Birkirkara’s Charles Bar has become a veritable mecca of Maltese food porn, and in between their massive triple-patty Muscle and their weirdly amazing Dorito burger, they’re not one to shy away from a delicious experiment. Their latest creation brings it all home, and it’s as Maltese as they get.
Feast your eyes on The Easter Bunny Burger
The newly-devised burger came about when the Birkirkara eatery caught wind that they’d be visited by Malta Burgers, a popular Facebook group reviewing some of the tastiest burgers on the island.
“When they heard the news that we were hunting for rabbit burgers, they promptly offered to create something just for us,” Malta Burgers explained in a Facebook post. The traditional fried rabbit is one of the bar’s trademarks, but what awaited the popular reviewers was still a surprise. “We thought that this would be a rehashed burger, with a rabbit patty instead of a beef one… but how wrong we were!”
What followed was a lengthy Facebook post which saw Malta Burgers pine over the new burger, which they christened The Easter Bunny Burger. If you’re somehow still not impressed by the bar’s track record and the food porn, here’s a little rundown of what to expect from the EBB.
1. It doesn’t have a bread bun
‘Breadless burgers’ are always a sight to behold, and are usually delicious beyond their gimmicky exterior. Remember the KFC Double Down? It was all the rage in the USA a couple of years ago, and the chain sold one per second for the first week when it finally debuted in the UK and the rest of Europe.
Back to the Maltese breadless beauty that is the EBB.
“The bun is a golden UFO-like dome made from rabbit meat,” Malta Burgers explained. “Rabbit meat, fennel, curry, ginger, garlic, and chorizo are worked in the form of a flat patty. A hard-boiled egg is placed in the middle and enveloped within the meat to form a fist-sized ball. This is covered with flour, coated in egg and dipped in breadcrumbs. It’s then deep fried in oil until it crunches into a golden colour. When it’s split in half, it’s transformed into a Bunny bun.”
Our money. Take it. Now.
2. It somehow still tastes like nanna’s Sunday fenkata
Sure, the rabbit is the star of the show, but this isn’t some veggie-hating meat feast from the 21st century.
Lettuce, tomato slices and onions feature, but there’s also a sundried tomato pesto to turn those vegetable ingredients up to 11.
For good measure, they throw in melted cheddar cheese a big wallop of mashed peas. If you’re thinking it’s a little weird to have sundried tomatoes and peas featuring in a burger, that’s because they’re actually lifted from the traditional fried rabbit recipe.
In other words, you get the best of both worlds; an Epic Meal Time style burger which still tastes like your favourite childhood memories.
3. It was made for #FoodPorn photoshoots
Seriously, look at this thing.
Something with this level of craft that looks so good has been very clearly devised with a whole lot of love, and that’s where the unbeatable flavour comes in.
The EBB’s signature rabbit-bun was inspired by Charles Bar’s mac & cheese balls, which have been gradually taking Maltese social media by storm.
So yeah; it’s another hit, brought to you by people who have been releasing nothing but hits.
The long Malta Burgers post announcing the EBB also gave the reviewers’ 23,000 followers a bit of a back story on the people behind Charles Bar itself.
As it turns out, the man behind the bar’s mouthwatering menu is actually called Wayne. The 27-year-old chef took over the bar two years ago from a retiring owner whose name wasn’t even Charles. So the search for the bar’s namesake is still on, although it might be down to Wayne’s second name.
While the true identity of the Charles on the sign remains a mystery, one thing’s for sure; the Easter Bunny Burger looks amazing.
Pair it up with a Cisk, a packet of Twistees, and the Maltese National Anthem playing in the background. Boom, instant patriotism.