Goliath Burgers at Fred’s Old Fashioned Burgers – El Cajon, CA

There’s a show on the Travel Channel called Man v. Food that my boyfriend and I really love. The host, Adam, goes around the country trying to beat various crazy food challenges, eating ridiculous amounts of food. Somehow this inspired my boyfriend and he wanted to do something similar. He heard about the goliath burger from someone at work and when we were in the neighborhood we stopped by to check this place out.


Fred’s Old Fashioned Burgers is in an old Taco Bell joint. And you can tell, since it’s the same building and same facade. On the inside it’s got the same Taco Bell look, too, except they’ve covered the walls with various vintage signs with old ads from the 40′s, 50′s and 60′s. The menu is displayed above the counter where you can peek in and see the whole kitchen. The serve burgers, shakes, onions rings, fries – your typical stash of diner type food.


My boyfriend ordered the Goliath Burger ($13.99) and we got to see them slap the huge 2lb. patty onto the grill in the kitchen. The cooks argued briefly over who got to slice the massive sized bun, the non-slicer woefully saying, “Aww, I wanted to slice the bun.” Quite amusing. I myself got a normal sized cheeseburger (1/4 lb.) with fries and a peanut butter shake. They also gave us free samples of their frozen yogurt – we got the Pumpkin flavored ones, which were tasty (but I didn’t finish mine).


See that thing? It’s almost as wide as the whole tray! Here’s a comparsion next to my boyfriend’s son’s head:


Very large burger.


My boyfriend, eating the first bite. He enjoyed the burger very much and ate probably 2/3 of the burger. There is no challenge to finish this like on Man v. Food, my boyfriend just wanted to see if he could eat it. Good effort.


Here’s my normal sized burger, with some really tasty french fries. I liked my burger. It was juicy and flavorful and tasted like it was freshly made. Definitely better than other fast food fare. The fries were also really excellent – super crisp and delicious. I also really dig the “French Fries” bag they came in with a little potato mascot on the outside.

If you’re in the mood for some good, old-fashioned burgers (or eating really gigantic burgers), then check out Fred’s Old Fashioned Burgers for some tasty, tasty treats. They also have another location in Alpine, CA.

Fred’s Old Fashioned Burgers
1285 E Madison Ave
El Cajon, CA 92021
(619) 447-2300

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'7 Responses to “Goliath Burgers at Fred’s Old Fashioned Burgers – El Cajon, CA”'
  1. mina says:

    that burger is ridiculous. i wish i had read your blog before i visited california!
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  2. nhbilly says:

    That was crazy!!!! Love the simple to the point read. Found you thru mmm-yoso!!!

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  4. sawyer says:

    i’ve been craving a fresh made patty burger for such a long time….

    my god that burger is freaking ridiculous. that’s true american eating for you right there. nice find!
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  5. Nicole says:

    Wow this is right down the street from me i always wondered they were selling there i definetly have to go down there now!

  6. Jovan says:

    That’s thing is delicious!! I need to get one again this week :]

  7. Mike B. says:

    If you’re looking for a bunch of other ridiculous food challenges like this one I found a site that lists a ton of them and updates regularly. Check it out.

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My name is Mary and I live in San Diego. I've been blogging since 2006 as a hobby - it's my fun, creative outlet! Some random things about me: I'm a front end web developer, I love peanut butter, cookies, warm cupcakes, puppy noses, star gazing, new bags of sugar, sprinkles, cupcake wrappers, egg rolls, eating french fries with ice cream, driving with the windows down, snuggling, wes anderson movies, staying up too late reading a good book and Jake. These are my adventures in all things food. Hope you enjoy the ride.
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