Delicious hamburgers all of different varieties take center stage on the menu at Burgerhaus Gourmet Hamburgers in Valparaiso, Indiana.
But what’s surprising is that this Porter County restaurant does alternatives to beef burgers — like an ahi tuna burger, a black bean burger and a portobello mushroom — just as well.
Burgerhaus Gourmet Hamburgers in Valparaiso
The idea to try Burgerhaus, a fairly new addition to the Valparaiso dining scene, came from a friend who is a regular and happy customer who noted that both me (a chooser of seafood or vegetarian options) and my dining companion (who chooses meat, meat or meat) would both leave satisfied.
I ordered The Kyoto, which is six ounces of ahi tuna with yuzu kosho mayonnaise, spring mix and honey-citrus soy-sesame vinaigrette on a brioche bun. I opted for a salad instead of the french fries.
My dining partner went with a hamburger (all of which are made with six ounces of custom-ground short rib, flat iron and chuck from Davis Creek Meats in Kalamazoo, Michigan). Her choice was The Aussie, a burger topped with bacon, American cheese, a fried egg, mayonnaise, lettuce and tomato. She got a side of fries which came in a tiny wire basket like fast food restaurant fry their fries in. She opted to pay extra for a gluten-free bun instead of the standard wheat bun.
Our server, Dani Landgrebe, went above and beyond, taking a smartphone photo of the gluten-free bun ingredients to make sure my dining partner was OK with the ingredients. Our server, who also works at Industrial Revolution Eatery & Grille in Valparaiso, won an Indiana Dunes Tourism Recognition of Service Excellence Award and the Indiana Hoosier Hospitality Award in 2013, deservedly so.
A Valparaiso, Indiana Burger Venue
Burgerhaus has a modern, intimate dining area with plenty of wood accents (we saw a lot of families with kids) and a small bar.
The restaurant features a burger of the month, like the one offered during our visit — The Methoni, a lamb burger with Kalamata mayo, arugula, feta cheese, caramelized onions and sun-dried tomatoes on a pretzel bun.
The regular menu has plenty of choices, including a turkey burger, a hamburger with pineapple and jalapeños, and a plain burger without any unusual topping combinations.
Any topping combination that can be put on a hamburger can also be put on a black bean burger or a grilled portobello cap, making Burgerhaus a place that can accommodate most eating preferences.
They even serve shakes made with Valparaiso-based Valpo Velvet ice cream. In the summer, you can enjoy it all on the outdoor patio.
Anyway, we both thought our meals were great and plan to return. The friend who recommended Burgerhaus just happened to arrive after us!
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