The concept at Four Burgers seems pretty cool, it's upscale fast food, where you order counter style choosing from one of four burgers: locally sourced grass fed beef, all natural turkey, wild Alaskan salmon or organic black bean. From there you pick from three types of buns: sesame seeded white, whole wheat or gluten free. The cheese and topping options are substantial, ranging from Swiss, herbed havarti, smoked gouda and blue, to house cured jalapenos, applewood smoked bacon, a fried egg - the list goes on; there is a seemingly limitless number of ways to customize your burger. House cut french fries are offered in Idaho potato or sweet potato, with an option to get half and half. They have a great selection of bottled craft beers, such as Pretty Things and Sam Adams, and wines by the half bottle. I wandered in on a whim to the Boylston Street location across from the Boston Common (they are also located in Central Square) to a clean, brightly lit, industrial feeling space with red accents, the tables set with eye catching ketchup and mustard bottles. Additionally, beautiful black and white framed photographs line the exposed brick walls.
There was no line as I approached the counter, where service was friendly if not slightly absentminded. I paused in an attempt to tally up how I just spent $18 on a burger and fries. (Wishing I was given a receipt...) Yes, I ordered a beer, but, somehow it still felt like those toppings (you are charged individually, even for cheese) added up really quickly! And did she charge me for large fries without even asking which size I wanted?I ordered the beef burger on a fluffy wheat bun which came with fresh lettuce, tomato and some pickles on the side, to which I added Vermont cheddar cheese, caramelized onions and guacamole. The patty was massive and loosely packed, after only a few bites my burger was completely falling apart. The french fries were dull, lacking in taste and texture, they were under-seasoned and not at all crispy.
It seems like they thought of everything, from the plethora of cheeses, to the half and half french fry side, to the alcoholic beverages, but in the end I left disappointed and unimpressed by the ridiculously messy burger and lackluster fries.