That being said, the last time I had a burger at Octane was something like 2003. Seriously. With the locally sourced ingredients and eclectic menu, a burger is not my first - or even 15th - choice for food when eating here.
Octane has two burger choices on their standard menu; The blue cheese burger and the atomic burger. With their small, made-to-order kitchen, you can order a simple cheeseburger if that is your preference. Currently, Octane features a "Rick's Picks" menu in honor of the Rick Nielsen collection on display at the Burpee Museum of Natural History here in Rockford, Illinois. From this specialty menu I order the Budokan Burger, so named after Cheap Trick's famous album Live at Budokan (1979).
You can see from the picture, this is a fabulous hand pattied beef burger, I love that there is as much beef as there is bun. I went with it; the Budokan burger is topped with a plethora of flavors. Teriyaki sauce, Sriraccha sauce, grilled onions, small pineapple chunks, some kind of mild white cheese (brick?).
After a few test bites to judge the substance of the bun, I ate the balance with a knife and fork. There were enough toppings to disperse between forkfuls. However after cooling to room temperature, I was disappointed to find that the burger bordered on dried out. I left a quarter of the burger on my plate.
The potato wedges were a lovely golden brown, which was but a crispy Halloween costume. The potato was hand cut, well seasoned with sea salt and fresh cracked pepper, but the wedges were not crispy at all. They had great potato flavor, but without that lusty crisp, they were not worth the calorie consumption.
I finished my meal with one of their in house pastry chef's handmade grapefruit sandwich cookies. Buttery and not too tart, the two inch cookie was just enough to satisfy my sweet tooth.
I had coffee and water to drink. My entire meal, with tip, was $17. For one person.
Conclusion: the burger was satisfying but not crave worthy. So if a group of adventurous eaters comes to Octane for lunch or dinner, the conservative members of your group will enjoy a fine cheeseburger.