Review: Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers, Meridian, Idaho
I don’t usually write reviews for chain restaurants, and I wasn’t planning on writing one on Freddy’s. However, after eating there several times, I’ve decided that it’s just too damn delicious to not write about. Freddy’s has quickly moved to my top list of burger joints, and here’s why:
Scrumptious Burger in a New Package at Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers
It’s not often that we find a new way to present a hamburger. After all, a bun, sauce, veg, cheese, and a beef patty doesn’t leave much room for variation. But Freddy’s founders, the Freddy Simon family, looked to recreate the fresh flat-top grilled burgers of the 50′s that Freddy Simon loved. What they came up with was something I haven’t seen at any other burger joint; a flattened thin patty that gets super caramelized and crunchy while still being soft and juicy in the middle. The patties start out as standard 1/4 pound patties of fresh lean ground beef. They are slapped on the flat-iron and then pressed out thin and flat by the grill cook. They are seasoned to perfection with salt, pepper, and perhaps some other powdered delights, then sizzled to a perfect dark caramelized goodness before being scrapped off and slapped on a toasted buttered bun.
You can order your steakburger as a single, double, or even a triple patty wonder. A slice of melted American cheese tops each steakburger patty, so a double gets you 2 steakburger patties and 2 slices of cheese. You can choose between the original steakburger (Steakburger patties, cheese, mustard, onion & pickles on a butter toasted bun), or a California style (steakburger patties, Freddy’s Sauce, cheese, onions, lettuce & tomato). I’ve had both, and both are delicious. My preference is the California style with added pickles. The pickles are exceptional!
Tasty but Obnoxious Fries at Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers
My only complaint about Freddy’s is the skinny tiny little fries they serve. They are absolutely delicious, but are a real nuisance to eat. They are just too thin to be functional with a burger. You need to grab about 5 at a time to dip in your ketchup (or fry sauce) to get a good fry-to-burger ratio in your mouth. Inevitably, I just end up getting grease and ketchup all over my fingers and frustrated by the experience. But like I said, they are very delicious so whatever.
Dang Tasty Custard at Freddy’s
In case you missed the fact that Freddy’s is first named after their custard, let me assure you that the naming sequence is for good reason. Freddy’s custard is spot on. It is extremely creamy and smooth, and tastes much richer than typical soft serve. Their custard machines have long stainless steel troughs where thick ribbons of custard inch their way down to where the workers cut them off to put in your cone, cup, or bowl. It looks cool and makes you want to eat it.
Freddy’s offers chocolate or vanilla custard, but then have loads of toppings and mix-ins to make just about any flavor combination you want. You can choose straight-up plain (the vanilla is fantastic), a sundae, or a concrete (extremely thick shake with all the toppings mixed in). Great treats for sure. You owe it to yourself to give them a try.
Better Fast Food at Freddy’s Steakburgers
Freddy’s is fast food, pure and simple, but a much better quality experience than McDonald’s or Burger King. All the ingredients appear to be better quality, and it all definitely tastes better. If you have a quick burger craving, I strongly recommend a Freddy’s Steakburger. At around $8 for a burger and fries, it may cost a bit more, but the better taste and experience is well worth it.
The Bald Gourmet recommends enjoying a tasty burger and frozen custard at Freddy’s.
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