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Great milkshakes at Z-Burger, but not so good onion rings

I was feeling “blah” and totally bored (Dog Days of Summer?) so Dad drove me down to White Marsh and we went to Z-Burger.

Z-Burger is like a Five Guys or a Gino’s or a In-N-Out. I think Z-Burger is a local chain (DC-Batimore area) with just a few restaurants. But it’s kinda the same as the others.

Dad says these places are still “fast food” but a little bit fancier and with slightly better ingredients. Then he usually complains about how much they cost! Hey, Dad… thats why I let YOU pay 🙂

I ordered a single cheeseburger with lettuce and tomato. Side order of half fries, half onion rings. And a strawberry milk shake.

The burger was OK. Not great. Not awful. Just average. I would award it a score of 5.5 out of 10.

The fries were good. They were nice and crispy. The onion rings… yuck… not so good! They had too much batter. I threw most of them away because they were really not good to eat.

The milkshake was made with ice cream and this is something that Z-Burger does really well. We sometime stop here just to get milkshakes. You might have to wait a long time on a hot day, but they are GOOD!

I would recommend Z-Burger if you are shopping in the White Marsh area. The burgers are OK. But don’t get the onion rings.


Gino’s Giant Burger is my new Aberdeen, MD favorite!

Gino's AberdeenGino’s opened in Aberdeen today!

It is located at 1013 Beard’s Hill Rd, just down from Olive Tree (awesome local Italian restaurant) and across the street from Tractor Supply Co. (where we buy our dog food). It’s in a brand new building and it’s a great location.

There is a paved area outside that looks like it will be used for seating in the summer (today’s temperature was 12 °F which is TOO COLD!). I’m looking forward to sitting outside on a summer evening drinking strawberry malts.

Strawberry shakeSpeaking of strawberry shakes… that’s the first thing I ordered. It was thick and creamy and came with a fantastic straw that didn’t collapse under pressure. There was also a long spoon so that I could scoop out the last delicious drops from the bottom of the glass.

Dad ordered a vanilla malt. Mom will probably make him drink weak tea and organic spring water for the rest of the week. He didn’t have to order one. He could have said no. He has absolutely no willpower.

Gino's GiantI ordered a Gino’s Giant. It is Gino’s signature burger. There are 2 quarter pounder patties making it an amazing half pound burger! The patties are topped with American cheese, lettuce, pickles and “secret sauce.”

Want to know what’s in the secret sauce? I think all special/secret/signature sauces are pretty much the same aren’t they?

The burger was excellent! Super excellent! Super amazing excellent! I think it is officially the best burger in Aberdeen, Maryland! (Sorry, Mamies!) The cheese was nicely melted, there was not too much lettuce, the pickles were crisp, and there wasn’t too much sauce (I don’t like sloppy burgers!)

Dad did not order a burger. He was too busy pretending that his vanilla malt had zero calories. When he gets home Mom will make him eat a salad. It sucks to be old.

Fries & Onion RingsI ordered a mixed basket of french fries and onion rings.


The onion rings were fresh onion (not the mushed-up kind) and had a light coating of crumbs. They were seasoned with salt and pepper and were really yummy. You know those nasty cheap onion rings that seem like they’re all breadcrumbs with a tiny sliver of onion inside? These are NOT those. These were fantastic. Even Dad had some. In fact, he had a lot. About half. I’ll see if he admits that to Mom.

I award this burger a score of 8.5 out of 10. It was delicious.

If you’re in the Aberdeen, MD area then definitely stop by. (Actually… if you’re driving on I-95 in Maryland then Gino’s is just 5-minutes from Exit 85.)

Mouthwatering MaGerk’s Burger

I visited MaGerk’s Pub in Bel Air with Mom and Dad. I ordered the Western Burger which their menu describes as an “Angus burger topped with cheddar cheese, our beer battered onion rings, jalapenos, BBQ sauce.” 

MaGerk's Western BurgerThe burger patty was pretty good. I think it is one of the best in the Bel Air area. The onion rings were nice and crispy. They were made with real onion and not the minced-up onion like you get at fast food restaurants. The fries were thick and salty. They tasted good, even though Mom says they were unhealthy for me.

I would normally expect to see bacon on a “western” style burger, but this one was OK without it. I asked for my jalapenos “on the side” because I did not know how many they would put onto the burger. This is a good plan in my opinion. Jalapenos are tricky. You need to keep control over your jalapenos.

I award this burger 8 points out of a possible 10. It is tied with the Sean Bolan’s burger that I reviewed in August. I said the Sean Bolan burger would have scored 8.5 or 9 points if it had a couple of slices of thick Irish bacon on it. I think this MaGerk’s burger would also score 8.5 of 9 points if it had a few slices of hickory or applewood smoked bacon on it.

