Fat Kids burger at central Ohio food truck (photo by Brian Kaiser, styling by Heidi Robb)
Food + Drink

5 Ohio Food Trucks for Burgers, Biscuits and Bagels

These mobile eateries have the basics covered, from giant burgers to thoughtfully constructed bagel creations to mouthwatering biscuit sandwiches.

Fat Kid Burgers
Beef up by stepping up to the window of this central Ohio food truck that goes big with its creative lineup of gourmet smash burgers.

Fat Kid Burgers’ food truck is hard to miss — just look for the belly-button-showing, beanie-wearing boy and the swirls of kaleidoscopic colors. This veteran- and family-owned truck is one of five operated by food-loving couple Lisa and Jason Rosebrough of Pataskala.

The Rosebroughs’ Grilled Cheese Gangsters food truck was already a hit. Now the newly adopted Fat Kid Burgers food truck, purchased in January 2024, rivals it for business. The couple bought the truck from another owner, changed its doughnuts theme to burgers and added neon lights that dance at night to music from the 1980s.

“We wanted a truck that is impossible to forget both for the food and the look,” Jason says. “It’s like Woodstock meets modern-day smash burgers.”

Everything is made fresh and includes fan favorites like Bacon Me Crazy, which features a couple of the truck’s smashed beef patties, American cheese, bacon, bacon jam and bourbon-bacon barbecue drizzle on a toasted artisan bun. Over-the-top creations like the Notorious P.I.G. smash burger is topped with homemade pulled pork, ham and bourbon bacon along with cheese, jalapeños and house-made sauce. Not to be outdone, the Dough-Nut Judge Me burger is sandwiched between a warm, Krispy Kreme doughnut. 

“We wanted to have fun with the burgers,” Rosebrough says. “We like to have fun in life, period. All the burgers have super-cute, fun, addictive names.”

The house-made sauces and locally baked bread, which is produced specifically for Fat Kid Burgers, top off the experience. Just remember to leave room for the fresh-cut fries.

The Rosebroughs also own the brick-and-mortar restaurant Mugshots in Pleasantville and have a new restaurant set to open on Buckeye Lake. Along with Grilled Cheese Gangsters, they own the food trucks Bada Bing Bada Wing and Impastas.

“We have five trucks with four different concepts,” Rosebrough says. “All of our other food concepts are Mafia related, except Fat Kid. So, we like to lie and say he’s the mobster’s grandson to keep it all mobster themed.” fatkidburgerstruck.com


Betty’s Bomb Ass Burgers

There are burgers, and then there are Betty’s Bomb Ass Burgers, a Cleveland-area food truck with attitude. Specializing in gourmet burgers and homemade cheesy tots, Lena Brown (aka Betty) blazed onto the street-eats landscape in 2013 with her first food truck, a classic vehicle with a history of its own.

“It was a 1973 Horton ambulance that was haunted,” Brown says with a laugh.

Today’s Betty’s Bomb Ass Burgers soars in the Cleveland food-truck scene. Her swanky, new food truck resembles an American military bomber, a salute to her dad, a Korean War veteran, as well as others in her family who served.

Brown creates inventive burgers like the Boeing Fortress, a beef patty topped with cheddar cheese, bacon jam, Coca-Cola-braised onions, pepper berry compote and chunky peanut butter.

“I don’t do special orders. This isn’t Burger King; you can’t have it your way,” Brown says. “But I am the Burger Queen. Trust me.” bettysbombassburgerscle.com


Kelly Lang and Nate Lewis outside Loveland’s Bagel & Deli food truck (photo courtesy of Bagel & Deli Shop)
Bagel & Deli Truck

Since 1975, the Bagel & Deli Shop in Oxford has been the spot for Miami University students’ late-night bagel runs and morning fill-ups. Ned Stephenson and Gary Franks launched the restaurant that today serves over 100 bagel-sandwich choices created and named by Miami University students, professors and coaches.

In 2023, the landmark spot took its famous creations on the road under the ownership of Kelly Lang and Nate Lewis, who operate the groovy, food-truck incarnation of Bagel & Deli. You’ll find it parked next to Cappy’s in downtown Loveland, where indoor-outdoor patios allow patrons to get their bagel fix year-round from a mini menu of tried-and-true favorites.

“I love the joy we bring people,” Lewis says. “It’s a cult following with Miami students and visitors.” bagelanddelitruck.com


Roll Call Burgers & Fries

Roll Call Burgers & Fries is all about truth in advertising. The truck, which is based in the college town of Kent, serves up its made-to-order burgers on a roll, of course, but its menu also houses a rundown of memorable names.

“It’s really a play on words,” owner Michael Fiala says of his food truck’s moniker. “Another meaning [of roll call] goes back to the ’30s dance cards filled with names — some of them quirky names.”

That means you’ll find creations like Smokey Bart, a burger topped with everything smoked, as well as the Smelly Nelly Blue Cheese Burger, loaded with sauteed red onions, baby portobello mushrooms, crumbled blue cheese and garlic aioli. Each is made with locally sourced meat, topped with house-made sauces and served with fresh-cut fries.

Fiala, a former catering chef runs his restaurant on wheels alongside wife Linda and sons Danny, Nick and Ian.

“We’re all very invested in this,” Linda says. “It’s a story we share.” rollcallburgers.com


Plate of biscuits from Trip’n Biscuits food truck in Toledo (photo by Jem Photography)

Trip’n Biscuits

Trip’n Biscuits are out of this world. Just ask Sam, the food trailer’s mascot who came to Earth from a distant galaxy to share his favorite eats: biscuit sammies. That far-out origin story fits what owners Margaux and Will Ford serve from their Toledo-based food trailer.

The couple’s playful Biscuits and Groovy is made from scratch daily, while the Karmic Delight offers a summery celebration of fried eggplant, roasted red pepper, cucumber, tomato and arugula parsley pesto. The Blaze Chicken Sammie features fried chicken, smoked gouda pimento cheese, house pickles and red onions, while the Redneck Poutine smothers fresh-cut fries with sausage gravy, smoked gouda pimento cheese and bacon.

The Fords have fun, but they take their made-from-scratch food seriously, making sure there are menu options catering to a wide range of customers and eating styles.

“We try to have an option for everyone,” Margaux says. “Veggie, gluten-free and even keto, we can do that.” tripnbiscuits.com