Joe's Farm Grill's Fresh as Can Be Fontina Burger

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David Holden

Deep in the Southeast Valley, you'll find 12 acres of farmland known as Agritropia. The urban farm produces vegetables and herbs, making it a great place for a restaurant; hence, Joe's Farm Grill was born.

With thickets of trees all around, Joe's may be a bit difficult to locate, but once you do find the entrance, you won't want to leave.

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The menu stretches from breakfast in the mornings to hand-picked salads and smoked barbecue for lunch and dinner. But, as usual, I'm here for the burger.

Out of the four burgers to choose from (five, if you count the veggie burger, but come on), I chose the most unusual: the Fontina Burger. The burger was draped in fontina cheese with red peppers, mushrooms, arugula, and farm-made pecan pesto.

The Patty: 7.5
Just like at a diner-style joint, the burger came out within five minutes, but the patty was a much higher quality than any diner food I had ever tasted. The all-natural Arizona beef is grilled just long enough to be pink all the way through. While the six-ounce patty may be a little thin, what it lacks in size it makes up for in taste, with a tenderness and juiciness that makes my mouth water just thinking about it.

The Toppings: 8.5
I never thought I would use the phrase "fresh off the farm" literally, but aside from the intensely flavored fontina, all of the toppings are exactly that. The tender, grilled mushrooms added some extra texture and flavor. Add on a few freshly picked roasted red peppers and sprinkle on a few stems of arugula for a little zest. What makes this burger special is the pesto. And not just any kind of pesto, but thick pecan pesto, which gives the burger a richer taste.


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Joe's Farm Grill

3000 E. Ray Road, Gilbert, AZ

Category: Restaurant

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