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Burger review of the month: Hurricane Grill and Wings in Cary

Posted May 16, 2012
Updated May 17, 2012

The guys from The Straight Beef tackled Hurricane Grill and Wings in Cary for their burger of the month review. This place isn't known for its burgers, so let's see how it stacks up: 

Scott’s Review

In burgiatry school, we’re trained to be wary of burgers purveyed at joints specializing in something else (e.g., avoid the patty melt at Sushi Thai). Sure, you’ll occasionally stumble upon a great non-burger-joint burger like the one at Bonefish Grill (TSB rating = 4.42), which would move even the stodgiest classical burgiatrist to stand up and say “yum.” But that’s rare.

Well, it happened again – this time in grand fashion.

hurricane grill and wings

Hurricane Grill and Wings, a chain restaurant out of Florida that specializes in wings out the wazoo, has opened one other location in the southeastern United States – and our fair Cary, North Carolina, wins big.

I’ll mention but not dwell on how good the wings were. My goodness they were good. My goodness.

For it was the Hurricane’s burger – a humble, traditional, flat-grill beauty with a quality, flavorful patty and a bun that knows when to stay out of the way – that’s the cause for a strong southeasterly gale around TSB headquarters. Hearkening us back to the pure, undiluted burger power of Mojoe’s and Johnson’s, two TSB favorites, Hurricane Wings and Grill offers one non-burger-joint burger that made these burgiatrists stand up and say, with no hint of shame, “yum.”

Scott’s Rating: 4.5 out of 5.0

hurricane grill and wings

John’s Review

Though I could have guessed it by the formulaic beach-life tchotchke décor (which actually suits this surf bum quite well), the fact that Hurricane Wings and Grill was a chain was revealed to me only after the burger was consumed. The knowledge that it was a chain would not have dimmed my expectations (my maxim has always been “burger bliss is where you find it”); the fact that it was a non-burger-centric chain might have.

But that would have been unfair. Burgers are not the marquee item on Hurricane’s menu, but they should be – or perhaps at least share twin billing with the blockbuster wings.

Hurricane offers a very flavorful chuck patty cooked (in my case) a light medium, on a soft bun, with gooey melted American cheese. While my tomato was a little thin and crystalline, Hurricane got one major thing right with the veggies…drum roll, please…shredded iceberg lettuce! The only area where Hurricane went awry here was the order of the build, with the veggies on the bottom, the tomato longing to be in its rightful place next to the mayo. I pushed that frustration aside and opened my heart to this burger, and it filled me with warm, burger bliss.

John’s Rating: It’s a solid 4.5, folks.

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Michael’s Review

Thirty. Two. Wing. Sauces. Thirty-two. Any of them can be added to a burger – or anything else between bread. If our oft-imagined fictional sister site thestraightwing.com actually existed, we’d discuss it there. Until then, you’ll just have to try them yourself. On to the burger. I ordered the bacon cheeseburger with American cheese, lettuce, tomato, pickles – and the Thai ginger and garlic sauce.

The juicy patty was mildly seasoned and fully covered with cheese. The order of the build, however, was perplexing. The shredded lettuce, average tomato, and pickles were beneath the patty. Mind-boggling. Also, the bacon was tasteless and limp. It tasted like it was cooked in the microwave, or sitting in a warmer for awhile. The ginger glaze, though, elevated the overall burger experience. The soft, top-notch bun held everything together.

Overall, it was a great burger, but the unorthodox build and sub-par bacon keep me from rating it higher than a 4.

Michael’s Rating: 4.0 out of 5.0

Final note: Hurricane’s overall score (4.33) makes its burger a close second to our top-rated Cary burger, Barry’s Café (4.50) – but just barely.

Scott, Michael and John are The Straight Beef, a group of professional burgiatrists who review, rate and rank Triangle-area burgers on their award-winning blog. You can read more about The Straight Beef, including their education and scholarship, ratings system, and burger categorization method here


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  • Khanrahan May 21, 2012

    Hey Kelly, if you click on the hyperlink in the story for the venue it will take you to the page with the address and more info about Hurricane Grill. Here's the link: http://www.wral.com/Cary/Chicken/Hurricane-Grill-Wings/10836601/

  • kellypsnll May 17, 2012

    I think I will side with the comments. Besides, it never even mentioned where the place is in Cary. Cary is a big place. I do know where Abbey Road is and I am more willing to go there.

  • michelle234 May 16, 2012

    I did not have a burger there but my experience was so bad, we don't bother to even try it again. The pork sliders were terribly dry. We got two flavors of boneless wings, the regular hot ones were ok but the teriyaki ones were not good. The wait staff did not seem to understand you need to regularly check beverages at a place that serves HOT food.

    To top it off, we had five left over boneless hot wings and asked for a togo container and some ranch. The waitress came back to the table and told me they charged 50 cents for ranch to go. I know it's only 50 cents but at a wing joint? I mean it's not even a cheap one. You've got be kidding making people pay for ranch.

    Not one of the four people I went with was impressed or plans to go back.

  • pat7 May 16, 2012

    I have tired that place twice now ,And will never go back the service is bad ,And the food is bad over cooked

  • xxxxxxxxxxxxx May 16, 2012

    I'll have to try it out - I'm interested in any place that will actually cook my burger medium instead of cooking it to the usual shoe leather consistency. I'm not quite sure why these guys were so horrified at the lettuce and tomato being on the bottom. What difference does it make?

  • jr8fan May 16, 2012

    we had burgers from this place and they were horrible!

    ill stick with Abbey Road, Chow and Mojos