Our destination for this part ( Leg? Arm? ) of our trip was McKinney, Texas.
But first we had to drive I40, off the direct route for a burger stop. I wasn’t getting that close without stopping.
What a nice city. Reminded me of Mayberry if there is a Mayberry.
El Reno, Oklahoma is the home of the Onion Burger which I wanted to try.
There are three places in El Reno that are famous for the Onion Burger.
We drove around to see the three before deciding on which one we would choose. They are all in walking distance of one another for someone who likes to walk.
Johnnie’s which is the one I had decided on before even leaving Los Angeles:
And Sid’s which was our choice due to the weather and outdoor seating. (The dogs were a concern because of the heat) We were not going to travel back through El Reno on our trip home so this was important. More places should be dog friendly!
Sid’s was most inviting from its outside appearance.
The interior was smaller than it looked from the outside if that is possible:
The grill after I asked if I could take a picture:
This is where things got interesting. What a nice place!
The girl doing the grilling told me that I could join her there behind the counter to take some closer pictures.
The ingredients waiting for their day: (except the onions)
The hamburger is pre-measured into what I think are quarter pound balls.
From there they are put on to the grill and smashed lightly to give them that burger shape.
They are then immediately topped with a mound of thinly sliced onions which are smashed into the meat and flipped onion side down to grill the onions.
Then they are flipped again to cook the meat and then once more for good measure. Salt and pepper is applied prior to all this flipping.
This is the point where I left the grilling area.
I was asked what I wanted on my Onion Burger and I told them to fix it like they do normally… which meant mustard. That is what I would have wanted anyway! I’m not a tomato person but I ate it as served.
I also ordered one Coney for us to try. I was surprised by its appearance. It looked to me like it was topped with some sort of hot minced garlic (I was hoping) sauce. I’ve had what were called Coney’s in two other states and this one looked quite different.
The hot dog was a bright red color which really doesn’t represent itself in this picture.
The Onion Burger was delicious and prepared perfectly for me. I’m going to try to recreate it at home in a cast iron skillet.
The dogs enjoyed their half of a plain grilled burger pattie.
The Coney Dog on the other hand didn’t do it for me.
I needed a knife and fork which I didn't have.
That sauce on top which was new for me was some sort of a hot slaw. I didn’t like it but I’m sure that others do.
I’m glad that we took this detour and experienced our very own Onion Burgers. Yum!
From there we drove through Oklahoma City (is mighty pretty) to look at the memorial to all those lost in the bombing disaster. We decided not to go in to it as it was depressing to us.
On to McKinney, Texas.