At Krekel's, the ice cream is a signature part of the menu. But surprisingly, the Krekel's story doesn’t begin with dessert. It all started with the main course back in 1949 ... the Krekel Burger. Thousands gather at any of the seven Krekel's locations in Central Illinois for burgers, fries and shakes reminiscent of years past, a simpler time. Fresh never frozen, ground beef smashed onto a sizzling hot griddle; handmade shakes in 16 flavors, chili made daily with Krekel's own special meat and piping hot fries are the staples that have made Krekel's a Central Illinois tradition.