Ok, yeah, sometimes all these national food holidays can get a little cheesy, pun intended. But National Burger Day is just so well placed, right when our end-of-summer nostalgia is kicking into high gear, that we can’t help but celebrate. Pay homage to your summer season of backyard barbecues, campfire feasts, and post ride doubles with one last hurrah. To help you celebrate, we’ve rounded up a list of Park City’s best burgers, from the classics to the kind of crazy.
Classic with a kick: No Name Saloon’s “No Name Burger”
Head to No Name Saloon and order up their namesake buffalo burger, a classic with a fiery twist. This baby is stacked with cream cheese, sliced jalapenos, lettuce, tomato and a chipotle aoli that lends a little kick. Enjoy buffalo chips with southwestern style salsa on the side and wash it all down with a local craft beer or two. That way, you can check off two of No Name Saloons’ rules: 1) Don’t be a wimp, try the buffalo; and 2) Beer makes you smart, have a couple.
Happy hamburgers: Boneyard’s Waygu beef sliders
Ahhh, the life of a Waygu cow — these bovines get massaged, eat as much as they want and hang out under blankets when they’re cold. Other than the fact that they end up on a slider, doesn’t sound too bad to us. Boneyard’s Waygu beef sliders are topped with bacon aoli, fig compote, cambozola cheese, bibb lettuce and house pickles, which makes for a rich and surprising flavor combination. Fig, cheese and Waygu are always a good idea.
Oh you fancy, huh: Burgers and Bourbon’s Luxe Burger
Can’t decide if you would rather eat at a 5-star restaurant or celebrate National Burger Day? Trying to impress a date with your sophisticated palate? Burgers and Bourbon put foie gras on a burger to solve all your problems. This beef patty is all dressed up with foie gras, truffle cheese, bourbon onions and arugula. Pair it with rosemary sea salt fries and a trio of sauces (paprika ranch, b&b fry sauce, garlic aoli) and then go home and take a nap.
Naughty or nice: Draft’s Burger Bar’s “I Love Garlic” beef burger or “Boujie Hippie” veggie burger
This eatery at the Westgate features a Gigi Hadid quote on the menu: “Eat clean to stay fit. Have a burger to stay sane.” So, we figured we would give you one of each to finish our National Burger Day roundup.
The I Love Garlic burger isn’t what you want to chow down on your work lunch break, or is it? This beef patty is topped with caramelized garlic and onions, garlic aoli, applewood smoked bacon, sautéed mushrooms, Swiss cheese, lettuce and tomato. If you’re really having a cheat day, try it with the tatchos, which are a stroke of genius: these tater tots are topped with smoked Gouda, bacon, tomato, green onion and sour cream. Wash it all down with a signature hand-spun milkshake if you aren’t bursting at the seams yet. Our favorite is “I Want all the Puppies” because a portion of proceeds from this shake (vanilla ice cream with Oreo and Ho Hos) goes towards Nuzzles & Co’s no-kill animal sanctuary.
The Boujie Hippie is aptly named: this veggie burger definitely shops at Whole Foods. The house-made quinoa, sunflower and black bean patty is topped with caramelized onion, hummus, tomato jam, Boursin cheese and crispy kale chips. Enjoy with sweet potato fries and go ahead, pat yourself on the back. Gluten-free buns are available, too.