View Full Version : The Burger Capital of US, OKC?



G.Walker
08-17-2013, 12:04 PM
I wonder if OKC is developing the image of becoming the burger capital of the US. It would be great to be a city known for its hamburgers. We have a lot of local burger establishments that are really good, with more popping up everyday. As Memphis is known for its bbq, Philadelphia for its philly cheese steak sandwiches, Chicago for its pizza, and New Orleans for its cajun food, I wonder if OKC can be known for its burgers, that would be pretty cool.

We recently had an IT group from the University of Indiana at my job for training this summer, they had never been to OKC. The whole time they were here, they raved about all the burger establishments and how good they were. They said the best burger they had was at The Garage, and it was the best burger that they ever had!

One thing about OKC, you don't have to drive too far to find a good burger.

bradh
08-17-2013, 01:07 PM
Absolutely! My wife and I always say the same thing. We always end up taking out of town family and friends to a local burger joint and they always rave about them.

Stew
08-17-2013, 01:46 PM
I'm gonna say the Salt Lake City area is burger capital. How can you deny a burger that's topped with pastrami and/or knockwurst not to mention the region has its own fry sauce.

adaniel
08-17-2013, 02:03 PM
G Walker, you may be on to something. I never really thought about it, but we do have some pretty good burger places. It probably helps that the cows are slaughtered down the road, makes for very fresh meat LOL. My family that comes up from TX and MS love the burgers here. A visit to Tuckers, Nics or anywhere that serves a Theta burger is always requested when they are here.

Roger S
08-17-2013, 02:44 PM
G Walker, you may be on to something. I never really thought about it, but we do have some pretty good burger places. It probably helps that the cows are slaughtered down the road, makes for very fresh meat LOL. My family that comes up from TX and MS love the burgers here. A visit to Tuckers, Nics or anywhere that serves a Theta burger is always requested when they are here.

I don't think we still have any slaughterhouses in Oklahoma City. We do have a lot of good burgers though..... And for the most part they are just that.... Good burgers.

The Garage and S&B are doing the more creative burger options these days but for just a straight up burger with cheese and onions I'll put Oklahoma City up against any other city and in my opinion if you have to add a lot of extras to make your burger good then you're not making a good burger. You're making a sandwich.

Prunepicker
08-18-2013, 10:47 PM
I found this site to be very interesting.

The Cheeseburger Society (http://www.cheeseburgersociety.com/)

G.Walker
08-20-2013, 11:42 AM
Tucker's
Irma's
Abraham's
S&B's

are some good one's just off the top of my head...

warreng88
08-20-2013, 11:55 AM
Patty Wagon
Nic's
Flatire
The Garage
Johnnie's
VZD's
Bricktown Burgers

Is Big Ed's on Penn still around?

OKCisOK4me
08-20-2013, 12:01 PM
I've eaten so many burgers in my lifetime that I've recently gotten tired of eating burgers and try to look for something different on the menu. Alas, I still eat burgers. I do agree that OKC could easily be a hamburger capital of the world.

Roger S
08-20-2013, 12:06 PM
Is Big Ed's on Penn still around?

Yep

Prunepicker
08-20-2013, 02:47 PM
Has anybody eaten at Bunny's? Just south of N.W. 50th and on
N. Meridian, east side. I've liked it for years.

Bigrayok
08-20-2013, 03:13 PM
I used to eat at Bunny's a lot. I have not been there in about two years because the last time I was there it took 45 minutes to get my food and it was not as good as it used to be when Bunny Biggers and her family ran the place. I usually went on Saturday which was part of the problem the last time I was there. There was a different group of people working there than had been there for years and the place was packed. I would think it is probably still good when it is not so crowded. I have been going to Fat Elvus Diner in Yukon the past couple of years on Saturdays. The food is similiar to Bunnys and the El Reno places. I know all about the owners past problems. That is one of the reasons I go there. I respect someone who does not give up when they encounter adversity or make mistakes in life. Darrin does not hide from his past problems, he even has a picture of his mugshot on the wall. He has been advertising on the 99.7 Oldies channel lately and it is bringing in some business he lost from his past problems.

I like all of the El Reno style onion burger places. I live close to Bunny's and Fat Elvus so those are the ones I have been to the most. Johnny's is my favorite in El Reno. I like onion burgers.

Bigray in Ok

ctchandler
08-20-2013, 06:36 PM
Prunepicker,
I was eating at Joe's at N. W. 50th and Meridian for several years before he retired and Bunny bought it. She was a cook there and I don't think anything changed when she took over. I'm not a burger connoisseur but I really liked their onion fried burgers. I'm not a big fan of Earl's but I have to admit that their cheddar burger is pretty good. I don't know where I would rank it, but it is much better than average.
C. T.

Prunepicker
08-20-2013, 07:34 PM
Prunepicker,
I'm not a big fan of Earl's but I have to admit that their cheddar
burger is pretty good. I don't know where I would rank it, but it is
much better than average.
C. T.
I've heard more positive reviews of Earl's hamburgers than the bbq.

OKCDrummer77
08-20-2013, 07:44 PM
I've been to Earl's 3 or 4 times and only had Q once. Had the burger the other times. It is that good.

Garin
08-20-2013, 08:11 PM
If i drive over to Nic's one more time and see a closed sign in the window I am going to boycott him for the rest of my life!

