Johnnie’s Charcoal Broiler

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Johnnie's Burger
Bacon Egg and Cheese Biscuit
Johnnie's Cinnamon Roll
Burger and Sweet Potato Fries
Johnnie's Tangy Sauce
Johnnie's Yogurt Parfait

Member of the Oklahoma Restaurant Association / October 2015

By Greg Horton

Johnnie Haynes managed one of Oklahoma’s most famous burger joints, the Split-T, for 18 years before he opened his own place. Haynes started cooking while in the Army in the 1940s. He moved back to Oklahoma while in his 20s, and managed the Split-T from 1952 to 1971. In September of 1971, Johnnie Haynes opened the first Johnnie’s Charcoal Broiler at Britton Rd. and Military Ave.

The original Johnnie’s had 12 carhop spots and seating inside for 48. In 1977, Haynes moved to the current location at 2652 W. Britton Rd. Haynes would open a second location in 1981 in Edmond, and by 1992, there were four metro locations.

It’s rare to find a restaurant that has been around for more than 40 years, and even more rare to find one that is still in the same family and producing the same food. Johnnie’s is unique and successful because Johnnie Haynes, and his sons Rick and David, who assumed control of the family business in 1985, always focused on doing a few things really well: burgers, hotdogs, and sandwiches.

The burgers are what Johnnie’s is best known for, and with 13 different burgers to choose from, including Angus sliders and a veggie burger, it can be difficult to decide which one to choose. The classics are all here, including a chili cheeseburger, the old fashioned (mustard, pickles, and onions), and a bacon cheeseburger.

The first burger on the menu is the original hamburger with Johnnie’s sauce. The sauce is really a smoked hickory sauce, which is often mistaken for barbecue sauce. It’s not, but it is delicious, adding a smoky, tangy note to the burger. The Haynes family got so many requests for the sauce that they finally started bottling and selling it in late 2013.

Another popular choice is the Caesar burger, which is just what it sounds like. Johnnie’s delicious all-beef patty topped with chopped lettuce and Caesar dressing. For the vegetarians, the veggie burger is a tasty black bean patty, seasoned very well, and served with lettuce and tomato.

Johnnie’s has always made hotdogs, actually frankfurters on the Johnnie’s menu, and the most popular choice is probably the chili cheese frankfurter. Johnnie’s uses all-beef franks to make their four frankfurters. Two of them come with Johnnie’s sauce, and for the traditionalist, one is served with mustard, pickle, and tomato.

In addition to a line of traditional and deli sandwiches, Johnnie’s also produces chicken fried steak, chicken fried chicken, and chicken strip platters. Like the burgers and franks, they are served with your choice of French fries that are fresh cut daily or with Johnnie’s rightly famous onion rings. The onion rings are big and sweet, with a wonderful crispy batter, and they are homemade daily.

Johnnie’s has healthy options and a children’s menu. The restaurant is very kid friendly and easily accommodates large groups. Don’t leave without getting dessert, though. The pies are housemade, and they are delicious. Several varieties of cream pie are available, as is a traditional pecan pie and blackberry cobbler. Of course, ice cream is available.

Please click on the link below for location:

2652 W Britton Rd
Oklahoma City, OK 73120

(405) 751-2565

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