Like fairies, hamburgers are famously difficult to photograph because they can take thousands of forms and wear a variety of sauces. Capture a savory creature with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $21 worth of beefy burgers and sides at Fatburger. This Groupon can be redeemed at the Bellevue, Redmond, Lynnwood, Issaquah, and Federal Way locations of the old-fashioned burger stand, so drag race the high-school bully to the nearest or farthest location.
Fatburger's gourmet burgers range from 2.5 oz. single-patty Baby Fat burgers ($2.49) to the XXXL 24 oz. thrice-stacked Triple King ($9.69), with three more moderate options in between. Made from 100% lean beef, Fatburger's gourmet-burger combos start at $4.99 (beer/burger combos start at $5.99), and all of the grilled goodies come topped with fresh veggies, and optional add-ons are available for a custom chow-down ($0.59–$0.89 each). Plop a scoop of chili on your burger and cover it with a slice of cheese for a decadent dining experience, or create a breakfast-themed burger with bacon and an egg. Fatburger's chicken sandwich ($4.99 alone or $8.99 for combo; grilled, fried, or spicy), turkey burger ($4.49 alone or $7.99 for combo), and veggie burger ($4.79 alone or $8.49 for combo) offer awesome alternatives to bovine-based meals. Homemade onion rings ($2.89) or skinny fries ($2.39) act as lovable sidekicks for your brooding, misunderstood burger without a cause, and a sweet maui-banana or cookies-and-cream milkshake can serve as a saccharine dénouement to meat-laden historical fiction ($3.79).
The Fatburger legacy dates back to a morbidly obese 1952 sandwich. The modern-day eateries evoke the sleek ambience of midcentury shake shops, where present-day teenagers flip burgers in open kitchens, while ghosts of 1953 teenagers sip milkshakes through two straws and gaze kittenishly at one another in a corner booth. Don't be surprised, though, if you spot Queen Latifah, Brian McKnight, Casper Van Dien, and other future Dancing with the Stars stars in the booth next to you.
Zagat gives the food at the Redmond Fatburger a rating of 18 out of 30, and Citysearchers named this location's burger the Best Seattle Hamburger in 2009 and gave the restaurant a four-star average. Yelpers give the Issaquah and Lynnwood locations a rating of 3.5 stars and the Bellevue and Federal Way Fatburgers a three-star average. More than 80% of Urbanspooners recommend the Fatburgers in Redmond, Issaquah, and Bellevue.
- This is the kind of fast food joint that everyone can enjoy. It's quick, clean, efficient, and lots and lots of variety. – comitque, Redmond location, Citysearch
- My burger- as I like it, plain with cheese- was seriously delish. Handformed, cheese and bread in perfect union, the fries lining the basket, the salted caramel shake just lightly flavored but creamily delicious. – Clover A., Bellevue location, Yelp
Not much has changed since Lovie Yancey opened the first Fatburger in 1952. Since then, the chain has expanded, but the food has stayed the same: 100% USDA lean beef burgers grilled to order and hand-scooped ice-cream shakes. Each restaurant stays true to Yancey's vision, even down to retro-influenced digs with jukeboxes blasting old school favorites designed to make listeners flash enthusiastic thumbs-up signs. Inside the kitchen, cooks stack burgers from 2.5-ounce burgers to 24-ounce triple burgers on toasted regular or gluten-free buns as fresh onions crisp inside fryers filled with cholesterol-free oil. Diners can also enjoy Fatburger’s signature chili made with a secret blend of herbs and spices or milkshakes topped with dollops of whipped cream that resemble fluffy, white clouds shaped like marshmallows.