Word has been spreading about the quality of food served at Bubba Flame Broiled Burgers in Freeland. On a typical day, Heather and her crew serve hundreds of customers out of her food truck, located just north of the Texaco station on SR 525. In addition to the terrific burgers, Bubba also offers fish and chips, chicken dishes, Caesar salads, hot dogs, cheese sandwiches and her homemade sea salt-n-pepper potato chips. Right next door, for desert, there are soft ice cream cones and floats.
Heather arrived on Whidbey in 1994 with a friend who had a job in Mukilteo. She worked at Harbor Point Golf Course, then at the Holmes Harbor Golf course. She met her husband, Greg, who is a home designer, on Whidbey, and the two were married in 2001.
Heather helped her husband with his business, but was primarily a homemaker for over 10 years. She found herself getting bored with tending a house and doing yard work. Greg kept bringing his buddies home for lunch, and Heather had more and more fun providing impressive meals for the guys.
She also noticed the growing interest in food trucks, and decided she could do a food business out of a truck. She found a company in Florida that specializes in making food trucks. Greg drew up plans for the interior of the truck, sent them to the company and arrangements were made to have the truck shipped to Whidbey. Greg also scoped out possible sites for this new enterprise and found one that would work in the parking lot across the road from the Payless Grocery.
Bubba Flame Broiled Burgers launched in April 2013. The name of the business reflects Heather’s image of what a burger should be: “Big.” The first location worked well for nearly two years, but when the lease was up and there was a need to find a new spot, they were able to lease the current location a few blocks away.
They moved in April 2015, and Heather has noticed a surge in customers. There are many regulars, but the visibility of Bubba Burgers from the highway has brought many tourists and visitors who are traveling by.
Besides the great tasting food, a visit to Bubba Burgers is sure to bring some laughs and lots of smiles. Heather encourages her crew – four full time and four part-time employees – to sing and have fun while they are doing the food prep. She says, “Maybe it comes from being trapped in a box.” She also admits she loves to get the crowd around the truck laughing.
Heather is very serious about the quality of food she serves. The beef is Washington grown, grass-fed Angus chuck. She uses local items for most of the other items on the menu. Her hot dogs have no fillers, and her chips are fresh-cooked every day. Stop by on Friday for fish tacos customers say are “to die for.”
For daily specials, check out the Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Bubba-Flame-Broileded-Burger-on-Whidbey/386550298133091?fref=ts