Build-a-burger at Union Burger

The newest restaurant on campus, Union Burger, is a fun, build-a-burger restaurant.

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Union Burger has replaced the Mexican-food restaurant, Caliente, in the Student Union. Photo credit: Jay Guzman

In the Student Union, students may have noticed that the old Mexican-food restaurant, Caliente, was replaced with a new burger joint. Union Burger opened at the beginning of the fall semester.

Customers get to choose between in-house baked artisan bun, gluten-free bun or opt for a lettuce wrap. For the patty, there are the options for Angus beef, chipotle black bean or grilled chicken breast. After choosing the two main parts, add-ons begin. Cheddar, swiss or pepper jack are the three options for cheeses; other add-ons include onions, lettuce, sauteed peppers, sauteed mushrooms, jalapenos, bacon and guacamole.

Sauces include ranch, mustard, house-made ketchup, BBQ sauce, mayo and relish.

For the review, I chose an artisan bun with chicken breast, pepper jack cheese, guacamole, lettuce and mushrooms. The bread was soft and fresh and the mushrooms had to be my favorite part of the sandwich. The meal was fresh overall; it didn’t quite have that homemade taste but definitely didn’t have too much of a fast-food or restaurant-style taste.

All burgers come with a drink and jojo potato fries. The fries were my favorite part of the meal, hands down. Maybe it’s because I could eat fries all day, but I really did think these fries were delicious and had the perfect seasoning.

The meals are $8 — with the exception of the Seawolf Burger, which is $11 — and are perfect for students who want to use a meal block. My meal was $9 because, as we all know, guac is extra.

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Overall, it was a good meal. If I go back, I’d be sure to get an extra bowl of fries. 3/5.