You can't just head into the Thanksgiving Break with the stomach empty. Even though the holiday screams lots of food, I figured that the best way to prepare for a big Thanksgiving meal was to visit our top two burgers from michiganburgerboys.com. And I wanted to do it all within one week.
Put them basically side by side. Stack them up against each other. Bring it on!
On Saturday, November 23rd, I was able to hit Schlenkers in Jackson for lunch. This is currently our #1 burger in the Burger Taste category. I literally just about ran from the car into Schlenkers because I was so excited, and that's not a joke. With my wife, I sat down at their u-shaped counter, ordered a can of root beer, and got ready for one heck of a burger. Schlenkers offers burger patties that are a little on the smaller size, so most in there order a double cheeseburger. I went that route too. When it came, it was exactly like I remembered it from the summer, but only better. Through all of our burger travels, I've never had a burger that's so tender. You can literally flick the patty with your finger and it falls apart. It slides down way too fast, and the bun is a nice, airy compliment. While I ate, I took in the atmosphere that makes Schlenkers so unique. The u-shaped counter that seats 14 makes you feel like you are eating your burger with everyone in there. People slide down to make room for new customers, and it's just a really cool place.
Roy's BBQ and Burgers
On Friday, November 26th, I was able to travel down to Milan for a Roy's BBQ and Burgers visit. Roy's sits as #2 within our Burger Taste rankings. Ironically, you've got to also sit at the counter at Roy's. This time around, I thought I'd mix it up a little. I've heard that most in Roy's get their pretty popular cole slaw on the side. Most also put this cole slaw on their BBQ and burgers. I had never tried their BBQ before, so I gave that a shot, with cole slaw on it. It was great. When my 1/2 pound burger came, I cut it in half, and had the first half in its original form, and I put cole slaw on the other half. Both halves were delicious, and next time I'm in there, I'll probably do the same thing. I've had a burger at Roy's on many occasions, and it's always really good.
The Final Call
In my opinion, the distance between Schlenkers and Roy's is quite large. Schlenkers, I can say after having it for a second time, is mind-blowing. It's the whole experience, right down to the location. Roy's does remain a strong #2, but nothing, and I mean nothing, compares to Schlenkers right now. If you've never been, and you live reasonably close to Jackson, make the effort to try their double cheeseburger.
Below is a photo slideshow, with captions, of the two visits, and click here to be taking to our Original Burgers review section for the complete reviews of these two great burger joints.
On a hot summer day in August, the Burger Boys took to the Jackson area for some burgers and fun.
Our Burger or Bust Itinerary:
The Jackson Coney Island (a must eat)
Schlenker's (a must eat)
Tommy's Hot Dog Stand (a must see and eat)
Jim's Lost Shoe Tavern
Crossroads Bar and Grill
Here are some photos from the day.
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