Though it’s open all year round, Burger Time on DeMers Avenue has special appeal with six picnic tables available on grassy surroundings.

On recent days, there has been a lineup of cars at the pickup window. There are orders for onion rings and shakes. And customers ask for hot dogs and chili dogs.

Hamburgers are in demand. The menu board features among its choices a Bigger Burger, Bacon Cheeseburger, Jalapeno Burger. There’s Mushroom Swiss and Barbecue Bacon. The choices seem unending. They include a chicken sandwich and a junior burger.

There is a choice of soft drinks and shakes. And coffee is listed for 99 cents.

Burger Time is open year round. Manager Nikki Nelson says when the days start getting shorter – in late September – things start slowing down.

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Burger Time is one of nine restaurants with headquarters in Fargo. With two restaurants there, other Burger Times are located in Minot and Bismarck. There are two in Sioux Falls, S.D., with others in Minnesota.

Burger Time had its beginnings in Grand Forks as Hamburger Heaven.

While outdoor eating is appealing, many restaurants around Grand Forks are delivering meals during the shutdowns caused by coronavirus. The National Restaurant Association passed on reports that 5.5 million restaurant and food service jobs were lost in April. The number was expected to grow.

Burger Time

Where: 2651 DeMers Ave.

Telephone: 775-2776

Summer hours: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. with 11 a.m. opening on Sunday

Manager: Nicole Nelson

Report card: With seating now available at six outdoor picnic tables, the drive-thru restaurant features a wide variety of choices in a park-like setting. Prices are moderate with an average check of $10 to $20. Wait in line can be long during dinner hours.

Reach Marilyn Hagerty at or by telephone at (701) 772-1055.