Way before the burger craze hit the streets of Riyadh, Fatburger was one of the first franchises that had everyone excited about made-to-order burgers back in 2011. Right now, there’s a plethora of ’em franchises out there but we wanted to make sure that we hold the door open for everyone and see once again what you could expect from Fatburger…especially to those who haven’t heard of them yet.
Tagged as the “Last Great Hamburger Stand” in America, it’s still standing tall here along Takhasussi St. with a location that is more accessible than the rows of burger places in Tahlia St. at night. They are open from 8AM until 1AM and regularly serve breakfast until 11 in the morning. We visited their branch in Takhasussi last week and finally got to sit down in their dine-in restaurant (as we frequent their stall at Kingdom Mall’s food court more often). Now if the name “Fatburger” doesn’t indicate what would happen to us after tasting all their bestsellers, then we’ll let the photos do the talking instead:
We were off to a steady start. We sipped into our soups and enjoyed its variety with the creamy mushroom soup living up to its name: full of richness and comfort-food-feels; while the bowl of chili owning up to what is expected of it: flavorful spices packed in minced pieces of meat. The “arabic” spices used in the chili are very detectable and if you have a weak tongue for spicy food, then this wouldn’t be your safest bet. It is the same chili that they pour over their chili cheese fat fries along with melted cheddar, bacon bits and a handful of jalapenos. The serving size of the fat fries are humongous — good for 3 to 4 average eaters so we didn’t eat too much of it knowing that we had more meals to come our way. We tried their peanut butter milkshake which was a bit heavy to drink so I saved my sips on this for the dessert part.
More starters arrived in the form of Chicken Buffalo Wings and a Fatburger Platter. The buffalo wings were crispy on the outside, juicy on the inside and huge in general. We asked them to make half of the wings in BBQ sauce and the other half spicy. We liked the BBQ better for its tanginess and lick-off-your-finger aftertaste. The Fatburger platter was composed of Chicken Tenders, Boneless Spicy Chicken and Jalapeno Poppers corresponding to their own dips. The cheesy jalapenos took our top spot for this group probably because we’ve had a lot of chicken to taste at this point.
But then…the “real” Fatburgers came rolling in:
We couldn’t stop staring at the Quad Burger when it arrived. Seriously, this is a burger fit for Hodor! (GOT connection intended). We figured that this is a Man Vs. Food segment wherein this literal “FAT” burger was staring back at us, challenging us to conquer it with a bite. Just look at all those patties…that dripping melted cheese…those crunchy fresh lettuce and the patty that could never close…W-O-W. This is proving to be a challenge indeed.
However, in true Pink Tarha fashion (where we live by the motto of “Do something new every day“), I summoned my jaws to its fullest stretch possible and gathered the courage (not the poise) to take a bite out of the Quad Burger. Besides, it was an experience waiting to be experienced. How many people can actually say they’ve taken a bite out of a quadruple-patty burger? Not that many I suppose. So I flattened it down with the palm of my hand and pushed down as hard as I could. The juices were streaming out of the burger and the bread broke down a bit but I managed to lift it up, open wide and before taking a bite, I raised the burger as if I were raising a toast and said: “For The Pink Tarha” and then locked in one enormous bite. Janelle took a video of my attempt but for dignity-related reasons, I asked her not to upload it. Haha!
Then that was it. One bite was all that I could muster. Obviously, the Quad Burger is not for your average burger eater and I am certainly no exception. I ended up enjoying the Single Fatburger that’s more appropriate to my eating abilities. The patty was well-seasoned, juicy and matched well with the generous dollops of mustard and pickles that were spread on top of it. We also tried their chicken burger that had a crunchy bite but moist center. We especially love how fresh their lettuce shreds were, unlike in other places where you’d find them soggy and unloved.
As if we weren’t full already! We still had our side orders of onion rings, chili cheese hotdog and some iced tea. The onion rings were obviously made fresh (none of those frozen stuff hulabaloo) and the hot dog was tasty enough on its own. We were thankful for the light relief of the ice tea from all our heavy eating.
Fatburger is a reliable burger joint for any of you who might be undecided from all the burger places to choose from. Just decide if you want a single, double, triple or quad burger! Add ons are available for extra charges. The price range is similar to the rest of the fast food burgers rising in Riyadh so it’s pretty competitive at that. But one of the things that make them different too is their breakfast menu (which other burger joints don’t have). The branch in Takhassusi is a good place to bring your family and kids to during the weekends, in case you live close by. For you FYI, here are their very affordable breakfast offerings:
Fatburger Main Branch is at Al Bustan Center, Takhasussi St.
Other branches in the food court of Riyadh Gallery and Kingdom Mall