Mick’s Karma Bar – The Karma Burger
Mick’s Karma Bar
2010 Main St. · Irvine, CA 92614
Do you believe in karma? Do a person’s actions and thoughts determine one’s fate and destiny? Is the concept of cause and effect applicable to our lives? Or is all phenomena merely coincidence and in no way interrelated? Such deeply philosophical and moral questions open to interpretation. What better place to discuss volition and unpredictability than the hip and mellow environment at Mick’s Karma Bar? Grab the namesake Karma Burger while you’re at it!
The Karma Burger boasts a “100% Sirloin Steak Haché minced instore, handmade patty to order,” along with a slice of American cheese, sliced Roma tomatoes, green leaf lettuce, a few thinly sliced red onions, and their own house ‘Karma Sauce’ sandwiched between their “tasty bun No 19.”
“Sirloin Steak Haché” denotes coarsely grinding a piece of sirloin and pressing it into an oval figure, which is then subsequently cooked like a steak. Doing this onsite results in burgers that taste remarkably fresh, while also ensuring that the meat is indeed the sirloin cut. After all, who knows exactly what goes in an already ground-up patty?
And there is a discernable difference between a newly-formed beef patty and premade, frozen meat rounds. The coarse chunks in the burger, with its unevenness and irregularities, are markedly distinct from a mass-produced, processed, finely ground glob. The resulting flame-grilled beef patty oozes with juices with each and every bite, leaving that same satisfying grin you get from eating a succulent steak. Further, the burger is seasoned perfectly – allowing the other toppings to take part in the performance as well.
The slice of American cheese finds its final resting place sprawled out on top of the circular mound, its legacy basically bolstering the savory beef flavor and sustaining the mouthfeel developed by the meat. Fresh red, green, and purple elements come next. A few bright red Roma tomatoes burst with lusciousness that supports the juiciness rushing from the meat. Blemish free lettuce leaf gives a nice bite, further amplified by the raw ringed red onions stacked on top.
A burger is incomplete without a spread; this one comes with a unique ‘Karma Sauce’ on the bottom bread. Like a thin mayonnaise spread with tiny red chili peppers mixed in, the spread adds hints of tartness and a creamy touch. Though on this trip, the rather paltry dab of karma on the bun is the only blemish on an otherwise outstanding American classic. However, this is easily remedied by requesting more sauce from the friendly and warm staff.
Rather surprisingly, the sauce is not the main element that makes the Karma Burger stand out. It is actually the brioche bun that really completes this burger and takes it to a different stratum. The bun holds its integrity together really well, like a reliably sturdy, well-built car. There is excellent chew with a dash of seeds scattered about that mixes things up a bit.
Even better, the Karma Burger is very reasonably priced at 5.95. Quash your hunger by making it a combo with substantial, runway sized steak fries, while also trying their famously refreshing strawberry basil lemonade, for a total of 9.70. What is not to love about a gourmet, perfectly built burger with meaty fries and an inventive thirst-quencher? Karma Burger has all the makings of a solid, classic, American cheeseburger.
In-n-Out is the undisputed all-around king of burgers when it comes to value and accessibility on the west coast. But if you are looking for a quality burger in a classy location, Mick’s Karma Bar has got it in the Karma Burger. Whatever your stance on the karma principle, there is no denying that good vibes and good karma exists at Mick’s.