There’s not much to Simply Burgers in Arlington, and that’s not a bad thing. The place has burgers. And that’s all there is to it.
Even the decor is, well, crazy simple.
All of the burgers start with a well-seasoned half-pound patty (about a 7 on a savory scale, with 10 being overkill) and a soft, toasted bun.
Aside from the plain hamburger ($4.65), variations include the hickory burger ($4.65) with tangy barbecue sauce and a burger with house-made guacamole ($5.65).
The chili-cheeseburger, with chili also made in-house, reminded us of late-night cravings for Sonic’s chili-cheese coneys (Simply Burgers serves chili dogs, too). While the cheese is barely detectable, the whole thing works just fine. If you really want to get cheesy, just add extra cheese sauce (95 cents).
There’s also the mushroom burger ($5.65) and a blue-cheese burger ($5.85).
If you want to mix and match ingredients — bacon, guacamole, jalapeños, mushrooms, house-made ranch or chili (35 to 95 cents) — order any of them with any of the burgers you choose.
Optional ingredients are convenient, but not surprisingly, we thought each burger worked well with minimal toppings. Keep it simple, like the name says.
The Cajun chicken sandwich ($6.20), also with well-seasoned meat, was a tad on the dry side.
The best burger isn’t even a beef burger, though — it’s a turkey burger. The patty is tender, with even more flavor than the beef. (Turkey rarely beats beef.)
All burgers come with the usual toppings — lettuce, tomatoes and so on — all fresh and crisp.
Aside from burgers, there are plenty of essential side items to complement whatever burger you choose.
Crunchy tots ($2.15) never fail, but our favorites were the fresh-cut Idaho fries ($1.29), rustic and slightly crunchy, and the battered, crunchy jalapeño strips ($3.59).
Other sides include Cajun fries ($1.49), fried okra ($1.99), onion rings ($2.15), sweet potato fries ($2.15) and tots smothered with cheese ($3.10).
For its speedy service without fluff (along with the low cost), Simply Burgers is worth checking out a few times. And there are three additional locations in DFW: Bedford, Fort Worth and Mansfield.
You’ve got hunger. They’ve got burgers. That’s all there is to it.