Grilling season is well under way. Of course, for the die-hard grillers among us, it has no season.
No one should be denied this flame-grilled, lines-on-the-burger, slight-char-taste, pleasure of summer.
Let’s explore some of the top options to be found on the open road.
Fast Food Possibilities:
· Five Guys is a top favorite on many, many lists. I suspected this, and not just because their décor is comprised of newspaper articles touting their rankings. I grew up on a farm, and I always think it tastes the most like the real, fresh-from-the-farm-burger. I love it when I am right (ha, ha).
· An Indiana favorite, Steak-n-Shake is on the list for their quintessential thin burger.
· Wendy’s and Burger King usually made the cut, too. (I feel bad for McDonald’s, as several times a year, I crave one of their 69 cent cheeseburger delights.)
· A couple on the top of many lists, I have never indulged in – Whataburger (although the name sorta says it all) and In-and-Out burger. How about you?
Best gourmet burger option:
· Farm Burger: How about a place in the Deep South that serves burgers with roasted bone marrow and oxtail marmalade? What does that even mean?
· Eggs on burgers: Who’s tried this? Evidently this makes burgers more gourmet, as places like Bartley’s in Massachusetts and Kuma’s Corner in Chicago, serve them on their nationally-ranked burgers.
Best gas station burger:
· Cookin from Scratch, located in Doolittle, MO has a burger with quite the wow factor. Comprised of 66 ounces of burger with nine pieces of American cheese, and just to ensure you not leave hungry, 1.5 pounds of fries.
· Pigs Trail Bypass Country buffet serves a Hooshberger (named for the owner), which includes a delightful mix of Persian spices. If you happen to find yourself off the beaten path in Arkansas, that is.
And in the unusual burger category:
· Zombie Burger in Iowa was around long before the cult zombie following (but the exploding popularity of zombies has certainly not squelched interest). While in the area, you will want to grab a Living Ched (featuring fried macaroni – always a good idea!).
· YoMama’s Bar and Grill in New Orleans can be found on top burger lists for their peanut butter bacon burger. Peanut butter actually popped up on many lists, makes me want to try it – how about you?
It is my great hope that you desire to find that perfect burger just as much as Trucker Mama. What’s your favorite unusual topping? Dive location?
As always, I look forward to hearing what you think of this article and what else you would like to see in this spot.
Take care of yourself and drive home safely,