The old hamburger vs. the new hamburger

By: Robin Beal Email
By: Robin Beal Email

ARDMORE, OK - It has been much-anticipated in Ardmore. The newest burger joint in town is Whataburger. They opened this week and that got Robin Beal thinking about the decades-long love affair between Southern Oklahoma and the hamburger.

If you hang around this town long enough you will begin to see it; little clues which reveal a passion.

(Singing) “A big warm bun and a huge hunk of meat… “

“It’s magical…”

(Singing again) “Cheeseburger in paradise… heaven on earth with an onion slice.”

And if the traffic outside the shiny new Whataburger doesn’t convince you, just look to one of the oldest lunch counters in town, Hamburger inn, since 1938.

“Hamburgers are a Southern Oklahoma food… I’ve been coming to the Hamburger Inn since I was a youngster and they were twenty cents a piece.”

And what do you think people were ordering when we visited?

“I’ll have a hamburger… for which I will gladly pay you Tuesday.”

You guessed it. So what’s the secret to a great hamburger? The experts would seem to agree, “Ya gotta have fresh meat.”

“Fresh meat… I think.”

“Ya gotta have 100% beef.”

“Beef?”

“Beef.”

“Beef!”

“Where’s the beef???”

But these guys are trying to sell you burgers, right? That’s why we turned to the scientific community at the Noble Foundation, to get real answers.

“I think the hamburger by virtue of the benefits that it offers is a universal foodstuff.”

“I like plain cheeseburgers.”

“A hamburger is very versatile.”

“Mayonnaise? Uh-huh.”

“By that I mean you can add to it.”

“Pickles? No.”

“Anything you wanna add to it.”

“Onions? Sometimes.”

“As long as you have a bun to put the hamburger and the other ingredients between, you’re good to go. It’s versatile… it’s mobile… it’s very portable.”

“Mhmm. This is a tasty burger.”

But is it the perfect food?

“You know I think it comes pretty close to being the perfect food. I really do.”

Well, depends on who you ask.

“Excuse me, I have a few questions for you.”

“Do you think hamburgers are the perfect food?”

“Excuse me, why are you dodging my questions?”

“What are you hiding?”

“How do you feel about chicken burgers?”

“I plead the fifth on that”

(singing) “I like mine with lettuce and tomato. Heinz 57 and french fried potatoes.”

“Hamburgers are a Southern Oklahoma food.”


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  • by Fast Food SuX Location: sherman on Mar 10, 2008 at 04:20 PM
    Did you get approval to use Jimmy Buffett's song? Is this another ad for a restaurant by KXII? You did a great ad for the terrible Italian food place called Olive Garden. OK...so let's all eat more e-coli laden cattle. Ugh, I won't eat beef anymore after seeing what the cows go through to get slaughtered by uncaring humans just be ground into a hamburger patty so you can get FAT. Want fries with that?
  • by joe Location: ardmore on Mar 8, 2008 at 09:13 PM
    NOW THIS HAS TO BE ONE OF THE WORST STORIES THAT KXII HAS RAN YET. MOST PEOPLE KNOW WHAT A HAMBURGER IS. WHY DON'T YOU GO OUT TO THE TRUCK STOP AND ASK THE TRUCKERS ABOUT THE PRICES OF FUEL AND WHAT IT TAKES TO GET THAT 'BEEF' HERE TO PUT ON THE BUN. NOBODY SEEMS TO CARE ABOUT THE TRUCK DRIVERS AND HOW MUCH IT COST THEM OUT OF THEIR OWN POCKETS TO GET YOUR FOOD TO YOU. BUT YOU CAN BET THERE WON'T BE A HEADLINE STORY ON THAT SUBJECT. HAVE YOU EVER THOUGHT THAT IF THE PRICE OF FUEL KEEPS GOING UP THAT MOST WORKING PEOPLE WON'T BE ABLE TO STOP AND BUY A HAMBURGER. COME ON KXII GET REAL AND DO A STORY ON SOMETHING THAT MAKES SINCE.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 8, 2008 at 08:18 AM
    Yum, I love Whataburger!
  • by cv Location: denison on Mar 8, 2008 at 07:00 AM
    What?????????
  • by ra Location: fannin on Mar 8, 2008 at 06:16 AM
    Cute story. I had a good laugh.
  • by Mork Location: Ork on Mar 8, 2008 at 03:20 AM
    Yeah, just drive around southern Okla and look at the size of the people.
  • by YOU'VE GOT TO BE KIDDIN Location: OKLA on Mar 7, 2008 at 10:32 PM
    SOO THIS IS NEWS. I GUESS THERE ISN'T ANYTHING WORTH REPORTING TONIGHT.
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