Restaurant Review: OneBurger

Merida has needed a good hamburger. Welcome OneBurger!!!! It’s part of a chain out of Miami and the local franchisee has done an excellent job. I went there recently for take-out for a group of four on a lazy afternoon. The other three wanted the simplest burger, no cheese, no nothing. I had an open mind.

Their menu is huge. It includes nearly 30 types of hamburgers, as well as about ten salads, vegetarian food, and fish and chicken sandwiches. The restaurant, simply furnished with chrome furniture against a black and white floor and counter, is attractive and simple. The over-riding description for the physical facility is, in a word, CLEAN. Including the kitchen, which the manager graciously allowed me to tour.

Part of menu

Part of menu

The burger choices all looked great – everything from curry to BBQ, most with cheese (cheddar, goat cheese, blue cheese, etc.), and others with unusual but inspired ingredients. I took three of the simplest burgers for the three sissies who were waiting for me, and I got a BBQ, with bacon and cheese. (It’s OK, I’m on an all-protein diet.) The burgers are huge and hand-made, with chopped sirloin. The vegetables are crispy fresh, and the bacon and cheese were high quality.

When I brought them back, two people said their usual, “Oh it’s huge, I can’t possibly eat all that.” (I can’t stand when people say that.) They all finished every crumb.

We all agreed that these were definitely the best burgers in Merida, and possibly anywhere. They were fabulous. You wouldn’t think a hamburger could be that good.

We will assuredly be back there, and soon. I’m looking forward to trying the interesting looking chicken dishes. They have old-fashioned malted milks and other beverages you don’t find here often. They also have a Kobe beef burger!!! I have to try that, maybe split it with someone, because it’s 150 pesos.

I asked the manager whether I could take pictures in the kitchen. A true gentleman, he offered me his arm, proudly escorted me in, and introduced me to the cooks. The kitchen was almost too clean. Is that possible? All the surfaces gleamed. Not a speck of grease anywhere.

Cooking staff: Antonio, Jorge and Noah

Cooking staff: Antonio, Jorge and Noah

The place is not cheap. The lowliest burger – which has to be more than a quarter of a pound of sirloin, hand-formed from fresh beef, in a great looking roll, with generous amounts of cheese and onion, is 65 pesos. A bit stiff, but well worth it. A refillable soft drink is 25 pesos and my super BBQ burger was 85 pesos. They also have miniature burgers, for the more dainty among us, and a canasta of beef and chicken burgers with fries. A clever menu.

The staff is smart and friendly. They are obviously very proud of the place. Although there were lots of tables, everyone who came in while I was waiting was there for take-out. The parking lot held Beamers and Mercedes. Of note – all the people making the runs for take-out for their families were men. Most of them knew each other and all seemed to have been there before, although the place is brand new.

The Soho Gallery is having one of its wonderful Openings (high-end Cuban artists) on May 21 2010 at 7 p.m. and it is being catered by OneBurger, so you can have a chance to try a sample.

OneBurger is on the Prolongacion Montejo, across from the Club Campestre, a bit north of Superama,on the west side of Montejo. Look for the attractive black and white sign. It opens at 1 p.m. and stays open until into the evening. Small parking lot.

Can’t wait to go back.

About BG

Beryl Gorbman is a writer and private investigator who divides her time between Seattle WA and Merida Yucatan Mexico. She has published two works of fiction, 2012: Deadly Awakening, and Madrugada. They are both available on Amazon and other outlets. Also at Amate Books, and Casa Catherwood in Merida. You can read about them in various articles on this site.
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12 Responses to Restaurant Review: OneBurger

  1. Debi says:

    What?! you didn’t try the camote fries! Now those will cause me to go back, again, and again, and again!

  2. adele aguirre says:

    Hola all.. we had the opportunity to be there at the opening .. since the owner is a fan of Cuban art.. We had planned on having them cater the opening May 21st but it was a logistical nightmare.. so, we will have fabulous food but not One Burger.. however, we recommend everyone go to the restaurant. See you on the 21st at SoHo galleries

  3. Joanna says:

    Oh I can’t wait to go! Thanks Beryl for another good suggestion.


  4. jillian says:

    We’ve been wanting to try it, your endorsement settles it. Burgers today!

  5. Carol says:

    Sounds delicious. What’s the conversion from pesos to US dollars?

  6. bereto says:

    excelente reseña, le hace honor al lugar.

  7. maria fernandez says:

    I have been to Oneburger 4 times already and I am addicted to their Goat Cheese Burger. It is delicious!!! The ingredients are so fresh. I have also tried their Black Black and Blue Burger which has black bean spread and orange reduction. The recipes they have are very original and I have decided that I will work my way through their whole menu by the end of the summer. The have salads and turkey burgers along with chicken burgers and chicken sandwiches.
    I have eaten in twice and ordered to go twice. The burgers travel well and are just as delicious when you get them home. A friend of mine told me that she had a veggie burger that was the best she has ever tasted and believe me, she is hard to please. The place is spotless and the staff are very friendly. I also found it very easy to park. My daughter told me that she goes there late on Saturday night after leaving Tequila nightclub. They are open late. I love the design and the concept. Welcome to Merida Oneburger, we needed you!

  8. BG says:

    Debi, you’re right. The sweet potato fries are marvelous. On my second trip to Oneburger, I tried the chicken marsala burger with mushrooms. It was quite good, but I was sorry I hadn’t ordered one of those superior sirloin burgers. My companions all had variations of hamburgers and sadly, there was nothing to take home. We sat there talking for almost two hours. It was tempting to order another round.
    The THIRD time I went, I was back to sirloin. I tried the Caprese, with mozarella and if you haven’t already guessed, it was fabulous.

  9. Gerardo says:

    I think I’m going to take my mother to this place, because ever since she proved some hamburgers in Houston Texas, she ruined her ability to enjoy them!, she is always saying “mmm… it’s good, but no like those hamburgers I ate in Houston many years ago” and I’m like “not again!… the story of the best burgers in the world”
    I assume because all burgers in Merida are fast-food, maybe the equation quality+taste/price doesn’t really gives you the best burgers, although they are really good: BK, Mc, Carls Jr, and Wendy’s (pity they closed)
    These burgers are very expensive, I think we are talking about at least $100 pesos with beverage and fries, but I guess it’s worth every penny.

  10. BG says:

    Update from BG: I’ve now been there at least a dozen times, bringing new fans with me on all visits. Every time I go, it’s a little more crowded and today, after a movie, there was a a good number of people at about 3 p.m. The kitchen doesn’t seem to miss a beat, and the orders come out just as quickly.
    People have caught on – this is high quality food and it actually costs less than most other burger restaurants.
    I’m sad to report that the cupcakes and the carrot cake are totally awesome. I don’t know where they get that stuff here.

  11. Mariana says:

    I was there lastnight, had the Caprese burger, and indeed was very good, nobody said the opposite from their burgers, one friend even said “is perfectly juicy”, and he was right, though this are not the best burger I’ve tried, the best ones are from the UK chain “Gourmet Burger Kitchen”… but this ones are very close :)

  12. Al Wilson says:

    There’s this place in the Gran Plaza and Altabrisa malls, you might have heard of it: Kukis By Maru. They have the best made-from-scratch carrot cake. It is a damn fine carrot cake.

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