By Denise Ortuno

Enjoy tasty burgers, shakes and much more at BurgerIM in Indio.

There is much to choose from in the “fast food” burger realm, and thanks to the recent opening of BurgerIM in Indio off of Fed Waring and Jefferson, we have one more. The restaurant is part of a franchise concept that took flight in 2016, and has been growing ever since, with spots popping up all over the country. BurgerIM ups the fast food ante, by offering gourmet style burgers with premium beef (Angus, Wagyu, Merguez), for moderate prices. This combination of quality and affordability seems to be a good recipe for the booming franchise.

The Indio location has a modern vibe, with polished concrete floors, metal chairs, and lots of TVs to watch your favorite sporting events. The center of the room is dedicated to the horseshoe bar, where patrons can sip on a beer while munching on a burger. They offer bottled and draft beers, including Coachella Valley’s own, La Quinta Brewery, and have Happy Hour Monday through Friday from 3pm to 6pm (and during all football games), with $3 domestics, and $3.75 imports and craft.

The burger line up there is meant to tantalize, with selections such as the Angus Beef (1/3lb patty, with house sauce, leaf lettuce, Roma tomato, pickles, shaved onion and American cheese), the Dry-Aged Beef (1/3lb patty, BBQ sauce, onion ring, bacon, cheddar cheese), and the one that I chose, the Spanish Beef (1/3lb, habanero aioli, grilled jalapenos, leaf lettuce, pepper jack cheese), as well as a chicken, salmon and even a falafel option. Plus, you can always create your own.

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My Spanish Beef was super spicy, with the combination of heat from the habanero aioli and grilled jalapenos…hot, hot, just the way I like it! To offset the spicy burger, I ordered one of their creamy cool shakes (offered in chocolate, vanilla, strawberry, or cookies & cream) to give my mouth a little chill. The shakes are delicious, topped with lots of airy whipped cream.

BurgerIM also serves up some salad selections, for those wanting some extra green with their burger, and sides which include, onion rings, sweet potato fries as well as chicken wings and strips, which would go perfect with their Happy Hour.

If you’re looking to bring home dinner for the family, try a Family or Party Box, which gives an ample combo of burgers, wings and sides.

With fun food, and a cool ambience, BurgerIM is a tasty alternative to the everyday “fast food” burger, and hey, they have beer too!

BurgerIM is located at 44100 Jefferson St. #D400, Indio 92201

www.burgerim.com

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