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Hank's Hamburgers

8933 East Admiral Place, Tulsa, OK - (918) 832-1509
Posted By Ashley Halderman on 6/13/2009 10:49:00 AM
My friend, starving after a Saturday of house cleaning and cat-corralling, had a hankering for "the best greasy burger in town." I suggested Hank's, he agreed, and we made the 10-mile trek from South Tulsa to Admiral Circle. Boy, was it worth it.

He'd never had a Big Okie--so I giggled, and ordered one with everything for him; myself, I never stray too far from a Hank's Special, everything-add-jalapenos, with okra. I indulged in two pieces of the candy for us, too. The bill was extremely reasonable--for two people, it came to just under twenty dollars. You can't beat that with a stick.

Our food arrived hot and fresh within fifteen minutes of our order. The gigantic Big Okie, dripping with cheese and fried onions, towered over the crisp french fries in my friend's basket; while my large but decidedly easier to handle Hank's Special loomed next to my delicious, fresh-fried okra. The flavors of the hamburger, fried on the grill with onions pressed into the hamburger patties, bring back memories of home-cooked hamburgers at my grandmother's house. The side items--in this case, french fries and okra--were fresh and delicious, and not overcooked.

This is Oklahoma's soul food. Hank's has never failed to satisfy in the 25 years I've been alive. As a connoisseur of northeastern Oklahoma's burger offerings--Hank's gets, by far, the best rating in my book.

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Scorecard

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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