Note: South Korea-based food blogger Daniel Gray of Seoul Eats sent in this report about the best chili burger in Seoul. He has more info about the man behind the chili at his blog. Take it away, Dan!
Kevin Cyr's chili burger at Chili King is like a mining excavation. You get a mountainous hamburger dripping with golden cheese over boulders of kidney beans, green jalapeños, and rubble-like ground beef. This mountain could be intimidating for some, so let me give you some advice.
1. First, use your fork to get through the mounds of chili. The chili, with the flavors of onion, peppers, and spices married together after slowly simmering in crock pot for hours, is exceptional.
2. If the fork becomes too heavy, you can use the french fries to pick through the chili.
3. Once you get to sesame-speckled bun, grab hold with both hands and don’t let go until you finish. This is a burger that needs to be wrangled.
I can say, without doubt, that Chili King has the best chili burger in Seoul. They also have excellent chili-dogs, and chili fries. So is this place a one trick pony? Not quite. Kevin is an architect that likes to build his burgers—take the ranch jalapeño burger for example. The cool, homemade ranch dressing offsets the spice and then melts into the sizable all-beef patty. There is also a bacon cheddar burger for those looking for something more traditional. And we can’t forget about the "Big Kev" burger,which has two beef patties, provolone and cheddar cheese, bacon, grilled onions, tomatoes, pickles, and lettuce. You can even add chili for ₩1,000. Afterward, Kevin will personally drive you to the hospital for a bypass.
If burgers aren't your thing, Chili King has chicken club sandwiches and East Coast-style Canadian donair with a sweet garlic sauce. All of the sandwiches come with fries and homemade coleslaw. Burgers start at ₩8,900 and you can get the “Big Kev” for ₩11,900. Honestly, this guy is charging too little for his gourmet burgers, so check it out before he wises up.
010 6873 1304
11 a.m. - 11 p.m.
Closed on Tuesday because the King goes to Three Alley Pub to have wings.
Directions: Go out Exit 1 of Itaewon Station and make the second right. You’ll see "Pacific Shopping," and OK2 Kitchen. Go up the hill about 200 meters and you'll see Chili King on the left.