Despite the name of this blog, I’m not normally one to go for burger chains (with the big exception of my White Castle obsession) but the Florida-based Cheeburger Cheeburger seems to be a cut above most fast food franchises.
For starters, Cheeburger is more of a franchise sit-down casual eating franchise than fast food — your order takes around 15 minutes to prepare, so those looking for drive-thru gratification should look elsewhere. Thus it’s more similar to a Johnny Rockets or a Fuddruckers or Fatburger in that respect.
There are about 50 Cheeburger Cheeburger locations nationwide, I happened to have checked out their Malvern / King of Prussia location. As I understand it they all look relatively the same inside, using a 50′s diner theme (like Johnny Rockets). Where Cheeburger Cheeburger differs from Johnny Rockets in terms of its market positioning is the sheer size of their hamburgers.
As you can see, Cheeburger Cheeburger offers hamburgers in sizes that should seriously disturb dietary experts and obesity special interest groups. Their flagship burger, the one pounder, is actually 20 ounces of beef which when fully cooked, yeilds a hamburger just over 17 ounces. This when combined with toppings makes a very formidable burger indeed.
The wall of infamy. Apparently, this only represents a few months of Pounder eaters at this location, which has been open for about two years. Every few months they have to clear out this board and put the photos into thick albums. “Ogre”, a Linebacker at the local high school, is credited with being the only one who ate THREE pounder burgers back to back. There is also a similar board for children under 10 who have achieved Half Pounder burger status. If you manage to finish one of these massive things they send you home with a big stuffed hamburger toy.
Root Beer, served in a Ball mason Jar. I thought this was cute. Free refills.
A HALF order of “Frings”, onion rings and fries combo. Both very good examples, and I liked the dipping sauce a lot, which is a horseradish-laced ketchup/mayonnaise combination. The cheese whiz and the gravy was just OK.
A closeup of the dipping sauces.
The main event. Much to the relief of my wife I am sure, I did not order the Pounder. Instead, I wimped out and ordered the “Serious”, the half pounder, medium (cooked perfectly, although I wish Medium Rare was an option) with bleu cheese and bacon (nice and crispy). Overall I would say this is an excellent burger, especially for a chain operation.
The “Delirious” sized burger (pre-cooked weight 14oz) which I got on a future visit a few months later. It was so huge I had to cut it in half and take the rest home and eat it for breakfast the next day.
Cheeburger is also known for its shakes, which use either Edy’s Vanilla or Chocolate ice cream. These are then modified with various flavor mix-ins using Monin syrups (the kind that Starbucks and various coffee joints use) and mix-ins like Oreos and gummies. I took my shake to go, a Vanilla with Green Mint flavoring with Oreos. I thought it was a very good shake given the fact it wasn’t specialty / superpremium ice cream.
All in all I’d definitely say if you’ve got a Cheeburger Cheeburger near you (there are new locations opening up all over) I’d definitely give it a whirl. I’d certainly be very happy if one of these opened up in the Northern New Jersey / Bergen County area.