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Best burger in Saline County and maybe central Arkansas

BigMouthBurgerOver the past few years, it seems that the quality of burgers in the area has improved significantly. It’s no longer enough to grab a hunk of mid-grade beef, form it into the shape of a patty and fry the thing until it’s almost crispy.

Want proof? First Arkansas News has already written about the glorious C-J’s Butcher Boy Burgers in Russellville and the “diner food made with care” attitude that drives the owners of Burger Shack in downtown Benton. While C-J’s Butcher Boy is outstanding, there’s a burger joint that’s popped up in central Arkansas that gives the like-minded owner of the Russellville restaurant a run for its money — Big Mouth Burgers in Bryant.

In fact, it’s a good thing that Butcher Boy is in west Arkansas and Big Mouth Burgers is in the central part of the state — it would be hard to choose between the two of them. Anyone who has marveled at the huge burgers and fresh cut fries at Butcher Boy will feel right at home at Big Mouth Burgers, and that’s a fact.

What you’ll find at Big Mouth Burgers are massive portions, fluffy buns that are anything but common, fresh fries and very friendly service. Here’s a word of caution — if you do stop in at Big Mouth Burgers, make sure you’re hungry.

Big Mouth Burgers on UrbanspoonThe namesake burger is a whopping pound of beef topped with bacon, cheese an egg and your choice of common fixings. That’s a lot of burger, to be sure, and will set you back around $13 when you add a drink to your order. If you’re not quite that hungry, move down to a specialty burger — around $9 for a basket that includes plenty of hand-cut fries and a half-pound burger (you’ll come in a bit north of $10 when you add a drink). I can tell you from experience that the barbeque burger is a true delight from the specialty menu — hickory barbecue sauce, bacon and cheddar. The simple ingredients come together wonderfully and the fries compliment the meal perfectly. This is a good time to talk about the beef — the half pound burger is a lot bigger than you might expect as we’re talking about quality stuff here. No, Big Mouth Burgers doesn’t use some mid-grade stuff that shrinks alarmingly into an average-tasting patty when it’s grilled. No, the folks at Big Mouth have clearly chosen to use some quality ground beef here — you get a juicy burger that’s brimming with flavor here and that means shelling out around $10 for a big burger, fries and a drink is a very fair price.

Is a half pound burger too much? Well, just grab a quarter pound one — a basket will cost you less than $9 with a drink and may be just the thing for most appetites.

The restaurant also has some Caesar salads, chicken sandwiches and other items that do look appealing. I can’t say I’ve tried any of those, however, as I tend to want hamburger when I go to a burger restaurant. The only thing I regret is not ordering one of the fried pies. As any Southerner worth his salt can tell you, a good fried pie is awesome and that’s doubly true when you’ve got some uncommon flavors available — red raspberry and Bavarian creme, for example. The sad fact of the matter is that a half pound barbecue burger leaves little room for dessert.

If you are a hamburger fan and live in central Arkansas, you owe it to yourself to head to Big Mouth Burgers at 5311 Highway 5-North, Suite 250, in Bryant for lunch or dinner. If you live in Saline County and enjoy a good burger, you really don’t have an excuse for not paying Big Mouth Burgers a visit at least once. Bring your appetite and get ready to use plenty of napkins.

Click here to visit Big Mouth Burger’s Facebook page.

About: Ethan C. Nobles:
Benton resident. Rogue journalist. Recovering attorney. Email = Ethan@FirstArkansasNews.net.