Let’s get something out of the way right from the start, El Corral is a fast food joint. There is a little twist here though, you can either choose the Corral Burger (4.4 oz.) cooked on a griddle/flat top or the Grand Corral (8 oz.) which is grilled on an open flame.
The staff member who took my order insisted that I get the Char-Grilled Burger because it would be the most flavorful. After some consideration I decide to try one of each Burger with Cheese & Bacon. I never specified which Cheese I wanted but it appears Mozzarella is the default Cheese here. An order of Fries and Onion Rings rounded out my order.
The table I sat at was decorated with old newspaper ads, very reminiscent of how Wendy’s tables were in the ’70s and ’80s.
The Fries were of the frozen variety but were salted properly, nothing a little Ketchup couldn’t cure. The Onion Rings were very crispy and reminded me of the Onion Rings from Burger King back when they were still edible.
I ditched the Lettuce, Tomato and Onion on both Burgers. The Cheese as I had mentioned earlier was Mozzarella and it was melted. It stretched when I was taking bites from the Burger, in other words it did it’s job. The Bacon was diced up and not ultra crispy. I would go sans Bacon if I had it to do all over again.
Which was the best of the two? I’d say the Griddled won over the Grilled in this case. They both also had the Fast Food Burger Sauces (Ketchup, Mustard & Mayo) all over the them (Ketchup & Mayo on the Top Bun and Mustard on the Patty). Both were better than what you’ll find at the Big 3 but Shake Shack it’s not.
Get ‘Em Grilled or Griddled: