I don’t know where I heard about Jerry’s Gourmet Burgers, but, wherever it was, they didn’t lie. It is in a trailer, in the parking lot of a Texaco station, close to (and across the street from) Tanner Medical Center Villa Rica and they serve no drinks. Yep, not a drink on the menu. The supposition is that the space is leased from the owner of the Texaco and he wants to keep that revenue. At $3.28 for two 20 oz. Diet Cokes, I can support that theory.
When we arrived a little after 6:00, the music was blasting from a speaker underneath the window. I stepped up to the window and saw no one inside – I could see a stovetop in a room off to the right, a refrigerator in the room on the other side of the window and a freezer in the back room. A few minutes later, a man appeared (he turned out to be Jerry) and waved us over and we stepped back up to the window. The menu is simple (cheeseburgers, philly cheesesteaks, roast beef sandwiches, beef hot dogs and chicken fingers) all available as a combo with fries. And pineapple cake and brownies. They’re open Mon-Sat 11:00 – 8:00 (except for the first Monday of the month, when they’re closed) and Sun 12:00 – 8:00.
He told us it would be thirty to thirty five minutes, as he had eight or nine orders ahead of ours. We raised eyebrows at and then nodded to each other and said, “okay”. He then said, “it will be worth your while.” We wandered into the smoky- smelling Texaco, picked our drinks and went back to wait.
Where would we sit? If we asked Dylan, he’d tell us to “just put some bleachers out in the sun and have it on Highway 61.” They had no bleachers, so we started at one of the three tables on the porch, but the sun drove us back into the car to wait. That’s okay – there was football on the radio. About fifteen minutes after we got in the car, Jerry stuck his head out the door on the side of the trailer and waved to us – signaling that our burgers were ready.
We picked up three styrofoam containers – two of them packed to the rim with burgers. It’s hard to do the burger justice, size-wise – you can see from the picture above that the burger is actually larger than the porch <g>. Seriously, it’s a little over a half pound of beef and it was a gooey mess.
Jo ordered her burger with swiss, “all the way” (lettuce, tomato, onion, pickles, mustard, ketchup and mayonnaise). One of the challenges of cooking a burger this size – it was at least half of a pound – is getting it cooked to the same degree of “done” throughout. Jerry managed that – the burger was well done (brown throughout) without any charring or searing on the exterior.
And we shared a container full of double-fried fries
Having been open for about three and half months, Jerry has succeeded in creating a burger that is ridiculously messy (you can see how melted the cheese on mine was).
I don’t know that I’d drive back to Villa Rica just to get the burger, but it was a very large burger and very fairly priced (our two burgers and an order of fries were just over $13.00). Most of the folks that pulled up beside us were picking up call in orders. I imagine if you lived, or worked, in the area, that would be a good call to make.