The chili cheeseburger at Sam's Burgers Fries & Pies comes with lettuce, tomato, pickles, and onions on a branded bun. The day I tried it, the chili was made with ground beef and had a pleasant cumin aroma, but it wasn't particularly spicy. The American cheese melted down onto the bun, which was soft, fresh, and very well toasted. All in all, the sandwich was very tasty and extremely messy.
My wife got the Angus burger without cheese, and I'm not sure which of the two I liked better. Her burger had a nicely charred edge and came with fresh Romaine, sliced kosher pickles, tomatoes, onions, and the requested addition of some very crunchy fresh jalapeño slices. The soft, fresh bun was toasted until it charred nearly black along the edge.
Sam's gets their 80/20 ground Angus beef delivered fresh every day—it's never frozen. The french fries aren't the frozen kind, either; they're hand-cut and battered and fried to order. The pies are house-made, too.
My colleague Katharine Shilcutt told me she had a terrible burger at Sam's about three weeks ago. The lettuce was soaking wet, and the bun was ice-cold, she said. If you eat a burger at Sam's let us know how it was, and we'll see how this burger joint is doing with the consistency problem.