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Best Hamburger Steak - The Final Results & Rankings


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Rank Name Judge 1
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Judge 6
Average Score Out of 10 High Score Low Score
#1 Kakaako Kithcen, Kakaako
6.7Taste: 6
Texture: 7
Presentation: 8
Could have used more gravy...a lot more. Little mushy texture. Meat tastes a little different. Onions were a good addition. Potato salad was a bonus.
8.8Taste 9...Texture 9...Presentation 8. Loved the look of the fried onions & cabbage under the burger. Good flaky. Mac salad was just right! Really good flavor not too much mayo. 9.5Taste 10...Texture 9...Presentation 9. Very tasty. Would definitely eat this and order it. Tastes like a lot of work was put in to it. Looks very fancy, noticed the onions. Liked the potato in the mac salad. 9.0Taste 9...Texture 9...Presentation 9. Good gravy, very unique flavor. Good mac potato salad too. Onions look good, mac salad has enough mayo. Onions not mushy. 8.5Taste 9...Texture 8...Presentation 8. Smells good. Could smell grilled onions. Look like more upscale compared to the other two we've seen. Includes potato mac. A good amount of gravy w/out drowning the patty. Patty is moist, taste homemade, not frozen from the carton or box of frozen patties. Rice/mac salad great! Mayo not too thick, over saturated. Yet, still not kim chee, maybe that's personal preference. 8.5Taste 9...Texture 8...Presentation 8. I like onions. Soft and moist. Potato in mac a +. Double taste. 8.5
9.5 6.7
#2
Karen's Kitchen, Kakaako
7.2Taste 7...Texture 7...Presentation 8. Lot of meat and onions are nice. Mac salad not good! Onions are sweet. Hamburger wasn't cooked all the way. 9.8Taste 10...Texture 10...Presentation 9. Love the sauteed onions!!! Flavor of burger. Salad and gravy excellent together. 9.0Taste 9...Texture 9...Presentation 9. Liked the gravy! Mac salad looks fancy, liked seeing the onions. 8.0Taste 8...Texture 8...Presentation 8. Good mac salad. Tender burger. Good gravy. Onions good but mushy. Look good with the thick burger, onions. 7.4Taste 7...Texture 7...Presentation 9. Looks appetizing. Will be filling. Everything seems to be served in proportion. Very thick patty. Patty/onions were good together. Rice was a bit too sticky for my taste. Mac salad was ok, missing something. 9.0Taste 9...Texture 9...Presentation 9. Good portion, this is a factor. Onions a +. Soft yet firm. 8.4
9.8 7.2
#3
Zippy's, Various Locations
5.8Taste 6...Texture 6...Presentation 5. Mac salad looked like it had to much mayo. Onions are a little more raw then I like. It affected the score. 8.1Taste 8...Texture 9...Presentation 7. Classic hamburger steak! Yum! Would taste good with an egg. Not enough onions. 9.0Taste 9...Texture 9...Presentation 9. Yummy! 7.7Taste 8...Texture 7...Presentation 8. Burger...little gummy but good taste. Strong big onion taste! Kanak attack! 7.8Taste 8...Texture 8...Presentation 7. Pretty traditional, not as neatly presented. Mac salad tastes a bit tangy/salty. All three in combination good. 5.2Taste 6...Texture 4...Presentation 5. Mac too mayonaise-E. Little bit too firm. 7.27 9.0 5.2
#4 Liliha Bakery, Liliha
6.0Taste 6...Texture 6...Presentation 6. Not bad. Meat looked little weird when cut. 9.1Taste 10...Texture 9...Presentation 7. Flavor was just right. Perfect classic tasting hamburger steak. Moisture and texture was very good. Gravy and mac salad were the perfect compliment. 7.4Taste 7...Texture 7...Presentation 9. I would order this again. Noticed the grill marks, very fancy. 7.8Taste 8...Texture 8...Presentation 7. Tender burger, good gravy. I like the grilled taste. Mac salad a little bland. 5.0Taste 5...Texture 5...Presentation 5. Overcooked, burned. Skimpy on the meat. Hamburger really tastes char broiled, ok. Overall ok, not great but not bad. 7.7Taste 8...Texture 7...Presentation 8. Interesting shape. Neat presentation. Soft but firm. Good char broil smell and taste. 7.17
