Johnnie’s Charcoal Broiler

Have you ever had a charbroiled burger? Well if no, they are delicious! Johnnie’s is one of the oldest (actually it is probably THE oldest) burger place in OKC that is still slinging burgers today. It opened in 1971 and is known for their charbroiled burgers! Charbroiled burgers in my opinion are juicier, smokier, and tastier than regular grilled burgers – I am not sure why or if it is just me. This place is an OKC staple and this was a frequent spot growing up – after sports games, after church, saturday lunches, dates – you name the occasion and we probably went to Johnnies! One of their most popular burgers is their Theta – also an Oklahoma classic. I did not know that theta’s were such an Oklahoma thing until I moved away and no one had any clue what I was talking about. I definitely miss theta burgers – they come piled high with cheddar cheese, slathered with mayonnaise, loaded with crunchy pickles and of course the coveted hickory sauce. The combination is a culinary masterpiece. Johnnies definitely has one of the best theta burgers in town (Charcoal Oven used to take the win, but they closed a few years ago and the new location is sub-par; and S+B don’t put enough sauce and it is not very flavorful). Johnnies also has a Caesar burger, frankfurters, salads, and shakes on their menu. Their caesar burger is…interesting. It actually isn’t terrible, it is just too drenched in caesar dressing for my preferences. Their fries and onion rings are great for sharing, but their burgers are pretty big maybe just grab a small side! Another tip: these burgers are best enjoyed fresh – if you can, definitely eat it there and if not try to enjoy it as soon as possible! For the full menu and location, their website can be found here.

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