Every major burger chain in the whole world is coming to Manila, and we know exactly why. The market is ripe for these burger monsters to sweep them off their feet. Following CaliBurger and Triple Os, TEDDYs BIGGER BURGERS arrives in Manila, creatingquite a big entrance in the metro. This attests to the growing burger-milkshake-fries trend here in the Philippines. There’s nothing simple about it, but certainly is becoming mainstream.
I am very much curious how Teddy’s Bigger Burgers will perform here in the country, especially since it will brought into the country by High Jap Group, the proprietors behind SumoSam led by Marvin Agustin and Ricky Laudico, Akira, Banzai, Mr. Kurosawa, and Balboa. Established in 1998 by Ted Tsakiris and Rich Stula, Teddys Bigger Burgers have 11 locations in Hawaii, Washington, Iowa, and pretty soon open more branches across United States including Fullerton, California and Texas. The Philippines is their second brand in Asia after Japan, where Teddy’s Bigger Burgers is quite respectably known.
Teddys Bigger Burgers performs better than Triple O’s in TripAdvisor, and many have acclaimed to their huge, huge burgers that make them bigger and better. And we are just as curious. Will Teddy’s Bigger Burger ever replicate that huge fame here in Manila?
Awarded multiple times as The Best of Honolulu and People’s Choice in the Hawaii state, Teddy’s Bigger Burgers takes its pride in 100% cornfed ground chuck made-to-order burgers, plus with its special tangy sauce, it hopes to create a difference in our everyday burgers. I am a bit partial with the price, hoping it will have a lower price compared to Triple Os Philippines to accommodate the demands of the market. Perhaps this is one of their key learnings. And of course, Teddys Bigger Burgers have thick milkshakes to accompany your huge burger, as well as potato tots and beer battered onion rings. Sounds gourmet-licious.
Don’t forget, we have the locally owned 8 Cuts Burger Blends by Burger Bar who is currently in the burger scene, and is quite a crowd favorite.
First Look at TEDDYs BIGGER BURGERS in Manila
I was at Tokyo the day Teddy’s Bigger Burgers held a private event to showcase their huge 5 oz burgers, but my good friend Matthew Quimba who is quite a cook and photographer himself covered the event. I take his enthusiasm for these burgers coming from a non-burger fan makes Teddy’s Bigger Burgers quite something and mouthwatering delicious!
Teddys Bigger Burgers has this surfboard theme, with surfboards all over the place. It’s extreme Hawaii. On these surfboards are the actual sizes of their burgers in 5oz, 7oz and 9oz sizes. That’s quite big and humongous.
TEDDYs BIGGER BURGERS Manila Menu
Teddys Bigger Burgers has a whole line of simple, American food, from burgers to milkshakes to buffalo wings and fries. It’s comfort food that makes it approachable, though prices can be a little steep on the side.
At solo, just ala carte burger, the cheapest would be around P265, a combo taking you to P365. If you’re a big eater, the Monster Burger which is stuffed with double patties is available in 10oz, 14oz, and 18oz.
Teddy’s Original – P265
Teddy’s Original, the basic burger, is packed with 100% corn fed US Angus Beef Burgers that aren’t stuffed with extenders, fillers, tofu or onion. Made with 80% lean meat and 20% fat, it’s a great balance in a burger that we are all looking for. Teri Special Sauce makes Teddys Burgers extremely unique to taste.
Teddys Bigger Burgers uses buns made out of potato flour, making it moist, and tender, with the same texture as breakfast muffins. You can cut your carbs and use wheat buns for weight watchers too.
The good thing about Teddys Bigger Burgers is that their special toppings add an extra oomph to your regular burger.
- Cajun Burger – Cajun Seasoning, Pepperjack Cheese (Add P50)
- Hawaiian Style – Teri, Grilled Pineapple Paradise (Add P70)
- Bacado Burger – Avocado, Cheddar Cheese and Bacon (Add P125)
- Kailua Burger – Teri, Grilled Mushroom, Grilled Onions, Swiss Cheese (Add P150)
- Volcano Burger – Kilauea Fire Sauce, Pepperjack Cheese, Jalapenos (Add P115)
- Western Burger – Tangy Barbeque Sauce, Cheddar Cheese, Bacon, Onion Rings (Add P170)
- Kilauea Fire Burger – Kilauea Fire Sauce, Onion, Cheddar Cheese, Bacon
My friend loved the Bacado Burger, in his words “added a unique flavor to the burger and gave it a refreshing taste”. Looks like this is a great bet for the adventurous palate.
You can opt to add more extra toppings, even jalapenos and peanut butter. And if you like their special sauce, that’s an additional order, but I take you should go for more Kilauea Fire Sauce. Yes, like the Volcano in Hawaii, Kilauea. That’s bound to be hot!
Adding fries and milkshakes makes it into a combo, and having to add another P100, so that puts roughly equal to Triple O’s, but it shouldn’t as much reach to a P500 meal.
Flavored Fries – Spicy or Garlic – P75
Teddy’s Flavored Fries puts CaliBurger’s wild style fries to the test.
That’s gooey cheese and jalapeno on top, kind of like what you will top on your nachos.
Tiki Wings – P295
I’d like to see Teddy’s Tiki Wings take on Chili’s Wings Over Buffalo someday also.
Teddy’s Milkshake comes with pretty basic and straightforward flavors: Strawberry, Vanilla, Coffee, Chocolate, and Peanut Butter. The thickness makes it like melted ice cream so that’s bit hard to slurp too. But that’s what makes it a great milkshake. Fatty!
There’s some real competition in the burger realm here in the metro. We’ve got another player that puts some promise to our tastebuds hungry for some real, original and easy on the pocket burger, but perhaps this is one venue where you can celebrate special occasions, but not your everyday burger.
Full disclosure: I have yet to try Teddys Bigger Burgers, until then I won’t be giving my rating. Special Thanks to Matthew Quimba for the photos and awesome feedback, and to MediaSense Inc for the invitation to this private event.