I’ve always had this thing about focus. When I have my midlife crisis, it might be about starting a business that makes, say, stair risers, or nothing but chocolate ice cream. I’m not sure what it is that attracts me to that kind of thing – maybe I’ve been following too many people on Twitter or something.

Anyway, this is one of the appeals of Basically Burgers, at 12 West State Street in Doylestown: Focus. You go here when you’re in the mood for a burger, or two. You can build your own burger (of up to four patties), or choose from a variety of burger styles, from a basic burger, to a ranch to a Buffalo Bill. If you’re not a big meat eater, they offer veggie burger, a vegan burger, a black bean burger, salmon burgers, ostrich burgers… you get the idea. Just because they stick to their burgers doesn’t mean they don’t have variety. Prices range from $1.75 for a mini-bite to $8.99 for a Taste of Italy two-patty burger, though you could go higher if you went nuts with the add-ons. And that might be tempting. Check out the menu here.

I had a black and bleu burger, which has bleu cheese wrapped in grass-fed, Pennsylvania-raised beef before cooking (I was going to say “Twinkie-style,” but that would be wrong), with sweet potato fries on the side. I ordered it rare, and it came rare. Nodding to Dr. Atkins, I had the burger naked – without a bun – but they happily served it on lettuce and tomato, though I can’t help but grumble about the tomatoes being big-farmed, meaning vague in color and taste. That’s always a shame around here, but on the other hand, it is early in the season. (All the beef here, by the way, is hormone- and antibiotic-free).

I can tell already Basically Burgers is going to be the battlefield between me and Dr. Atkins this summer. First of all, their burgers are too good to eat naked. I’m going to have to get them on a bun. (Note I said “them” – no single patties for me.) Second, they make milk shakes, and you just know a place that takes burgers so seriously is going to put that kind of energy into milk shakes, too. So, I’m going back pretty soon, once the weather’s just a tad warmer, so the good doctor and I can have it out.

Updated April 18 to correct the beef is not Black Angus.
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3 Responses to Focused on Burgers

  1. Mike M says:

    Lynne, Mark –

    I’ve been visiting Basically Burgers for lunch regularly since I was turned on to this place a few months ago by a friend. I was pleased to see that you decided to review this restaurant, and I highly recommend Basically Burgers to anyone that enjoys a good, old-fashoned, hand-made, quality burger, made from good honest ingredients, prepared however you like. Wes and Jay are like Emeril when it comes to burgers.

    If you like your burger with a little zip, I recommend the ‘six alarmer’. If you like Mexican food try the ‘taco burger’ (you’ll need a fork and knife for this one).

    Mike M

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