Having tried many subscription boxes/meal kits over the last several years, I can say with certainty that, to date, this is the most insane box that has ever arrived at my doorstep. Created by the Boston Burger Company, this is the BurgaBox: a meal box subscription service that ships fresh, cold-packed ingredients directly to your door so you can create the most ridiculous spreads of burgers, mac 'n cheese, and fries in the world.
Diners, Drive-ins and Dives is one of my favorite food shows. My husband, too. We're obsessed. Every time we watch it we instantly want to plan a road trip centered around hitting as many of the restaurants featured on the show as possible. The Boston Burger Company was featured on an episode of good ole Triple-D and the Mac Attack burger, one of the burgers available via the BurgaBox service and also the burger that we will be reviewing in this post, was showcased. I'll give ya a few minutes to watch the clip above to give you a thorough eye-helping of what they do up there in Boston Burgerland.
How it works: You can subscribe to the service and receive a BurgaBox each month, shipped on the 3rd Wednesday of every month (and will arrive at your door 1-2 days from shipping date). The details of each month's box will be announced on the 1st of every month. You can also choose to order a single box as a one-off purchase. Side dishes such as pans of mac & cheese or fries are also available for purchase. You can see a listing of all of the deliciousness available by clicking right here.
What it costs: At the time of this post, individual BurgaBox purchases range from $65 - 67 for a box that feeds 2 (see my notes on portions below). By subscribing to the service, discounts are available depending on the length of your subscription. Month-to-month saves you about 12% per box, while signing up with 3 or 6 month subscriptions result in larger savings. Shipping is currently free nationwide.
GET A DISCOUNT: I love when I can offer a discount code for my readers, so when you purchase a Mac Attack BurgaBox like the one featured in this post, use coupon code BROWNIE10 when you check out to save $10!
This is what I saw when I opened the box.
I received The Mac Attack Feast Kit that included:
- 2 8oz burger patties with buns, bacon, homemade 4-cheese mac 'n cheese, thick-sliced bacon, and more cheese for topping
- 1 32oz pan of pulled pork mac 'n cheese: 4 cheese macaroni & cheese topped with pulled pork, sauteed peppers and onions and barbecue sauce
- 1 lb garlic Parmesan wedge fries
- 8oz side of Boston baked beans
- 8oz side of homemade cole slaw
How much food? A standard BurgaBox feeds 2 people, as stated on the website, but the portion sizes and richness of the burgers, fries, and pans of mac and cheese amount to an enormous amount of food. While I have no doubt that there are some burger lovers out there who can down a whole burger and the side dishes with no problem, we ended up being able to make several meals out of the food in a single box for two adults and one toddler. One burger was more than enough for the 3 of us (once fully assembled, they are huge!) and the mac 'n cheese was so rich that a small serving was more than enough to feel full and satisfied. The portions of the baked beans and cole slaw were smaller and lasted through the first meal. And if you end up with a ton of leftovers like we did, you can always tightly wrap and freeze everything for when you're ready for your next feast... that's what we did!
This is what the inside of the cold pack looked like. There are several large ice packs that were still rock solid when the box arrived and all of the food was thoroughly chilled.
Here is everything that was in the box.
Inside of that cardboard package were two (huge!) burger buns and a container of the special seasoning for the beef patties.
The raw patties came double-wrapped - vacuum sealed and placed in a plastic bag - and the coleslaw and baked bean side dishes were sealed in cylindrical plastic containers.
Next was a package of raw bacon, a container of shredded colby jack cheese, a container of mac 'n cheese for the burger, and some butter pats.
The fries came pre-cut in a bag with a container of garlic Parmesan topping and more butter pats.
Last, but definitely not least, was the 32oz pan of pulled pork mac 'n cheese, fully cooked and ready to be heated up in the oven.
Seeing the sheer amount of food in the box prompted us to only prepare one of the burgers for our feast. I grabbed the instructions and the first thing I did was throw half of the bacon into a skillet and get it sizzling. I cut the bacon strips in half because they were really long and fit better in my skillet this way.
