Steve Milam, who along with his wife Bebee and son Cameron has the franchise for BurgerFi in Arlington, Texas, tells the story of how the Florida-based chain came to Arlington (Star-Telegram video by Robert Philpot) Robert Philpot rphilpot@star-telegram.com
Steve Milam, who along with his wife Bebee and son Cameron has the franchise for BurgerFi in Arlington, Texas, tells the story of how the Florida-based chain came to Arlington (Star-Telegram video by Robert Philpot) Robert Philpot rphilpot@star-telegram.com

Burgers

Attention! Arlington’s new BurgerFi passes inspection with burgers, custard shakes

By Bud Kennedy

bud@star-telegram.com

August 08, 2017 11:44 AM

ARLINGTON

The new burger in town has landed in Champions Park, and BurgerFi already seems familiar.

Maybe that’s because the Florida-based chain is inspired by the New York-based Shake Shack restaurant chain, down to the green color scheme, premium-beef burgers and hot-dogs-and-custard sides.

If you’ve gone to the Shake Shack location in Dallas or the similarly inspired Love Shack in Fort Worth, you know what to expect: a good, fresh, juicy burger, lots of combinations and a casual atmosphere.

BurgerFi takes the eco-friendly theme to a new level with tables and chairs made from old milk jugs and red Coca-Cola cases.

At the counter — also made from recycled material — you’ll find burgers with basic all-natural beef ($4.67 and up), a special wagyu-brisket blend double-cheese “CEO burger” ($9.97), or a house-made quinoa-veggie “VegeFi” blend ($7.17).

A “Conflicted” burger is a double cheese, but with one beef patty and one quinoa-veggie. That knocks it down to 871 calories, still slightly better than the CEO or the “Breakfast All Day” cheeseburger with bacon, a fried egg, hash browns and maple syrup. Yes, all on top.

(This location does not yet serve the Beyond Burger, the company’s experimental burger that tastes like meat but is made from beets and peas.)

The fries are fresh-cut, cooked in peanut oil (think Five Guys) with toppings such as a garlic-herb aioli (“urban style”), spicy chili or Cajun spice. There’s also a split-and-grilled Vienna beef hot dog ($3.97).

The vanilla or chocolate custard, shakes and concretes such as “Oh My Chocolate” (chocolate custard, chocolate syrup and brownies) are a big BurgerFi draw. For $5.57, the concretes are almost Big Gulp-sized, easily enough for a family to share.

BurgerFi has nested in the northwest corner of Champions Park, next to a Torchy’s Tacos that is to open next month. Go before the crowd, if it isn’t too late.

BurgerFi is open for lunch and dinner daily at 1807 N. Collins St., a block north of Interstate 30 near Wet N Wild Way; 682-238-3737, burgerfi.com.

Bud Kennedy: 817-390-7538, @EatsBeat. His column appears Wednesdays in Life & Arts and Fridays in DFW.com.

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