The BEST PART of the entire visit to MaGerk’s was when Dad dropped an entire tub of Caesar salad dressing over his pants. He was covered in salad dressing. It was all over him, all over the seat, all over his shoes, all over the floor, and all over the table. Real smooth, Dad!

(Dad says this proves that salad is dangerous and that Mom should let him eat more burgers.)

Bull on the Beach? In BAMD not OCMD :)

I went to Bull on the Beach in Churchville, Maryland with Mom & Dad. It is nice and close to the baseball field where my team practices. It was the team’s last practice of the year. Our season goes on for longer than the MLB – we don’t finish until November!

I ordered the Bull Burger with lettuce, tomato, cheddar cheese and a pot of BBQ sauce on the side. I had fries, but I was able to steal some of Mom’s onion rings!

The photo is not great because it is Dad’s phone camera. Sorry about that. He needs to get a better phone. (STOP STEALING MINE!)

The burger was OK. It was booked over a flame grill and had a nice smokey taste. The burger patty was definitely cooked from frozen, not fresh (Mom & Dad sampled a pinch & they agreed it was a frozen patty). But I think the flame grilled taste helped boost the burger from “blah!” to “yeah!”

You can see in the photo that they also gave me a tub of mayonnaise on the side. Do I look French? Do I sound Canadian? This is Harford County, Maryland! I am surprised there is not a law in the county banning mayonnaise. I might write to the county council and ask them to do it.

I award this burger a score of 6.5 out of 10. It was better than average because of the nice flame grilled taste. If they wanted these burgers to be even better then they would use fresh meat instead of frozen patties. That could easily make them score 7 or 8 out of 10.

Bull on the Beach has its main locations in Ocean City, Maryland. I like Ocean City because it is Maryland’s beach town. When you visit “OCMD” you have to cross the bridges over to the Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake Bay which is miles & miles of flat farmland. Then you come to the coastal wetland and sand dunes and the big Atlantic Ocean beaches.

My Dad says that during the winter there are only 5,000 people living in Ocean City, but during the summer it becomes the second largest city in Maryland with over 300,000 people. That’s a lot of people!

Bombay Curry Veggie Burger

I like American burgers and I like Indian curry. That’s because my Mom is American and my Dad is English. (He says the national food of England s curry, not fish and chips!) So when we saw these Dr. Praeger’s Bombay Curry Veggie Burgers on sale at Seven Mile Market it was a “no brainer” that we tried them.

They are 4 frozen burgers in each packet and you can cook them from frozen. Ingredients include carrots, onions, oat bran, soybeans, etc. They contain no meat products at all. Dad says this means they are “vegan” not “vegetarian.”

Dad made one of his salads (he’s getting quite good at those) and some Alexia onion rings (the best onion rings you can make at home) and we grilled the curry burgers under the broiler (I have no idea what a broiler is, but Dad says that’s what we used). When we were at the grocery store I picked out some nice Italian bread buns to serve the burgers on. Mom and Dad put mayonnaise on theirs (the always do this with veggie burgers), but I had mine plain. I do not like mayonnaise. I think I have mentioned that in my blog before. ABOUT FIVE HUNDRED TIMES!

Here is a photo of my burger. It actually tasted pretty good. I like Indian food and the burger had all the yummy curry flavors that I wanted. It was not too hot. In fact it was quite mild. I can eat hot curries because I am used to them (thanks, Dad!). You could make the burger hotter by mixing up a curry sauce or a curry ketchup. If you like HOT curry then you should do this.

The big problem with this burger was that it was crunchy on the outside but soft on the inside. It was too soft to be called a burger. Burgers should be thick and have a firm inside that you can really bite into. This wasn’t so good.

I award this “burger” a score of 6 out of 10 for flavor (I would make a hot ketchup to spice it up next time) and only 4 out of 10 for it’s contents (it was just too soft). It’s average score is 5 out of 10.

I would recommend this “burger” to vegetarians and to people who want to try something different. If you like pure burgers made of meat then this is probably not something you will like.

Rodeo Burger Roundup

Today I went to Burger King. I know, I know,  you’re probably thinking ” this kid is NUTS!” and that’s exactly what my Mom said.

Well, the reason I went was to try their Rodeo Burger. I wanted to try it because my blog is called Burger Rodeo and a burger with a similar name was something I had to try.

The Rodeo Burger is now ” officially” called the BBQ BK TOPPERS Burger. I don’t know when they changed the name,  but my Dad (and Wikipedia) said it used to be called the Rodeo Burger. The burger is a basic BK cheeseburger with Western fixins. These are 3 crispy onion rings and BBQ sauce. It wasn’t displayed on the menu board, but when I asked for it they knew what it was and made it for me.


The bun was squashed and doughy. The patty was dry and the only flavor came from salt. The onion rings were overcooked. The BBQ sauce was the best part. Maybe what this burger needs is a couple of strips o’ bacon.

I award this burger 3 out of 10. If it wasn’t for the BBQ sauce it would have been 2.

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