Panik’s Grilled Burger VS Joey’s Burger

Panik's Grilled Burger VS Joey's Burger

Anyone who moves around in “burger centric” circles knows of the battle that’s been brewing for the last few days between these two major heavyweights of the high-quality fast-food burger here in Taguig.  The underdog in the fight is Panik’s Grilled Burger. Only a few days old, it’s still a baby in the field, but if we’re to believe the rumors, they’re poised to expand, and I am hoping in a big way (by the way, they just opened two days ago).

But who really makes the best burger? It’s a question that’s been debated far and wide, and beyond, so we here at Best Food In Town, we decided to take it upon ourselves to find the answer and declare an official King of the High-Quality Fast Food Burger here in Taguig.

Before the comparison, let’s take a quick look at the two contenders:

IN CORNER #1: Joey’s Burger

Joey's Burger

Locations: Calzada, Tipas and Tuktukan, Taguig City

The Meat: about 2-ounce patties made from 100 percent beef chuck ground in their own grinding facility, delivered fresh daily (never frozen).

The Cheese:  Melted cheese (brand unknown)

The Toppings: hand-leafed lettuce, sliced tomatoes, thickly sliced onions.

The Sauces: Their own secret sauce, mustard, mayo, or ketchup.

The Bun: Sesame seeded bun.

IN CORNER #2: Panik’s Grilled Burger

Panik's Grilled Burger

Location: Wawa, Taguig City

The Meat: about 3 ounce patties made from 100% pure ground beef, patties in-house.

The Cheese: Very melty (brand unknown)

The Toppings: Green leaf lettuce, lettuce, sliced beefsteak tomatoes, grilled chopped onions.

The Sauces: Their own secret sauce, Ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise, bar-b-q sauce, hot sauce.

The Bun: Seeded sesame bun. Darkly toasted on the griddle.

THE SET-UP

Here’s what we ordered.

Joey’s Burger:  Double Cheeseburger. That’s two patties, melted cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion, and spread.

Panik’s Grilled Burger: The Duo. A special cheeseburger which comes with melted cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, and their secret sauce.

THE TASTING

Each burger was tasted in two ways: First, the patties and cheese were tasted to assess the quality of the meat and afterwards each was eaten as a completed sandwich. When reassembling the burgers, bun and meat were reheated separately for best quality.

Right off the bat, we encountered a few problems, the main one being that no matter how carefully you store and reheat stuff, day old burgers simply do not taste good.

However, some things became clear as our taste test progressed. Let’s break it down and rate it one component at a time.

THE BUN

Joey’s Burger uses soft sesame seeded buns that are toasted deep brown, which helps keep them from absorbing those grease and sauce that their burgers contain, and do an admirable job at that without getting in the way of the patties itself.

Panik’s, on the other hand, is the clear winner in the bun category. They use sesame seeded buns that are probably toasted in butter (not 100% sure), and they’ve got a soft texture and sweet flavor that cradles a burger perfectly.

Advantage: Panik’s Grilled Burger

THE CHEESE

Another clear victor here. While we didn’t consider Joey’s Burger’s melted cheese to be particularly bad, they simply did not have that tang or overwhelming goo factor of the Panik’s Cheesesplosion.

Advantage: Panik’s Grilled Burger

THE TOPPINGS

This was a much harder category to judge, and each burger had its advantages.

Joey’s makes a strong showing with toppings, particularly their tomatoes. Green leaf lettuce is fine, and their sliced onions taste fresh without any overt pungency and a nice sweetness.

Panik’s Grilled burger is known for the freshness of its toppings, and even a day later, it shows. Their lettuce was crisp and brightly colored, the thick-cut onions tasted sweet and clean even after a day, and the tomatoes, while not as flavorful as Joey’s, were juicy and ripe. For their carefully hand-leafed lettuce alone, they deserve lots of credit, add into that the sliced onions and they’re a toppings force to be reckoned with.

Advantage: Two-way tie: Joey’s for combination and variety while Panik’s for overall quality.  

THE SAUCE

Panik’s has a thousand island type spread with mayonnaise and ketchup base. Joey’s has a slight mustardy kick with relatively little sweetness.  Overall, Joey’s is fresher and brighter, and most of us prefer Joey’s sauce to the Panik’s

Advantage: Joey’s Burger

VALUE

In this category, we’ll go based on what is cheaper and the size of the burgers.

Joey’s: 120 pesos for a Double Cheeseburger with two patties. It’s bigger, though, compared to Panik’s

Panik’s: 105 for a Duo Burger with two patties.

Advantage: Joey’s Burger

THE MEAT

And now we come to perhaps the most important category of all: the flavor and quality of the patties. Both restaurants serve fresh-never-frozen beef, and cook their burgers to order, but here the similarities end.

Joey’s uses pre-formed patties that are griddled on cast iron. Their patties cook relatively quickly but don’t develop a super-deep sear. Their patties are indeed greasy, if not particularly thick and. Their meat is consistently well seasoned, if not overly beefy.

