Hamburger Haven (1018 N Tamarind Ave, West Palm Beach) has been in the same location since it was established way back in 1947. Yet somehow, it slipped past my burger radar for many years.
I don’t travel to Palm Beach county often, and that’s why Hamburger Haven has sat on my burger to-do list for years (along with the Brass Ring Pub). But then, Titus, my bud from Chicago, ate a double and posted his beauty shot online.
A feeling of embarrassment came over me. How is it possible Titus ate there, yet my blog (founded in 2008) had not even mentioned Hamburger Haven, much less eaten there?
Marcela and I found ourselves in West Palm Beach for a couple of days on business. Hamburger Haven was our first stop before hitting our hotel on the drive up from Miami.
It’s strictly a takeout burger joint which worked out fine since our two dogs were with us.
The menu is kept simple with single burgers, double burgers, and hot dogs. Chili, cheese, and chili cheese toppings are optional.
Potato chips are also available, but that will be a big no. I’m sticking to burgs and wieners.
Chil Dog Real Talk
Over the years, I’ve learned that my preferred chili dog is beanless chili, diced onions, and mustard. I’m not so sure the meat slathered on the dog should be considered chili, but it is seasoned beef.
If we’re out and about, I’m not about to turn down one of these fellas, but maybe some cheese might add a little more depth. The dog appears to be a pork and beef mix with no casing.
Even Realer Burger Talk
Titus, this is a contender for the best burger this year. Do not pass go, and do not collect $200, instead go straight to Hamburger Haven for a double cheeseburger.
The onions for the burger are slivers instead of the smaller diced version for the dog. I’m still not sure if they don’t have pickles or were out of them. I was offered sweet relish in their place when I requested onion, mustard, and pickles on my smashed double cheeseburger.
This combination worked so well, and one bite in, I regretted the let’s share speech Marcela and I had before leaving Miami. But I’m a man of my word and begrudgingly shared this beauty.
In my mind, I had plans to stop in on my way home in a few days. However, I knew that wasn’t going to be possible.
We needed to be out of the rental by 10 AM, so I cherished my last bite. Plus, there was still a slice of sweet potato pie to share, which, as it turns, out was really great too.