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Grill ‘Em All – Gourmet Burgers and METAL!

December 1, 2010

Just by the name of this blog, it’s unavoidable that metal and food are two peas in a pod in these parts. Can you imagine my excitement when I FINALLY got the chance to “take it to the face” with a Grill Em All burger?! Meat + Metal = foodie metalhead heaven.

First, a little background. The Grill ‘Em All Gourmet Food Truck started in December 2009, as two dudes who were following their dreams. Ryan Harkins has been a professional chef for over 10 years, gracing many American cities with his fine cuisine, and Matthew Chernus was a professional wrestler before embarking on this epic odyssey that forges together metal and meat. The two have been comrades for over 20 years, and it shows. They take it to the next level with the epic headbangin’ awesomeness that is the Grill Em All Gourmet Burger Truck!

In the beginning, the Behemoth, which is a cheddar topped burger in between two grilled cheese sandwiches, was callin’ my name.

I’m definitely going to have to SPLIT that with someone, someday, sometime, because that is one BIG motherf@$%er.

What I DID get, was the burger that had also piqued my interest from the start; The Molly Hatchet:

  1. Seared Fennel Smoked Sausage Gravy
  2. Applewood Smoked Bacon
  3. Maple Syrup Drizzle

It was like breakfast, lunch, and dinner all mashed into one. The sweetness of the maple and fennel paired great with smokiness of the bacon and sausage. It reminded me of biscuits and gravy at the breakfast table, only a million times better! The bacon and the burger were cooked perfectly. The patty was the perfect size, and so juicy! I was seeing stars.

Now for the double dipped frites with truffle oil.


*let us observe a moment of silence for the truffle*

Anyone who has had truffles, love them. If they’ve had truffles, and they claim to not like them, they’re either lying or not really human. My vote goes for inhuman. These truffle frites were out of this WORLD! The truffle flavor was awesome (though I think they could have piled it on a little more. You can always pile on a little more truffle). My only observation was that they were pretty well done; gotta keep it real, guys. Though perhaps a wee bit more brown than I’d like, they were still glorious, sensational slivers of deliciousness.

Angel let me have a bite of his “Waste Em All” burger:

  1. Marinated Green Chiles
  2. Beer Soaked Onions
  3. Pepper Jack Cheese

Is this photo big enough? (NO!)

Prominent green chile flavor with the spice and sharpness of the pepper jack cheese was sublime. I still can’t get over that beautiful burger patty. I have to re-iterate; it’s seriously THE PERFECT PATTY. Can’t forget those buns either. Can’t you just SEE how awesome they are? They were awesome, take my word for it. If you don’t have a good bun, then you’re selling yourself short.

We’re fans.

We will most def be back.

… and you should GO! Take your kids, take your dog, take your cat (you know how much they love the cheezburger), just GO. You will not be disappointed.

What’s your favorite Grill ‘Em All burger?


  1. The DJ
    December 1, 2010 at 2:25 pm

    Cookie blog coming soon??

  2. Miles
    December 1, 2010 at 3:54 pm

    Tried them all, and I would have to say the Dee Snider wins hands down. If you can’t read the menu in the pic, it’s got bacon, saracha, peanut butter and jelly. It is seriously the perfect combo of flavor. The peanut butter brings out the bacon flavor perfectly, and the saracha and jelly almost cancel each other out so you get a subtle fruity flavor with a nice kick to it in the end. Weirdest burger I’ve seen to date, but by far the best. Get over the odd combo and try it, you will not regret it.

  3. admin
    December 1, 2010 at 4:02 pm

    @The DJ yes, dear

    @Miles I’ve heard that the combo is good, and I’m down to try anything! Perhaps I’ll try that next, although I’ve got my eye on Blu Cheer. I was talking to one of the people waiting yesterday, and they really like the Witte. So many burgers! I’ve got to make the journey to L.A. more often!

  4. SpoilTheEnding
    December 1, 2010 at 4:03 pm

    I just had a moment reading your post…the pure joy of having a Grill Em’ All Burger!! (*Angel’s singing in the background*) I still think about the burgers. Plus, I now have a bottle of Truffle Oil in my kitchen. They are all my favorite but if I had the chance to get one right now it would be the Behemoth. Hoping they get a truck on the East coast…I need a burger!!!

  5. Miles
    December 1, 2010 at 4:11 pm

    Make it a point to come out to them again and again, it’s so worth. It’s become a weekly ritual with a few of my friends, smashing burgers every Thursday night. It’s the key to happiness.

  6. E-Dawg
    December 1, 2010 at 4:54 pm

    Awesome review! I’ve been dying to try their burgs for months now but our paths never even come close. And btw, I am very much human and very much not lying when I say that truffles taste like dirty sweat socks. 🙂

  7. Miles
    December 1, 2010 at 4:57 pm

    @admin – side note, the reason for the lack of truffle oil on the fries is cause of how expensive it is. They actually are losing money on every order with the amount they put on the fries already.

  8. admin
    December 2, 2010 at 8:44 am

    @E-Dawg Thanks! Same here… the drive to get to L.A. is just a tad bit too long for me, but now that I’ve had a taste, I don’t think that will matter much. I didn’t mean to offend with the truffle comment. LOL I just love love love them. They make me a tad irrational.

    @Miles I was actually pondering the rarity and expense of the truffle, and how the demand seems to be increasing by the day. I don’t know if the purveyors of these delicious wild morsels will be able to keep up! I guess that means that the price will get even more outlandish. I didn’t mean that there wasn’t enough truffle oil on the frites already – they did have great flavor. I just love truffles, and more = better for me. 🙂 You are definitely getting a bargain with the truffle frites for $4. I would willingly pay more for what I got that night.

  9. Rev
    January 4, 2011 at 2:15 pm

    Thanks for the rad review. METAL AND BURGERS UNITE!


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