Hires Big H

Drive-In | Hamburgers
Worth a detour

Beyond root beer, Hires menu is a classic drive-in bill of fare: a long list of hamburgers including a “New York H” (garnished with grilled onions), a Danish H (with a slice of ham), a Roquefort H, a Pastrami H, and a Big H, which is garnished with lettuce, tomato, special sauce, and cheese. There is even a Harvest H, a patty made entirely of vegetables for meat-frowners. The bun on which Big H burgers are served is gentle-tempered sourdough with a floury top (as opposed to what the combative menu describes as “some preservative-enhanced, wilted crust studded with obnoxious seeds”).

On the side of whatever H hamburger suits your fancy, you want fresh-cut French fries or onion rings. Both are available with Utah’s unique dipping sauce, a pink emulsion reminiscent of French dressing; the potatoes can be ordered with a mantle of homemade chili and melted cheese. And if a mug of root beer hasn’t satisfied your sweet tooth, there are terrific shakes, malts, freezes, and sundaes.

At Big H, you can drive up, blink your lights and enjoy car hop service; or it is possible to dine inside in a bright, cheerful, blue-chaired dining room.

What to Eat
Hires Big H, Big H hamburger
Big H hamburger
The Big H burger is a quarter-pounder dressed with lettuce, tomato, American cheese and Hires Big H's own fry sauce.
Hires Big H, root beer
root beer
If you eat inside and order root beer, it will come in a large, frosty mug. But Hires Big H also makes excellent thick shakes, like this raspberry example, with 16 flavors to choose from.
Hires Big H, Fries
Fresh-cut fries served with the unique, only-in-Utah condiment: fry sauce.
Directions and Hours
open now
Monday10:30am - 9pm
Tuesday10:30am - 9pm
Wednesday10:30am - 9pm
Thursday10:30am - 9pm
Friday10:30am - 10pm
Saturday10:30am - 10pm
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Lunch, Dinner
Credit Cards Accepted
Alcohol Served
Outdoor Seating

Other Nearby Restaurants

  • Navajo Hogan

    South Salt Lake, Utah

    Navajo tacos: a melting-pot, mix-n-match dish that is American cuisine at its most exuberant: Mexican, New Mexican, and Utahan with a measure of fast-food brio.

  • Sweet Lake Biscuits and Limeade

    Salt Lake City, Utah

    Sweet Lake Biscuits and Limeade has a menu full of different ways to enjoy biscuits — best of all, part of an overstuffed breakfast sandwich.

  • Lamb’s Grill Cafe

    Salt Lake City, Utah

    Stately, trim, and diligent, Utah’s oldest restaurant (since 1919) is a 3-meal-a-day diner and coffee shop with white linen tablecloths and uniformed waitstaff.

  • Sill’s Cafe

    Layton, Utah

    Good eats at Sill’s in Layton include Utah scones, jumbo cinnamon rolls, and hot beef sandwiches. A wonderful small-town cafe north of Salt Lake City.