At home, I'm a simple foods kind of guy: oatmeal or Greek yogurt for breakfast, usually a wrap, salad or sandwich for lunch, then fish or chicken for dinner (at least that's what I always try to do!)
But when I'm on vacation, especially in Walt Disney World, I go by the rule that “calories don't count!” And even though my wife, kids, and I are usually there for a week at a time, I normally see how many cheeseburgers I can rack up on each trip. I'm a bit of a Disney burger fanatic and you can bet if I've been to that restaurant (and I've been to A LOT)
I've tried one of their burgers. From simple, run of the mill burgers to the fanciest-schmanciest (spell check let me get away with that!) burgers in Disney, I try them all. Let's take a look at the Best Burgers In Walt Disney World.
Peanut Butter & Jelly Burger – ESPN Club –
I've talked about this one on my blog before but there is something crazy and fun about ordering a burger with my favorite childhood sandwich stacked up inside it! The burger has gone through a few changes over the years (I miss the jalapeños!) but it's still fantastic and still something you have to try at least once! The peanut butter and jelly are on opposite buns, so they don't really get to hang out much until you take a bite. Don't be afraid, it sounds strange but don't knock it until you try it!
Surf & Turf Burger – Grand Floridian Cafe –
Okay, here's the official description of this burger, straight from the Walt Disney World site: “Angus Chuck Burger, Butter-poached Lobster, Red Onion Marmalade, and Arugula on a Brioche Bun with Chips.” Lobster. On. A. Burger. Do I need to explain even further why you absolutely need to try this one? Nope, I don't! Moving on.
French Dip Burger – Electric Umbrella –
When you're thinking of amazing food, the often-maligned (by Disney uber-fans, at least)
Electric Umbrella may not come to mind right away. The menu showcases some of the regular WDW staples: bacon cheeseburgers, chicken nuggets, salads; nothing crazy exciting. But the last time I went to this establishment this burger caught my eye while I was in line. I thought: I like burgers, I like a French Dip sandwich, I like crispy onion straws…I'm in! And man am I so glad I decided to give this one a try! To be completely honest, this was dinner after I had finished the Dopey Challenge earlier in the day (running 48.6 miles around WDW in 4 days)
so it may have scored a little bit higher for me based on the fact that I felt like I was starving, but still, it was fantastic! Don't let the neon lights of the Electric Umbrella turn you away, this burger/sandwich combo is worth a shot!
Surf & Surf Burger, Landscape of Flavors –
Disney's Art of Animation Resort's counter service/food court restaurant is known for some really cool and different menu options, and this one is no different! This burger almost didn't make my list because, as the name kind of implies, there's no red meat to be found! But it's still called a burger and with it being as delicious as it is, I had to include it. This one features a crab cake topped with popcorn shrimp, tomato, lettuce, and cajun remoulade. It's almost like a New Orleans Po' Boy with a crab cake stuffed into it! If seafood isn't your thing though and you find yourself asking “where's the beef?” while at Art of Animation, this location also offers a pretty delicious Patty Melt to get you your red meat fix!
Kobe Beef Burger – Yak & Yeti –
Here's the deal: I've had my fair share of Kobe Beef Burgers in my day. I've had some really good ones and some sub-standard ones, so when I decided to give this bad boy a try I was a little bit skeptical. Then I saw the $19.99 price tag, and actually felt a little bit better. Twenty bucks is a pretty steep price for a burger, even by Walt Disney World burger standards, so I figured it would have to be good, right?! Let me tell you something, my friends, it was outrageously good! This one comes topped with your choice of Asian Coleslaw or Shiitake Mushrooms and I chose the mushrooms (probably because I still miss the Pecos Bill Fixins' Bar over at the Magic Kingdom) and they topped the burger off perfectly! Since there's no cheese on this one it's topped with a sesame-soy mayonnaise that finished it off perfectly, and I am not a mayo fan at all. Everything just comes together perfectly on this burger so the next time you're thinking about checking out Yak & Yeti, skip the sushi and give this one a try!
In all honesty I could probably add ten more burgers to this list! Walt Disney World's restaurant menus have gotten so much bigger and bolder over the last ten years or so and there are so many fantastic burger options that it's hard to keep up with them all. Even though I mentioned some of my favorites, I'm sure I've missed quite a few burgers that you love. Please feel free to let me know how upset with me you are that I left your favorite off my list! Head over to my Facebook wall HERE
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