The “little” in the name of Laura’s Little Burger Joint is not for quaintness. This place really is tiny. There is only the one ordering window and the seating is outside at picnic tables, some shaded, some positioned for sun worshippers. Located in farm country a half hour southwest of Kalamazoo, it is very unlikely you would ever just happen by the place. Laura’s has to be one of the least likely great burger stands in the nation.
My choice was the Chapman burger, a hefty meal in itself, that includes two seven oz. patties, bacon, grilled onions and pepperjack cheese, all on a grilled, wide bun. The beef is freshly ground, loosely packed, sparingly seasoned and tastes exactly how a burger should. Add in the crispy bacon and the heat from the cheese and you have a winning combination. For just $8.95, you also get a generous portion of nicely salted fries and a drink, making it one of the best bargains in Michigan. We saw another diner enjoying an olive burger which looked so good, it will be our order next time here.
Since this is no fast food burger factory and everything is made to order, it will take a few extra minutes to get your food. But, it will be well worth it. I shared a table with a couple of weekend motorcyclists who love Laura’s so much, they drive here on a regular basis all the way from Chicago.
Laura’s Little Burger Joint is seasonal and closes during cold weather months.