Best Burger Week: Nationwide Meats
Midtown’s Nationwide Meats began as a butcher shop and is now one of the places in town (if not Northern California) to get a top-notch burger. I’ve tried a lot of burgers in Sacramento, but none stack up to Nationwide Meats French Ground Steak Burger Cheese. In fact, I may go as far to say this is the best burger I’ve ever had.
To measure a truly great burger, you must judge all its parts – the bun, meat and condiments.
- The Bun – The bun is often a throw away item on a burger, but at Nationwide they’ve made the bun a star. In fact, this isn’t a meager bun, but rather a fresh, French roll that perfectly complements the mouth-watering goodness it helps contain. Plus, the bun is still delicious up until the last bite, something you don’t always find.
- The Meat – Did you see that this is a ground steak burger? With each flavorful bite, you can taste that is one high-quality burger. Since the burgers are made-to-order, you can select the doneness of the burger, although I often forget and get it well done, and it’s still pretty tasty. I might go for medium rare next time.
- Condiments – Crispy lettuce, crunchy pickles, fresh tomatoes and thick-cut onion slices are great and all, but the one element that brings all these pieces together is the secret sauce. I’m not sure what’s in this creamy goodness, but I’d take a guess that it’s a bit a mayo, a squirt of ketchup and a splash of pickle juice. If you want extra ketchup, mustard or Tapatio, there are squeeze bottles readily available.
- Cheese – For me, this is a must-have item and it’s a critical element to this burger and add to “gooey” factor, which is very important.
If you really want to have the full Nationwide Meats experience, pair up your steak burger with thick-cut fries and a milkshake (my pick: Strawberry).
Nationwide Freezer Meats
1930 H St.
Sacramento, CA 95814