The Indy Burger Guy visited Beast Food Truck on Saturday, October 29, 2016.
“Better late than never” is the phrase, I believe. This certainly was my experience with Beast. When I first started this blog, Beast was one of a handful of places I was really excited to try. But, as tends to happen, life kinda took off and getting down to Irvington (where Beast is located) proved challenging…
…until the Historic Irvington Halloween Festival Street Fair, which happened to be Beast’s final engagement of the season*. Talk about cutting it close!
I managed to slip away from the music, costumes, and booths to make my way down to Indy Cycle Specialist, where Beast was located. Their large yellow truck was parked in the parking lot in which was set an eating area consisting of folding tables and chairs for patrons to sit and enjoy their food. It was an unseasonably warm late October day (high 70s), so the outdoor seating was not only understandable, but pleasant and enjoyable.
My wait at Beast was a bit longer than I’d have liked, but it was a busy day – between being the last day of their season AND the day of the Irvington Street Fair. It was exciting to get that burger and fries, though. I hurried to an empty seat and popped open my “to-go box” container…
The burger… was smaller than I imagined it would be. The whole thing could fit easily in the palm of my hand, somewhere between a slider and a McDonald’s double cheeseburger. For the price tag of $10, I was expecting a larger burger… until I double checked the ingredients list.
As much of this burger as possible is locally sourced. The beef comes from Fischer Farms in Jasper, IN. The bacon comes from the Smoking Goose Meatery in the Holy Cross neighborhood of Indy. The barbecue sauce is from LocalFolks Foods, a sauce/condiment maker with partners in Sheriden, IN. I’m paying for locally-sourced and high quality ingredients and, I’ll be honest, that comes through in the flavor of the burger.
The signature burger at Beast is called, quite simply, Beast. It includes a quarter pound of Fischer Farms beef, Smoking Goose bacon, slow cooked onions, LocalFolks barbecue sauce, and Beast’s signature homemade Smokey Beer Cheese sauce, all served on a brioche bun. This burger has a delicious and complex flavor profile: the beer cheese has a wonderfully smoky spiciness that is perfectly balanced against the sweetness of the Localfolks barbecue sauce. The slow cooked onions were perfectly cooked, the bacon delightfully crisp, and the burger itself wonderfully seasoned. With regard to flavor, this burger is spot-on!
Beast cooks their burgers to medium well, which is a tad overdone for my liking (I prefer medium, given the opportunity). I also had a minor issue with the brioche bun. It managed to hold together for most of my eating, but the sauciness overtook in the last couple bites, causing the bottom bun to start to disintegrate. I was a bit surprised, to be honest, as I’ve never had a bun integrity issue with brioche.
Still, these complaints – in the grand scheme of things – are minor, if not negligible. The size of the burger was a bit of an issue as well, but all told, this is a quality burger made from people who genuinely care about providing quality, locally-sourced food to their community. When the season opens again, do yourself a favor and check them out!
FINAL RANKING: 8.8/10
Beast Food Truck
mobile – based out of the Irvington neighborhood of Indianapolis
Cost Range: $$ ($7-$12)*
*For Beast, the food truck season runs from March (?) through October.