There have been many times when I knew right away that I was in love with a burger, but rarely have I disliked one instantly. That is until now of course, in the case of Cheeburger Cheeburger. I actually stated “I hate this bun” as soon as I swallowed my first bite, and it only went downhill from there. Read on if you dare.
There are apparently many locations all over the country of this place, although I can’t say it’s really been on my radar aside from a few recommendations through friends in town. And after my experience, I’m not sure if I would consider these folks my friends… the interior is kind of like a stand-alone Johnny Rockets; 50’s diner style right down to the cheesy neon and stainless steel on the walls. It’s extremely gimmicky, and much worse than any Fatburger I’ve ever been near. It wasn’t overly crowded the night I was there for dinner, but there were several families and it really confused me as to how this place is popular.
The menu offers burgers ranging from 1lb down to a 5.5 ounce ‘beginner’, along with chicken sandwiches, wraps, salads and the option of supposedly over 1,285,000 combinations of shakes. They offer some odd toppings such as peanut butter, pepperoni and salsa. I guess there are options for anyone looking to create a disgusting burger.
I was excited to see Heinz 57 sauce as an option, and mistakenly ordered it on my burger along with mushrooms, lettuce and tomato. As I said, upon first bite the bun turned me off; it was incredibly dry, had no flavor, and was way too thick and large for the sandwich. It was grilled and buttered on the inside, but that little bit of flavor couldn’t compete with the vacuum of flavor created by the dryness. The meat was actually cooked quite well and had decent flavor, but the person I was eating with didn’t have as much luck so I question their consistency and must assume I was lucky for now. My mushrooms had ok flavor but the small amount I was given got lost in the other flavors. And by other flavors I really just mean my Heinz 57 sauce, which completely took over the entire burger with its semi-BBQ flavor. I always thought I liked that sauce, but apparently not on burgers. I also must note that I only ordered the 1/3lb burger which I can easily handle, but this was so bad I only finished a little more than half.
The one positive factor of this meal was that because of my Foursquare check-in we were given a free order of small ½ fries and ½ onion rings. Both of them were ok; the fries were crispy and had decent flavor other than the couple of really undercooked ones that snuck in our basket. The onion rings were the thin, greasy, crispy battered type which I love, as opposed to the thick-breaded, hard to bite through variety. They were good, although I’m just not a huge fan of onion rings. They offer a few different dipping sauces; we went with the Zesty Horseradish sauce which was ok I guess.
By the time we were done with our meal we were completely dissatisfied and turned off by everything. We almost got mad that there were so many families and other people seemingly enjoying what they were eating. The only tasty parts of our meal were the Oreo and Peanut Butter Cup shakes we got, and that’s not something I typically order. With the free fries and onion rings our meal cost $25.20, it would have been over $30 if those weren’t free. This price does include $7.98 for two shakes, but is a bit too much for how unhappy we were. $6.99 for a burger isn’t a bad price, especially off the strip, but what I was given I wouldn’t pay for again. I’m not even going to sugarcoat it, just avoid this place.