In addition to enlivening bored taste buds, hamburgers can be an essential tool for throwing a successful barbecue or bribing hungry city officials. Do yourself a flavor favor with today's Groupon: for $5, you get $10 worth of American drive-in fare at Wheeler's Handout in Nampa.
Since 1955, Wheeler's Handout has been appeasing appetites of all types with mouthwatering meals found on a menu stocked with stuffed sandwiches, loaded dogs, fried sides, and sweet soft-serve treats. Stifle rumbling stomachs with a single-patty Wheeler’s special, a grilled disk slathered in Wheeler’s sauce, a secret recipe drawn from untranslated sections of the Rosetta Stone, and served with your choice of fries, tots, or onion rings ($4.19). Chili dogs ($3.69) halt hunger hordes, and french-fried dogs ($1.69) provide a batter-free way to enjoy stick-based dining. Mix and match menu items, such as a halibut sandwich ($4.29), a small tot ($1.69), and a chocolate cone ($1.29), to create a palate-pleasing spread.
The broad beverage selection parches picky pipes with inventive combinations of syrups and sodas, such as vanilla root beer or orange-flavored Dr Pepper. Dessert toppings are available to cover plain ice cream with apricot, spiced apple, lambswool, and other atypical ingredients. Wheeler’s also facilitates feats of Herculean eating with its fully loaded 18 Wheeler Challenge; it serves the official Boise State University bronco burgers and bronco dogs to customers in its old-fashioned dining room or, in warmer months, on the covered porch.
- Wheelers has had top quality food, fast and very friendly service. The food is always hot and very tasty. – Lrac2514, TripAdvisor, 9/1/2009
- They make their own french fries and onion rings. They are not the typical fast food joint, because they prepare everything to order. – A Google User on 1/5/2011
Though the family-owned eatery traces its roots back nearly 60 years, its signature attraction spans a comparatively brief 30 minutes. The 18 Wheeler Challenge pits customers against the shop’s 2-pound bacon cheeseburger, half a pound of fries, and a large milkshake—they get half an hour to make it vanish. So far, only two have emerged from the challenge victorious—and one was a T-Rex—but either way participants walk away with a t-shirt. Though the pantheon of victors in the challenge is limited, countless patrons have successfully enjoyed the 18 Wheeler's menu siblings.
Since the Mudd family purchased Wheeler’s Handout, not much has changed. Their signature housemade burgers cost a bit more than $0.30 now, but the recipes and family’s commitment to service has been carried on with the work of Kathi, a member of the third generation who leads the staff. She and her team cook the family recipes for gourmet burgers and hot dogs, handmaking corn dogs, chili cheese fries, and milkshakes, malts, and floats.