The regular season is over for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, but not necessarily for the rest of the country. With Notre Dame sitting in the top 4 for the college football playoff, and with the conference championship games coming up this weekend — this is technically Cheeseburger Week Part Deux.
This post would have been more fitting for the first Cheeseburger Week, but life is hectic. A bye week for Notre Dame means a little bit of a break for me (because divorce looks shitty for other people). So, we’re going to do this now... What are your top 5 cheeseburgers?
There are no rules here (other than you better give me your ranking). Maybe your list includes something you personally make at home. Or maybe you have a weird combo top 5 cheeseburger list — whatever. Let’s talk about it.
Before I get into my rankings, let me just say that I love a good cheeseburger. I am not, however, a big lover of massive sloppy messes. My personal taste is generally more along the lines of Wimpy from Popeye, but I’m also a contradiction at times. (Whatever the hell that means).
Here we go...
5. FRISCO MELT (STEAK ‘N SHAKE)
This is a pure classic for me, and was a staple of my early twenties. There was a Steak n’ Shake on the outskirts of Fort Wayne that was the “last stop” on the way home to Hicksville after a night out. Being open 24 hours has its advantages.
Those steakburgers have their unique taste, and combined with the 2 cheeses and the best sauce ever made for a burger... it’s lights out.
4. MONSTER BURGER (HARDEES)
Growing up in Hicksville Ohio had a few disadvantages, and one of them was there were NO fast food joints in town. That changed around 1991. Hardees opened up, and I became hooked on their menu. One of the very best was the Monster Burger.
While it’s a very large burger, it never got out of control with the mess, and it was solid enough that you didn’t really need the fries — but that drink had to be extra large.
3. GUACAMOLE BACON BURGER (RED ROBIN)
So... I know I said I don’t like messy burgers, but i can never have enough guacamole in my life. There’s no real back story here, other than I’ve ate this burger only about 6 times in my life and every time I thought THIS SHIT IS INCREDIBLE!
2. CHEESEBURGER SLIDER (WHITE CASTLE)
College was a great time, and with a White Castle about 10 minutes away in every direction, I slammed thousands of sliders. When I was a boy, we would stop at a White Castle around Anderson and I fell in love with the steam-cooked onion masterpieces.
One of my favorite ways to eat them, is to dip them in some honey mustard. The fountain pop at White Castle even tastes better than everywhere else. Crave Cases don’t stand a chance when I’m around. It’s an addiction — but a delicious one.
1.FRISCO BURGER (HARDEES)
The pinnacle of cheeseburgers. The Frisco Burger from Hardees has been my favorite burger since they first started making them back in 1992. The thick burger, the thick slices of sourdough bread, and the best bacon any fast food restaurant ever had.
While the basic components are close to the Frisco Melt from Steak ‘n Shake, the extra size makes it more satisfying. I have a hard time driving by a Hardees (which sadly left Hicksville about 12 years ago) and not pulling in to get one.
Oh well... I’ll live longer.