317 Burger is the newest burger joint to hit the Broad Ripple village, located at 915 Westfield Blvd. next to The Corner Wine Bar. Forget your preconceived notions about simple bland burger shops where adding a fried egg or some barbeque sauce is what passes as a "specialty". All of the burgers on the menu are made from meat that has been ground on location, and their specialty burgers range from patties made from lamb or pork, to the more extreme shrimp or tuna burgers. Yes, there is a burger on the menu made from ground shrimp. The wacky ideas don't stop with shrimp burgers. On the menu you can also find: country fried bacon, poutine, and maple bacon cupcakes for dessert. All of this, plus a nice rotating selection of local and craft beers makes 317 Burger an ideal place for fans of burgers and beers alike.
As if the regular menu isn't exciting enough, 317 Burger always features a burger of the week. These guys are all over the place from the Chicken and Waffle Burger, a patty made from seasoned ground chicken, topped with brie, jowl bacon, a maple-molasses sauce, and served on a waffle bun, to the fantastic Creole Alligator Burger. If you have never had alligator before, it is a lean, white meat similar to chicken in flavor and texture, but it also has a mild seafood undertone. The gator patty came topped with grilled Andouille sausage, smoked mozzarella, pickled onions, and a spicy Cajun sauce. The flavors melded into a dazzling array of rich savory meats, held together by melted cheese, with vivid Cajun spices and a subtle smoky flavor to balance out the richness of the burger. The only problem with this burger, aside from its messiness, is that it is not on the everyday menu.
317 Burger probably isn't the most health consciences place in town. Most of the desserts are either deep fried or topped with bacon. All of the bacon on the menu comes from Indy's own Smoking Goose, and bacon is featured heavily. The country fried bacon is your cardiologist’s worst nightmare, and most American’s idea of a heaven. The bacon is breaded and deep fried in a typical country style breading, and it is served with a side of homemade gravy for dipping, as if fried bacon alone weren't a deliciously evil enough idea. Their commitment to perfection is exemplified by their hand cut fries. Thick, crispy, and with a strong amount of potato flavor still to be had, these guys are the perfect accompaniment to any burger on the menu. These fries would be ideal with a splash of malt vinegar, which they unfortunately did not have. 317 Burger also has partnered with local bakeries to produce their maple bacon cupcake which was a brilliant combination of chocolate, maple, and salty flavors. The only real let down on the menu was the turkey burger. It was bland and lacked any of the pizazz that was so pronounced in the rest of burgers.
Everything about 317 Burger is new. The interior is inviting, with a modern decor that is right on the line between casual, and upscale. Reservations as well as children are allowed in the dining room, and burgers and food are available still in the impressive bar area. 317 Burger is a fine place to grab a meal out, although your doctor may not agree.