Urban Burger - A GREAT Gluten Free Destination for Coeliacs
Whilst I am out to take many businesses that 'falsely' promote their foods as gluten free (i.e. using the gluten free term and adding a disclaimer that the product 'may have come into contact with...') to task, I try not to stick on the negative side of life all the time. I am always more than happy to promote businesses that I myself feel ARE doing the right thing with regard to clear and accurate labelling:
About Urban Burger
Urban Burger is a Melbourne-based franchise, specialising in "creating the ultimate gourmet burger". Established in 2003, it was one of the original gourmet burger bars in the city on Bay street.
According to their Story "The Urban Burger group now includes the original store in Bay Street Port Melbourne with stores also in Swan St Richmond, Chapel St Windsor, Errol St North Melbourne, Ormond Rd Elwood, Armstrong St Middle Park and Hampton St Hampton. Now you can get the fantastic Urban Burger all over Melbourne."
The animation on their Home Page, states that Urban Burger Represents Brilliant All Nutritious Burgers that are Undeniably Regarded As Generous, Exceptional & Really good for you.
Unfortunately, they currently only have outlets in Melbourne and Brisbane suburbs so it is impossible for a typical Canberran like me to frequent ANY burger joint, let alone any UB franchises.
Gluten Free Buns Available
Not only are their stores great hang-out venues, they also have gluten free buns supplied by Venerdi available for those with coeliac disease, or those wishing to avoid gluten in their diets. There's no longer ANY need to go hungry, even if you DO require a gluten free diet. Unfortunately, according to their comprehensive nutrition guide, virtually all of their beef patties do contain gluten as wheat flour is used as a binding agent to help 'keep it all together' (couldn't they just use rice flour or something GF though???). Their gluten free buns are wheat free, dairy free and soy free but unfortunately do contain egg whites, palm oil and sesame seeds.
All of their items may contain traces of gluten as they only claim their buns to be gluten free at this point in time.
But don't let that get you down, as many GREAT options still remain on the menu. These include the C.A.B, Urban Chick, Aloha, New Yorker, Urban Turban, Brie Twist and Bambino Chicken burgers. Their fries (cooked in cholestrol-free cottonseed oil) are are cooked in a dedicated fryer and do not contain any common allergens.
Personally, I must admit that these are the BEST burgers I have ever tried. Their gluten free buns are of extremely good quality and taste great with the goodness of Urban Burger's gourmet options. Unlike many businesses that offer gluten free options (e.g. Grill'd (view my hub on Grill'd), BurgerFuel (view my hub on BurgerFuel) and Burger Edge (view my hub on Burger Edge)) there are absolutely no obvious disclaimers (i.e. "your meal may contain gluten", etc.) attached. It is also great to see that the staff take the implications so seriously and I am very grateful that we have such a business on this side of the world that respects the importance of offering a gluten free addition, but at the same does what they love so that there's something for everyone!