Burger plate with fries

Review – Farm Burger in Asheville

Sign for Farm Burger in Asheville
Farm Burger in downtown Asheville.

I love Asheville. In fact it is one of my favorite cities in North Carolina. My husband, and a couple of my friends and I were walking around downtown recently. It was raining and I was quickly running out of steam. I needed some protein. We were going to eat at Salsa, but there was a 20 minute wait and I wasn’t about to wait a minute longer to get some food! So, we dashed into Farm Burger.

big picnic tables in Farm Burger
Communal dining at Farm Burger.

When we first came into Farm Burger, I thought I was walking into Bull City Burger. They are very similar! Farm Burger has long, communal picnic tables, just like Bull City Burger. The burgers are all locally sourced, 100% grass fed beef from cows that haven’t been fed antibiotics, hormones or grain. A hipster would feel very welcome in a place like this!

Farm Burger has lots of great combinations of burgers or you can build your own burger. It’s entirely up to you. I decided to try The Number 1 Blackboard Burger, which was a nice sized beef patty with aged Vermont white cheddar cheese, caramelized onions and Farm Burger’s special sauce, which is like a spicy French dressing. I also ordered to have a piece of bacon added to the burger for an extra $2. The beef was well seasoned and had a nice char from the grill. The buns were fresh and soft.

burger plate with onion rings
Burger and onion rings.

My big disappointment was that I had ordered a side of onion rings. I think the lady at the counter did not understand that I wanted a whole side of onion rings, not just what would come in the basket. So, I only got three onion rings. I’m not kidding! And, they were undercooked and under seasoned. The batter was not crunchy and was too thick. You are much better off getting the fries or the sweet potato fries, which were much better.

Burger plate with fries
Build your own burger.

My husband built his own burger. You have lots of items to choose from including apple slaw, arugula, sautéed mushrooms, clover sprouts, organic blue cheese, pine sweet bacon, pork belly, pimento and cheese, and goat cheese to name just a few.

Both of my friends loved their burgers. They described the burgers as being very tender and juicy. I really want to come back sometime to try the salted caramel milkshake. Who can pass up a milk shake with vanilla ice cream, caramel sauce and a wisp of sea salt topped with whipped cream? Who’s counting calories?

Farm Burger serves locally brewed beers and also serves wine. I was quite tempted to have a Mama’s Lil’ Yella Pilsner, but it was still early in the day, so I opted for a root beer instead.

Vegetarians can delight that not only do they have veggie burgers, which I overheard were very good, but they also have salads, including a superfood salad comprised of kale, roasted carrots, farro, sea island red peas, caramelized onions, dried cranberries drizzled with some tahini dressing and topped with some nutritional yeast.

And for those who want to satiate their Southern food cravings, you can have boiled peanuts, fried chicken livers, deviled eggs, mac ‘n cheese with pulled pork cheek or some chicken pot pie fritters with a sherry-date barbeque sauce.

Farm Burger is located at 10 Patton Avenue in downtown Asheville. It is open Sunday – Thursday from 11:30 a.m. – 11 p.m. and on Friday-Saturday from 11:30 a.m. – midnight. You can like them on Facebook or follow them on Twitter to hear about specials.

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2 thoughts on “Review – Farm Burger in Asheville”

  1. Went to Farm Burger this past Sunday night. They have a decent selection of burgers, and I liked that it’s solid beef, no fake bad stuff. However, you need to have avocados available. Also very nice to see you had goat cheese as an option. Need to have more knowledgable staff. The service was really crummy at this Asheville location! The girl that took the order of my burger, I wanted multiple things on the side. And I said pickles and tomatoes, and she responded, “On the side?” And started to laugh. I did not find her amusing. And her comments are were not welcome. She can charge extra fine, but if it’s a build your own burger, then that means if I want things on the side, then so be it. Then the other girl bringing our food out, asked my friend and I if we got a such and such burger, it was the wrong food, at the wrong table. She needs to pay attention to her seat numbers, ours was clearly placed in the middle of the table. And my friend got a burger could MR and mine was ordered MW, my friend has less toppings and no bun than me, and they brought my burger out before my friends, and then my friend had to wait 10 more minutes for hers. Unproffessional! Bring all food out at the same time. And the girl didn’t even say, I hope you enjoy or here you go. She laid the food down and walked away. Your restaurant looks poor when you have bad emplooyes that give mediocre service. Get your employees trained, to hustle, and to develop a better work ethic. Good selection of beer, but DEFINETLEY some room to improve. Also they were playing jazz music? At a farm burger restaurant. The two just don’t mix, and I felt as though the owner had a confused idea as to what he wanted his tone/mood of the atmosphere to be.

    1. Interesting. We didn’t have any trouble with the help. They got our orders right and our food to our table without any problems. Keep in mind this restaurant is pretty new and most places have problems getting their act together in the beginning. But always good to hear what other people’s experiences are.

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