9.1
5.0
#5 Dot's Drive-in, Wahiawa
7.5Taste 8...Texture 7...Presentation 7. Gravy was pretty good. 5.5Taste 5...Texture 6...Presentation 6. Not too much flavor in the beef. No mac salad. Gravy was kinda bland. 4.8Taste 5...Texture 5...Presentation 4. Liked the veggies. Gravy looked thin and runny. Little disappointing. 6.3Taste 7...Texture 6...Presentation 5. Meat kinda gummy. Taste was ok, little bit bland. Decent looking brown gravy. 7.1Taste 7...Texture 8...Presentation 6. The veggies don't look too appetizing. If it's a plate lunch you have to go all the way, unhealthy, mayonaisy mac salad. Gravy looks oily. Rice was good, not too sticky. Gravy a little runny, light, a little salty. Would've liked a mac salad instead of frozen veggies. 6.9Taste 7...Texture 6...Presentation 8. Good thickness. Blackened. Sizable portion. Firm and lean beef. Plenty Lipton onion in the gravy. 6.35
7.5 4.8
#6 Byron's Drive-in, Near Airport
4.7Taste 4...Texture 5...Presentation 6. A lot of meat! Rice was kinda dry. Mac salad and gravy tasteless. 6.4Taste 6...Texture 6...Presentation 8. Rich flavor. Nick thick patty. A little too much flavoring. 6.3Taste 7...Texture 6...Presentation 5. The gravy was ok. Chubby patty. Dark gravy. 6.2Taste 6...Texture 6...Presentation 7. Burger is ok. Big and thick burger. Nice looking gravy. Unique gravy flavor but kinda bland. 5.5Taste 5...Texture 6...Presentation 6. Presentation is pretty traditional. Patty look filling, also homemade, not frozen from box. Mac salad looks a little thick. Maybe too much mayo. Taste and texture of patty fairly soft except for the burnt part. Mac salad no taste. Rice good. 5.1Taste 6...Texture 3...Presentation 6. Big patty. Too soft. 5.70
6.4
4.7
#7 L&L, Pearl Kai
6.0Taste 6...Texture 6...Presentation 6. Has a "kick" at the end. Gravy was light and flavor a little different. 1.5Taste 1...Texture 0...Presentation 5. Weird taste. Could hardly taste the meat. Seasoning was too strong and not complimentary to each other. Mac salad had no flavor. Two thumbs down. 1.1Taste 2...Texture 1...Presentation 2. Very salty and patty/steak taste a little processed. Spicy taste. Happy that there was mac salad, but disappointed because it was a little bland. 6.7Taste 6...Texture 7...Presentation 8. Burger tender and not gummy, little bland. A good amount garans kanak attack. Maybe not. Scaracha and shoyu needed. 5.9Taste 6...Texture 5...Presentation 7. Presentation appetizing, will satisfy you once done. Gravy not as runny. Patty too thin, probably why they give you three. Rice good. Taste ok but a good kim chee would've made it taste better. 4.2Taste 4...Texture 4...Presentation 5. Interesting spice. Soft and flat. Mac on da soft side. 4.33
6.7 1.5
#9 Banquet Frozen (Wildcard)
4.9Taste 5...Texture 4...Presentation 6. Lot of gravy. Small, small patty. Meat very mushy, soggy. 1.3Taste 1...Texture 0...Presentation 4. Too mushy. Doesn't taste like real hamburger. Taste is too bland. 2.5Taste 3...Texture 2...Presentation 2. Tastes a little slimy in my mouth. Thin patty. 5.2Taste 5...Texture 5...Presentation 6. A bit plain looking. Not much aroma, bland. Rice was good texture but burger was mushy. Mac salad was ok. 4.0Taste 4...Texture 4...Presentation 4. Patties look like they are drowning in the gravy. Looks skimpy, like the owners didn't want to give the third patty. Gravy is salty. Meat tastes artificial. 1.4Taste 1...Texture 1...Presentation 3. Look like Salisbury steak TV dinnah. Taste like soy patty. 3.22
5.2 1.3

Judge's Comments


#1 Kakaako Kitchen

Judge 1 - Taste 6...Texture 7...Presentation 8. Could have used more gravy...a lot more. Little mushy texture. Meat tastes a little different. Onions were a good addition. Potato salad was a bonus.

