White Hut

September 8th, 2011 by Richard Chudy

Isn’t this supposed to be the way burgers are meant to be? Simply cooked on a griddle, caramelized onions, and a soft and steamy bun is our first encounter with the aforementioned hamburger, and White Hut in Springfield has been doing it proud since 1939. A cheeseburger will set you back all of $2.75, of course any reasonably hungry human being should be able to devour at least two of the just barely bigger than a slider patties. If value was the only criterion, coupled with some burger simplicity, the White Hut burger would be king. Too bad all facets must be considered, and nostalgia and purity isn’t enough to get by.

White Hut falls a bit short on the beef barometer; no fault of their own, churning out mass quantities of burgers is the goal, and technically speaking they are successful. But the bland beef is hard to escape, most certainly originated from a frozen patty, there is almost no seasoning to speak of. Maybe it’s unfair to be so tough on a burger that costs less than $3, but still, it’s hard to overlook the mediocrity of the beef. That doesn’t mean it’s not delicious as a complete package; the sweet onions and delicate bun stand out enough on their own to warrant a recommendation. The fries are a success too; pretty standard, but crispier and more flavorful than many of the fries I encounter, all for the modest price of $1.60.

Despite sub-par beef (one of my biggest pet peeves), the White Hut burger is an escape to the burgers of the past. Extraordinarily difficult to review, I’ve had far worse burgers that cost much more. Is it enjoyable solely on the simplicity and the cost? Yes and no, worthy of a visit, satisfying for a multitude of reasons, but the greatest burger in the world it is not.

Overall Score: 82

3 Responses

  1. Molly says:

    I’m from Western Mass, and after school, carloads of kids would travel over the bridge into West Springfield to enjoy White Hut. Good times, good times.

  2. Jake says:

    My background and livelihood is connected to the burger business, so I know I am a bit skeptical of Burger Reviewers… But when the facts are not correct it drives me crazy…. You really need to do some fact finding…before you write you review… I believe your readers deserve it… White Hut has used FRESH GROUND BEEF for years… All you have to do is look at the National Reviews that have been written about them…or maybe… ask someone… I believe your assumptions that they use frozen burgers leads to your “disappointment”…and leaves your readers with the wrong impression…

  3. I respect your thoughts, Jake. I truly meant to present my review (and all reviews) as strong opinions, even if it’s in excess. For me, whether the beef is frozen or fresh is almost not the point; it was poor quality beef regardless, which results in a product that might as well be frozen, in my opinion. Maybe I jumped the gun in making that assessment, but that patty was a letdown and that was the best way to describe it to those who read this review, however factual or not.