This impressive half-pound burger came from Cheeburger Cheeburger, a new “gourmet hamburger” chain location in the Vintage Park Shopping Center off Louetta. We ordered ours cooked medium (they don’t allow medium-rare) with American cheese, lettuce, tomato, mustard, mayo, pickles, onions and jalapeños. The completed sandwich was held together with an olive-adorned toothpick. The thick, rounded patty came out pink in the middle and wonderfully juicy.
A half-pounder, which is known as “The Serious Burger” here, actually starts out with a 10- ounce fresh-ground Black Angus beef patty so that when it shrinks on the grill, you still get a half pound of burger. There is also the “Pounder,” or one pound burger, that starts out as 20 ounces and “The Delirious,” a three-quarter pounder that starts with 14 ounces. Seven ounce “Semi-serious” and five and half ounce “Beginner” burgers are also available. There are nine choices of cheese, including swiss, cheddar, jack, provolone and blue. Condiments are by request.
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The Cheeburger Cheeburger menu also offers handcut fries and onion rings, and giant milkshakes in dozens of flavors. The chain is patterned after the first location which opened on Sanibel Island Florida in 1986. There are now more than 60 franchises in operation, mostly on the East Coast. The Houston location is the first in Texas. -- Robb Walsh