Roger S
08-20-2013, 11:55 PM
If i drive over to Nic's one more time and see a closed sign in the window I am going to boycott him for the rest of my life!

That sounds like a great idea! One less person to get in line in front of me. ;)

BoulderSooner
08-22-2013, 10:18 AM
If i drive over to Nic's one more time and see a closed sign in the window I am going to boycott him for the rest of my life!

what time are you driving by?

Prunepicker
08-22-2013, 12:40 PM
Nic's is open from 7am until 2pm.

Roger S
08-22-2013, 12:58 PM
Nic's is open from 7am until 2pm.

That 7 AM open is pretty hit and miss these days. I don't know about after 8 AM but breakfast is more miss than hit before 8 AM.

It is a pretty good breakfast when you can catch him open.

Garin
08-23-2013, 01:40 PM
I've been going there forever so i know the routine pretty well, Its gotten pretty bad in the last 6 months hope hes not burning out
.

Roger S
08-23-2013, 01:42 PM
I've been going there forever so i know the routine pretty well, Its gotten pretty bad in the last 6 months hope hes not burning out
.

I know he's had some health issues

okclee
08-23-2013, 02:24 PM
This OKC Burger Capital is a Great Idea!!

A few unique places to get a Burger are H&H gun range and Big Truck tacos.

When gun ranges and taco stands are selling burgers it speaks for being a Big League Burger Capital!

bchris02
08-23-2013, 03:48 PM
I've been to Earl's 3 or 4 times and only had Q once. Had the burger the other times. It is that good.

I'll have to try the burger. The BBQ is very underwhelming as far as BBQ goes.

Prunepicker
08-23-2013, 08:48 PM
I love burgers. Don't croak or gag but I like Burger King and Whataburger,
too.

Has anybody tried the burgers at Charleston's? They are mighty
tasty. Chili's has some good ones, too. So much for chains.

I like Tim's at N.W. 50th and N. MacArthur. Just plain good. I like
the Caesar Burger at Johnnie's but it doesn't hold a candle to the
one Dolores made at The Patio. The Patio burger was fried while
Johnnie's is grilled. How it's cooked makes a world of difference. Not
saying that grilled burgers are bad. Just an observation about the
Caesar burger.

Has anyone tried Flat Tire Burgers in Bethany, OK?

Prunepicker
08-23-2013, 09:06 PM
I haven't eaten at Fat Elvis' but did when it was Sid's. Has it changed
very much? Sid's was pretty darn good.

Ron's is very good! And specifically the chili cheese burger. It
reminds me of the burgers at the bowling alley's in the 60's. Okay,
I have low expectations. But, and it's a big but, those little old
ladies at Penn 44, who were well into their 40's and possibly their 50's,
could make a burger and fries that would bring tears to your eyes.
I believe they had 50 deep fryers so each fry could be cooked to
perfection.

I need to get out more.

ljbab728
08-23-2013, 10:48 PM
The all time best bowling alley burgers were at Capitol Bowl on 29th street. Civic Center Lanes were pretty good too.

Prunepicker
08-23-2013, 11:23 PM
I'm gonna say the Salt Lake City area is burger capital. How can you
deny a burger that's topped with pastrami and/or knockwurst not to
mention the region has its own fry sauce.
Sounds incredible! I'm a fool for Pastrami. Is it served on a rye bun?

Did you check out the Cheese Burger Society (http://www.cheeseburgersociety.com/)?

By the way, it's Knackwurst and it's not served door to door by
the worst salesman.

Bigrayok
08-24-2013, 12:36 AM
I love burgers. Don't croak or gag but I like Burger King and Whataburger,
too.

Has anybody tried the burgers at Charleston's? They are mighty
tasty. Chili's has some good ones, too. So much for chains.

I like Tim's at N.W. 50th and N. MacArthur. Just plain good. I like
the Caesar Burger at Johnnie's but it doesn't hold a candle to the
one Dolores made at The Patio. The Patio burger was fried while
Johnnie's is grilled. How it's cooked makes a world of difference. Not
saying that grilled burgers are bad. Just an observation about the
Caesar burger.

Has anyone tried Flat Tire Burgers in Bethany, OK?

Yes, Flat Tire Burgers in Bethany is good. They serve home made potato chips. I like the other places you mentioned. I like Tim's Drive In's footlong coneys also. Fat Elvus Diner has the same food and the same owner it had when it was Sid's. The place is kind of a dump on the inside. It needs new booths and a new floor. If you like Bunny's, Abraham's, or the El Reno places, you should like Fat Elvus's food.

Bigray in Ok

AFCM
04-18-2016, 11:36 AM
G Walker, you may be on to something. I never really thought about it, but we do have some pretty good burger places. It probably helps that the cows are slaughtered down the road, makes for very fresh meat LOL. My family that comes up from TX and MS love the burgers here. A visit to Tuckers, Nics or anywhere that serves a Theta burger is always requested when they are here.



Tucker's
Irma's
Abraham's
S&B's

are some good one's just off the top of my head...

Tucker's topped the list when OKC was recently named the best place in the U.S. to get a burger.

The Best Burgers in America: Top 15 Cities - Condé Nast Traveler (http://www.cntraveler.com/stories/2016-04-08/the-best-burgers-in-america-top-15-cities)

I've never been, but I'll be sure to check it out on my next "red meat" day.

gopokes88
04-18-2016, 12:03 PM
Okc winning the things that matter, like best cheese burgers.