7.22.2007

Review #26: Arnold Burger - Amarillo, Texas



Much like Christian's Totem in Houston, Kincaids in Fort Worth and Tookies in Seabrook... Arnold Burger was one of the first burger joints that surfaced when I started asking readers to send in their favorite burger joints for me to review. I responded to the review request telling the reader that it was unlikely I would ever make it all the way out to Amarillo. Well... lo and behold... I found myself in Amarillo and with an empty stomach. Good thing it was an empty stomach because Arnold Burger serves up some of the biggest burgers I have ever laid eyes on. It's been a long time in the making but here is in my long overdue review of Arnold Burger in the beef capital of the world... Amarillo.

IMPORTANT: If you haven't already, please read the Texas Burger Guy terminology post. That will help you understand the terminology I use in this review.

Arnold Burger's Cheeseburger
For me, one of the biggest events in doing these reviews is actually arriving at the burger joint. When I pull into the parking lot and see a building way way way past due for a renovation - I get really excited. Especially when the parking lot for the building is full of cars. Such was the case when I pulled into the parking lot at Arnolds. Arnold's building is simple and functional. No bells and whistles... just the way I like it. I didn't see Oprah's limo anywhere but I did see plenty of locals... among them a very popular Amarillo weather man. I heeded the advice of this weather man and the owner of Arnolds and ordered up a cheeseburger. I fully expected the burger to be your run of the mill small cheeseburger. Boy was I wrong?!?! This thing was HUGE! It immediately earned a Herd Killer rating of 10. Although the burger was huge - I did feel the burger could have used a little more seasoning. With that much meat - you have to load it up with seasoning otherwise the flavor is lost in all that beef. It was big - but just not as much flavor as I hoped.

Here is how I see the Arnold's Cheeseburger ranking in the TBG categories:

Oooze Factor
Two things the Arnold's Cheeseburger did well was Oooze and Herd Killer. The owner figured out who I was before my burger was made so I think she knew I would be looking for Oooze and Herd Killer. SHE DELIVERED! This thing was ooozing all over the place. Its too bad that the oooze was probably carrying away the seasoning because the flavor was just not there in this monster of a burger.
Oooze Factor Rating: 8


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Herd Killer
The second I laid eyes on the monster - I knew it was going to be a Herd Killer of 10. Nuff said...
Herd Killer Rating: 10

Handling
Between the Oooze flowing all over the place and the sheer size of the burger, I had a hard time handling this thing. Its a monster that requires the help of a friend to shove it into your face.
Handling Rating: 8

Bling Bling
I paid 3.37 for the cheeseburger. That's an absolute steal.
Bling Bling Rating: 7

Gravedigger
Yet another category that this burger nailed. It seems like everytime I go to Amarillo, I leave there fearing for my heart. Arnold's continued the tradition of putting the fear of the Almighty in me.
Gravedigger Rating: 8 Shovels

Despite this burger nailing almost all of my categories, my overall rating is going to be a little lower than usual. Reason being the flavor just wasn't there. I haven't encountered this before with other big burgers. I think Arnold's could add some spices to their burgers and nail it.

Overall Arnold Burger's Cheeseburger Rating: 7

Restaurant Review
Between my two brothers and I - we ordered quite a few items from the menu. I didn't get a picture of their burgers before they sunk their mouths into them otherwise they would be pictured as well. We did order fries, onion rings and cheesesticks as appetizers. Little did we know that appetizers were not needed because of the huge burgers that were our main course. You just gotta love a place like Arnolds. It has character and pizazz.. just the way I like it. The food was good. The burger needed more flavor. Everything was reasonably priced. The staff was fantastic. The owner took my picture and its not on Arnolds website... http://www.arnoldburger.com/.

Fries, Onion Rings & Cheesesticks

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The Making of a Monster Part 1

Part 2

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Step 3

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Restaurant/Atmosphere
Arnold's may make itself to the top of my favorite burger joints in Texas. It has the atmosphere complete with a rather simple building, extremely polite owner and a very unique menu. I absolutely loved the atmosphere and everything about Arnolds. The burger had its issues but overall - I loved Arnolds and would love to go back again.


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Directions
Exit 69-B off Interstate 40.

Address
1611 South Washington Street
Amarillo, TX 79102
(806) 372-1741

Map
Arnold Burger Map

TBG Overall Rating
Overall, I really enjoyed Arnold Burger. It was well worth the trip. Great big huge burgers. Oooze capital of Texas. Good thing Amarillo is the beef capital... Arnolds may be putting a strain on the beef supply with the burgers they are putting out there. Disappointed in the flavor of the burger... other than that - really enjoyed it.

Overall TBG Rating for Arnold Burger: 8

7 Comments:

At 7:04 PM, Blogger Francis said...

Man can I learn a lot from you guys. Just found your site and loved it. Please vote on my Fort Best Burger poll:
http://ripsreviews.blogspot.com/
I just went to the new Pappa's burger place in Fort Worth. Hold on to your wallet and I still prefer Kinkaids.

 
At 10:36 AM, Anonymous Texas Blues said...

TBG....great to see you back in the 'bidness of writing about our favorite food. As usual, excellent review of Arnolds. The burger looks great and so does the joint. Kudo's to both you and Arnold's!!

 
At 9:52 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Their website address is actually www.arnoldburgers.com

 
At 11:08 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

HI this is dave from mty,mexico i cook burgers too for my family..and i know that is all about the meat so i make sure its tasty and well seasoned...(secret recipe)also i dont like big fat buns, just slim soft buns
i often travel to texas and have tried wallbangers which i rate about 8.. will look for arnolds some day, that burger you had looks like a godzilla burger, a real monster,the way i like it is with a lot of meat ,lots of mustard and some catsup, great site

 
At 12:29 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm shocked and surprised that you came to Amarillo to try our bugers and didn't even make to the Golden Light, or Barneys Beanery to try the famous Cornbread burger. Golden Light is the oldest home owned burger joint thats been in the same location since opening, (last time I checked these are the facts.)

 
At 2:37 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i have ate at arnolds for 25 years it is the best buger in tx.

 
At 10:56 PM, Anonymous sandy said...

My husband is coming home for R&R, he is stationed in Iraq. He asked me to look up the directions to get to Arnolds Burger. We heard about Arnolds from Guys program. Look forward to eating there and having him home for a couple of weeks. We have never been to Amarillo. See you all in March.

 

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