A growing name in the better — burger sector is coming for Five Guys, Smashburger, and Shake Shack.
Elevation Burger started in Arlington, VA in 2005 and has now spread to 10 states nationwide and Washington, DC.
The company also has an impressive presence in the Middle East and Mexico.
The restaurant’s founding partner and VP of supply chain Michael Berger has recently received the 2015 Rising Star award from the Organic Trade Association, an association for organic agriculture and trade in North America.
Elevation Burger’s organic beef supply program has become the largest such program for any restaurant group in the US.
It also has one of the largest organic beef programs of any retailer in the country, with Berger successfully developing their organic chicken supply as well.
With organic food trends growing steadily, it’s no surprise that Elevation Burger and its ethos have enjoyed such national success. I visited one of their 34 US locations to see if their environmentally-conscious burgers are as good as they sound.
Elevation Burger has no store in New York City, so I visited this Port Chester, NY location. I'm hoping a delicious burger will cheer up an otherwise gloomy, rainy day.
The menu choices are pretty simple, too. There are three signature burgers, some chicken sandwiches, salads, and a good amount of vegetarian options. I could use more signature burgers, but the main focus is on the custom burger option.
While ordering, I notice this sign, so I order a shake. Effective advertising! Plus, shakes and burgers go hand in hand.
The chairs and tables are no nonsense, with a few communal benches and tables scattered about. The place is rather busy, considering it opened an hour before I arrived.
After a short wait -- maybe six minutes -- my order is brought to me by one of the staff. I ordered a custom 'Elevation Burger', a strawberry shake, and a heaping side of fries.
One of their specialties is the 'Vertigo Burger', where you can stack up to ten patties at once. I'm nowhere near hungry enough for that, so I opted for the double -- patty Elevation Burger with lettuce, tomato, onions, ketchup, and blue cheese, which cost me $7.10 in total.
But before I even start the burger, the delicious smell of the fries calls out to me. Elevation Burger fries them in 100% olive oil, giving them a distinct taste -- almost burnt, but in a good way.
The shakes are vanilla, chocolate, or coffee ice cream -- based, and come with your choice of two mix -- ins for $5.30. I chose the classic strawberry shake, but you can get anything from mango to Oreos mixed in. The shake is thick, and I can tell they used real strawberries.
The company prides itself on 100% organic burgers, as well as its environmental sustainability. The beef is free -- range and everything is recycled, including the olive oil used for frying.
The burger is pretty good. The beef itself is great -- flavorful without being greasy. My topping flavour choices could be better, but admittedly that's my fault! But regardless, the veggies are vibrant and tasted fresh. The bun is a little smushy for me, though.
Soon, only the fries are left and I don't want to waste them. They are so, so good, and they give you an enormous serving for $3.25.
There are kid -- sized menu options as well, and they seem popular: there were at least eight little kids enjoying burgers by the time I left.
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