Wahlburgers: Jaclyn Shouts: “YAAASS!” Martha Says: “Calm Down. But Also: Yes.”

Jaclyn’s Pick:

132 Brookline Ave.
Boston, MA 02215
Fare: Burgers
Cost: $35 for two drinks and two burgers
Reservations: Not needed

Greetings Eaters and Readers!

Martha and I recently traveled East to the beautiful, thriving city of Boston. There were a lot of desires on our to-do list, but the one thing we had to do — no exceptions — was to eat at Wahlburgers. (Insert Martha’s slight eye roll here.)

In case you haven’t heard, Wahlburgers is coming to the Midwest. Thanks to Mark Wahlberg and his new partnership with Hy-Vee, you’ll not only see one in Omaha, but 25 other locations throughout Hy-Vee’s 8 states. Plus, Hy-Vee Market Grilles will feature the Wahlburgers menu. (Read more about the partnership here.)

Get excited, you guys. Because it’s damn delicious.

Our Burger & Onion Rings – $7.95 | Wachusett Blueberry – $6.25

I was in the mood for a plain burger, which lead to my choice of the Our Burger. It had your typical cheese, lettuce, tomato, pickles and came topped with Wahl sauce – all stacked inside a lightly toasted bun.

Martha will surely make fun of my reaction for the rest of my days… (Martha here. Confirmed – I will. With love, of course.) …but two seconds after my first bite, I pretty much shouted, through foody chewing, “I LOVE IT!” and proceeded to chow down the rest in a matter of minutes. When I finished, I looked up at her and said, “I don’t think I’ve ever eaten a burger so fast in my life.”

I loved how the burger was cooked just right. And the crunch of the housemade pickles. And the “government” cheese (as the menu describes it.) The Wahl sauce was zesty but subtle. The bun was soft, but not soggy — we all know how important this is to a great burger. I can’t say there was anything “special” about this burger, really. It was just so good.

Your choice of sides are onion rings, tater tots, sweet potato tots and Yukon gold fries. I chose the onion rings, which were thin, crispy, well-seasoned and loaded to the top of the basket. I couldn’t finish them, but I made a sizable dent.

To wash it all down, I had a refreshing, local Wachusett Blueberry. It came served with a handful of fresh blueberries that stayed at the bottom of the glass (minus that rogue one you see in the picture). It was packed full of blueberry flavor and I quite enjoyed it.

Martha worked really hard at nailing my feet and expectations to the ground. And even trying to keep herself reasonable and impartial, she had to admit – every bite of her Donnie’s Favorite burger was delicious. Growing up, Donnie was Martha’s favorite NKOTB member and she couldn’t pass up the opportunity to see if his fave was just as dreamy and handsome and sexy and bad bo…err…delicious.

Donnie’s Fave: BBQ Bacon Burger & Sweet Potato Tots – $8.95 | Seasonal Sangria – $7.25

A scrumptious take on the BBQ bacon burger, Donnie’s favorite is garnished with white cheddar, bacon, fresh jalepenos, housemade BBQ sauce and avocado spread. Martha says she can’t deny it: Wahlburgers succeeds at being more than just Hollywood hype and some pretty faces. And with a nod to Chef Paul – the food is as pleasing to the tongue as the Wahlbergs are on the eyes. In fact, the only way these burgers could improve would be to have them delivered table side by Donnie or Mark or Paul or even Alma. And while Martha wants to emphasize it wasn’t the best, most amazing thing she ate in her beloved Boston, she concedes: the pretty faces and famous names might get you in the door but the food holds its own to win you over and nab that return visit.

We’re sorry to say we were too full to top off our meal with one of their signature milkshakes. But we promise to get them next time … because there will be a next time. And another next time. And another.

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Martha and Jaclyn

Feature image credit: Business Insider
Martha’s meal credit: Yelp & EatUpNewEngland

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