Judge 2 - Taste 9...Texture 9...Presentation 8. Loved the look of the fried onions & cabbage under the burger. Good flaky. Mac salad was just right! Really good flavor not too much mayo.

Judge 3 - Taste 10...Texture 9...Presentation 9. Very tasty. Would definitely eat this and order it. Tastes like a lot of work was put in to it. Looks very fancy, noticed the onions. Liked the potato in the mac salad.

Judge 4 - Taste 9...Texture 9...Presentation 9. Good gravy, very unique flavor. Good mac potato salad too. Onions look good, mac salad has enough mayo. Onions not mushy.

Judge 5 - Taste 9...Texture 8...Presentation 8. Smells good. Could smell grilled onions. Look like more upscale compared to the other two we've seen. Includes potato mac. A good amount of gravy w/out drowning the patty. Patty is moist, taste homemade, not frozen from the carton or box of frozen patties. Rice/mac salad great! Mayo not too thick, over saturated. Yet, still not kim chee, maybe that's personal preference.

Judge 6 - Taste 9...Texture 8...Presentation 8. I like onions. Soft and moist. Potato in mac a +. Double taste.


#2 Karen's Kitchen

Judge 1 - Taste 7...Texture 7...Presentation 8. Lot of meat and onions are nice. Mac salad sucked! Onions are sweet. Hamburger wasn't cooked all the way.

Judge 2 - Taste 10...Texture 10...Presentation 9. Love the sauteed onions!!! Flavor of burger. Salad and gravy excellent together.

Judge 3 - Taste 9...Texture 9...Presentation 9. Liked the gravy! Mac salad looks fancy, liked seeing the onions.

Judge 4 - Taste 8...Texture 8...Presentation 8. Good mac salad. Tender burger. Good gravy. Onions good but mushy. Look good with the thick burger, onions.

Judge 5 - Taste 7...Texture 7...Presentation 9. Looks appetizing. Will be filling. Everything seems to be served in proportion. Very thick patty. Patty/onions were good together. Rice was a bit too sticky for my taste. Mac salad was ok, missing something.

Judge 6 - Taste 9...Texture 9...Presentation 9. Good portion, this is a factor. Onions a +. Soft yet firm.


#3 Zippy's

Judge 1 - Taste 6...Texture 6...Presentation 5. Mac salad looked like it had to much mayo. Onions are a little more raw then I like. It affected the score.

Judge 2 - Taste 8...Texture 9...Presentation 7. Classic hamburger steak! Yum! Would taste good with an egg. Not enough onions.

Judge 3 - Taste 9...Texture 9...Presentation 9. Yummy!

Judge 4 - Taste 8...Texture 7...Presentation 8. Burger...little gummy but good taste. Strong big onion taste! Kanak attack!

Judge 5 - Taste 8...Texture 8...Presentation 7. Pretty traditional, not as neatly presented. Mac salad tastes a bit tangy/salty. All three in combination good.

Judge 6 - Taste 6...Texture 4...Presentation 5. Mac too mayonaise-E. Little bit too firm.


#4 Liliha Bakery

Judge 1 - Taste 6...Texture 6...Presentation 6. Not bad. Meat looked little weird when cut.

Judge 2 - Taste 10...Texture 9...Presentation 7. Flavor was just right. Perfect classic tasting hamburger steak. Moisture and texture was very good. Gravy and mac salad were the perfect compliment.

Judge 3 - Taste 7...Texture 7...Presentation 9. I would order this again. Noticed the grill marks, very fancy.

Judge 4 - Taste 8...Texture 8...Presentation 7. Tender burger, good gravy. I like the grilled taste. Mac salad a little bland.

Judge 5 - Taste 5...Texture 5...Presentation 5. Overcooked, burned. Skimpy on the meat. Hamburger really tastes char broiled, ok. Overall ok, not great but not bad.

Judge 6 - Taste 8...Texture 7...Presentation 8. Interesting shape. Neat presentation. Soft but firm. Good char broil smell and taste.


