The Indy Burger Guy visited Trader’s Mill on Friday, October 29, 2016.
I’d been to Trader’s Mill a time or two with my father, but don’t remember ever having their burger. I’d certainly had the cheesesteak and the fish and chips, but don’t remember the burger until I went out with my wife and some of her friends from work one Friday evening.
The Cubs were in their World Series run and spirits were generally high (even though they would go on to lose that particular game). To that end, Trader’s Mill is a typical sports bar, much like any other sports bar I’ve been in – flatscreen TVs around the perimeter showing all manner of athletics, several pool tables off to one side, and an impressively-stocked bar… and a burger on the menu.
The cheeseburger is, in almost every capacity, a pretty standard cheeseburger.Nothing over the top special, but nothing you’d feel compelled to spit into your napkin either.
It’s a thick and (relatively) juicy burger – though it would have been far juicier had the burger not been overcooked. I always order my burgers medium. This one was medium well at best. The beef was well-seasoned, but was unfortunately too overcooked to be overly great.
The rest, though, was fairly good. The toppings were good and fresh – leaf lettuce (which I vastly prefer to iceberg!), juicy tomato, and slices of crunchy red onion, with dill pickle slices, and mayonnaise. American cheese was melted over the top of the burger. (Like many places, Trader’s Mill offers a variety of cheeses, but I always opt for American, which is the optimal burger cheese, to my thinking.)
The bun was really pretty nice, actually. Bun integrity being an issue that concerns me greatly with regard to the state of the modern burger, it’s always nice to find a bun that actually stands up well to the beef and toppings included. This one definitely met that criteria – a brioche-style bun (my favorite burger bun!) pillowy enough to not to impede the sandwich eating process, but dense enough to hold up to the various sauces and the grease from the burger while still maintaining its shape.
All things considered, Trader’s Mill puts out a fairly decent burger. It’s not earth-shattering or paradigm-shifting, but it’s a tasty burger that’ll hit the spot if you find yourself in Trader’s Point in need of a burger fix.
FINAL RANKING: 7.9/10
Trader’s Mill Grill & Bar
5650 W. 86th St.
Indianapolis, IN 46278
Cost Range: $$ ($7-$12)