Burgerlove: Babyburger – at “Burger Baby”, Frankfurt
On the 2nd of March 2017 I went to visit Burger Baby for the first time near Bergerstraße in Frankfurt. The meat came recommended by friends as the best in Frankfurt, who also said it might be better to visit when it is a bit quieter. Because during times with lots of actions the patties might not come in the desired doneness. And so we were very intrigued when we stepped into the small place of Burger Baby shortly before 6 pm on a Thursday.
Well, you cannot really call the place a restaurant per se. It is more a little snack place. A big counter with chairs and 2 small tables provide all the accommodation. Everything is decorated in a vibrant red and due to indirect lighting it still looks modern. There is no toilet, but you can watch the Burger Chef working at his grill behind the counter. And well, that is also the reason why the entire place smells of cooking meat and frying oil. After testing for 45 minutes the taste also sat in our clothes. So I wouldn’t recommend it if you are going to someplace a bit fancier afterwards, say a dance class. Unless all other students shall smell grilling meat during a slow walz.
The menu is matched to the size of the pace also very short. As a specialty they’ve got a Philly Cheese Steak, but besides that only Hamburger in 150g or 220g (for 4,95€ or 5,95€). These come with salad, tomato, cucumber and a homemade burger sauce. But you can choose from a wide variety of cheeses and other extras and in this way create your very own burger (all below 1€ each, extra meat for 1,50€ per 100g). I also like it a lot, that here all burger are served medium (which most people would want) and other degrees of doneness are only prepared if ordered (and not the other way around like so many other places offer).
As a side you can choose fries or cole slaw as well as some different limos. There are no alcoholic beverages, but this is appropriate for a little place like Burger Baby.
The Burger: Babyburger
The menu announces here (almost nothing): “Babyburger, 3 pieces”. I am curious what I might expect. And after a short time I am served three small burger (sliders to be correct) with each 50g on matching small buns.
The first one on the left is a cheese burger with a chipotle sauce. The second one in the middle a normal plain burger with a homemade burger sauce. And the third one on the right a bacon-cheeseburger with a barbecue sauce.
The small buns are very fluffy and the outside crumbles away when touched. It is toasted dark, which is a great taste combo together with the juicy patty. My buns hold together perfectly, but for my friends with their normal sized burgers it soaks through quickly and towards the end starts disintegrating (structural integrity not really happening here). Bun – 3/5
But Burger Baby was not recommended to me for the buns, but for its great meat. The patties are made fresh after your order. The grill master, whom I can watch behind the counter, opens his cooling drawer, weighs the ground meat, forms it and it goes directly on the grill. They use a cow breed called “Vogelsberger Rind”, that they grind themselves freshly each day. The patties are only seasoned with salt and pepper (the American way), so that the taste of the meat is not overpowered by other seasonings.
I need to say, this was the juiciest meat I had in a long time! They were relatively small, but perfectly cross on the outside and on the inside right on the point of medium. My friends did not promise too much. The meat is just so juicy, tastes amazing (and that without loosing any of its own taste to overpowering herbs) and is grilled to perfections. So Meat – 5/5
Here I got three different burgers. They only offered sauce and cheese or cheese and bacon as extras. But sadly all three sauces were nothing special and very, very salty (the chipotle and barbecue kind came from Heinz, and the homemade burger sauce tasted a bit like tomato-mayo-chilli). The cheese was nothing you could detect in its taste, but the bacon was nicely cross. Overall I wasn’t really convinced by the combos and the next time around I would order a normal burger. Surroundings – 2/5
The Overall Standing
As the meat is always the most important part of a burger, my rating is calculated out of (Bun + (Meat x 2) + Surroundings) / 4 and this way the Burger scores – 3,75 out of 5 Points.
The side of fries is nothing to recommend at all. They are your standard freezer fries and tasted very fatty. Just stick with the really good burger instead.
The Overall Impression
Burger Baby is nothing for a longer, romantic stay – except you want to sit really close together (might be a plus) and smell of frying oil afterwards. But, if you choose to see this not as a restaurant but as a place to quickly grab a burger, then a short trip is definitely worth your time. Because the burgers are really good! I would love to just eat the patties pur without buns. But on the normal sized burgers the high salt content of the sauces was no longer tastable and the meat here was also perfectly medium and tastily juicy. If the reason for this was, that the grill chef just got better in the meanwhile or if your really need to visit during a quitter time, I cannot really tell after only one visit. But it is definitely worth it to give this juicy meat a chance!
Atmosphere: 3 out of 5 Points
Burger: 3,75 out of 5 Points
Total: 3,5 out of 5 Points
(Atmosphere + Food x 2) / 3
Höhenstraße 24, 60385 Frankfurt am Main
(Closed on Sundays)
[I tested the restaurant without their knowledge and the articel describes my very own impression.]