There are many burger joints in America and I have sadly eaten at a great many of them. While there still has to be a better burger somewhere further down the road, I’ll continue into local joints when I’m out of my element just to see what’s what. I was recently in Cheyenne Wyoming and when flipping through a local magazine when I happened upon an ad for The Burger Inn. Curious I flipped on my computer and found scant mention of this relic of a burger shop. Piqued when my wife asked me what we wanted to do for dinner, I suggested the Burger Inn; let’s just see what it’s all about.
From where I was staying in Cheyenne this night, I must tell you, there were ample opportunities for me within earshot of our room. Just across the street was a Carl’s Jr franchise location, about as far away in another direction was an Arby’s and directly downstairs there was an authentic “local” Mexican cantina; so we had options. Having just been in the car all day too, there was really no need to do any more driving than absolutely necessary. Still, this place, the Burger Inn, looked quite interesting and I have always been a sucker for good, cheap, local flavor, so we hopped in the car, drove the few miles away and checked it out.
The Burger Inn looks just like it sounds. Their grounds are par for the course when you’re talking about a fast food counter; it looks like any McDonald’s or Burger King; I was particularly reminded of a Burger King near my hometown on Greenwood Avenue in Bethel Connecticut when I saw the Burger Inn’s presence. Still, there was something familiar about the Burger Inn; I couldn’t quite put my finger on it. The Burger Inn’s cover was a little too dirty to be the hangout of the Happy Day’s crew; yet I could see the Fonz up there with his hair brush; giving a big “…Hey!”
Granted my wife and I went to the Burger Inn on a weekday but it was now well past work hours and still the place was relatively empty. It was dinner time and while the place was fuller when we left, I still was surprised how empty it was for this busy hour of the day. My wife stepped up first; she ordered a small chocolate milkshake as well as a small hamburger. I figured that I’d get a crack at some of that milkshake so I just go their “double” burger which is essentially 2 quarter pounders slapped together. The Burger Inn double burger also comes with lettuce, tomato, and mayonnaise on a bun. We both got our burgers with American cheese and we were ready to rock and roll.
The Verdict: The end result from the Burger Inn was no less than I expected; maybe even a little bit more. The burgers took a while to come out yet they appeared to be made fresh on the grill which was refreshing as all heck and definitely something I was willing to wait for. Especially for grilled burgers at these prices. While I wonder if Burger Inn will be there forever, I can say with some equivocation that I have found my favorite hamburger in Wyoming (because it is my only). Be that as it may, I will definitely be back through the Burger Inn the next time I’m traveling in or around Cheyenne Wyoming.
904 West Pershing
Cheyenne Wyoming 82001