Panik’s is beefier because of their super-high-heat griddles and their unique smash-and-scrape technique (pucks of beef are pressed into their griddle once at the beginning, and then the well-browned sheath gets scraped off using a scraper before flipping). Their patties are usually well-seasoned.

Advantage: Panik’s Grilled Burger

ANALYSIS

If you tally up the results of the individual components, the score is 3-2 for Panik’s. Also, Panik’s dominance in the meat department is weighted more heavily than the other categories.

When it comes down to it, these two sandwiches are both excellent, and all entirely different beasts. Joey’s burger is really more about the Total Burger Experience—the particular combination of ingredients, textures, atmosphere, and the price. It’s the interplay of fresh lettuce and onions, juicy tomatoes, melted cheese, salty meat, and tangy sweet secret sauce.  Also, Joey’s excels at consistency and customer care.

The Panik’s Grilled Burger, on the other hand, is a marvel of beefy engineering. The flavor & texture of their beef patties is second to none, with an intense beefiness and cooking method designed to maximized browning, and thus our carnal pleasure.

Yup, Joey’s toppings and buns are great, but at Panik’s, it’s all about the beef.

All this being said we have to declare the winner!

THE WINNER: Panik’s Grilled Burger

Panik’s took it by a pretty healthy margin! Congrats and may your miraclean griddles spread forth and populate this great nation of ours with beefiness.

And let the comment war begin.

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18 Responses to "Panik’s Grilled Burger VS Joey’s Burger"

  1. Jason says:

    I agree! Panik’s Burgers taste better!

  2. Kris says:

    #Boompaniks

  3. Boss says:

    Clearly the sole purpose of this blog is to promote the newly established Panik’s Burger. If you are going to notice, all are in favor of Panik’s hamburger. I don’t see this as an act of a professional competitor, to the extent of doing such comparison (using such extravagant word to describe Panik’s burger and just using plain word for Joey’s) when the store was only less than a week old? That is really something so questionable. Have it slipped to your mind that it is better to focus on how to maintain the business than wasting waste time creating a so called “BLOG”??? To say that Panik’s is better than Joey’s?? It’s way to early to conclude.

    • admin says:

      All in favor of Panik’s? Please read again. You’re missing the whole point man.

      “If you tally up the results of the individual components, the score is 3-2 for Panik’s. Also, Panik’s dominance in the meat department is weighted more heavily than the other categories.

      When it comes down to it, these two sandwiches are both excellent, and all entirely different beasts. Joey’s burger is really more about the Total Burger Experience — the particular combination of ingredients, textures, atmosphere, and the price. It’s the interplay of fresh lettuce and onions, juicy tomatoes, melted cheese, salty meat, and tangy sweet secret sauce. Also, Joey’s excels at consistency and customer care.

      The Panik’s Grilled Burger, on the other hand, is a marvel of beefy engineering. The flavor & texture of their beef patties is second to none, with an intense beefiness and cooking method designed to maximized browning, and thus our carnal pleasure.

      Yup, Joey’s toppings and buns are great, but at Panik’s, it’s all about the beef.”

  4. concerned citizen says:

    bro real talk lng… kung may makakatapat ang joey’s eh yung Rasta Corner
    o Kitchen Central Lng Mas Credible…. Sila Yung mga nagpioneer at talagang masasarap… at SIKAT sa taguig… nag mukang bias kasi kakabukas lng ni Paniks and C paniks ng may sariing reviews sa site Mo…

    just my two cents…..
    peace bro hehe

    • admin says:

      Ah ok.. Honestly, di pa ko nagawi dun sa Rasta Corner and Kitchen Central, kasi sabi ng mga kakilala ko olats daw. Nagkataon lng na malapit lng sa amin kaya I was able to feature Panik’s. Again, opinion mo yan e, no need to argue.

      • concerned citizen says:

        ok bro… lolokohin lng natin sarili natin… halata lng kasi bro…
        tama ka opinyon ko lng rin na may koneksyon ka kay paniks…
        lol ”but dont panic!” opinyon lng naman…

        apir!!!

        • concerned citizen says:

          and lastly kung food blogger ka talaga bro di ka naniwala sa hearsay
          again opinyon ko lng din naman…tulad ng buong suporta mo sa opening ng paniks… lol

          • admin says:

            Oh last mo na yan ha. “and lastly…”

            Asawa ko nagsabi ‘tol.

            And sana healthy discussion lang. Chill ka lang…

            Hindi mo maiikubli ung hinanakit mo sa mga posts mo kahit lagyan mo pa ng “lol” or “apir” sa huli.

  5. Michael says:

    Ay si “concerned citizen” oh nakakatawa. Sarilinin mo yang opinyon mo!

  6. Sheila says:

    BestFoodInTown, tama ka, wag mo na patulan ung mga haters! Masarap naman talaga sa Panik’s! Go Panik’s !

