Review: Killer Burger, Bingen, Washington: One Kick Ass Burger!

Jan 8, 2012 by     9 Comments    Posted under: Fast Food Reviews, Restaurants, Reviews, Washington

I recently spent Christmas with family and friends in the beautiful Columbia River Gorge in southern Washington. The beauty of that place is unlike any other in the country. But my friend Justin introduced me to a new local beauty, a kick ass burger joint in Bingen Washington. Who knew such an awesome burger could come out of a small rural logging town? Introducing, Killer Burger:

Killer Burger in Bingen Washington

Killer Burger in Bingen Washington

Killer Burger Kitchen

Killer Burger Kitchen

Killer Burger, Bingen, Washington Menu

Killer Burger Menu

Killer Burger Menu

OK, let me first say that any burger joint that includes BACON with all of their burgers can’t be bad. Just saying. But Killer Burger actually put some thought into offering an assortment of fantastic classics, as well as a couple unique show stoppers, like their Peanut Butter Pickle and their Marine.

The Marine is covered with Ghost Peppers, so there’s probably a lot of wisdom in the menu sign saying “Don’t order this!” as I’m sure it will lead to massive heartburn and bad restroom experiences.

It should also be noted that all of their burgers come with unlimited fries. Sometimes this restaurant gimmick results in bad fries, but Killer Burger’s fries are actually really good. Crispy on the outside, soft on the inside, perfectly salted, beautifully colored, all around great fry. Frozen, not fresh, but tasty all the same.

Killer Burger is open for lunch and dinner. But they also have a later afternoon happy hour featuring their Classic Burger and their Peanut Butter Pickle Bacon Burger for $2 off. Great deal if you can wait until after 2:00. We could, so we ordered one of each.

The Peanut Butter Pickle Bacon Burger at Killer Burger

Killer Burger Peanut Butter Pickle Bacon Burger

Killer Burger Peanut Butter Pickle Bacon Burger

Good heavens! What the hell was this thing? It looked like a burger, smelled like a burger, and ate like a burger, but tasted like something that is hard to describe. Don’t get me wrong, it was freaking delicious! But a good ol’ American burger? No. More like a peanut butter and pickle sandwich (which I love by the way) crossed with a cheeseburger with a little added sweet dessert thrown in. Let’s discuss the burger component first:

  • Killer Burger really does an exceptional job with their patties. They have a fantastic rich beef flavor, and grill them to a caramelized perfection. They are extremely moist, and are seasoned perfectly with salt and pepper.
  • Their buns are pretty good too, though they could be better with a denser dough, but they also grill these to get them nice and toasty. Don’t mind the occasional over-toasting; the extra caramelized crunch just adds to the rest of the burger.
  • Killer Burger’s house spread is good too. It looks like it’s going to be a very heavy mayo spread, but it is actually very lite and mild. I’m guessing it is a mixture of mayo and sour cream. Good stuff.
  • And then there’s the bacon. That sweet sweet bacon (sweet as in great, not sugary). I’m sorry, but bacon is of the Gods and should be on every burger no matter what. Thank you Killer Burger for understanding this! And thank you for cooking it perfectly crispy yet soft.

Now let’s talk about the Peanut Butter Pickle aspect:

  • I’ve heard of peanut butter burgers before, but haven’t had one like this. The concept is rather genius, the execution pretty good. The peanut butter sauce was very thick, and I’m sure added an extra 400 calories I didn’t need, but well worth the adventure.
  • Killer Burger’s secret peanut butter sauce is something they hold sacred. I asked the staff if my suspicions about its ingredients were true, but they said they could never tell me. Though the surprised look on their faces led me to believe I was hitting pretty close to home. I’m pretty sure it is made with crunchy peanut butter, honey, a touch of salt, and chipotle peppers. I’ll play around with this in my kitchen and do a post once I have it perfected. The sauce was good, but was a bit too sweet and rich. So much so that I had a hard time finishing the burger. It was this sweetness that turned the burger into, well, not a burger. I left feeling uncertain of what I just ate, but glad I ate it. What an odd conundrum.
  • The pickles were nice and crunchy, and blended well with the peanut butter. If you haven’t had peanut butter and dill pickles together before, you really should give it a try. There is this cool salt, vinegar, sweet crunch thing that happens when they combine, which is truly unique. I really enjoyed it on this burger.
Killer Burger Peanut Butter Pickle Bacon Burger Close Up

Killer Burger Peanut Butter Pickle Bacon Burger Close Up

Killer Burger Classic Burger

So having a crazy over-the-top burger may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but never fear, Killer Burger has plenty of standard burger options for you. My buddy ordered the Classic Burger and gave me a taste. Seriously, this is a perfect burger. They really do do a fantastic job on their patties, buns, sauce, and the rest. Classic bacon cheeseburger at its finest.

My buddy Justin knew what he was doing and I’m grateful he introduced me to Killer Burger. Look how proud he is to be sharing it with me:

Killer Burger Patron Justin Black

Killer Burger Patron Justin Black

Concluding Review of Killer Burger in Bingen, Washington

They named the joint correct…..killer burgers. More please.

The Bald Gourmet explores unique burger offerings at Killer Burger in Bingen, Washington.

9 Comments + Add Comment

  • I’m a Alaskan girl who LIVES for a good burger!!
    I so happened to discover Killer Burger in Portland a few years back on a vacation down to Oregon to see the family.
    Now every single time I find myself anywhere remotely close to a killer burger I am obligated to go. Last time I went I finally got the courage up to get a peanut butter burger. I am beyond happy I did!! I have ordered almost every burger on their menu and hands down the peanutbutter pickle burger is the best!! It’s been over a year since I’ve made a Vista but lucky me will be enjoying the sweet bliss of peanut butter goodness in less than 2 weeks!!

  • So did you figure out their Peanut butter sauce?

    • Not detailed just yet, but I’m pretty sure it is peanut butter, honey, and a bit of chipotle peppers.

      • My friend was a manager and he didn’t give amounts, but he said it was PB, Brown Sugar, White Sugar, evaporated milk, chipotle powder/flakes, and grill on oil. Small amounts of water can be used to thin out.

        • Thanks Tristan! I was close but missed the evaporated milk. Thanks for sharing!

  • Oh, Thanks a lot! Now I have to drive to Nowhere Washington cause I must have one of these burgers.

    • They have one in Portland also ;)

      • Just had a Black Molly today at the Sellwood Killer Burger…yum! The fires were good too (not quite as good as Five Guys fries but close)

  • Great review! Being gluten intolerant, I order my killer burgers without the bun, and they are still delicious, served on a bed of lettuce. I appreciate that the ground beef and bacon are of such good quality, and you are spot on about the fries!

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