Whataburger to celebrate 65 years of hamburgers

Whataburger, 1961. Courtesy photo.
Whataburger, 1961. Courtesy photo.

It might be hard to imagine, but there was once a time when hamburgers only came in bite-sized slider form. Luckily, Harmon Dobson changed all that in 1950 when he decided to bring his vision to life. That vision was of a burger one would need two hands to eat.

That was the beginning of Whataburger, according to the San Antonio Express-News. The Texas-based fast food chain is fixing to celebrate 65 years of burger flipping.

Harmon Dobson at Whataburger. Courtesy photo.
Harmon Dobson at Whataburger. Courtesy photo.

Rob Rodriguez, Senior Vice President of Operations, recently said, “”Today, we’re a little bigger and we offer a few more menu items, but all of us remain committed to taking care of the values Mr. Dobson, his wife Grace, their children and all our more than 34,000 family members have held so dear for 65 years and counting: serve the highest quality products, treat others with respect and invest in the community,” according to the Express-News.

And to think that the recently rated best burger chain started out as a small stand selling burgers for 35 cents.  The Express-News put together a photo gallery chronicling Whataburger’s growth through the years, including snaps of the chain’s first stand in Corpus Christi and scans of Dobson’s journals. The full gallery can be viewed here.

Whataburger has made headlines recently for taking a stand against Texas’ new open carry law, and for making an appearance at Drake’s OVO Festival set.

To celebrate the big six-five, the chain will be offering free meal upgrades on Whatameals on Saturday, Aug. 8, from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

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