Ultimate Burger

Ultimate Burger – See How Fresh, Local Ingredients Turn into the Tastiest Burgers and More
Local Expert's Rating:
4 / 5
The Bottom Line:

At Ultimate Burger, they’re on a mission to show the world the difference that fresh, local, and often organic ingredients can make. Led by talented Chef Windy Gerardi, this Kailua-Kona eatery never fails to impress with its signature burgers and so much more. Beer brings it all together, although you can keep it simple with their Housemade lemonade if you wish.

- The HawaiianIslands.com Local Expert Team

Day in and day out, Ultimate Burger goes all out in the selection of fresh, local, and often organic ingredients. Although the eatery sits in the heart of Kailua-Kona, they have partnerships with ranchers, fishermen, and farmers all over the Big Island. On a daily basis, they fill their inventory with freshly-ground, grass-fed beef, organic island produce, and fish caught right off the nearby shores. Since they can never quite know what’ll be in stock, their menu changes on the regular as a result.

Upon filling out the inventory, Chef Windy Gerardi and her crew expertly transform it all into their signature burgers, sandwiches, and more. They make every last item from scratch, even going as far as cutting their own fries on the daily. The results are phenomenal, too, allowing you to savor all the bright, bold flavors in every bite. In fact, from the very first second, you’ll quickly realize just why they put so much effort into starting with the highest quality ingredients every time.

Although the amazing flavor in every bite inspires them to keep their winning formula, that’s not the only reason their eatery chooses to only use high-quality ingredients. Chef Gerardi also wants to make a difference in people’s lives, allowing them to taste the difference immediately – and then feel it later. Through her eatery, she hopes to reduce the amount of chemicals consumed, while ensuring that every last morsel tastes mind-blowingly scrumptious.  

Despite that health-centric mission, all their menu items come in huge, decadent portions. They put as many as four patties and four slices of cheese on their ultimate burger, for example. Plus, they serve all their dishes with rich, homemade dipping sauce for days. And even though their burgers are plenty big enough on their own, additional topping options abound. You can get yours with applewood-smoked bacon, sauteed mushrooms, grilled pineapple, and so much more.

Along with all their amazing foods, they have a wide variety of cold brews plus non-alcoholic beverages galore. Their Housemade Lemonade is the star of the show, offering a tart bite while proving wholly refreshing always.

Fan favorites on the menu:

Ultimate Double Decker
A middle-of-the-road option in regard to their burger fare, the Ultimate Double Decker will fill you up without leaving you overly stuffed. This burger starts with a fresh-baked brioche roll toasted and topped with two charbroiled patties and two slices of cheese. To that, they add organic butter lettuce, pickle slices, onion, tomato slices, and their housemade sauce.

Fresh Fish Sandwich
For a taste of the freshest seafood around, don’t hesitate to go with the Fresh Fish Sandwich. They create this dish using the local catch of the day, filleted and grilled to perfection. Then, they put it on a toasted brioche bun topped with housemade sriracha sauce. Organic butter lettuce, tomatoes, and onion join the party to finish it off right.

House-Made Paniolo Chili
Available by the cup and the bowl, their House-Made Paniolo Chili promises to satisfy all your cravings in an instant. This dish features their grass-fed Big Island beef plus a ton of other secret ingredients. Although it’s delicious all on its own, you can add onions and cheddar cheese for an extra charge.

Before putting in your order, decide if you want to dine in-house, go outside, or take your meal on the road. Then, let the server know your dining preferences, so they can wrap up your items just right. Their indoor dining room has an inviting vibe, for sure, but you cannot beat the open-air experience awaiting out front. All the nearby beaches serve as a great place to chow down, too, so you really cannot go wrong no matter what you pick.

Insider Tips:
-Prefer to skip the bun? Just ask for a lettuce wrap instead.
-Both their additions and substitutions come with an upcharge, so ask what it’ll cost if you need to watch your spending.
-If you want fries with your burger or sandwich, you must order them separately. They do not have any combo meals.