Leander, TX has officially arrived. This Saturday, Burger Central celebrated its grand opening. What makes Burger Central so special? Quality.
All their burgers come from grass-fed cows that have been certified Animal Welfare Approved. The patties are hand-shaped and seasoned in the Burger Central kitchen, where they’re grilled to order. What’s not to love?
Granted, most diners only care about eating a good tasting burger. Thankfully, Burger Central has plenty of those. They’ve got an extensive menu featuring all kinds of titillating combinations: blue cheese burgers, barbecued burgers with grilled onions and mushrooms, even the infamous Ghost Burger featuring a signature sauce made from the world’s hottest pepper (my husband’s favorite!).
Saturday’s grand opening couldn’t have been more fun. While we waited for our order, young men dressed handsomely in prim white hats passed out a never ending array of free samples. Complimentary treats included bottles of Stewart’s Root Beer and Cream Soda, scoops of Blue Bell Ice Cream, freshly popped corn, sweet potato fries, and sliders which were mini-versions of the burgers on their menu. The kids also enjoyed playing on a giant inflatable slide & getting their face painted by Shortcake the clown.
Burger Central’s owner, Tracy Gunther has done her best to build the highest quality burger around. With the help of her husband Andrew, the program director for the Animal Welfare Approved certification system (arguably the most rigorous and progressive third party certification program in the nation), Tracy has been able to source beef that’s “beyond organic.” And, in as much as the pair is able to, they are finding and using local sources of food to supply the new restaurant.
You’ll notice the difference in the details: the handmade buns coming from a bakery out of Houston, the sliced tomatoes that actually taste like tomatoes rather than cardboard, the delectable all-beef burgers, and the homemade blends of spices and dressings.
So, if you’re in the Austin/Cedar Park/Leander area, swing by Burger Central and check them out. They’re reasonably priced, friendly, and open daily from 11am to 9pm at 1005 South Highway 183.
Now, I just need to get them to fry their homemade french fries, sweet potato fries, and onion rings in tallow instead of veggie oil!