Our Roots

Old School Roots.
New School Vibes.

Serving Metro Detroit's Best Burgers Since 1970.

Our story truly depicts the American Dream and all its glory. Famous Hamburger, a brand going strong since 1970 is a full-service restaurant serving fresh burgers, wraps, salads and irresistible hand-spun shakes. Historic wall art with a modern feel set the stage for Famous Hamburger restaurants. Merging the historic roots of the brand with its modern setting, it gives Metro Detroiters the perfect choice when choosing where to grab a great burger with friends and family. Locally sourced beef, fresh produce, hand-rolled artisan bread are some of the many traits that Famous Hamburger prides itself on.

So, you’re probably asking yourself, what’s the famous story? Over 45 years ago, Phillip Hider and his father, returned to Beirut, Lebanon from the United States bringing with them an idea which would eventually grow into the success his children and grandchildren enjoy today. In 1968, Hider and his father were the first to introduce the idea of a burger joint to Lebanon. The restaurant was first called, “Little White Castle”. As business began to boom, the bombs from the civil war intensified. Hider decided to relocate his family and restaurant to a safer location in Downtown Beirut. As Hider began scouting for locations, the locals seemed to know him as “the burger guy”. They had become “Famous” for their burgers in that short period of time. The decision was made to change the name. The Famous Hamburger brand was established in August of 1970.

As the years passed, the tragedy of Beirut began to unfold. By the mid to late 80’s the city had become too dangerous to live in. In 1989, Hider, along with his family, arrived to the United States in hopes of a better life. Famous Hamburger was introduced to Detroit, Michigan in March of 1997. In-order to accommodate the growing clientele, Famous Hamburger was relocated to a larger location in July of 2005 and began offering franchise opportunities. Famous Hamburger continues to receive generous media attention and has grown a cult-like following.

Famous Hamburger now has locations in Downtown Dearborn, Canton and Auburn Hills, Michigan, with plans of having several locations open by 2020. From all three generations of the Famous Hamburger family, we thank you for allowing us to share our humble story with you.

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