After 7 or 8 visits to Owen & Engine I tried the burger for the first time last night. It's really, really good!
Just cannot compare it to Au Cheval, the styles are too different. As basic as the Au Cheval burger is, O & E is just as simple in a different more refined way.
O&E is like the Godfather movies. Three films, three cuts of beef. Short rib, brisket and chuck.
Au Cheval single burger is two patties and gritty like Goodfellows/Casino.
O&E is the Beatles, Au Cheval is the Rolling Stones.
I feel good eating an O&E burger but tell myself I can't eat at Au Cheval too often, it's a touch decadent.
Pricing is about the same because fries are ala carte at Au Cheval, included at O&E.
I like both of them for different reasons! Cannot say one is better than the other.
Comparing other items
Better fries at O&E. Don't care for the flavor imparted in Au Cheval fries from cooking them in pork fat.
Garlic aioli at Au Cheval is better, O&E is bland. O&E makes their own ketchup, sweet, a bit acidic but very good.
As a side note, Burgers at O&E on Tuesday nights include a beer and bourbon shot.
O&E has a killer meatball hoagie on the pub menu after 10. Au Cheval has made in house bologna sandwich if you want to change things up.