Product Reviews, Restaurant Reviews and Recipes: All GLUTEN FREE!
Eating out for Burgers is a challenge when you’re a Coeliac. Either you need to find a Burger Joint that caters for Coeliacs (such as Honest Burger with branches in central London and whom offer both GLUTEN FREE Burger Buns, GLUTEN FREE Fries and even GLUTEN FREE Onion Rings or Ed’s Diner who also offer GLUTEN FREE Hot Dogs, GLUTEN FREE Burgers and GLUTEN FREE Fries), travel Internationally (and discover GLUTEN FREE MacDonald’s in The Netherlands with GLUTEN FREE Buns) or make a dangerous decision: You’ll go somewhere who offers a GLUTEN FREE Bun but without any Fries (such as the chain GBK as they cook them with their Onion Rings and therefore do not claim them to be GLUTEN FREE) or you go somewhere who offer neither a GLUTEN FREE Bun or GLUTEN FREE Fries (such as Byron) but there is now a new choice: You go somewhere where you can have Fries (such as Five Guys) and accept no GLUTEN FREE Bread is offered.
According to Forbes, Five Guys is the fastest growing Burger Chain in the world at the moment. Founded by Jerry Murrell in 1986, they pitch higher-quality burger restaurant with “No Freezers on site” and a mix of company-owned outlets as well as franchised stores in North America, Canada and now the UK. The Menu is on display and they have a detailed allergen information sheet which clearly outlines that Bread Buns contain GLUTEN! (I had done my research and knew that was the case) but the burgers, bacon and most of the toppings are GLUTEN FREE. Indeed, they offered to serve it “naked” or in a “Lettuce Wrap” which actually made it a lighter meal.
I opted for a “Bacon Cheeseburger in a Lettuce Wrap” and then the hard decision: what topping to have?! They offer A.1 sauce, BBQ sauce, Green peppers, Grilled Mushrooms, Grilled onions, Hot sauce, HP sauce, Jalapeno peppers, ketchup, Lettuce, Mayo, Mustard, Onions, Pickles, Relish & Tomatoes (at no additional charge). And of course, as these are freshly made, these can be selected /deselected as you choose.
I went for Grilled Onions, Cheese, Pickles and Mayo and was a little surprised that the Mayo wasn’t in the burger (but in a small plastic tub) inside the bag. It was a nice mix with the burger making it light without the bread and the contrasting pickles and grilled onions added some saltiness. I of course, added Mayo into the burger and used the plastic utensils to eat it. And we shared a large portion of fries (which was two cups full of fries). These had been salted and I have to comment that these were very salty!
Another amazing feature of Five Guys is their Coca-Cola Freestyle Drinks machines: Described as “Choose from 100+ drinks or create your very own mix with the freestyle mobile app. Infinite possibilities.” It was truly a great experience!
I don’t do Coke products any more (as I find caffeine can be a challenge) but have always loved my Fanta: and of course they offer the still drinks with a multitude of fruit flavours.
I finally choose the Peach Still Fanta and it was a lovely sweet drink: yes it’s just sugar and water but I did also try the Strawberry Still Fanta (which was a little too sweet) as well as the Lemon Still Fanta! I think they need to install these machines everywhere!
So a great GLUTEN FREE Burger Meal (with the Lettuce Wrap, GLUTEN FREE Fries and of course my Freestyle Coca-Cola Drink.
Other GLUTEN FREE Burgers reviewed on my blog include Ed’s Diner (Coeliac UK accredited restaurant chain), McDonalds in The Netherlands, Honest Burgers, GBK, Byron Burgers (all in the UK) as well as BareBurger (in the USA).
If you are a member of Coeliac UK, they list out their Accredited restaurants as well as produce a Comprehensive Directory which covers over 16,000 food and drink items (available in a paper-based Manual and online FREE to members of Coeliac UK)
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This information was correct as at publishing in July 2016.