Where's a burger junkie to go? To the Junkyard, of course! We check out this buddy-run spot which has been operating for the past year and have gained a steady following. The burgers must be something to talk about, it seems.
16, Jalan PJU 5/20D, The Strand, Kota Damansara.
Mon - Sat, 12pm-3pm, 6pm-10pm
Excellent, well made burgers. Fun atmosphere. Good service.
Do you know a junkie? As in, a real junkie? Wipe those creases of your forehead, we're talking about burger junkies! We got to know about three burger junkies who wanted to share their love for all things burger over at Kota Damansara*. And these are not your run of the mill burgers, either. These are burgers made with care and attention, totally the way a burger lover would. And best of all, everything over at this place is made fresh, from scratch.
That shouldn't be a surprise though, once you get to know Joel, James and Nick of Burger Junkyard. These buddies were hospitality and culinary students back in college, and have even worked overseas before. One day they pooled their resources together and ta-daa, Burger Junkyard was born. The origins of the name has made its rounds on the internet, but here's a recap. They called it Burger Junkyard because... most other names were taken! But they also wanted to emphasize that their burgers are not junk-food. Everything here is made as fresh as they could, and they do not use MSG in their cooking, either. Also of note, their buns are all home-made, as one of their dad's has a bakery that customizes their soft, brioche-y buns.
The restaurant is decorated in a very fun, almost hip-hop style. Colourful graffiti adorns one wall, while trinkets of various sorts don the other. The seating and lighting is spartan, but comfortable. A simple, straight forward blackboard menu hangs above the counter where customers take their order, and then wait for the friendly servers to bring it over.
All the burgers at Burger Junkyard are made from freshly ground beef (fresh is definitely a thing here) everyday. They make the patties early in the morning and freeze them for a couple of hours, ready for service. Even the chicken patties get some TLC. The thigh fillets are brined to ensure juiciness and bite. Their kitchen is clean, and the burger cook (burger chef? Chef du burger?) cooks his 'babies' with utmost precision and expertise. We tried out four signature burgers when we came, and suffice to say, they were all brilliant.
FIrst up was a pair of chicken burgers: the Buffalo Soldier (RM15), a chicken burger using those juicy brined fillets and then basted with hot Buffalo sauce and doused with sour cream. Crunchy bits of celery rounded it off. It tasted great, easily evoking Buffalo wings whence it got its name.
The other chicken burger was the Vampire Slayer (RM15), which, as the name implies, is loaded with garlic aioli, garlic confit and other garlicky bits. The good thing was the garlic wasn't overpowering, and made for a nice balance of textures and flavours.
The first of the two beefburgers we tried was the Texas Hold Me (RM15). A juicy, expertly grilled patty is wrapped in bacon, topped with crunchy onion rings and slathered in a spicy, smoky BBQ sauce. Excellent flavours made it a compelling bite.
Texas Hold Meeee
But for the really hungry, go for the Brooklyn Burger (RM16), a hefty beast loaded with... everything! Turkey ham, beef bacon, tomatoes, lettuce, onions, etcetera. You would think it'd be too much, and to be honest it was quite a challenge to eat. But the flavours and textures more than made up for it. It was delicious.
There are more options to try out, of course, and the ones we had were but a teaser of what these three boys can do. They're great burgers, made with attention to detail and flavours and crafted beautifully. It certainly made burger junkies out of us. One of the best things here is that they steam their cheese to ensure maximum gooeyness and extra yumminess!
*They have opened a new outlet at Empire Damansara, by the way. More burgers for everyone!
Burger Junkyard will be featured on 'Burgernation', coming soon on Malaysia's first food channel, Fried Chillies Food Network, Channel 838, exclusively on HyppTV.