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After 36 years, Lindburgers in Delray Beach still slinging hamburgers without the glitz

Lindburgers’ Crispy Onion burger on hard roll with fries and Tiger Sauce

Char-grilled, handmade burgers in a variety of configurations and fairly priced dominate the menu at this Delray Beach institution, but keep the salt shaker handy and don’t mind the kitchy decor.

Before there was BurgerFi, Shake Shack, Shula Burgers, Zin Burger and numerous other burger specialty restaurants, there was Lindburgers in Delray Beach.

Tucked into a sprawling strip center at Atlantic Avenue and Military Trail, Lindburgers’ kitchen has been slinging burgers for 36 years.

Lindburgers calls itself the “Home of 50 Burgers.” Actually, they are just a lot of the same, variations of a beef patty on a bun with similar combinations of the various toppings and sauces, mostly onions and cheese. To be sure the menu is not just burgers., You’ll also find chicken sandwiches, salads, hummus, steak and seafood, among others. Lindburgers just might be a diner in disguise.

I hadn’t been there in years, but went recently at the behest of my then 96-year-old mother-in-law, who enjoyed dining at Lindburgers before she entered an assisted living facility.

Pine paneling and kitch inside

Lindburgers’ decorated door

Enter at dinnertime and you’ll find a long, dark bar on the right. It’s empty. Not so the booths to the left, which are scuffed with age, and abutting a pine-paneled wall. The booths are filled with many folks who may have been patrons for all of Lindburgers’ 36 years.  The walls and the ceiling are decorated with campy, cartoonish flying paraphernalia that sort of allude to historic flyer Charles Lindbergh. The servers, meanwhile, could easily have stepped out of a Hollywood diner scene, though they are friendly.

Burgers with fries average less than $10, depending on your selection, and appetizers also run from $8 to $10.

Following an online recommendation, I ordered a cup of chili with cheese and onions to start. Laden with beans as well as bits of meat and onions, it was tasty and hearty, but lacked the spark that chili peppers might provide. In other words, perfect for customers whose taste buds no longer function.

My chili order, however, resulted in a long delay in the arrival of our burgers. Our server informed us she waited until I had finished my chili before putting the rest of our order in with the kitchen.

Boca Raton Burger

Chili with cheese

50-burger menu

On this visit I ordered the Crispy Onion, a patty topped with fried onion rings and the eatery’s signature Tiger Sauce, presumably Russian dressing. It arrived on hard roll, accompanied by steakhouse fries that were crisp, but salt free. The hand-formed burger itself had a nice chargrilled character, and was juicy enough despite being a tad overcooked. I washed it down, surprisingly, with a Jaiali IPA from Tampa’s Cigar City Brewing. The beer selection, otherwise, is largely mainstream brews.

There are also Lindburgers in West Boca Raton, Wellington and Lantana, but I haven’t visited them.

A burger at Lindburgers is a good deal with fries included (there’s always a salt shaker to pep them up), compared with its more glitzy, colorful competitors. When it’s on, it’s comfortable like an old shoe and equally scuffed.

Lindburgers 

14535B S. Military Trail, Delray Beach, FL 

561-495-1722

Lindburgers.com

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