The fries can be fried or baked and the box included instructions for both. I chose to bake them, so while they were in the oven I heated up the garlic parmesan mixture in a skillet with a bit of butter.
The fries came out of the oven nice and crisp, and then they got tossed into the skillet with the heated mixture. I may have sneaked a fry or two during this process... it was hard to resist.
While all of this was going on, the prepared pan of pulled pork macaroni and cheese was already in the oven getting hot and ooey gooey.
We only prepared one burger for the first meal (we froze the rest), so I unwrapped one of the beef patties and sprinkled both sides with the provided seasoning mix.
Using the same skillet that I used for the bacon, I cooked the patty to our desired done-ness. It was at this point that Matt came in from doing yard work and remarked on all of the intoxicating aromas that were filling up the kitchen.
One of the final steps was spooning out a scoop of the mac 'n cheese burger topping and grilling it like a patty in the same skillet until it developed a crispy crust on both sides. I've never heard of doing that before, but how amazing is that?! Totally stealing that technique if I ever feel inclined in the future to pile mac 'n cheese onto a burger.
Final step before assembling the burger was buttering the buns and toasting them face down in the skillet. This has always been our favorite way to toast burger buns because it picks up all of the delicious flavor bits left over from cooking the meat, so the Boston Burger Company knows what they are doing here.
The baked beans were already fully-cooked, so they just needed to be heated up in a small sauce pan. I tasted them as I was heating them up and I had to stop myself from digging in right then and there. They're fantastic.
We assembled the burger and took a moment of silence to gaze upon the deliciousness that sat before us. Just look at this beauty! The bun was thick and toasted to perfection, the bacon was thick and crisp, the beef was juicy and cooked just the way we like it (because we cooked it, of course), and that crispy patty of mac & cheese took things way over the top. We tried to find something to critique about this burger, but we couldn't find anything.
The homemade cole slaw was crisp and flavorful. I'm a giant fan of cole slaw and usually eat it anytime we make burgers or pulled pork sandwiches at home, so the fact that each box contains a generous serving of slaw is a perk for me. BBC's cole slaw is great, but for my personal tastes it was a little sweeter than I prefer.
The garlic Parmesan fries were incredible. Though I chose to oven bake them instead of frying them, the fries still came out crispy... and that cheesy, buttery, garlicky topping? Get out of here. SO good, you guys. So good, and so hard to stop eating them.
I could go as far as saying that I enjoyed the pulled pork mac & cheese just as much, if not more, than the burger. You could easily make a meal out of it all on its own. There's so much going on in here from the tender pulled pork, tangy barbecue sauce and just enough sauteed peppers and onions to add some extra dimension. My toddler is a connoisseur of macaroni and cheese as it is his favorite food on this planet, and he was shoving in mouthful after mouthful and asking for seconds. Heck, even if you don't order a full on BurgaBox, consider buying a pan of one of the many varieties of mac & cheese, because it's not to be missed.
Overall: Though I initially took pause at the $65+ price tag per individual BurgaBox, the sheer amount and quality of food that arrived at my door proved that it's worth every penny. If you priced out what a similar meal would cost at a good burger restaurant, the price works out. Especially if you take into consideration the fact that you're getting an entire 32oz pan of protein-loaded mac 'n cheese and a whole baking sheet's worth of gourmet fries as opposed to a single side serving at a restaurant.
Who I Recommend BurgaBox To: If you're a hardcore burger and mac 'n cheese lover and you want to treat yourself to one epic cheat meal a month, BurgaBox could be a fun way to have your cheat day sorted and sent to your door, ready for the feast. As my husband and I ate our meal, we talked about how sending a single BurgaBox to some of our food-loving friends or family members would be an awesome gift idea.
Want to try this box? If you want to try the Mac Attack Feast for yourself, don't forget to use coupon code BROWNIE10 to receive $10 off. The coupon code is only valid for the Mac Attack box.