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Texas Officially Has The Best License Plate In The World

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Wouldn’t it be nice if your license plate wasn’t just totally free, but you were essentially paid to run it? Well, thanks to some creative marketing by Austin, T.X.-based burger chain Mighty Fine Burgers, that’s been a reality for years. Everyone, say hello to the best license plate in the known universe.

Even for people who aren’t necessarily car enthusiasts, novelty license plates are fun. Sure, the personalized license plate has been enjoying a certain popularity for years, but over the past few decades we’ve also seen the gradual rise of graphic plates that deviate from standard government-issued designs in the name of style. From Victoria’s Holden Special Vehicles-themed plates to British Columbia’s incredibly pretty Purcell Mountains BC Parks plates, truly whimsical options exist around the globe, although none are quite as good a deal as Texas’ Mighty Fine Burgers license plates.

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Yep, it’s a license plate with a cheeseburger on it, which feels about as gloriously American as a John Force podium interview, Copperhead Road, and original formula Four Loko. I love a good cheeseburger and you probably do too, unless you’re vegetarian or vegan or pescatarian or Hindu, in which case that’s also cool. For those who do eat beef though, the cheeseburger is the standard of fast food for a reason. It’s hard to screw up, but also hard to perfect.

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Anyway, graphic license plates in Texas work on an application system, which means that everyone from charities to corporations can apply to have their branding on a license plate, which is how Texas also ends up with Remax, YMCA, and Ducks Unlimited license plates. Just like Remax, Mighty Fine Burgers is a corporation, although one known for peddling dinner rather than homes.  However, these food-themed license plates come with one hell of a deal-sweetener. In the words of Mighty Fine Burgers:

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Sign up for our Mighty Fine License Plate on MyPlates.com and get a $150 Burger Bucks card redeemable at any location. You can renew your plate each year and get another $150 Burger bucks card every time you do. You’re paying to renew your plate anyway; why not look good and get some free burgers out of it?

Wait a second. This license plate with a standard-issue number costs $50 a year to renew. If you get a $150 gift card every time you renew, that’s a free license plate and like $100 in free burgers, milkshakes, chicken sandwiches, what have you. Who the hell wouldn’t take this deal? Granted, Mighty Fine is an Austin-based chain, so only Austinites can take full advantage, but still. That’s nearly a million people who can partake of free burgers on the regular.
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Yes, European license plates may have a neater form factor, and the cloud-shaped Matsuyama motorcycle license plate is gloriously bonkers, but a license plate that grants you free burgers is an absolute mic drop. Now, please excuse me for a second. I’m going to pine for a local license plate that pays me in food to run it.

(Photo credits: My Plates, Mighty Fine Burgers)

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Myk El
Myk El
5 months ago

It’s gonna take a lot to top the New Mexico chile plate. This isn’t it.

Stef Schrader
Stef Schrader
5 months ago
Reply to  Myk El

Yeah, the chile plate is truly goat-tier.

This is just meat-themed capitalist dystopian kitsch. “You can pay to advertise our product on YOUR CAR, good sir! Ah, we’ll throw you some burgers to make up for it, too.”

Last edited 5 months ago by Stef Schrader
Adam Rice
Adam Rice
5 months ago

In addition to being the 2nd-largest state in the union, Texas has the 2nd-greatest variety of specialty plates, with 476 variations on offer. Number 1? Maryland, with 989, including four variations where there’s only one plate issued, including a National Speleological Society plate. This guy has all the numbers.

Jeff Gorvette
Jeff Gorvette
5 months ago

Just saw one of these the other day! It read “borger” and I found it way funnier than I should’ve. I had no idea about the incentive behind it.

VanGuy
VanGuy
5 months ago

I’d never get a vanity plate in a state where it costs extra to renew.

In Pennsylvania, they recently jacked the price up to over $100, but it’s just a one-time fee to apply for a vanity plate. Other than that, nothing changes.

BOSdriver
BOSdriver
5 months ago
Reply to  VanGuy

I have the US plate in MA, which came out after 9/11 as a way to support everything public safety related after the attack. I still have it, actually my second set and to me it is worth the $45 upcharge, $90 total (assuming it hasn’t changed recently). The extra $45 is supposed to go towards supporting those folks, it looks better than the standard MA plate and hopefully adds a slim level of favor to me if I get pulled over. To me, all 3 make it worth it.

Jakob K's Garage
Jakob K's Garage
5 months ago

Jeepers!
Here we pay $200 for a set of regular aluminium ones, and $400 for a set of old style enamel plates for classic cars before 1976. PLUS the yearly taxes!
The latter comes with some possibility of getting your favourite letters and numbers withins some limitations, so kind of worth it anyway, here’s mine.

Martin Ibert
Martin Ibert
5 months ago

It’s a cool idea, but the space the burger takes up diminishes the usefulness of the plate for its actual purpose even further. American-sized plates are laughably short to begin with, which is why the typefaces chosen are so slender as to be almost unreadable from a distance. This burger makes the plates even worse as plates.
If you want plates that are actually good at their game, look at Euro-sized plates.

