S&B’s Burger Joint: burgers with flair
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There is something timeless about Elvis’s music. Regardless of what generation you are in, you know it, you can sing it, you can’t help but move your hips to it. But, following my most recent trip to S&B’s Burger Joint, my love of Elvis only grew as he shared food trade secrets with me — peanut butter and bacon … on a burger.
If you are like me, the idea of peanut butter on a burger did not sound appealing. At all. But a friend came with me and insisted I try a bite of hers. She isn’t the type of person who would lead me astray, so a bite I took. And immediately I wanted the entire burger. The Elvis is a classic example of the unique and delicious burgers you can find at S&B’s Burger Joint. Tucked inside an office building in the parking lot of the Best Buy on May Avenue, you would not expect from the exterior that such thought has been put into these burgers. The patty was moist, the bacon crisp, and it had a perfectly thin layer of peanut butter to give the entire burger a rich, nutty flavor that wasn’t overpowering. Like Elvis’s music, this burger is timeless.
And it is only one of many to choose from at S&B’s. First and foremost, this is a slider burger joint. You can get all of their burgers in slider or full-size form, which I love. They have names like The Columbian (sea salt and coffee rub anyone? see a pic) or The Frenchmen (mushrooms and French onion sauce) or The Fire (roasted green chilies and a spicy ranch that brings some serious heat). This isn’t the same patty piled up with different toppings. Each patty is handcrafted individually with flavors and toppings that complement each other very well.
Naturally, I have my preferences. I have noted my newfound love for The Elvis. I found the Columbian good on flavor but the cilantro-lime salsa that came on it made the bun a soggy mess by the end. The Fire packed a serious spice punch that I personally enjoyed but it is not for anyone with sensitive taste buds.
The burgers can also be a little pricey. Most of the sliders are around $4.25 with the full size options costing about $7.50. That’s pretty high for a burger all by itself. Sides are all separate. Fries and sweet potato fries (see a pic) are $2.00 and $2.50 respectively (and sized for one) with their special “Smothered” fry options in the $5 range.
Price seems to always be a part of the discussion with S&B’s. Most everyone seems to love the burgers, but swallowing a tab of nearly $15 for burger, fries, and drink (with tax and tip) is tough. Fellow EatAroundOKC writer, Danielle, has said the pricing is high enough to keep her from making S&B’s a regular stop. For me personally, I feel the quality of the burgers here is worth the money and the expansion of my waistline.
There are a couple of ways to reduce the cost burden at S&B’s. First, if you have a KeepItLocalOK card, you can save 15% right off the top. Second, they do offer some specials on various days of the week, including pricing all full-sized burgers at $5 every Monday. This Monday special puts your meal back into a range that, while still not cheap, is more comparable to the other higher-end burger places around.
S&B’s recently rolled out a new menu, keeping some old favorites (does a burger named “The Fatty” really need a description?) and adding some new flavors including The Thunder Burger with ham, swiss, avocado and “thunder sauce,” which I was told is essentially a spicy Thousand Island. We also tried the new El Mexicano fries ($5) which were topped with jalapenos, cheese, avocado crème, sour cream and salsa. The fries were crisp, the toppings flavorful and the sizing was good for three people for a small bite before big burgers. In fact, those flavors make me want to try the new El Mexicano burger next time.
One disappointment for me was the frito chili pie ($5), which is made with Cincinnati chili. If cinnamon-tinged chili is your thing, you would probably love this. But as a Texas girl I prefer my chili with some heat, not sweetness, so it was a letdown for me.
A pleasant surprise was the house side salad ($3) with heaping bits of real bacon and an apricot vinaigrette dressing. This salad could easily be served at a fine dining establishment. That is, if you could ignore the fact that it is served in a high school football game nachos cardboard container.
There were surprises at every turn for me at S&B’s Burger Joint, and I always look forward to visiting and trying something new. Have you been to S&B’s? Let us know what you think in the comments below.