- 800 S. State Street
- Ann Arbor, MI 48104
- (734) 222-4555
- No Known Website
I’m going to be honest. I had absolutely no intention of having a burger for lunch. Hell, I was on my way to get “organic pizza,” but I got sidetracked by a sign in the window. A sign that read “Voted Best Burger in AA 2009.” They might as well have a 13 year old kid on the corner daring me to stop. How could I pass up a chance to have Ann Arbor’s best burger.
Quickie Burger & Dogs is a really small corner shop on State and Hill near the University of Michigan campus. I had passed the store a few times in the past, but I never gave it a second look until I saw the sign.
The intersection at State and Hill is really busy on a Friday afternoon. There is on street parking all around the area and I ended up going around the block to find a meter. After popping in a few quarters, I walked back to my destination.
Quickie Burger is not a big building. The first area you come in to is the order counter and a bar area overlooking State Street. It looked like there was a larger dining room off to the left, but I never ventured that far. I was grabbing my food to go.
It was just me and a couple frat boys in the store so the clerk was actually waiting on me to make my decision. I knew I wanted a burger, but I wanted just the burger. I didn’t want all the extras. I ended up ordering the Major Burger which is 2/3 lb spread over two patties (1/3 lb each). The burger comes with lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, onions, choice of cheese and the secret Quickie Sauce on a whole wheat bun. I knew I didn’t want the Quickie Sauce which is probably mayo based and probably the reason they won a “Best Burger” contest. I asked for the burger plain with just cheddar cheese. The lady behind the counter talked me into Naked Fries and a Pepsi. My total was $8.50 which seemed like a pretty good deal for the amount of food I was going to be handed.
The name of the place is Quickie Burger, but it’s not a fast food place. The burger was cooked on a griddle after I ordered. I watched the cook throw the patties down the assemble the burger. Another guy cooked my fries then packed everything up. I wanted to get back to Ray Fisher Stadium, so I grabbed every thing to go.
I ate the fries in the car while I waited through seven light cycles to turn left on to State Street. The fries were really good. They were beer battered and seasoned really well. When I got done, before I actually made the left turn, I started digging through the bag hoping for a stray or two even though I knew there was none because they were served in a Styrofoam container and not an open piece of paper.
When I got back to the baseball diamond, I dove into the burger which was wrapped in foil. It was hot. Really hot. Too hot to even handle. I opened up the foil and let the steam escape. After a brutal three minutes of waiting for it to cool down, I picked it up and tried to take a bite. I couldn’t get the sandwich in my mouth. It was one of the thickest burgers I’ve ever had. Lucky for me, it was two patties, so I could eat the burger as two open face sandwiches.
Both meat patties were smothered with cheddar cheese which was melting into the meat. As I was holding one half of the burger, I kept thinking this burger may live up to the hype. Then I took a bite. Frozen meat. The sandwich was good, very filling, and priced really well for the financially strapped college kid, but the frozen meat patty crushed my hopes of the best burger in town.
Don’t get me wrong, Quickie Burger was still really good. I just have a really high standard when it comes to burgers. The Michigan Daily and I don’t share the same ideas when it comes to “best burger.” It’s a burger I would order again and if I work in Ann Arbor again, there’s a good possibility I will order it again. I just don’t think you can call anything the “best” if you’re using frozen products. Like I already alluded to, the distinction was probably based on the special sauce or the combination of toppings. Hell, if nothing else, the size of the burger makes up for the frozen patty. I definitely did not go back to work hungry.