Ringley Remembers 'Hamburger Louie'

Miniature of the statue of Louie to be placed downtown. (Photo from Sheridan Media files)
Miniature of the statue of Louie to be placed downtown. (Photo from Sheridan Media files)

Sheridan Media's article this week on Hot Tamale Louie prompted an email from Sheridan County Commissioner Tom Ringley, another fan of Louie who remembers him well.

Ringley added another name to those by which Khan was better known: “Hamburger Louie.” Ringley said Louie's hamburger were a culinary staple in Sheridan for almost 50 years.

Ringley described Louie's burgers as hot, greasy morsels wrapped in wax paper, and the most delicious things you could imagine. Ringley said he believes the secret to those burgers was in the grease that Louie used.

Ringley said he first became acquainted with Louie's hamburgers when he was in high school, in the 1950s. Ringley said when Khan first came to Sheridan, in the early 1900s, he sold hamburgers and tamales from kettles suspended from a yoke around his neck. Khan later dispensed his wares from a cart, then eventually bought a small shop on Grinnell Avenue. The shop was called “Louie's,” and Khan adopted the shop name as his own.

Ringley recalled Louie as a unique and colorful fixture in Sheridan for a long time, and said his death in 1964 marked the end of a special culinary era in Sheridan. The Sheridan Public Arts Committee at a meeting of Sheridan's city council earlier this week unveiled plans for a statue of Louie, to be located on Grinnell Plaza about where he once sold hamburgers and hot tamales from his shop.

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