest of the patties looked substantially smaller once I saw them all on the grill. The patty is pure beef with a hint of pepper sprinkled on it for seasoning and cooked on a flat top right in front of your eyes. There’s nothing too spectacular when it comes to the patty, but it’s definitely a step up from your basic fast food burg patty. The bun was a basic fresh McGavins burger bun with a little toast on it and it married up nicely with the patty, providing a good beef to bun ratio. One downfall though, for me at least, was the texture of the patty itself. I’m not sure if it was the way they ground the beef for the patty, or if it was in the cooking itself, but the texture of the beef was off, with the patty having long and noticeable 'strings' of beef in it.

The Extras

A bit of a different walk-up approach to your burg can be found at Harvey's. They offer you your basic extra toppings such as bacon, cheese, etc. and then let you build your burger once the basics are in place. The produce is fresh, the mustard has zip and the ketchup is... ketchup. All in all, the extras are good, and the concept of building your own burger is cool, but there's only so many ways to mix and match the basic ingredients that one would expect on any burger.

The Experience

Harvey's is a pretty small player when it comes to burger chains here on the west coast, so their only 3 locations in the lower mainland are either in a couple of home depots or the airport. That right there should tell you enough about what the atmosphere of the place is like

My Take

Burging at Harvey's was a bit of an internal struggle as I want to be looking for the best of the best, not stuffing my face at fast food joints. Harvey's presented a unique argument because, while they could arguably be considered fast food, they only have 3 locations and their build your burger approach isn't all that fast food. Also, their current marketing campaign has been bombarding me with claims of Canadas Best Buger and the melodic catch phrase of them making my burger a beautiful thing. So, needless to say, I caved to the pressure and, seeing they pulled it out of my local Home Depot, drove myself out to the nearest Home Depot sporting the self proclaimed best burger in Canada. I can say that it was a little better than expected, but I can't say that this is going to be a burger that I fiend for. They aren't quite a quote-unquote fast food burger but they are dangerously close, with their prepackaged onion rings and their pre-made patties. If you do find yourself in one of the two Home Depots in town that have a Harvey's you might as well give it a shot, because nothing will top off a good Sunday like Home Depot and a burg. However, if you’re really looking for the best of the best, Harvey's is definitely in a lower tier.

Rating Breakdown

  • Quality of Bun
  • Quality of Patty
  • Quality of Toppings
  • Selection of Toppings
  • Preparation
  • Aesthetics
  • Manageability
  • Drip Factor
  • Uniqueness
  • Overall Flavour
  • Value

Score

  • 8/10
  • 9/15
  • 8/10
  • 3/5
  • 6/10
  • 3/5
  • 7/10
  • 3/5
  • 2/5
  • 14/20
  • 3/5
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Burger Rating Scale: Explained

To start, just a note explaining the weighted rating of the burg. We understand that it might be a little confusing, but the thought is that certain points of a burger just have more of an effect on how good a burger really is. For example, we feel the quality of the patty has a bigger impact on the burger than the cost or how well it holds together.

  • Quality of Bun: How was the bun? Fresh? Chewy? We always hope for the freshest possible bun, something that we can grip on to and that will act as a proper container for the burger itself
  • Quality of Patty: Ah, the essence of the burg. How good is the patty though? I mean, are we dealing with the ideal 80/20 chuck? Or, do we have a patty riddled with filler and other foreign and unwanted product?
  • Quality of Toppings: How fresh is the produce on the burg? How fresh are the sauces? How well prepared are the other wild and wonderful things that adorn our burg?
  • Selection of Toppings: Is this a joint that tells you what to get? Or is the the sky the limit? There's something to be said for a place that will let you pile some onion rings, a fried egg and a half a Bavarian on your burg.
  • Preparation: How well are the 'essentials' prepared? Did you have the makings for a good patty, but Joe Chef burnt it beyond recognition? Was the patty great, but that heap of bacon you wanted was uncooked? Overall, how was the burger put together?
  • Aesthetics: Nothing says delicious like a burger that is giving you those "come hither" looks with how delicious IT looks.
  • Manageability: How far did you make it before the burger fell apart? I know a good burger is supposed to be juicy and leave your hands a mess, but I don't feel that I should be eating the majority of it with a fork.
  • Drip Factor: Just how far down your arm did that succulent stream of burger juices make it? We all know that noone leaves a proper burger battle without getting a little messy
  • Uniqueness: Can you get this burg at McDonalds? Did they take some time to actually make something different here? You can have burgers that are just plain amazing, and you can have burgers that are amazing and make you think "Where did they come up with this?"
  • Overall Flavor: Did your taste-buds do a jig? Does your mouth water at the mere mention of this burger joint? Flavor is where it’s at baby!
  • Value: How much "bang for your buck" factor was involved? Obviously you pay for greatness, but sometimes it is unjust, and sometimes it is just a treat.
"People's Choice" Rating: (9 votes - 3.89)


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Available with your choice of:

Patties

  • Beef
  • Chicken
  • Veggie

Buns

  • Burger Bun

Sauces

  • Ketchup
  • Mustard
  • Mayo
  • Relish

Cheeses

  • Cheddar
  • Swiss

Toppings

  • Onion
  • Lettuce
  • Tomato
  • Mushrooms
  • Peppers
  • Pickles
  • Bacon

Sides

  • Fries
  • Onion Rings
  • Apple Pie

Drinks

  • Pop
  • Milkshake