Steppin’ Out – Denny’s Bigger, Bolder Burgers

Recently Denny’s restaurants, often known as “America’s Diner,” announced that they have added three new burgers to their new “Burgertown U.S.A.” menu. And, these are not just burgers, they are ‘you’re-going-to-need-two-hands-to-enjoy,’ hand-pressed 100 percent beef burgers. And, best of all, they are available morning, noon and night.

The new lineup includes the America’s Diner Cheeseburger – A burger that lives up to its name, featuring caramelized onions and classic American cheese covered with Denny’s new All-American sauce and then served on a fresh brioche bun.

The Spicy Sriracha Burger – Offering fiery flavor in every bite, this burger features Cheddar cheese, bacon, jalapeños and a creamy Sriracha sauce. Each burger is served with lettuce, tomato, red onions and pickles on a brioche bun.

Finally, the Bacon Avocado Cheeseburger – This modern favorite includes crispy bacon, fresh avocado and melted cheese and is served with mayo, lettuce, tomato, red onions and pickles on a brioche bun.

A good friend invited me to lunch at the Denny’s at 99 Fair Lane in Placerville, and I immediately said, “Yes!” How could I turn down a chance like this to taste one of these beauties.

Even though it was half past noon (figure that one out kids), it wasn’t real crowded, but was a bit understaffed.

My friend decided on the Bacon Gouda Burger, made with bacon strips, caramelized onions and shredded Italian cheeses atop a hand-pressed 100 percent beef patty, then covered with Gouda cheese sauce and served with lettuce, tomato, red onions and pickles on a brioche bun. Although you have your choice of wavy-cut fries, hash browns or seasonal fruit, she opted to pay a bit more and get the Bacon Cheddar Tots. Oh, my, was I glad she did that. They were great.

I thought about the Spicy Sriracha Burger for a moment, but the Bacon Avocado Burger drew me in and I ordered it. In an attempt to be at least somewhat healthy, I went for the Seasonal Fruit rather than fries. Next time, the tots, you bet. I walk daily and go to the gym four days a week just so I can afford a few more calories.

The burgers were both big, juicy, delicious and worthy of several napkins, which our server provided beforehand without asking. They were properly prepared and, as my friend said about hers, “Very Gouda.”

Both of us cut them before eating, which made it a bit more difficult to hold them together, but that didn’t interfere with how great they tasted. I guess if you left them whole like they came, with the large toothpick in them, you might get away with keeping them together. But, they are large burgers, so it should take two hands.

The Bacon Cheddar Tots were crisp, crunchy and very full of Cheddar flavor. Yes, I was able to get one to try, but there wasn’t an offer of a second.

If the three new burgers are not something you crave, they still have their long-time favorites like the Bacon Gouda Burger, my friend had, Bourbon Bacon Burger, Double Cheeseburger, Denny’s famous Slamburger and the Classic Burger to satisfy you.

As a perfect complement to this bold burger menu, Denny’s is also serving up an all-new creamy, hand-dipped Horchata Milk Shake made with premium horchata ice cream and topped with whipped cream, in addition to many classic shake flavors

Denny’s is one of America’s largest full-service family restaurant chains, currently operating over 1,700 franchised, licensed and company-owned restaurants across the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, New Zealand, Mexico, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Honduras, Guam, the United Arab Emirates, Curaçao, El Salvador, the Philippines, Guatemala and the United Kingdom.

For more information you can call our local Denny’s, which is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, at (530) 626-1086. To view their menu go to

No dinner for me tonight.

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