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Several years ago, after writing something about the Burger Bar in Cleburne Texas, someone emailed me recommending Clown Hamburgers in Haltom City Texas. I have no idea who it was that recommended Clown Burger to me, but it was a good tip.

Clown Hamburgers, Clown Burger for short is located at the intersection of Haltom Road and Stanley Keller Road in Haltom City Texas. The place is truly nothing fancy. The business has a long history in Haltom City, established in 1959 by George & Mary Stafford. Bill, the current owner and cook, has been working this business since 1963, using the original grill, and doing business pretty much the same way.

The place was really busy the day I was there and I didn’t take interior pictures. I’d describe it as an old hamburger stand with a bunch of clown memorabilia thrown in. Lots of kid pictures on the walls from children’s sports leagues owner Bill Louthan has sponsored over the years.

This place is different, but different is what makes it good. Don’t think that this is some crusty place with no following. At noon on Tuesday the customers were just about lined up out the door.  Service was quick though and it didn’t take that long to order. Prices are real reasonable, too.

The burgers were, well, I’ll call it old school. The hamburger patty is thin but fairly large so it covers a big bun nicely. The meat seemed lean because the burger wasn’t greasy and the garden items (pickle, lettuce, tomato) were dry. It really made for a good tasty hot hamburger. If you like a thick burger you should order the double or triple meat burgers. Like I said prices are so low. They claim to peel fresh potatoes for the french fries every day. Different and good.

I liked the place and I’ll go back, probably not at noon though. I would like to talk to the owner about the history of the place and get his take on 45 years in the burger business.

Some burger places in DFW are so storied that you have food critics from the Metroplex newspapers debating which one is the best and giving awards for best burger in DFW. What nonsense. But you know what, I shouldn’t be such a cynic. Some people just naturally want to rate things and create stars: winners and losers. Me, I like places like this that have good food, service to match, and that have been a gathering place for friends and neighbors for decades.


Clown Hamburgers
5020 Stanley Keller Rd.
Haltom City, Texas 76117

County: Tarrant

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