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Laha’s Red Castle Hamburgers – Hodgenville, Kentucky

Laha's Red Castle Hamburgers serves up some of the best smashed cheeseburgers.

When I told George Motz (Hamburger America) that I was in Lexington, Kentucky for a few days he told me to rush over to Laha’s Red Castle Hamburgers. When he makes a statement like that it means it’s go-time.

Laha’s was only about an hour and a half from where we were staying so it was our first stop of the day.

There are a good 8 counter seats inside and lucky for us, they were all empty. I’ve read that it can get crazy around lunchtime. I take a seat and instead of waiting for my wife Marcela and my bud John I order myself the double cheese dipped burger with some onion rings and a chili dog with onions.

The dog isn’t so much a chili dog as it is a wiener living in a chili bath. I drizzled some yellow mustard on it and it turned out to be a tasty little ditty.

Laha’s Red Castle has been open and serving up hamburgers since 1934 so you know something special is about to happen. The dipped portion of my burger refers to one of the buns being infused with some of their chili sauce. While it is referred to as a double, it does not mean 2 patties but that the burger is made up of 2 meat portions smashed into each other while cooking.

The meat had a beautiful crust achieved only by an expert burger griddle cook. When you mix the chili sauced bun, onions, cheese, and mustard into the equation you have what’s called a big-time winner on our hands.

Marcela chose to have lettuce & tomato which pretty kills what makes this burger so special. It’s old school and they don’t get made like this anymore. Unfortunately, she likes to eat her burgers with all this filler which is never-ending torment for me.

The good thing is while she was eating hers, I ordered and enjoyed a single Cheeseburger for dessert, the only respectable thing to do in this case.

Fresh Beef Patties, ready to smash on the griddle

Where the magic happens

Magic in action

Onion Rings

Hot Dog in chili sauce with onions

Cheeseburger with everything

Double Cheeseburger

Keepin’ It Old School:

Laha’s Red Castle Hamburgers
Facebook: Laha’s Red Castle Hamburgers
21 Lincoln Square Hodgenville, KY 42748
270-358-9201

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