Bongo Friendee Harvey Park
Bongo Friendee Harvey Park
5 months ago

What kind of a bougie hipster eats a burger on a plate?

Parsko
Parsko
5 months ago

I ain’t gonna lie, that’s a pretty plate right there.

Racer Esq.
Racer Esq.
5 months ago

If this place was closer to me I would totally do this. We need more sponsored license plates.

Unfortunately KING, SACRED, and HILL seem blocked or taken, but HELPER is supposedly available.

Joe The Drummer
Joe The Drummer
5 months ago
Reply to  Racer Esq.

HELPER

I seen whut you done there.

OrigamiSensei
OrigamiSensei
5 months ago

Shoot, I’m not eating burgers in Austin when I can get some tasty brisket instead.

Stef Schrader
Stef Schrader
5 months ago
Reply to  OrigamiSensei

To be fair, this (and the myriad other dining options here) is why I haven’t tried Mighty Fine. Also, I’m just not a huge burger person and there’s no Mighty Fines that are THAT close to me.

Last edited 5 months ago by Stef Schrader
ColoradoFX4
ColoradoFX4
5 months ago

OK, so when’s the Casa Bonita plate coming out in Colorado?

Balloondoggle
Balloondoggle
5 months ago

I normally won’t advertise on my car – dealers take note – but in this case they’re paying for the space so it’s okay.

Dalton
Dalton
5 months ago

Mr. Hundal, i could not agree less with this, and for the following reason.

  • The burger in question is assembled incorrectly
  • The patty looks incredibly dry
  • The buns look discolored and horrid
  • Mighty Fine sucks butts
  • It misrepresents Texas Burger culture

I would go on a limb calling this one of the WORST plates in Texas, a state with many good, and bad plates.

Dead Elvis, Inc.
Dead Elvis, Inc.
5 months ago
Reply to  Dalton

Also, Texas sucks.

Michael Fortenbery
Michael Fortenbery
5 months ago
Reply to  Dalton

Assembly should have the burger on the BOTTOM bun and the condiments applied to the top bun. I reject burgers with the patty on top-first bite and the cheese/patty slides out. You need the friction of the patty on the bottom bun and the cheese to melt and hold the condiments so you can actually eat it. I don’t know who started the trend of putting the patty on top, but it HAS to stop!

ANDY
ANDY
5 months ago

Mighty Fine is trash. Beaten by every other Austin chain by a mile

Richard O
Richard O
5 months ago

I’ll soon be able to get the new Colorado Stegosaurus plate https://dinoridge.org/wp-content/uploads/2023/04/stegosaurus_license_plate.jpg

Duke of Kent
Duke of Kent
5 months ago
Reply to  Richard O

My inner 5-year-old is begging me to move to Colorado just so I can get that license plate!

Richard O
Richard O
5 months ago
Reply to  Duke of Kent

My inner 5 year old keeps saying, “Are we there yet?”

Stef Schrader
Stef Schrader
5 months ago
Reply to  Richard O

OH MY GOSH I NOW KNOW WHERE I NEED TO MOVE

NebraskaStig
NebraskaStig
5 months ago

Nebraska needs a Runza plate, stat

IanGTCS
IanGTCS
5 months ago

I feel like NWT and their polar bear shaped plates are really the best out there.

https://spectacularnwt-online-store.myshopify.com/products/northwest-territories-license-plates

Richard O
Richard O
5 months ago
Reply to  IanGTCS

That is kind of cool.

Stef Schrader
Stef Schrader
5 months ago
Reply to  IanGTCS

I love these so much.

A. Barth
A. Barth
5 months ago

… brought to you by Carl’s Jr.

Panzycake
Panzycake
5 months ago
Reply to  A. Barth

F*** you I’m eating!

Joe The Drummer
Joe The Drummer
5 months ago
Reply to  Panzycake

You are an unfit mother.

JerryLH3
JerryLH3
5 months ago

Maybe this is a hot take, but the burger on that plate looks like shit. It may taste great, but I feel like they could have picked a better picture of a burger.

Stryker_T
Stryker_T
5 months ago
Reply to  JerryLH3

not hot at all, this is the correct take.

Newcarpetsmell
Newcarpetsmell
5 months ago

The Red Grapefruit plates are a good one too, which is a the state fruit. I think there was even a Dr. Pepper plate for a while.

Icouldntfindaclevername
Icouldntfindaclevername
5 months ago

I still think the Alice Cooper plate is the best, and supports a good cause
https://azdot.gov/license-plates/alice-coopers-solid-rock

Col Lingus
Col Lingus
5 months ago

Thanks. Alice is a national treasure. And apparently a real good guy.

Icouldntfindaclevername
Icouldntfindaclevername
5 months ago
Reply to  Col Lingus

His stage presence is totally different than he is off stage. True nice guy that cares. Met him in a bar in Cave Creek way back when I lived in AZ. I was doing a bungee jump for my 21st b-day and he happened to be there.

