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Best Omaha Burger Report

Two months ago, I began a city-wide search to find the maker of Omaha’s best hamburger.  The search led me to over 20 different hamburger joints, to a radio interview with Dan Arthur and Michelle Reill on Star 104 FM, and into a better understanding of the people and businesses in our community. These are my findings.

To begin, let me tell you that I am not a food critic. In fact, I am rarely “critical” of anything that resembles food that is placed in front of me.  I eat anything and everything.  In fact, my wife says that I am “tasteless.”  Thanks, dear… I think!!?

However, I do enjoy a good hamburger. And, despite repeated warnings that beef contains growth hormones and antibiotics, I will continue to eat it.  I ask you, “How can being all buff and full of bacteria-fighting substances be bad for you?”

My journey to burger joints in and around metro Omaha began in early November, 2009 with a posted message (i.e. a “tweet”) on the popular social media site, Twitter.com.  I told folks on Twitter that I was looking for the best Omaha hamburger, and I asked for their ideas.  Within 24 hours, I received 31 burger suggestions from helpful, friendly Omahans.  Here is the list of restaurants and their locations: Omaha Driver Burger List. And, being full of bravado (and fluff), I promised to consume them all! In a month!!   Naturally, I added the Twitter folks’ names to my prestigious “know-their-burgers” Twitter-list.

Before making my first burger stop, I composed my evaluation criteria; a 3 point rating scale (1 low, 2 medium, 3 high) in the following categories: Bun freshness, juicy goodness, food warmth, choice of condiments, choice of cheeses, taste, and presentation Wow-factor!  I intentionally excluded cost and time service considerations; but wrote about those aspects in my blog posts on www.omahadriver.com.

Being familiar with several of the burger chain restaurants, and having had their products previously, I immediately assigned their ratings. This allowed me to narrow my attention to those that were the popular “repeat” suggestions – those included Stella’s, Dinkers, Petrows, Louie M’s Burger Lust, and a few others  

And so, the consumption began.  I had a burger daily for lunch or dinner during the month of November and well into December.

Omaha Driver Favorites

After more than a month of feasting, my favorite burgers were <drum roll>:

  1. Five Guys at 697 N. 132nd Street
  2. Stella’s at 106 Galvin Road S. (Bellevue) and
  3. Burger Star at 1222 S 71st Street (South of Pacific)

 Honorable Mentions

  • The “Holy Cow” burger at Ace’s Diner (At Harrah’s in Council Bluffs served only on the weekend). It has 4 half-pound burgers, 10 slices of cheese, 8 slices of bacon.
  • The “Haystacker” – Served at Dinkers, a great burger topped with an egg easy-over.
  • McFoster’s Veggie Burger – Didn’t know you could do that with soy products!
  • Wohlner’s Kobie Burger – A great grocery store and a great burger maker.
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  1. Barb in Nebraska
    January 7th, 2010 at 17:42 | #1

    Congratulations on completing your best burger quest. What’s next?

  2. NMalone
    January 8th, 2010 at 08:59 | #2

    Sorry I missed the list compile. You need to try the Marleybone’s Burger. My Husbands top 3 are Stellas, Marleybone, Dinkers

  3. Dhouse
    January 8th, 2010 at 14:34 | #3

    Omaha Driver, thanks for the update. Five Guys is next on my list. I recently went to Smashburger and thought it was pretty good. Unfortunately for you, the search is over. What could you possibly eat for lunch now?

  4. February 3rd, 2010 at 16:03 | #4

    Nice work! I’ll be eating two of everything you mentioned. this week.

  5. May 13th, 2010 at 13:28 | #5

    My favorite is Burger Star!! Thank you for the summary and keep up the great work!

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