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Hank's Hamburgers

8933 East Admiral Place, Tulsa, OK - (918) 832-1509
Posted By Michael Stern on 8/31/2014 4:20:00 AM
Hank's has been doing what it does for six decades now – frying hamburgers. It is one of countless restaurants in Tulsa and throughout Oklahoma where burgers are taken seriously by the cook and relished by customers. Not to say that they are gourmet fare. On the contrary. They are quintessential hash-house hamburgers, cooked to the point that degree of doneness is not an issue, but fatty enough to be wickedly succulent. Other than burgers, the menu includes Frito chili pie and corn dog on a stick as well as onion rings and French fries, malts, and a special made-here chocolate-covered peanut butter bon bon.

You can get a single, a double, a triple, a "Big Okie" (four patties), or a Hank's Special, which is a single half-pound patty. Each normal patty is a quarter pound, and while I enjoyed the avoirdupois of a Hank's Special, I like the multiple-patty configurations better. The layers of meat and cheese provide a textural adventure that a large single patty cannot.

Even the largest creation is presented as a tidy package, but I found that by the time I was halfway through, onions and tomatoes were slithering out and patties had gone out of alignment, creating an extremely delicious mess.

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5 - Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
Big Okie with Cheese
Chocolate Peanut Butter Candy
Hank's Special
Chili
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Four quarter-pound patties, four slices of cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, grilled onions, raw onions and mustard are all neatly arrayed in a bun to become Hank's masterpiece, the Big Okie burger.
"Four quarter-pound patties, four slices of cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, grilled onions, raw onions and mustard are all neatly arrayed in a bun to become Hank's masterpiece, the Big Okie burger."
Michael Stern





Even the triple with cheese at Hank's is an intimidating burger!
"Even the triple with cheese at Hank's is an intimidating burger!"
Cliff Strutz


An inside view of the Big Okie. For true burger lovers, this is a thing of beauty.
"An inside view of the Big Okie. For true burger lovers, this is a thing of beauty."
Cliff Strutz


Because it is so big, a half-pound Hank's Special takes a good fifteen minutes to cook -- much longer than the full-pound Big Okie, which is four separate quarter-pounders.
"Because it is so big, a half-pound Hank's Special takes a good fifteen minutes to cook -- much longer than the full-pound Big Okie, which is four separate quarter-pounders."
Michael Stern


A sign above the jar where Hank's sells its chocolate-robed peanut butter candies says, 'We hate to brag, but these are the best thing you have ever tried.'
"A sign above the jar where Hank's sells its chocolate-robed peanut butter candies says, 'We hate to brag, but these are the best thing you have ever tried.'"
Michael Stern


With layers of corn chips, cheese, onions and chili, Hank's Fritos pie is a Sooner state classic.
"With layers of corn chips, cheese, onions and chili, Hank's Fritos pie is a Sooner state classic."
Cliff Strutz


Hank's Grill: note how patties are squished down with a press. This causes the onions that have been pressed into them to meld with the meat and fill the air inside the little restaurant with an enticing aroma.
"Hank's Grill: note how patties are squished down with a press. This causes the onions that have been pressed into them to meld with the meat and fill the air inside the little restaurant with an enticing aroma."
Michael Stern


The salty Tots work well with the gloppy cheese and dark, intense chili.
"The salty Tots work well with the gloppy cheese and dark, intense chili."
Cliff Strutz


Although you stand at the counter to place your order, it is delivered to you by a member of the staff.
"Although you stand at the counter to place your order, it is delivered to you by a member of the staff."
Michael Stern


If I smell popcorn, I'm running for the door!
"If I smell popcorn, I'm running for the door!"
Cliff Strutz


Hank's menu board.
"Hank's menu board."
Cliff Strutz


It is frustrating to be a burger lover traveling through Oklahoma because there are so many good ones to try. But if you come to Tulsa, Hank's is a must.
"It is frustrating to be a burger lover traveling through Oklahoma because there are so many good ones to try. But if you come to Tulsa, Hank's is a must."
Michael Stern



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