For someone who practices yoga seven days a week and practically lives off chia seeds, vegetables and water, Mike Jalili makes a mean burger. (He admits to tasting bites every day since opening the burger joint.)
This has been a dream of his for years, and in November, Jalili, along with his brother Billy and sister-in-law Sara, opened Black Sheep Burgers & Shakes in Downtown Springfield, Missouri.
But Black Sheep is more than greasy burgers – these beefy patties are a true indulgence. There are 11 burgers, including one quinoa burger and a chicken breast sandwich, and the range of flavors is impressive.
The Cowboy Carl, comes with a house-ground beef patty topped with slow-roasted smoked brisket, briny pickles, candied bacon, white Cheddar cheese, barbecue sauce and spicy fried onions. This towering behemoth is nearly 6 inches tall and takes some skill to eat.
There are boozy shakes, blended with Andy’s Frozen Custard, and fries, including sweet-potato fries crowned with marshmallow cream and pecans, or smoked fries served with one of three dipping sauces. Nearly every menu item has a creative twist; you can see all the action taking place thanks to the open kitchen right behind the bar.
“I mean, we’re cooking on top of you,” Jalili says. “But that’s the fun.” Even the Black Sheep logo (featuring a sheep deep in the Warrior II yoga pose) is having a good time thanks to the milkshake in one hoof.
Written and photographed by Ettie Berneking. This article appears courtesy of Feast Magazine. Feast Magazine is dedicated to broadening the conversation about food and engaging a large, hungry audience of food lovers.
Black Sheep Burgers & Shakes, 209 E. Walnut St., Downtown, Springfield, Missouri, 417.319.5905, blaaacksheep.com