Classic Diner Burger & patriot day

It is no secret how much I love burgers.  This Classic Diner Burger is the burger that started it all back when I was a child.  A juicy…some would say greasy…cheeseburger slathered with thousand island dressing that runs down your arm…..

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The kind of burger that comes wrapped in white paper with french fries and a chocolate shake!  Yes, I am old enough to remember Bob’s Big Boy.  I loved eating there when I was growing up.   Then in college, the Bob’s Big Boy in town was torn down to make room for a bookstore.  It was okay though, I had the “Theresa Burger” at Marie Callenders.  Theresa was the head cook when I started working there, and boy did she make an awesome burger!!

Classic Diner Burgers

Sadly, Theresa left for a better job.  The cute little diners slowly disappeared and were replaced by large corporate chains, and barbecue bacon cheeseburgers kind of took over.

Fast forward 28 a few years, and now I can make my own! 🙂  Grass-fed ground beef, homemade hamburger buns, and my very own Thousand Island Dressing bring back fond memories of when food was real and and not processed beyond recognition.  No, I am not oblivious to the fact that the buns were “toasted” on the same grill that the burgers were cooked on.  I never claimed that burgers are health food, just that they can be made with healthier ingredients! 😉

I have been planning to post this burger for quite a while now.  Then when I looked at the calender and saw that today was Patriot Day, it just seemed perfect.  What could be more American than a big ‘ol cheeseburger, some freedom fries, and chocolate shake.


Classic Diner Burger

Serves 4
Prep time 10 minutes
Cook time 15 minutes
Total time 25 minutes
Meal type Main Course
This is the Classic Diner Burger that I remember from my childhood, complete with Thousand Island Dressing.


  • 1 1/2 Pounds grass-fed 85% ground beef
  • sea salt & fresh ground pepper (to taste)
  • 4 Slices cheddar cheese
  • lettuce, tomato, onions, pickles
  • Thousand Island dressing
  • 4 fresh hamburger buns (toasted)


Classic Diner Burgers cook
Form ground beef into patties. Season with salt and pepper. Cover and cook over medium heat until no pink remains. Place cheese slices on top of burgers and allow to melt.
Classic Diner Burgers cheese
Spread thousand island dressing on bottom bun. Add pickles and cheeseburger.
Classic Diner Burgers veggies
Add lettuce, tomato, and onion slices.
Classic Diner Burgers
Spread additional dressing on top bun, top burger and serve with fries and a chocolate shake.

This recipe will be partying at these link parties!


  1. says

    Lisa, this really looks like a restaurant photo! I am with you on this being the perfect kind of burger except the part about dressing running down your arm. I’m a freak about messes, so that part makes me cringe 😉 Pinned!

  2. marilyn schoneman says

    Hello from Iowa 🙂 … your recipes look wonderful! How long does the thousand island dressing keep in the refrigerator ? Thanks… Are you an Iowan too 🙂 !
    marilyn ….!


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