Like fairies, hamburgers are famously difficult to photograph because they can take thousands of forms and wear a variety of sauces. Capture a fleeting glimpse of meat before it enters your mouth with today’s Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of grilled fare at Famous Hamburger.
Famous Hamburger’s samurai spatula-wielders sizzle up 19 succulent burgers using a secret family recipe from 1970, preparing their patties humanely in the halal tradition. Hang a fang on one of the menu's bun-swaddled selections, such as the signature double third-pound patty topped with an egg and american cheese ($6.49; $8.99 with fries) or the Inferno burger—a sammie sporting a slice of pepper jack cheese and jalapeños spicier than R-rated films about potpourri ($4.99; $7.49 with fries). The falafel burger's garden-sprouted selection features a seared circle made of chickpeas, onions, and parsley drizzled in ranch sauce ($3.99; $6.49 with fries). The menu also includes freshly made subs and pita wraps, including chicken, beef, shawarma, kafta, and falafel options.
Photos of yesteryear's burger joints trim the walls at Famous Hamburger, where eaters sink into scarlet booths or taunt passing Hamburglars from window-lined seats beneath an interior awning.
The seeds for Famous Hamburger were planted in 1970 when Feisal Hider’s father gathered his family, left the United States, and returned to Lebanon with the intention of opening the country's first American-style burger shack. This humble shack became a popular attraction, which prompted the name change to Famous Hamburger and cemented a family legacy that would follow Feisal back to the United States. After returning to America, he eventually opened the first stateside Famous Hamburger in 1998, and founded a second location a few years later.
As its name implies, Famous Hamburger specializes in classic American cooking. Burgers arrive topped with everything from portobello mushroom caps and pesto sauce to habanero peppers, hot sauce, and sliced jalapenos. Banana splits and milkshakes reinforce the American theme, appearing alongside the menu's assortment of wraps and melts. The Hider family doesn't neglect their Middle Eastern roots, though. The chefs exclusively use halal meats, which arrive daily and never see the inside of a freezer, and prepare dishes such as falafel pitas and fattoush salads. Furthermore, the restaurants are attached to hookah lounges where guests can relax after their meal and savor one of the more than 30 shisha flavors.
1739 Plymouth Rd.
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48105