The Elements of an Amazing Burger

How do you decide who has the best burgers in OKC? It's a tough battle, but there are some things that all the contenders have learned. Here are what we at Johnnie's Charcoal Broiler consider to be the absolute essentials of any burger worth ordering:

  1. The beef – Burgers should be made of 100% pure ground beef, and the best burgers in OKC are generally made with Angus beef. The beef itself isn't all that matters, of course; there's also the grilling. Burger restaurants should never cheat—a real grill is a must and most of us want our burgers flame-broiled over red hot charcoal. There's no other way to get that juicy, seared-in flavor.

  2. Toppings and options – A burger is rarely served in its birthday suit. Ketchup, lettuce, and tomato are the quintessential burger toppings, but they are far from the only way to go. Once upon a time, the favorite American way of serving a burger was with mustard, pickles, and onions, and the best burger restaurants keep this tradition alive today. Other toppings, like bacon, extra cheese, creamy Caesar salad, jalapeños, or a scoop of chili also make for delightful favorites.

  3. Sides – There are two kinds of sides that go with burgers: French fries and everything else. To be considered a truly great burger place, we have to get both kinds right. French fries are an art unto themselves, and should be fresh cut from whole potatoes each day, never purchased frozen from warehouses far away. Thin cut and fried till they are golden crispy outside and white and soft inside, they are the perfect complement to a great burger. But many places forget to offer other options: onion rings, freshly battered, are an amazing choice, while a baked potato and a delicious side salad provide healthier options.

  4. Desserts – Side dishes aren't the only things that improve a burger experience. There's a reason that many of the most popular burger chains today started out as malt shops: nothing goes better with a burger than a delicious chocolate milkshake or a real root beer float. Other American favorites are also a good follow-up to a tasty burger, however, such as fresh baked banana pie with pecans and cream.

  5. The price – Ultimately, the price of a burger matters almost as much as the flavor does. A hamburger is an American classic and a definite comfort food. Burgers can be made from fine ingredients, but should never be overpriced. It goes against everything a burger stands for.

What do you look for in a great burger? Here at Johnnie's Charcoal Broiler, we pride ourselves in offering customers delicious food made from the freshest ingredients every day. Stop by and try one of our spectacular burgers today!