Val’s vs Burger Time: a review of two great burger places


Raven Vastag

As far as burgers go, in the St. Cloud area there is a fierce competition between Val’s and Burger Time.

In the St. Cloud area, there are quite a few places that offer burgers on their menu, but two of the most popular burger joints focus just on burgers: Val’s and Burger Time. Overall it seems that Val’s is the more popular choice, but the Burger Time fan base is very dedicated. The only real way to test it is to compare the taste of the burgers to see which one comes out on top

A Val’s cheeseburger comes in at $2.05. It’s not a big burger, but it’s worth the price. It comes with mustard, ketchup, pickles, and onion. It’s a very greasy burger, but it’s good overall. The meat doesn’t get overpowered by the toppings which is important. I ordered a cheeseburger, a large order of fries, and a Reese’s milkshake. The fries filled up a large part of the bag. The fries were really good, and they tasted almost meaty. The burger, on the other hand, was very underwhelming. It was good and better then most fast food, but it just tasted greasy and the bun had a strong flour flavor. For the price, it was very good, and I would recommend it. Val’s shines in value more than flavor.

A Burger Time burger comes in at $3.59. It is more expensive than Val’s, so it loses points there. It comes with mayo, tomato, ketchup, and lettuce. It’s really greasy as well but the toppings help dilute the greasiness. I ordered a Bigger Burger, which is just their regular burger and an order of fries. The fries seemed really stale, but the burger was great. The toppings didn’t take up the whole burger, but you could still taste it. The meat was seasoned well, and it complimented the toppings. Because it comes with tomato there’s a sweet and salty flavor happening which is really nice. Burger Time was a great burger and even though it was more expensive, it excelled in other areas.

So what is the best burger of St. Cloud? Val’s pulls ahead in value providing a cheap burger with good flavor, but Burger Time keeps up with size. They both tasted great. Val’s was more of a plain burger, while Burger Time had more toppings and variety in flavor. The best burger of St. Cloud is not an objective thing. At the end of the day it matters what you want. If you want a cheap burger that tastes good, then Val’s is probably better for you, but if you want a more full burger with many different flavors you’d probably prefer Burger Time. I believe that the better burger is Burger Time. It costs $1.54 more and for that, you get a bigger burger, along with much more variety in the burger. Val’s is a great burger for the price, but you can’t judge a good burger off of strictly value.