I was feeling hungry tonight, and instead of my trying to cook something (you don’t want to see that happen) or head out to pick up some food I chose to cook up a BOCA Burger.
There is usally a pack of BOCA Original Vegan patties sitting in the freezer for the times when dinner prep seems like a major undertaking. They are really low fat (less than 1g) and a good source of protein and iron.
Being a lifelong meat eater I hadn’t even considered putting a BOCA burger anywhere near my mouth until a few years ago. However, since I was introduced to them I can’t say that they haven’t grown on me a little bit.
BOCA burgers can be prepared several ways (grill, skillet, or microwave) and are probably served best on a bun. I’m not vegan and I have no plans on becoming one so topping choices are wide open.
Today’s BOCA burger was microwaved (for convenience) and served on a bun with bleu cheese and ketchup.
Since I’ve already been through half of the current box, I guess it is a repeat item. I’m going to go out on a limb and say that everyone should keep some in their freezer for a quick and nutritious entree.
BOCA Foods Company
PO Box 8995
Madison, WI 53708
Just a quick intro. I was sitting in a Coffee Bean recently and wondered what I could blog about. I’m not a foodie in any sort of way, but I do love me a nice cheeseburger and some fries. My arteries don’t agree with this, but I only have one life.
I’m sure that I can draw a few readers out of the fellow burger lovers here in Southern California. I’ve eaten at several places already but I will do my best to make fresh visits so I can give all of you an idea of what makes this burgerholic tick. I’ll be headed to QSRs (Carl’s Jr., In-N-Out, etc…) and traditional restaurants.
If you have any suggestions for places for me to try (I’m still new to LA), feel free to leave me a comment.
I discovered Carl’s Jr. a little more than a year ago when I moved to California. Prior to moving I had only been in one Hardee’s restaurant about 90 minutes away from where I grew up. This particular Carl’s Jr is within walking distance of my house.
I have been a huge proponent of the Big Carl since its debut. I call it “elegance in simplicity”. It also happens to be the cheapest burger combo on the menu. ($1.99 for the burger, $4.39 for the combo.)
The Big Carl is pretty straightforward: two all-beef patties, lettuce, cheese, and special sauce on a sesame seed bun. Personally, I substitute ketchup for the sauce but I do hear that the sauce is delicious. The patties are the standard broiled patties we are used to seeing on the Famous Star and friends. A Six Dollar version would be nice, but at the same time excessive.
One minor issue with the burger. In all of the print and TV advertising it is pictured with a leafier lettuce that holds together better. I have only seen it served with iceberg lettuce. Don’t get me wrong, I have no problems with iceberg but it does throw off the symmetry a little bit.
Served today with fries and a Diet Coke. Carl’s Jr. makes some decent fries. Natural cut and also criss-cut. They suit my palate just fine, but I’m not here to critique the fries.
A few items for my Carl’s Jr. wishlist:
- Offer a ketchup pump/bottles in the dining room. I like ketchup on my fries but I don’t like opening packets. There is a can of Heinz Ketchup with a pump attached sitting on my kitchen counter.
- Faster dining room service. Tonight I got my food in about three minutes but there have been days where I have had to wait close to ten. This does vary between franchisees, though.
I’m not big into giving ratings, but if you want my opinion this is one burger worth stopping in for.
7649 Van Nuys Blvd
Van Nuys, CA 91405
I’ve never been really big into exotic toppings on my burgers. I tend to keep things simple: meat, cheese, condiments. I have never put mayonnaise or onions on anything and I have no plans to do so in the future. Recently, I have experimented with a variety of cheeses primarily because I eat Boca burgers at home and need something to add a little flavor. I won’t touch many of the “secret” sauces that are offered with many burgers simply because they are mayo based. (In-N-Out: I’m sure the spread is delicious. It’s not you, it’s me.)
So, what do I put on my burgers?
-Meat (burger patty)
-Cheese (traditionally American, but I’m open)
-Pickles (depends on the restaurant)
-Meat toppings (bacon and such)
-Mustard (depends on the mood and restaurant)
For those of you out there who say there is no place for ketchup on a burger I implore you to reconsider.