27 Oct Top Burger Joints in Cagayan de Oro That Will Leave You Burping with Satisfaction
From pizzerias to burger joints, Cagayanons sure know how to enjoy good food and they know which burger places to go to in search of those unique and flavorful meat buns. So if you’re the typical Cagayanon who easily tires from taking in all those bland Jollibee burgers or American tasting McDonald’s burgers, here’s hoping that our list of local burger joints in Cagayan de Oro will set you off on another burger food journey.
And just for enjoyment, here’s some trivia about the popular meat bun:
- The first use of meat placed between two bread buns was first started by the Roman Legionnaires during the expansion of the Roman Empire up to the 9th
- In the 12th Century the Mongol armies under Genghis Khan brought precut beef slices and placed them between two slices of bread to form meat buns so their soldiers could eat while on the march.
- The word “sandwich” is attributed to the English aristocrat John Montagu, 4th Earl of Sandwich, who preferred to eat sandwiches so he could play cards without soiling his fingers around 1765.
- The word “hamburger” is attributed to Hamburg, Germany where the first beef steaks and whole ground beef patties in between two slices of large bread buns where created and sold in restaurants around 1879.
- The first mass-produced burger and burger sandwich restaurant chain was invented by McDonald’s in the U.S. in 1940.
This cute and neighborly-atmosphere deli joint is located at the 3rd floor of the Ayala Centrio Mall beside the cinemas. It has come to be the unofficial symbol of a Cagayanon-created burger joint, though they also serve other types of sandwiches. However, if you haven’t yet tried out their Flat Iron Burger and other burger sandwiches on their menu, then you should as soon as you can take your eyes away from this article. Their burgers plus their unique fries and unique drinks make for a complete meal that will leave you (pardon us) burping with delight.
Chez Marie Bar Cafe and Restaurant
Chez Marie is a French-Italian inspired restaurant located at Grand Central. The restaurant name is derived from the French word, “Chez,” pronounced as “shey” which can mean “at the house of” or “at the place of.” Marie is the owner’s first name. So literally the name means “At The Home of Marie.” Many new customers unaccustomed to French pronunciations would literally read the “chez” as it is spelled. Their “Chez Marie burger” is one of their best-sellers. It’s patty is made of 100% pure beef with no extender. Come try it today!
Familiar with Pot Tate’s Diner in those Archie Comics? Well, this is what Chub’s Diner looks and feels like when you venture over to their joint along Corrales Avenue in front of Xavier University. They don’t just serve burgers, fries, and milkshakes; their burgers are served double the normal sizes. Their giant grilled burgers and double patty burgers such as their Shroomburger and Double Shroomburger will more than satisfy the hungriest Cagayanon. They’re also the only burger joint in the city that offers the Foot High Burger Challenge. This is a foot high burger filled with beef patties, cheese, bacon, onions, and even the fries in between two gigantic pieces of burger buns. The challenge part here is for a single person to finish off the foot high burger, the accompanying fries, and the glass of milkshake in 15 minutes or less. Accomplishing this will give you the meal for free and the winning eater gets his or her name placed on the Wall of Fame along with the other past winners.
Army Navy Burger
This burger joint on the 2nd floor of the Ayala Centrio Mall is reminiscent of the Quonset Huts prefabricated dining areas that the U.S. Army and Navy brought with them for rear areas during World War II. The burgers served as well in this burger joint is based on the burger meals served to American soldiers and sailors when doing rest and recreation (R & R) in the rear areas away from the battle front. For instance, their Double Burger containing two quarter pound beef patties was originally served to American soldiers while the Bully Boy Burger with triple quarter-pound beef patties is reminiscent of burger meals served to American sailors aboard warships and Liberty ships during World War II. Even their Classic Burger, paired with the Freedom Fries and Libertea will surely be more than enough as a meal that will leave any hungry Cagayanon more than satisfied.
Before burger pundits begin a revolution over this choice, try running over to their comfortable place at the Big Tree Arcade along Kauswagan Highway (look for a car wash in front of Resonance) and we dare you all to try their Spanish burger. That’s right, while we can discuss about American and Cagayanon influenced burger, we dare you to try their Spanish Rivale Burger with its caramelized onions, the only one of its kind in the city. Instead of fries, pair the burger with Croquetas de Pollo and one of their homemade drinks, and we guarantee you’ll have a hard time standing up after getting stuffed.
Isn’t this place popular for its Buffalo Chicken Wings? Yes it is, and we dare you to pair their chicken wings with their homemade burgers instead of ordering rice. They make the best homemade burgers on this side of town. They have a great place at the Great Spot Arcade along the J.R. Borja Extension Highway that’s conducive for family or friends gathering for a meal.
When you visit SM City Mall and Ayala Centrio Mall, try looking for the Bigby’s place if you’re ever craving over a burger. Once you sit down, order the Scuba Melt or Manhattan Burger Deluxe Sandwich with Cheese. You can also go for the Bistro Burger Cheesesteak Sandwich. Pair it with their Basket of Chips or any of the salad lineup along with one of the special drinks, and you’re in for a treat of a meal. We do recommend coming in really famished to truly savor the rich flavorful cooking that only comes from CDO’s premier cooking place, Bigby’s.
Cagayanons really love to eat and they really love their burgers as much as they love the next pizza or gourmet meal that comes along. Burger sandwiches have become part and parcel of the Filipino eating lifestyle and this can be clearly seen in Cagayan de Oro’s local burger joints. Some may even call them burgerias, a spinoff from pizzerias. But whether as a restaurant, joint, or burgerias, try out the burger places mentioned above and do feel free to leave your belt at home since your pants won’t need them.