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A secret burger

A few weeks ago I received a rather intriguing tweet one evening when I was getting into bed (must have been about 9pm) from TGI Friday's, asking if I wanted to know a secret.  Being the inquisitive little imp I am, I immediately replied and they asked me to tell them one of my secrets over DM before they would let me in on theirs.  Of course I can't tell you what I told them, it wouldn't be a secret then, would it?

The secret that they'd been keeping close to their chests was that they were rolling out a brand new range of handcrafted burgers, but that the pièce de résistance was a secret burger, unlisted on their menu and only accessible by saying a code phrase when ordering in the restaurant.  With Tom and I both huge burger fans, we were eager to take on the mission and taste a burger that claims to be so special it isn't even on the menu.

Last weekend we headed to our local TGIs in Poole (Tower Park) to investigate.  I ordered a rather delicious cocktail to start with - their Canada Goose; Grey Goose vodka, Amaretto, cherry brandy, maple syrup, cranberry and citrus juices.  I think it goes without saying on seeing that ingredient list that it was incredible.

TGIs cocktail TGIs cocktail

Then came the moment we'd been waiting for - when our waitress approached our table we had to surreptitiously state "We'll have what Jack's having" - to which the waitress rather excitedly revealed that we were the first to order the secret burger and that she couldn't wait to bring it over.  TGIs PR team had let the restaurant know that we were coming for a review and the lovely manager came over and introduced herself, as well as introducing the Head Chef who'd be whipping up our burger.

When the burger was brought over I think it's fair to say that we couldn't wait to dig in to the deliciousness that clearly awaited us.  Being a closely guarded secret I'm not even 100% sure of all of the ingredients, but there was a brioche bun, full to the brim with tasty fillings - I'd guess at Monterey Jack cheese (or some kind of melted cheese), beef chilli, peppers, and crispy, caramelised onions.  Served with Jack Daniels sauce on the side and their trademark chips.  I think I'd eat most things if they were slathered in Jack Daniels sauce so I was excited to see a little pot of that on the side!

TGIs burger TGIs burger

There is nothing I can type here that will describe just how good this burger was.  Tom and I descended into indiscernible groans of food induced happiness - the tender and flavoursome meat, the melted cheese, the crispy onions, all fused together to create an unimaginably amazing taste sensation.  Now I've tried several of the fancy London burger joints that generate queues around the block, as well as having visited America several times and ordered countless burgers at burger joints there (as well as it being one of my most ordered items whenever we go out for dinner) - so I consider myself to be something of a burger connoisseur, and let me go ahead and make a very bold statement which I also shared with the Chef when he came to see us afterwards - "This was one of the best burgers I've ever eaten"

TGIs burger

Just looking at these photos is making me salivate a little in memory of just how good that burger was.  TGIs is a restaurant that we used to eat out a lot at when I was younger (it was always a frequent choice on birthdays when you were allowed to pick your birthday meal) but I must admit I haven't been there quite as often over the last few years.  I can honestly say that after not only this amazing burger, but the brilliant service, we will definitely be heading back there ASAP.

Next time you're in TGIs, you must order 'what Jack's having' - you won't be disappointed!

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21 comments

  1. I LOVE the idea .. but you lost me at chilli :p

    Chloe x
    newgirlintoon.co.uk

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    1. I don't like chilli actually, I'm not even sure that's what it was on the burger! It was just an extra delicious meatiness, trust me it was amazing! :) xo

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  2. Oh wow that looks amazing. I love JD sauce as well! Do you know if anyone can use the secret phrase? x

    Katy | Little Miss Katy

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    1. I think so yes - the waitress was excited that we were the first people to ask for the secret burger so I'm pretty sure anyone can! xo

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    2. YES. I know where I'm going this weekend! Thanks x

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  3. That sounds so fun! I'm not a huge burger fan, but that cocktail looks delicious!

    http://herheartisinparis.blogspot.co.uk/ x

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  4. I do quite like the idea of a secret code to order a burger and the photos look great, I'm just not convinced we live anywhere near one.

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  5. Oh my goodness!! I almost love the idea of saying 'I'll have what Jack's having' as much as I love the idea of eating that burger. I'm not a big TGI fan, but my husband is obsessed with their chicken wings, so he chooses TGIs whenever it's his turn to pick a place to eat. So I might actually suggest we head there sometime soon, just so I can ask for this.

    My local one is in Southampton, so fingers crossed they don't look at my like I'm a total loony!

    Victoria, x victoriachapman.co.uk

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  6. I do love my burgers with a hint of intrigue and a touch of 007, I'm sold!
    It does look absolutely delicious.
    M x Life Outside London

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  7. I love the fact that it's not on the menu and you need a code word, makes it so exciting! Haha :) it looks like an incredible burger.
    emmerliejay x

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  8. TGI birthdays were always the most memorable! I had my first Ben & Jerrys ice cream there so they've got a lot to answer for too... I wish there were more places that did secret off-menu dishes like this! xxx
    La Lingua : Food, Life, Love, Travel, Friends, Italy

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  9. Sounds like you had an amazing meal Rosie. I'm now extremely hungry after seeing the pictures of your burger, it really does look insanely awesome x

    holljc.blogspot.co.uk

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  10. aha this is genius, secret burgers! I'm so into this idea. I actually only went to TGI for the first time last month and I wasn't that amazed with it. Meal was ok and some nice beers but wasn't amazing. I'd go back to give this ago, as you say it's one of the best ever! Very bold of you. I'm well into burgers too, could eat them every day I think...

    Buckets & Spades

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  11. This sounds incredible, I need to get to TGI Fridays, stat!

    Maria xxx

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  12. WOW! I have to go to TGI's soon, just so I can order a meal with a secret code, such a cool idea!
    Chloe x
    www.chloelolabel.blogspot.co.uk

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  13. Aha I LOVE this idea of a secret offering! Shame I'm a veggie...

    ellenunderwater.blogspot.co.uk

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  14. What an exciting idea! I have no idea where our nearest may be though :( x

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  15. Ooooh my goodness!!
    What a scrumptious looking, sounding and oozey burger - get in my belly right now please!?
    x x x
    {The Lobster & Me}

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  16. HAHA your face in the last photo. You look so pleased with yourself! I don't think that there is any burger better than a SECRET BURGER. How mysterious and delicious.

    Kirsten | kirstenlearns.com

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  17. Oh my goodness I need to try this! I love TGIs and quite often have a burger there but this one looks to die for! x

    Leanne - A Slice of My Life

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  18. This burger looks SO good and what a good idea by their PR company! x

    www.amuchprettierpuzzle.com

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