Ask a Tulsan about their favorite burger, and chances are a good number of them will recommend Ron’s. 

Formally dubbed Ron’s Hamburgers and Chili, this Oklahoma mainstay first came to be in 1975. Owner Rob Baber, who was working in the manufacturing industry at the time, decided to take a risk, switch gears and open his own restaurant. Nearly fifty years later, Ron’s has handfuls of branches in Oklahoma, Texas and Arkansas.

As its name suggests, the joint’s burgers and chili are the stars of the menu; they’re made fresh daily, all from-scratch and utilizing the best
possible ingredients. 

The most popular meal is Ron’s Special – which the restaurant calls a “one-of-a-kind cheeseburger.” Onions are fried into the meat, then topped with bacon bits, a slice of ham, pepper jack and American cheese, mustard, mayonnaise, pickles, lettuce and tomato.  (This writer’s mouth may or may not be watering as she writes this … )

Other burger iterations include the chili sausage cheeseburger and Big Daddy, a half-pounder with all the fixins’. Chili comes in a variety of sizes, as well as in a Frito pie and Coney Island-style hot dog. Boneless chicken, sandwiches, salads and hamburger steaks round out this menu. 

Don’t forget to add cheese tots, coleslaw, fries, onion rings, okra or fried pickles to your order. After all, Ron’s isn’t described as “gut-busting good” for no reason. 

Locations throughout Oklahoma;; photo courtesy Ron’s

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