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There is something so satisfying and American about a good, old-fashioned cheeseburger — even Internet cats love them.

You can dress it up all you like, handcraft it with fancy ingredients, but sometimes you just want a good, juicy burger with melted cheese on a toasted bun. We’ve just made your search a whole lot easier.

— by Devon Green, photos by Mark Hancock, Shannon Cornman

The Kicker - perfect for those days when you've got time for a nap. (Mark Hancock)
  • Mark Hancock
  • The Kicker - perfect for those days when you've got time for a nap.

Hamburger King

322 E. Main Street, Shawnee

878-0488

Hamburger King has been a Shawnee staple for a long time, and with good reason. It serves thick, juicy burgers on buttered and toasted buns without an ounce of fanfare. The lack of pretension and the perfect amount of grease on the bag is a sign that the King is doing something very right. It’s worth the drive.

The Blowout Burger at Flatire Burgers, Edmond (Mark Hancock)
  • Mark Hancock
  • The Blowout Burger at Flatire Burgers, Edmond

Flatire Burgers

318 E. Ayers St., Edmond

flatireburgers.com

359-2006

The reasons for driving to Edmond for dinner involve some of the best burgers in town. With a menu that covers classic burgers and exciting flavor pairings on specialty burgers, Flatire should be on your “where to eat” list. It also offers a variety of other menu items, including fresh salads and fish tacos. The loaded fries are just about a perfect match for any burger. Can you really have too much cheese? We don’t think so.

Double Onion Burger on the grill (Mark Hancock)
  • Mark Hancock
  • Double Onion Burger on the grill

Abraham’s Western Cafe

4716 N. Western Ave.

528-5152

This quiet joint on N. Western Avenue sits just south of the strip and sometimes gets overlooked for newer, fancier places. The constant presence of regular customers and the fact that it has been going strong while other restaurants have come and gone tells you a lot about it. Get the fried- onion double cheeseburger with the crispy fries. You won’t regret it. Also, Abraham’s has a great breakfast menu with all the staples at great prices.

Yes, that donut is actual size, next to a cheeseburger and fries basket at Geronimo Bakery (Mark Hancock)
  • Mark Hancock
  • Yes, that donut is actual size, next to a cheeseburger and fries basket at Geronimo Bakery

Geronimo Bakery

1817 N. Martin Luther King Ave.

427-5893

With perfectly seasoned meat, freshly baked buns that are buttery and toasted and perfect house-made onion rings and fries, you can’t go wrong. The folks at Geronimo are old-school, and these are old- fashioned burgers. As a super-special bonus, the restaurant also makes donuts, and they are some of the biggest we have ever seen.

Sausage Burger w/ Chili and Cheese and Fried Okra (Shannon Cornman)
  • Shannon Cornman
  • Sausage Burger w/ Chili and Cheese and Fried Okra

Ron’s Hamburgers and Chili

4723 N. May Ave.

ronschili.com

943-7667

The sausage burger at Ron’s, made of part Oklahoma-made Blue & Gold sausage and part beef, is one of the most tender and flavorful burgers that we have ever had the pleasure of eating. Combine that with Ron’s award-winning chili and you have the lunch or dinner of champions. You might, however, need a nap afterward. If burgers aren’t your style, then we question your style, but there are some fine hot dogs, chili and even lighter fare like salads and sandwiches on the menu as well.

Dig into the daily special at the Patty Wagon (Shannon Cornman)
  • Shannon Cornman
  • Dig into the daily special at the Patty Wagon

The Patty Wagon

3600 N. May Ave.

917-1711

What can we say about The Patty Wagon? To know it is to love it. The eats include local, natural, grass-fed beef seasoned to perfection and grilled on a bun that could stand alone. The Belgian-style french fries are always fresh out of the fryer.

We haven’t had anything here that isn’t jaw-droppingly good. Before you add the condiments, taste the burger as it comes — this isn’t your typical “drown it with ketchup” burger. One bite and you’ll be planning your next visit.

The cheeseburger at its unassuming best - hot off the grill at Chester's Billiards and Grill (Shannon Cornman)
  • Shannon Cornman
  • The cheeseburger at its unassuming best - hot off the grill at Chester's Billiards and Grill

Chester’s Billiards & Grill

2733 NW 50th St.

942-5944

Yes, it’s in a pool hall. Yes, the lighting is dim, and it’s generally full of serious pool-players. Do not let this dissuade you from getting to know one of the finest burgers in the metro. Belly up to the bar and order a classic cheeseburger. Watch it grilled on a flattop griddle right in front of your eyes, and then taste perfection. Pair it with an order of hot, fresh onion rings and an ice-cold brew and you’ll be thankful we told you about it.

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