Aside from serving delicious burgers, nothing about Ned’s TravelBurger is what you’d expect. In the best possible way. Opened in the fall of last year, Ned’s TravelBurger has been winning fans by using fresh, local ingredients to craft burgers unlike any other. As co-owner Scott Steigerwald says, “We strive to make every bite that perfect burger bite as you make your way down to the end!”
Perhaps the most major difference between Ned’s and the typical “burger joint” is that Ned’s TravelBurgers are served out of a 1946 Spartan Trailer. Found in a field, co-owners Steigerwald and Carl Patron renovated the trailer themselves, making it a county licensed special transitory food unit, meaning they are able to sell burgers out of their travelling Spartan all over the state.
Another uniquely awesome feature of Ned’s is that all of the ingredients going into their food are Michigan made. Their beef is Black Angus Grass Fed from Fowlerville, their pickles come from Lexington and the cheese comes from Williams in Linwood. Other in-season ingredients are purchased from local farmer’s markets.
And the look of the burgers is as unique as the vehicle out of which they’re sold. Served on a challah bun baked fresh daily at Holiday Market in Royal Oak, Ned’s TravelBurgers are rectangular (looking more “hot dog” than “hamburger” shaped). This idea, coupled with placing each burger in a white paper sleeve, makes TravelBurgers infinitely less difficult to eat on the go.
For those of you who prefer something a little different, Ned’s also has TravelTurkeys, TravelPiggys and TravelVeggies (including delicious Baja and Ah-So Asian varieties to add to the diversity). Also getting rave reviews are Ned’s Skinny Fries; the fries are hand cut and destarched and twice blanched before their final trip to a fryer filled with only Rice Bran oil, guaranteeing a delectable crispy finish for each batch.
Ned’s TravelBurger can typically be found on Woodward somewhere between 11 mile and Square Lake Road, but the Spartan’s location can always be found on Ned’s website. Another awesome aspect of the TravelBurger is that it can come to you! Ned’s handles catering for any kind of party or event. And with plans to restore an additional three trailers, food truck goers are bound to be seeing a lot more of this delicious Michigan staple in the future.
So check out Ned’s “Burger Cuisine with World Flavors in Between” at one of their upcoming spots; the TravelBurger will make an appearance at Wednesday Night Street Eats in Royal Oak on the 14th and most likely will also be at Cork Town’s St. Patty’s Day Parade in Detroit on the 11th. And be sure to like Ned’s TravelBurger on Facebook and Twitter! ~Hayler Serr, Feature Writer