As burgers go, this one is quite simple but delicious.
My dad asked my mom to marry him 50 years ago over a burger just like this one at the Bob’s Big Boy Restaurant on Riverside Drive in Burbank, California. Pretty romantic I know.
The restaurant is the oldest remaining Bob’s Big Boy in the US and a must try place if you ever find yourself in Burbank.
My parents used to take my sister and me there whenever we vacationed in LA while we were growing up.
Last time I was in California, I took my kids there and purchased about ten burgers so that I could copy the recipe. Eating all those burgers was difficult work but it had to be done.
You might think that the Bob’s Big Boy Double Deck Cheeseburger looks like a copy of that other famous double decker.
The fact is, this was the first double decker burger ever. The Big Mac arrived on the scene three decades later.
The Bob’s Big Boy Double burger actually started as a joke. In February 1937, members of the Glendale High School Orchestra who frequented the Glendale restaurant and asked the owner, Bob Wian if he could cook up something a little different. He intended this burger to ‘look rediculous, like a leaning tower’. The kids loved it and it became his signature burger.
The red sauce on top is one of the things that makes the burger. If you can get your hands on some Heinz Chilli Sauce and Heinz Sweet Pickle relish you will achieve the famous flavour. If you live in an area where these products aren’t available, choose any tomato based chilli sauce and finely chop some sweet pickles. It will be close enough.
Tip: For best results, ask your butcher for a 80% meat 20% fat ground beef mix.