THE name of Teddy’s Bigger Burgers, Hawaii’s No. 1 burger chain, says it all. It specializes and serves burgers that are bigger than the usual. Its burgers come in Big, Bigger and Biggest sizes, and its smallest burger – called Big – boasts of a patty that weighs 5oz. or one-third pound. The Bigger burgers come with 7oz. patties, while the Biggest burgers have whopping 9oz. patties.
And that’s not all. Teddy’s Bigger Burgers is known for its Monster Doubles, which are double patty sandwiches, so the Big Monster Doubles total 10oz., with the Bigger burgers weighing 14oz. and the Biggest burgers a screaming 18oz.
All these burgers are made of 100% corn-fed U.S. ground chuck (taken from the shoulder and neck portions of cows, so the meat doesn’t dry out when cooked on high temperature) that is a combination of 80% lean meat and 20% fat, and are charbroiled upon order. The patty is topped with the restaurant’s famous sweet and tangy Super Sauce on a soft and delicate potato bun, garnished with crisp lettuce, tomatoes, pickles and onions.
These huge, juicy and delicious Teddy’s burgers, which are served in 11 locations in Hawaii as well as in Washington, Iowa, soon in California and Texas, and in Japan, can now be enjoyed in the Philippines. Seasoned restaurateurs Marvin Agustin, Raymund Magdaluyo and Ricky Laudico, the same personalities behind such restaurants as SumoSam and Akira, brought Teddy’s Bigger Burgers to Manila and opened its first Philippine store at Greenbelt 3 in Ayala Center, Makati City.
It was Magdaluyo who serendipitously came across Teddy’s Bigger Burgers, a burger chain established by founders Ted Tsakiris and Richard Stula in Hawaii in 1998. Magdaluyo was biking in Oahu, Hawaii, during one of his U.S. trips back then when it suddenly rained and he sought refuge from the downpour at Teddy’s Kailua branch. He instantly became a fan of Teddy’s signature ground chuck charbroiled burgers, so he talked to his business partners Agustin and Laudico, and soon they were in a Tokyo store of the burger chain, talking to Tsakiris and Stula about the possibility of bringing the franchise to Manila. The rest, as they say, is history, and so Teddy’s Bigger Burgers opened at Greenbelt 3 on August 23, 2014.
Teddy’s serves a wide selection of burgers, including Hawaiian Style (which has grilled pineapple over a teriyaki sauce smothered patty), Blue Cheese Bacon Burger (which has blue cheese and bacon), Cheese Burger (with cheese), Teri Burger (basted with sweet teriyaki sauce), Bacado (with bacon and avocado), and Western Burger (topped with barbecue sauce).
Diners can also make their own burger creations by adding their choice of toppings among such interesting selections as bacon, avocado, jalapeños, onion rings, peanut butter (yes, peanut butter!) and pastrami.
Aside from its famous burgers, which have been awarded multiple times as best burger in Hawaii, Teddy’s also serves sides, super thick milkshakes and wings. Sides include extra crispy fries and tots and beer-battered onion rings. Milkshake variants, made from 90% ice cream and 10% milk, feature Chocolate, Vanilla, Strawberry, Peanut Butter, Rootbeer, Dreamsicle and Pineapple. As for the wings, there’s Tiki Wings and the other chicken alternative, Chicken Tenders.
(Teddy’s Bigger Burgers is located at Level 3, Greenbelt 3, Ayala Center, Makati City.)