FatburgerFatburger grew slowly in the Golden Age of Hamburgers, between the 50s and 70s, while other chains were reaching into the thousands. The first Fatburger location was developed by Lovie Yancey in Southern California, the home of many burger chains. Ms. Yancey’s restaurant became a small, localized chain with a few locations around the Los Angeles area. However, in the late 90s, the chain began to grow outside of California and reach into other West Coast states. There are currently 95 Fatburger locations, including multiple locations in Asian countries like Indonesia.

As the chain grew in the late 90s and early 2000s, many celebrities bought their own franchise locations. Magic Johnson served as a owner of the original Fatburger company, and Montel Williams owns a number of Colorado locations. Baltimore Ravens player Orlando Brown also operates some of the Washington D.C. Restaurants. Fatburger still uses only fresh beef in their hamburgers, and makes large and extra juicy patties just like founder Lovie Yancey did. This, along with a unique retro diner style design, attracts both celebrities and average burger lovers alike.

Fatburger burgerRather than serving a variety of differently named burgers, customers choose their favorite size of the classic Fatburger. Sizes range from the 2.5 oz patty of the small Fatburger to the 24 oz, triple patty extra-extra-extra large. All Fatburgers are topped with lettuce, tomato, mustard and ketchup and cheese can be added by request. Customers who don’t want a beef patty can have a seasoned turkey burger or a healthy veggie burger. A number of toppings can be added to any burger, including chili, a fried egg or bacon.