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Squeeze Inn

5301 PowerInn Road, Sacramento, CA - (916) 386-8599
Posted By Erika Gasser & Jon Barber on 10/21/2010 2:17:00 PM
When we first heard about the cheeseburgers at the Squeeze Inn, we thought we had read about them on Roadfood.com. We remembered something about burgers with a crispy cheese “skirt” that extended well beyond the bun. A little searching told us we had been thinking of the review for the Shady Glen in Manchester, CT. Excited by the prospect of a similarly fantastic cheeseburger on the other coast, we gave it a shot.

We are glad we did. The Squeeze Inn, which has been at its current location for about 20 years, is a tiny red building that was formerly a coffee shop. Located on a busy road, we almost missed the small neon sign in the window that was the only indication of the goodness within. Inside, you literally need to “squeeze in,” as the eating area consists of only ten stools at a counter overlooking the grill. Though there is a pleasant seating area outside, behind the restaurant, a seat there deprives you a view of the fast-paced grill work and the chatter of the regulars. We made an effort to arrive at 4:30, since they close at 6, but the tiny place was already packed. Luckily, the friendliness of the clientele was only outdone by the man with the spatula.

The must-eat item here is the Squeezeburger, which was recommended to us by another customer as we waited to place our order. In its complete form, it is a 1/3-pound beef burger with cheese, mayo, lettuce, tomato, pickles, and onions on a sesame seed bun. Cheese is extra, but the addition is well worth the price. The grill master heaps a mound of shredded cheddar cheese on the burger as it cooks (you should expect to wait at least ten to fifteen minutes for your made-to-order burgers). As the cheese melts, it spreads beyond the burger and forms a perfectly crispy edge around the exterior of the bun. Handling the burger is a bit of a challenge at first, since it requires skill to manage the lacy halo of chewy, crispy cheese. A few bites and tears into the cheese make it easier (and sent us straight to burger heaven). We had wondered whether the large amount of cheese was meant to mask a mediocre burger, but we found our Squeezeburgers to be thick, juicy, hand-packed, and delicious. Even our side order of fries was lovely. They consisted of hand-cut, golden-brown, skin-on potatoes with both crispy and soft pieces.

The Squeeze Inn offers a few other options, such as hot dogs, corn dogs, steak sandwiches, and tacos. However, we suspect the cheeseburgers are its rightful claim to fame. Despite the obvious health issues linked to frequent consumption of massively cheesy burgers and fries, we can’t stop thinking about getting another one.

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A fully loaded squeezeburger, with an impressive, gooey cheese skirt.
"A fully loaded squeezeburger, with an impressive, gooey cheese skirt."
Cliff Strutz





Here is the Squeezeburger in all of its chewy, crispy glory.
"Here is the Squeezeburger in all of its chewy, crispy glory."
Erika Gasser & Jon Barber


A close-up of that addictive cheese.
"A close-up of that addictive cheese."
Erika Gasser & Jon Barber


The fries were certainly good.  Nothing over the top but exactly what you'd want in a basket of fried potatoes.
"The fries were certainly good. Nothing over the top but exactly what you'd want in a basket of fried potatoes. "
Samuel Shor


Really, this may be the best non-steakhouse burger in existence.  Unbelievably delicious.
"Really, this may be the best non-steakhouse burger in existence. Unbelievably delicious."
David Kahn


As you can see, it comes replete with a cheese skirt, which is like a crispy hors d'oeuvre to munch on.  The burger was fantastic.  I would’ve liked a slightly thicker patty but that’s not why you come here.  You come for the cheese skirt.
"As you can see, it comes replete with a cheese skirt, which is like a crispy hors d'oeuvre to munch on. The burger was fantastic. I would’ve liked a slightly thicker patty but that’s not why you come here. You come for the cheese skirt."
Samuel Shor


These hot, salty fries were much better than we had dared to hope for at a place all about its burgers.
"These hot, salty fries were much better than we had dared to hope for at a place all about its burgers."
Erika Gasser & Jon Barber


Part of the old building is on display.
"Part of the old building is on display."
Cliff Strutz


The new interior is spacious.
"The new interior is spacious."
Cliff Strutz


Click on the photo for a closer look at their brief, but excellent, menu.
"Click on the photo for a closer look at their brief, but excellent, menu."
Erika Gasser & Jon Barber


The new Squeeze Inn is located in an uninteresting strip mall.
"The new Squeeze Inn is located in an uninteresting strip mall."
Cliff Strutz


The place may be tiny, but the burgers are huge.
"The place may be tiny, but the burgers are huge."
Erika Gasser & Jon Barber



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