Why we love Texas: How Whataburger became a huge part of Texas culture

Whataburger first opened in Corpus Christi, Texas in 1950. (Whataburger)

It all started in 1950 when Harmon Dobson had the idea to serve a burger so big and tasty that after the first bite customers couldn’t help but exclaim, “What a burger!”

The first Whataburger opened on August 8, 1950, in Corpus Christi, selling burgers for just 35 cents.

Until Whataburger came along, Texans had never seen a burger so big. The joint became an instant success, and Dobson began to expand the business. By the end of the decade, there were 17 Whataburger locations across the state of Texas.

In 1961, the first orange and white striped building structure that we all recognize today was built in Odessa.


Over the years, Whataburger has expanded all throughout the Lone Star State. As of today, there are more than 600 Whataburger restaurants in Texas.

A business that started with just a big burger, has became a huge franchise in Texas.

Whether its jewelry or Christmas decor, people in Texas are always eager to rep Whataburger.

Whataburger and James Avery have charms for Whataburger fans

Whataburger is so loved by Texans that many chose to visit on their special day.

This year, Whataburger even held a contest to win a “Whatawedding,” which many Texans entered in.

Those who don’t get married at Whataburger, still head there after.

And if they don’t, it’s because they already served Whataburger at their wedding.

Because Whataburger is a must every day, even if you can’t there, it will make its way to you.

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