Bogey’s Burgers in Redmond.

Bogey’s advertises itself as “The Best Burger On Earth”. That’s a pretty outrageous claim. There are some damn fine burgers to be found on this planet. Hell you can find some pretty awesome burgers just in Redmond alone. (Jody’s comes to mind…)

To test their claim, I’ve visited the Redmond location several times.

Ordering at Bogey’s. Menu is on the wall.

Bogey’s is a counter order sort of place, with about a dozen tables in the dining area and outside. It is a bit back off of the road, so the noise outside isn’t a big problem. They serve beer, and ice cream in addition to big or little burgers, chicken (in tenders, wings, salad, and sandwich form), hot dogs and grilled cheese. They’ll custom build your burger from a list of options. Sides are fries, waffle fries, or onion rings.

Bogey’s always seem to have a couple of specials, which are priced well, but are rigid, allowing no substitutions.

On my first visit I ordered a “little” bacon cheeseburger and a side of onions rings.  You can choose your cheese: Cheddar, Pepper Jack, Swiss, or Blue cheese.  All Bogey’s Burgers come with: Fry Sauce, Lettuce. Onion, Pickle, and Tomato. You can also add: Mayo, Ketchup, BBQ Sauce, Steak Sauce, Hot Sauce, Red Onion, Sautéed Onions, Sautéed Mushrooms, Jalapeños, or Pineapple.

I opted to swap the tomato out and add jalapeños into my burger, and added BBQ sauce…

Little Bacon Cheeseburger and Onion Rings

The rings were damn good, with a great onion-to-ring ratio. They were fresh out of the fryer so having the fry sauce was handy to cool them down.  You can also choose Ranch dressing for your sides dipping pleasure.

The burger was pretty good. Though hard to call it the best burger on earth certainly.

 

On subsequent visits I tried varying the size to “big” and trying the different sides and toppings.

Big Bacon Cheeseburger and waffle fries

Have to say that sautéeing the onions really improves the burger. Given that on this visit it was quite crowded and I had to wait a long while to make it through the queue and order, the extra time to sautée the onions didn’t seem to add any wait time for my lunch to get delivered.

The staff at Bogey’s are very friendly and pleasant. From taking your order, to delivering it to your table with a smile. Every time I visited they were very nice, and swiftly completed their tasks in a pleasant manner.

The burgers are pretty good, and the option to customize your condiments is excellent. The sides are great, and after trying them all I prefer the onion rings, which are damn near perfect.

Though I did find that once the stick is removed long-cut pickles make the perfect sliding surface for your bun.

long cut pickles make the perfect sliding surface for your bun.

On the downside, the layout of the dining room leads to crowding around the drink dispenser, extra condiments, napkins, and self-bussing station. Grab extra napkins there when you can, you’re going to need them and they’re not on the tables and they don’t come with your food. There are extra condiments at the tables, but they’re packed so tight I spilled salt every time I visited as I tried to pull the shakers out of the too-tight condiment holders.

There is a sign on the drink dispenser that says “ONLY ONE FREE REFILL” which contradicts the menu which says “Fountain Drinks (free refills) $1.95 … so which one is it? Mind you, I rarely refill my drink, but when all of your customer service posture is super-positive, this sign sort of feels school-marmy and finger waggy, which is a total turn-off to an otherwise great experience.

Bogey’s Burgers (Redmond Location)
655 NW Greenwood Ave
Redmond, OR 97756
541-316-1786

Also in Bend at:
2115 NE Hwy 20
Bend, OR 97701
541-316-1786

 

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