About Frugals´┐Ż Burgers

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It is our mission to provide:
  • The highest quality food products at the lowest possible price,
  • The best customer service in the industry, and
  • Commitment and respect towards our employees and communities.


Peter B. Stewart and Sheila G. Stewart are the owners of the companies. They both play key roles in the decision making process and in the on-going expansion and financing of new units. Sheila has over 30 years experience in the restaurant industry; Peter has extensive experience in operations, sales and investments. The Stewarts have been involved in owning and operating eight restaurants. Most recently, Susan Meyer has joined the team of owners with the opening of the Sartell location in Minnesota.


Extensive research was completed before the first Frugals® was built. Traffic patterns, demographics, menu items, and building layouts were all analyzed. A surprising discovery was that a high percentage of the customers purchased food at the drive-up window. With the knowledge gained, Frugals® was born! The concept of a double drive-through, which would allow for faster service and lower over-head costs, was developed. The result has been a great, old-fashioned burger at a "frugal" price.

Frugals® operates from a small, attractive, retro, stainless steel building with service windows on both sides. There is no inside seating. The first unit was opened in Port Angeles, Washington, in June 1988, and was immediately popular. It was followed in September 1990, by a second unit in Tacoma, Washington; again popularity and profitability were instantly apparent.

Focus was diverted from expansion for several years, however knowing that they had found the right ingredients for making an extremely popular drive-through, the Stewarts decided to open additional units. In October 2000, operations began in Auburn, Washington, and a year later, a unit opened in Kalispell, Montana.

With continued success over the past several years, expansion was a topic once more, only this time we would also be welcoming an additional owner... Susan Meyer. With the combined efforts of The Stewarts and The Meyers in June of 2011 the Sartell, Minnesota location opened for business. 


At Frugals® it's all about simplicity, quality, and value. You receive your food in plain paper bags with plain napkins; the money saved is passed on to customers in high quality products at lower prices. We don't have children's menus, but we do offer to cut burgers in half and hand out "Safety Pops" as a special treat with any child's order. On hand are "doggy bones" for those great, four-legged animals that are along for the ride. Our goal is to offer our customers a quality product at the lowest possible price. The menu at Frugals® consists of:
  • Hamburgers                
  • Grilled Chicken Sandwiches     
  • Halibut Sandwiches
  • BBQ Pulled Pork           
  • BLT's
  • Grilled Cheese Sandwiches
  • Garden Burgers           
  • French Fries                               
  • Soft Drinks
  • Shakes 
All sandwiches are "cooked to order" with a choice of: Ketchup, Mustard, Mayonnaise, Pickles, Onions, and Lettuce - all served on a Sesame Seed Bun. In addition to the standard menu items, we offer a variety of add-ons:

  • Premium thick sliced Bacon           
  • American cheese (Real)
  • Swiss Cheese (Real)                         
  • Pepper Jack Cheese (Real)
  • Mushrooms (Fresh Sliced)                            
  • Grilled Onions
  • Tomatoes

This allows customers to create "custom" burgers or sandwiches to suit their individual tastes.


Olympic Peninsula

Frugals® is consistently honored in the "Best of the Olympic Peninsula" as

  • Best Fast Food
  • Best Burger
  • Best Shakes
  • Best Fries

Kalispell, Montana

  • Best Cheap Eats
  • Best Burger

Auburn, Washington

  • Kid's Favorite Place to Eat City of Auburn, Parks and Recreation
  • Best Burger