Carmel’s Latest Burger Joint Is Experiencing Success With Unique Menu
Writer / Matt Keating
Photographer / Lucas Cooley
Evan Costas, co-owner of Burgerhaus, 89 Veterans Way, Carmel, had a big goal before he started his group of successful restaurants.
One of them was to offer a larger selection of craft hamburgers than other places do. After tasting one of Burgerhaus’ delicious creations, it’s clear Costas successfully met his goal.
“My dad (Burgerhaus Co-Owner Jon Costas) and I really wanted to give people more hamburger options,” Costas says. “We wanted to take the American hamburger and make it more international, so we took different burger flavors from around the world and brought them to our guests at our different Burgerhaus locations.”
Costas noted that the Carmel location opened March of last year to an enthusiastic response from area residents.
“We have had a lot of people tell us they were thrilled we opened here,” Costas says. “I love Carmel and enjoy being here in the Arts & Design district. I like the amount of parking we have here and being in downtown Carmel. This city reminds me a lot of my hometown of Valparaiso, where we have another Burgerhaus. Carmel is a beautiful city with extremely friendly people.”
Costas has been pleased with the expansion of Burgerhaus while being able to maintain the high quality of the food.
“We want everyone to have a memorable meal and keep coming back,” he says.
Costas also has Burgerhaus locations in Schererville and Indianapolis.
“We have been very happy to be able to expand into different locations and bring our international craft burgers to more people,” Costas says. “One of our most popular burgers has been the Aussie, a combo of thick Applewood bacon, smoked Gouda, a fried egg, mayo, butter lettuce and beefsteak tomato. We serve it on a whole wheat bun.”
Another big hit is The Santiago.
“It’s a hamburger with a great mix of chipotle Monterey, avocado, tomato, butter lettuce, chipotle mayo and fried jalapeños on a pretzel bun,” he says. “We have a lot of people who come back to order that again.”
The Vienna Burger has been another customer favorite at the Carmel location. General Manager Andrea Smith created the burger, which has Applewood bacon, beer-braised onions, bacon jam, Provolone cheese, arugula and mayo.
“Andrea has been happy that guests have enjoyed her creation,” Costas says. “She’s very proud of that. We encourage all of our location general managers to get involved in creating burgers.”
Burgerhaus also has The Haus, a classic creation served on a brioche bun with butter lettuce, tomato, onions and a choice of cheese, and The Tuscan, with fresh mozzarella, beefsteak tomato, thinly sliced red onion, fresh basil, baby spinach, garlic mayo and flavored with a balsamic reduction, among many other options.
“Some of the other customer favorites include our New Orleans Pickle Chips, which are one of our most famous features,” Costas says. “They are hand-battered fried pickles served with our own special zesty ranch. It has a nice pickle tang to it.”
Costas adds that Burgerhaus’ Point Loma Carne Asada Fries are also popular. They are made with melted Cheddar and marinated Carne Asada steak.
“These loaded fries also have our ‘Haus’-made guacamole, jalapeño sour cream, Pico de Gallo and cilantro,” he says.
Burgerhaus also has a wide variety of Fresh Greens including The Valparaiso, mixed greens topped with Bartlett pears, fennel, candied walnuts, blue cheese crumbles and champagne vinaigrette and The Hollywood Cobb Salad, among many others.
Helping Hungry Kids
Costas says Burgerhaus also started a partnership program with Kids Alive, International called “Full Belly, Full Heart,” to feed hungry children in third world poverty. A portion of every burger sold at Burgerhaus goes to provide balanced meals to hungry kids.
So far, they have provided more than 500,000 meals and hope to soon reach 1,000,000 with their guests’ help.
Burgerhaus is located at 89 Veterans Way in Carmel. You can give them a call at 317-740-0392 or visit them online at visitburgerhaus.com for more information.