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Robert's Grill

300 South Bickford Ave., El Reno, OK - (405) 262-1262
Posted By Michael Stern on 5/29/2015 5:27:00 AM
Robert’s is a museum-piece town café, El Reno’s oldest hamburger shop, going back to 1926. Starting at six in the morning, its fourteen-stool counter is occupied by regulars who come for coffee and eggs and home fries or – even at dawn – a brace of onion-fried burgers.

It's the burgers that put Robert's on the map. The grill man slaps a quarter-pound sphere of beef onto the hot griddle, then piles a double fistful of shaved-thin onions atop the beef. He uses a spatula to flatten the onions and the meat together, creating a broad circular patty with an uneven edge. He presses down three or four times, changing the angle of attack each time, flattening only one-half to two-thirds of the patty with every stroke. The ribbons of onion are mashed deep into the top of the soft raw meat, which assumes a craggy surface because of the uneven, overlapping use of the spatula. Once the underside is cooked, the burger is flipped. The air around the grill clouds with the steam of sizzling onions. After another few minutes, the hamburger is scooped off the grill with all the darkened caramelized onions that have become part of it and it is put it on a bun, onion side up. Lettuce, tomato, mustard, and pickles are all optional if you like them, but no condiment is necessary to enhance this simple, savory creation.

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5 - Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
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Of the three onion burgers I tried in one weekend, the one served at Roberts's Grill is the best.
"Of the three onion burgers I tried in one weekend, the one served at Roberts's Grill is the best."
Cliff Strutz





Chili-and-slaw-covered coneys seem to be every bit as much a staple on El Reno menus as onion burgers.
"Chili-and-slaw-covered coneys seem to be every bit as much a staple on El Reno menus as onion burgers."
Cliff Strutz


Is this heaven? No. It's Robert's Grill.
"Is this heaven? No. It's Robert's Grill."
Ed Smith


Robert's menu board.  But why would you order anything besides the onion burger or coney?
"Robert's menu board. But why would you order anything besides the onion burger or coney?"
Cliff Strutz


Robert's is the sort of place that makes travel along old Route 66 so much fun for Roadfooders.
"Robert's is the sort of place that makes travel along old Route 66 so much fun for Roadfooders."
Michael Stern


The beef-and-onion perfume coming off this grill is exquisite.
"The beef-and-onion perfume coming off this grill is exquisite."
Michael Stern



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