All-Natural, locally-sourced beef, hand-cut fries, hand-breaded onion rings and more will keep you going back at Irma’s Burger Shack in OKC.
Last month we had an away football game, so I took the opportunity to spend that Friday running errands in OKC. After a few hours of searching for inexpensive but fun props for food blog photos, it was time for lunch. I normally focus on brand new restaurants for the blog; however, I have to revisit quite a few restaurants because some of the photos are so bad. I usually start with those restaurants and, if one inspires me for a repeat visit, that’s where I go.
Irma’s Burger Shack is one of my older blog posts with average-at-best photos. There are 2 Irma’s Burger Shack locations in OKC. The original location is on NW 63rd, and Irma’s II is in Midtown. I visited the Midtown location both times, and for some reason thought it was the original location. Nope, I was wrong.
Irma’s Burger Shack is open from 11am-9pm daily, and also offers takeout. They are also part of Keep it Local, a wonderful program that supports Oklahoma-owned businesses. Customers purchase a card for $15 annually, and receive discounts and incentives at participating businesses. It’s pretty easy to earn your money back within a few months, as there are more than 300 businesses in the program. Irma’s Burger Shack offers a 10% discount off food and drinks, excluding alcohol.
The Midtown location of Irma’s Burger Shack has a great corner spot. It reminds me of a diner, which is part of the charm. There is a large waiting area at the entry, with a cash register and display case of desserts. Just beyond the register is a diner counter with 6 stools, and a full bar behind the counter. The remaining space is the main dining room, a combination of tables and half-booths.
The restaurant was about half-full when I arrived, well after the lunch rush. I first sat at the diner counter, but soon moved to a table closer to the window. Much better lighting for photos, and I always opt to sit at a table, when possible.
Irma’s Burger Shack offers a wide selection of beers, as well as hand-blended malts and milkshakes. I love that they display the beer selection on the napkin holders at each table.
The Irma’s Burger Shack menu features appetizers, soup/salad, entrees, burgers, hot dogs, sandwiches, sides and desserts. The sides are all a la carte. I’m not a huge fan of that practice, because the side portions are not any different than restaurants that include a side. But oh well. Toppings for burgers, sandwiches and hot dogs are also a small upcharge.
Irma’s Burger Shack sources some of its beef from NoName Ranch in Wynnewood OK. You can also purchase different cuts of the NoName Ranch meat directly from Irma’s Burger Shack.
I started with an order of onion rings while I perused the menu
They use thick-cut onions, and hand-bread the onion rings. They are screaming hot, and the seasoning is delicious. I had to stop myself from eating them so I could eat the rest of my meal.
On my last visit I had the NoName burger. I considered getting it again because it was so delicious, but that goes against the spirit of the food blog. Instead I went with the special of the day, the Caesar burger. I got fries too–for research, of course.
This burger is amazing, and cooked to my requested medium. Naturally raised beef has so much more flavor than regular beef. The Caesar dressing is light and creamy, and is a great twist of flavor to the burger. Parmesan has such a distinctive bite, and I love what it adds to this burger. The hand-cut fries were delicious and hot, crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside.
I normally don’t order the special, but this burger sounded so good and unique I took the chance. I told the server it needs to go on the regular menu, and he agreed.
I’m definitely going back to Irma’s Burger Shack again. Next time I’ll visit the original location.