Monday, May 4, 2015

Revisiting Fast Food Burgers

We both love hamburgers… However, most fast food chains fall short in delivering a quality or sometimes even a decent hamburger.  If we had to rank the true fast food restaurant burgers, Hardee’s would be #1 and Wendy’s would be #2.  I like Five Guys but Laurie’s not crazy about their burgers.  For a fast casual burger, my wife loves Steak ‘n Shake!  I think they’re just OK…

In any case, we are always looking for the next great fast food burger.  So when we found ourselves across the street from a Mooyah burger fast food franchise in Knoxville, we just had to give it a try!

Mooyah is a fast casual restaurant chain based in Plano, Texas.  MOOYAH was founded by 2 individuals in Plano Texas, one of whom is also the founder of Texas based Tin Star Tex-Mex style restaurants.  

As of the end of this past February, Mooyah operates 72 locations throughout the United States as well as several others that have been opened or are slated to open soon in Canada, Mexico, Qatar, Oman, Kuwait, The United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia.  Eleven more locations are set to be opening in the USA in the near future.   

The inside of the restaurant is brightly painted and colorful.  Our Mooyah’s was clean and the servers/counter personnel were polite and helpful.  With some minor exceptions, Mooyah only serves burgers, French fries, salads, and milkshakes.  The exceptions include a hot dog plus a grilled cheese or chicken tenders for children.  The burger offerings include both a Veggie burger and a Turkey burger… 

I ordered a Double Cheeseburger. ($7.39) I didn’t order any French Fries and I wasn’t charged for them.  A small order of French Fries costs $2.59.  The burger was good and we both concurred that the French fries were very good!  (Note: We both had so many French Fries on our serving tray that we both could only finish about half of them…)

The buns at Mooyah's are baked in house.  We both agreed that they have a 'pillow like texture'.  Laurie really liked the bun but at this point I'm not quite sold on them.  

Laurie ordered a Mooyah Cheeseburger with mayo and pickles ($6.49) and a medium order of French Fries, that we were to share. ($3.59)

I don't remember if they asked how you wanted your burger cooked but Laurie's was perfect and I thought that mine was a little past medium rare. Nevertheless, both burgers were juicy.  Laurie really liked her burger…perhaps because they are sort of ‘smashed’ when being grilled…somewhat like her favored Steak ‘n Shake burger.

We’ll have to return for another ‘test’ of Mooyah’s menu.  I want to further compare their burger with the competitors and we would both like to see if their Milk Shakes really measure up to the hype!  Mooyah’s in Knoxville is open daily.  It is located at 7301 Kingston Pike.  Phone: 865-474-1614.  Website:

Just click on any of the photos to enlarge them…

Thanks for stopping by to see what was for lunch!

Take Care, Big Daddy Dave


  1. The correct ranking: BurgerFi, Five Guys, Wendy's, and then Steak & Shake. Hardees is down in the next tier with Jack In the Box and SmashBurger and then comes the bottom tier with McDonalds and Burger King. Just saying...

    1. I forgot about BurgerFi and our great experience with them in Omaha. I checked and we do have one here but it's way down in the middle of Knoxville. We'll have to pay it a visit anyway... I also agree with you re: Five Guys...but Nana doesn't agree. I agree with your order of things except with table service, Steak n Shake doesn't really fit the fast food picture very well...

  2. Sounds like you've discovered a good spot for a quick meal. I like the fresh baked bun idea.

  3. I like they make thye buns there!
    Looks really big and good!"