Chad’s Top Five Cheeseburgers in the WBKR Listening Area
It is National Cheeseburger Day and I am celebrating by sharing my list of the Top Five Cheeseburgers in the WBKR listening area! Now, I realize this list is subjective and will spark much debate. But, if I am going to grab a cheeseburger somewhere, chances are I am going to hit up one of the places on this list. Here we go!
Before I get started, I have to write a special "in memoriam" tribute to the burger that used to be my favorite. I used to absolutely LOVE the Black 'n' Blue Burger from Buffalo Wild Wings. Unfortunately, and a I think this is a travesty, they don't have that burger anymore. They have replaced it with the Buffalo Blue Burger, which sounds delicious. However, it gets automatically disqualified because I refuse to eat anything with the word "buffalo" in it. That word makes me quite prone to gastrointestinal distress and I refuse to eat anything which could cause me to blast my way to Jupiter if I break wind. So, hard pass. LOL!
Now, let's get to the list. And, I'll start with a recommendation that's a little outside the box and a just a little outside Owensboro.
#5- Diamond Lake Campground and Resort
Okay. I am going to guess that you didn't quite expect the grill at Diamond Lake to pop up on this list. But, trust me. My friends Brian and Janice Smith know how to serve up a cheeseburger. Literally! I will make up excuses to go have lunch at Diamond Lake's Pit Stop Grill, which sits inside the main office at the campground. Their burgers are the perfect combination of burger, cheese, bun, lettuce and tomato. And don't even get me started on Diamond Lake's onion rings. Place your order. Get you a lemonade. Grab a seat at a booth. And enjoy the sound of your cheeseburger sizzlin' on the Diamond Lake grill.
#4- The Big Dipper
Well, you just knew Big Dipper was going to make the list, right? There are so many reasons to love the Dipper. And their cheeseburgers . . . the most affordably priced in the tristate, by the way . . . represent one of the biggest reasons. It's no coincidence that traffic sits bumper to bumper sometimes in the W. Parrish Avenue turn lanes. People LOVE Big Dipper. They crave Big Dipper. And, I have to tell you. There are very few one-two punches that will lay you out like a Big Dipper cheeseburger and a real cherry or vanilla coke.
#3- The "Island Burger" at Island Dairy Freeze
Get in the car . . . and drive to Island, Kentucky. It's home to the Dairy Freeze which, in turn, is home to tristate-famous Island Burger. There's a theme on this list which suggests that our area's "drive in" restaurants serve up the best burgers. And the Island Burger is right in the thick of it . . . sandwiched between two tasty buns and topped with delicious cheese. And no stop at Dairy Freeze is complete without some frozen dairy. LOL! Their milkshakes bring this boy to the yard. Darn right!
#2- Wonderburger at Wonder Whip
Call me sentimental, but I grew up on Wonderburgers from Wonder Whip. Seriously. I when I was in high school, I pretty much made a daily stop at Wonder Whip on my way home to Thruston from Daviess County High School. I would "whip" my Mercury Topaz through the drive thru and get a Wonderburger and a chocolate shake. And a Wonderburger with cheese is literally a wonder! In fact, it should be regarded as one of the natural wonders of the world. There's just something about the way it's wrapped up in paper, toothpicked and handed out the window that makes you want to tear into it. Major props to Seth Woodward for re-opening Wonder Whip a few years back after it closed. That restaurant's cheeseburger is a wonder to behold.
#1- A1 Peppercorn Burger from Red Robin Gourmet Burgers
The absolute best burger in the tristate. The A1 Peppercorn Burger at Red Robin in Evansville has A1 Sauce (my fave), a special peppercorn spread, hardwood-smoked bacon, tomatoes, crispy onion sauce and, of course, cheese! A molten helping of Pepper-Jack cheese. Honestly, any cheeseburger on Red Robin's menu of gourmet burgers could have topped this list. But the A1 Peppercorn Burger just happens to be my favorite and, for my money, is the BEST cheeseburger in the tristate. (And, a shout out to the onion ring tower appetizer. It's the perfect compliment to any cheeseburger you order). It's rockin, Robin!
So, there you have it. My list of the Top Five Cheeseburgers in the WBKR Listening Area. Hit me. Who do you think has BEST cheeseburger?