Sunday, April 24, 2016

Wahlburgers - Orlando

Earlier today, we had lunch at Wahlburgers in Downtown Orlando, which is located at the corner of Church Street and Orange Avenue.

Wahlburgers does not have a gluten free menu, but on their website, they mention that they have a lot of delicious gluten free options, which they would love to tell you about if you ask.  When we entered the restaurant, we were told that we could choose quick service, where you order at the counter, or table service with a server taking our order.  Because I had so many questions, we opted for table service today, but in the future, we would probably choose quick service, which has tables on the opposite side of the restaurant.

From reading online reviews of the Orlando restaurant and other Wahlburgers locations on the Find Me Gluten Free app, I knew that they had gluten free buns, and dedicated fryers for their fries and tots.

I was surprised when our server Larry told me that they use gluten free croutons on all their Caesar salads. He was able to answer a lot of my questions, but when he was not sure about something, he consulted with the kitchen manager.

I shared sides of Yukon Gold fries and sweet potato tots with my family.  The sweet potato tots were good, but they needed to be a little crispier.  I like my tater tots crunchy.

The Yukon Gold fries were a big hit with everyone at the table, because my family loves thin-cut fries, and they were seasoned and cooked well.  Our fries were served with sides of cranberry sauce and Wahl sauce, which is ketchup and mayonnaise-based.  I was told that both are gluten free, but I did not try the Wahl sauce, because I do not like mayonnaise.  My husband said it reminded him of Thousand Island dressing.  We all liked the cranberry sauce on the sweet potato tots.

All beef burgers at Wahlburgers are a blend of ground chuck, brisket, and short ribs.  I was a little disappointed that their BBQ sauce was not gluten free, but I still ordered the BBQ Bacon Burger on a gluten free bun, minus the sauce and the jalapenos.

I chose this burger because of the white cheddar cheese, bacon, and avocado, which you can't see in the picture, because it is under the burger.  Our server Larry told me that the gluten free buns are made locally, which surprised me, because I did not think any local bakeries were baking gluten free buns. It looked and tasted exactly like the gluten free buns used at the Leaky Cauldron in Universal Studios Florida, so I would not be surprised if it was Udi's.

All burgers are cooked medium at Wahlburgers unless you specify otherwise.  I was really impressed by the burger itself, and I liked the toppings I chose.  The bun was pretty good for being gluten free, but would have been better if it tasted a little fresher.

Overall, we enjoyed our dining experience at Wahlburgers in Downtown Orlando.  Wahlburgers has restaurants in Florida, Massachusetts, Nevada, New York, Pennsylvania, and Toronto, Canada.  You can view their restaurant locator here.  In the future, I hope they consider adopting a gluten free menu, which would make ordering much easier.

You can read more about Wahlburgers Orlando, and view their menu and hours on their website here.

What are your favorite gluten free options at Wahlburgers?


  1. Was the gluten free bun really dense? I find that is normally the case and take it off.

    1. Shannon - This dining experience was too long ago to recall that kind of detail, but I did say it tasted like an Udi’s commericlal bun, and they are not dense.