After a few hours of getting nowhere but having a wonderful time on the Maha’ulepu Heritage Trail, Eric and I were ready for a serious lunch. Serious burgers, to be precise. And that meant a visit to Bubba Burgers.
We recognized Bubba Burgers from the bold white and green façade. Despite the long line, I had barely decided what I wanted by the time we found ourselves at the front counter.
While the location in Poipu is relatively new, Bubba Burgers has been serving hamburgers on Kauai since 1936. It all began with the classic Bubba Burger: a simple 1/6 lb Kauai grass-fed beef patty on a toasted bun slathered with mustard, diced onions, and old-fashioned mustard-based relish. Double it up if you’re hungry, or indulge in a Big Bubba — it’s made with three beef patties!
But, wait a minute, why isn’t there any produce on these burgers? Turns out, lettuce and tomatoes don’t grow so well in Hawaii, and are shipped over from the mainland in refrigerated containers. The quality isn’t always good, which is why Bubba Burgers have adapted to preparing burgers without it — but you can always add them to yours for $1.
These are seriously drool-worthy burgers. Writing about them now, weeks later, is making me crave another one. That perfectly cooked patty smothered in thick, sweet teriyaki sauce was like nothing I’ve ever eaten.
The frings were perfect: crispy on the outside and soft and warm on the inside. They rivaled all my Los Angeles favorites — an impressive feat, as I love a good order of fries. The root beer float was completely insane — an entire cup of vanilla soft-serve topped with root beer. Scrumptious, yes, but I unfortunately filled myself up on ice cream and couldn’t finish my entire burger.
If you’re craving burgers in Kauai, Bubba Burgers is the place to go. I can’t wait to return!