#5 Dot's Drive-In

Judge 1 - Taste 8...Texture 7...Presentation 7. Gravy was pretty good.

Judge 2 - Taste 5...Texture 6...Presentation 6. Not too much flavor in the beef. No mac salad. Gravy was kinda bland.

Judge 3 - Taste 5...Texture 5...Presentation 4. Liked the veggies. Gravy looked thin and runny. Little disappointing.

Judge 4 - Taste 7...Texture 6...Presentation 5. Meat kinda gummy. Taste was ok, little bit bland. Decent looking brown gravy.

Judge 5 - Taste 7...Texture 8...Presentation 6. The veggies don't look too appetizing. If it's a plate lunch you have to go all the way, unhealthy, mayonaisy mac salad. Gravy looks oily. Rice was good, not too sticky. Gravy a little runny, light, a little salty. Would've liked a mac salad instead of frozen veggies.

Judge 6 - Taste 7...Texture 6...Presentation 8. Good thickness. Blackened. Sizable portion. Firm and lean beef. Plenty Lipton onion in the gravy.

#6 Byron's Drive-In

Judge 1 - Taste 4...Texture 5...Presentation 6. A lot of meat! Rice was kinda dry. Mac salad and gravy tasteless.

Judge 2 - Taste 6...Texture 6...Presentation 8. Rich flavor. Nick thick patty. A little too much flavoring.

Judge 3 - Taste 7...Texture 6...Presentation 5. The gravy was ok. Chubby patty. Dark gravy.

Judge 4 - Taste 6...Texture 6...Presentation 7. Burger is ok. Big and thick burger. Nice looking gravy. Unique gravy flavor but kinda bland.

Judge 5 - Taste 5...Texture 6...Presentation 6. Presentation is pretty traditional. Patty look filling, also homemade, not frozen from box. Mac salad looks a little thick. Maybe too much mayo. Taste and texture of patty fairly soft except for the burnt part. Mac salad no taste. Rice good.

Judge 6 - Taste 6...Texture 3...Presentation 6. Big patty. Too soft.


#7 L&L Pearl Kai

Judge 1 - Taste 6...Texture 6...Presentation 6. Has a "kick" at the end. Gravy was light and flavor a little different.

Judge 2 - Taste 1...Texture 0...Presentation 5. Weird taste. Could hardly taste the meat. Seasoning was too strong and not complimentary to each other. Mac salad had no flavor. Two thumbs down.

Judge 3 - Taste 2...Texture 1...Presentation 2. Very salty and patty/steak taste a little processed. Spicy taste. Happy that there was mac salad, but disappointed because it was a little bland.

Judge 4 - Taste 6...Texture 7...Presentation 8. Burger tender and not gummy, little bland. A good amount garans kanak attack. Maybe not. Scaracha and shoyu needed.

Judge 5 - Taste 6...Texture 5...Presentation 7. Presentation appetizing, will satisfy you once done. Gravy not as runny. Patty too thin, probably why they give you three. Rice good. Taste ok but a good kim chee would've made it taste better.

Judge 6 - Taste 4...Texture 4...Presentation 5. Interesting spice. Soft and flat. Mac on da soft side.


#8 Banquet Frozen Dinner (wildcard control entry)

Judge 1 - Taste 5...Texture 4...Presentation 6. Lot of gravy. Small, small patty. Meat very mushy, soggy.

Judge 2 - Taste 1...Texture 0...Presentation 4. Too mushy. Doesn't taste like real hamburger. Taste is too bland.

Judge 3 - Taste 3...Texture 2...Presentation 2. Tastes a little slimy in my mouth. Thin patty.

Judge 4 - Taste 5...Texture 5...Presentation 6. A bit plain looking. Not much aroma, bland. Rice was good texture but burger was mushy. Mac salad was ok.

Judge 5 - Taste 4...Texture 4...Presentation 4. Patties look like they are drowning in the gravy. Looks skimpy, like the owners didn't want to give the third patty. Gravy is salty. Meat tastes artificial.

Judge 6 - Taste 1...Texture 1...Presentation 3. Look like Salisbury steak TV dinnah. Taste like soy patty.