Stef Schrader
Stef Schrader
5 months ago

That rules, TBH.

Arch Duke Maxyenko
Arch Duke Maxyenko
5 months ago

Tennessee has a Dolly Parton plate and that beats burger.

Nsane In The MembraNe
Nsane In The MembraNe
5 months ago

Pretty sure a Dolly plate beats everything. Pack it up y’all, we’re done here.

Arch Duke Maxyenko
Arch Duke Maxyenko
5 months ago

In close second, another Tennessee plate

Dead Elvis, Inc.
Dead Elvis, Inc.
5 months ago

The best Tennessee plates: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QtwtATK5X0Y

Ranwhenparked
Ranwhenparked
5 months ago

And, there’s a retro 50s drive-in at Dollywood, so she even does burgers, too

Nsane In The MembraNe
Nsane In The MembraNe
5 months ago
Reply to  Ranwhenparked

There is simply nothing that Dolly can’t do. That woman is a national treasure who must be protected at all costs.

Stef Schrader
Stef Schrader
5 months ago

Oh my gosh, this is my new favorite.

Angular Banjoes
Angular Banjoes
5 months ago

If I’m gonna have some kind of food-related license plate, it’s gonna be the New Mexico chili license plate. If only they gave out free Hatch Chilies every time you renewed.

Nsane In The MembraNe
Nsane In The MembraNe
5 months ago

Man does Texas really their burgers seriously. I haven’t had one of these or a Whataburger so I certainly can’t weigh in (my Texas experience consists of a long weekend in Dallas over a decade ago), but people sure do seem passionate about burgies down there…and frankly I have no choice but to respect it because there really is no substitute for a truly good burger.

Icouldntfindaclevername
Icouldntfindaclevername
5 months ago

The Whataburger green chili burger brings back the memories growing up

Stef Schrader
Stef Schrader
5 months ago

Oh yeah, that one’s solid.

Taco Shackleford
Taco Shackleford
5 months ago

Whataburger is worth it from my limited experience in Texas for a wedding. Also had the wife bring one back from an airport in TX. Whataburgers may even be better cold.

Nsane In The MembraNe
Nsane In The MembraNe
5 months ago

Whenever I wind up back in Texas the two things I’m going to go out of my way for are Whataburger and driving on one of their highways that has a ridiculous speed limit. Aren’t there stretches of road there that have a speed limit of 85 or 90? That’s certainly not a treat that I get to experience here in the DC area…

Stryker_T
Stryker_T
5 months ago

When going to whataburger, go with any of the limited time specials or all-time favorites, especially if you’ve never been before. the basic ones you aren’t personalizing aren’t where it’s really at.

also yes, there is a stretch of toll road on SH 130 has a 85mph speed limit, and other highways have 75/80

Last edited 5 months ago by Stryker_T
RataTejas
RataTejas
5 months ago
Reply to  Stryker_T

Currently chili cheeseburger. Of course, Texas chili, no damn beans. The honey butter chicken biscuit with the jalapeno biscuit is one of the best fast food breakfast things in existence.

https://whataburger.com/home

Stef Schrader
Stef Schrader
5 months ago
Reply to  RataTejas

NO DAMN BEANS! As it should be.

The out-of-state private-equity owners really aren’t doing Whataburger any favors, though. The quality seems like it’s dropped lately and I got some really bad jalapeno cheddar biscuits in its latest comeback round. Someone from in the state that isn’t a PE vulture desperately needs to buy it back.

Last edited 5 months ago by Stef Schrader
MaximillianMeen
MaximillianMeen
5 months ago
Reply to  Stryker_T

the basic ones you aren’t personalizing aren’t where it’s really at.”

True. Always add grilled onions and jalepenos!

Also, the Dr. Pepper shakes are freaking awesome! And yes, shake, not float. DP syrup is added to vanilla ice cream, no soda water.

Jeff Byers
Jeff Byers
5 months ago

There are Whataburgers in VA!

Ranwhenparked
Ranwhenparked
5 months ago
Reply to  Jeff Byers

Unrelated company though, like those other Woolworths in Australia and South Africa. Closest Texan Whataburger to Virginia is in North Carolina

Nsane In The MembraNe
Nsane In The MembraNe
5 months ago
Reply to  Ranwhenparked

Ohhhhhh okay

Nsane In The MembraNe
Nsane In The MembraNe
5 months ago
Reply to  Jeff Byers

You’re right! Outside of Richmond. My wife and I go through that area all the time…in fact we will be on Friday

Jack Trade
Jack Trade
5 months ago

I’m not ashamed to admit I first learned about Whataburger via its Arlen, TX location, I tell you what.

Nsane In The MembraNe
Nsane In The MembraNe
5 months ago
Reply to  Jack Trade

Arlen is darlin!

Mentec
Mentec
5 months ago

I guess they stuck it to Whataburger with this as I have no idea who would do this. I didn’t find the burgers any better than Whataburger though either.

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