  7. Foodaddict says:

    Olats po ba? Naniwala naman agad kayo sabagay asawa nyo po nagjudge agad kayo hindi nyo pa nga napuntahan yung kitchen central and rasta corner…kawawa naman cla..naka kain na ko jan sa paniks well ok din naman masarap mejo common nga lang buns nila… Pero recommend ko din sana before kayo nag versus na ganyan try nyo din muna lahat ng best burgers sa taguig.. Try nyo Pirates burger na pinipilahan din.Kitchen Central may dalawang branch na cla 4 sure hindi cla olats kasi naka put up na sila ng isa pang branch and si Rasta Corner na may 18k likes nila sa page nila olats po ba un? wag muna po agad mag judge sir matuto po tayong maglibot sa buong Taguig napakadami pa po hindi dahilan na malapit lang po si panoks sanyo kaya po ba cya pinaburan nyo? Opinyon lang naman po sana ipost nyo to salamat…kuddos sa best food in town…

    • admin says:

      Ah ok. Cge pag nagawi na lang kami sa area. Hindi ko pinaburan ung panik’s for your guys info. It just so happen na mas nagustuhan ko lang talaga xa kesa sa Joey’s. Anyway, thanks sa feedback.

      • kulantro121926 says:

        so it means that you have an awful taste for burger because we just dropped by there recently to be exact it was last night,and the burger doesn’t taste good. patties were burnt. And what they call secret sauce was just shawarma sauce. Is that what you call that beefy engineering? You talk about flavor and texture and saying that the method of cooking done in Panik’s burger is designed to maximize browning?? I will say it again the patties were burnt , there were so over cooked that the burnt parts of the patties dripped down along with the melted cheese. If that satisfy your taste then you better have your tongue checked by a specialist because i think it is already malfunctioning. And if you are not rooting for Panik’s burger how in the world can you compare a less than a week old store to a store that is already there a year now? by the way I was the one who post the comment using the name “Boss”, apparently i forgot the password i used for the email registered for it and when i try to reset it the process won’t go through.

        • admin says:

          I feel that your reviews are biased and unfair. Admit it, you came here with the wrong attitude, and were looking for things to complain about.

          Anyway, I am still a believer that this site offers a communal platform to share experiences on, that enable us all to eat, drink and sleep better, and that can’t be a bad thing. For me, I can never please 100 percent of people 100 percent of the time, no matter how hard I try, but I never stop trying.

          Unfortunately, there is a small minority of people who use this site for ulterior and more sinister motives and these people, like you guys, are a disease upon this wonderful blog, and it must be addressed. Therefore, I have chosen to respond to your reviews again as I do not think it is fair to talk to me like this in public.

          Boss & Concerned Citizen, I would like to give you some feedback on how to be a good customer.

          1. Don’t bend the truth. Lying and distorting the truth beyond recognition is not cool.

          2. Remember that you are (thankfully) not a food critic. If you were, I would not be a good cook or a food blogger.

          “I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend unto the death your right to say it.”

          “One always speaks badly when one has nothing to say.”

          – Voltaire

          I do hope that one day, you guys will learn how to complain correctly and accept that I will listen to your feedback where appropriate.

          3. Have a little respect, and man up guys.

  8. Victor says:

    Hindi kaya sila may ari ng Joey’s at Rasta? Ahahahah #boompaniks

  9. Me says:

    For me, mas winner and Joey’s based sa price, quality, quantity and taste. And also, kahit ang tagal na nila sa market is very consistent ang serving.

    1: Walang onion ang burger ng Panik’s. Tapos ung tomato is really almost not visible. Ilang beses na ko bumili sa Panik’s pero wala talagang onion.

    2: Super lungkot ng itsura ng burger sa Panik’s. Walang presentation and super liit for the price.

    3: Mas masarap ang patty ng Panik’s pero for the price hindi sya reasonable.

    4: Sa bun nmn, admit it, halos isang kagat lang ang bun ng Panik’s. So not sure kung bakit winner sya sa post na to. Mas malaki and mas masarap ang bun sa Joey’s.

    Kung uulit ako, mas gusto ko sa Joey’s. Pero don’t get me wrong. Yes, masarap ang burger sa Panik’s, super liit lang tlg.

  10. Sofia says:

    Congrats paniks. 🙂

    i haven’t tried the pirate burger in taguig but definitely not rasta corner and kitchen central..

    KC is only famous because of the multicolored buns but no taste at all.. You will wait for 30 mins and more. pero pag anjan na parang masasabi mo “eto na un?”

    Then rasta corner was famous because of the reggae ambiance but one thing is for sure. Service is very poor! napakabgal ng service. hindi ka pede pumunta sa rasta ng gutom ka! hahahahah :))

    Joeys naman masarap talaga din sya . almost the best burger to compete with the newly opened paniks burger. madalas din ako dun. pero nung one time na kumaen ako sa paniks i saw the joey’d burger staffs. and alam nyo kung ano narinig ko? “masarap nman pala talaga.” see taga joey’s sila pero sakanila na nanggaling with matching takeout pa ng classic burger 🙂

    well for me paniks is the best as of now 🙂

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