Map marks SE Montana burger stops

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Brendan Heidner Ranger-review Staff Writer
Thursday, April 28, 2022
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1. French Onion Burger, Diamond X Beer Co, Billings; 2. The Doc Holliday, Sid’s East Side, Laurel; 3. Broken Knuckle Burger, The Joseph, Forsyth, 4. I’m Your Huckleberry Burger, The Burger Dive, Billings, 5. Fried Green Tomato and Bacon Burger, Roy Rogers, Terry; 6. Wibaux Burger, Vaqueros, Wibaux; 7. Mushroom Swiss Burger, Stockman’s Club, Broadus; 8. Sriracha Bacon Pepperjack Burger, Heiser’s Bar, Baker; 9. The Mexi Burger, Homestead Inn, Broadview; 10. Stuffed Burger, Tubb’s Pub, Miles City; 11. Big Horn Burger, 3 Brothers Bistro, Hardin; 12. Stuffed Jalapeno Popper Burger, 3 North Bar & Grill, Action; 13. Frisco Burger, Big Game Casino Tavern and Steakhouse, Baker; 14. Big Ass Blue Cat Burger, Blue Cat Bar & Grill, Huntley; 15. BW Burger, BW Bar & Grill, Hysham; 16. Cheeseburger, Corner Bar, Baker; 17. Buffalo Burger, Custer Battlefield Trading Post & Cafe, Crow Agency; 18. If you Wanna Be My Cowboy Burger, Dawg House Pub, Ekalaka; 19. The Diego, The Grand, Roundup; 20. Red, White & Bleu Burger, Gunners Ridge Bar & Grill, Glendive; 21. Mango Burger, June’s Bungalow, Colstrip; 22. ZooM Burger, Stacked, Billings; 23. Bacon Cheeseburger, Vintage & Rustics, Miles City; 24. Ekalaka’s Favorite Cowboy Burger, Wagon Wheel Cafe, Ekalaka Map courtesy of Visit Southeast Montana

A local restaurant made Visit Southeast Montana’s new Burger Trail map as one of the 24 stops along the route and officials believe it will deliciously promote the area’s quality beef.

The Southeast Montana Burger Trail map was released last week revealing Gunners Ridge as a stop featuring their Red, White and Bleu Burger.

The map listing came as a surprise to Gunners Ridge manager Joette Weyer who said she is excited about the opportunity to potentially serve more visitors coming into Glendive.

“It was nice to be on there with several of my friends’ businesses too and my family,” Weyer said, noting her nephew owns the Corner Bar in Baker and a friend owns Vaqueros in Wibaux.

“I’m always looking for ways to elevate the small communities in the Southeast Montana region and really across the state,” Brenda Maas, marketing manager for Visit Southeast Montana, said.

The origin of the concept for a burger trail in the Southeast Montana region was twofold, according to Maas; from a conversation with a blogger at the Travel Bloggers Exchange conference in Billings in 2019 and another from her travels across Montana over the last couple of years.

“I’m looking at cows and I’m looking at wheat and (thinking) well this makes sense, everybody loves a burger,” Maas said, adding she handed the concept down to Visit SEMT employee Cassie Solberg who grew up on a farm. “It grew very organically that way (and) we had some challenges, but we also had some really big wins, we’ve had a lot of interest in it and I think it’s going to be a good thing and I would not be surprised to see other regions and tourism entities across the state (do the same thing).”

The decision to put Gunners Ridge’s featured burger on the map came after Maas’ conversations with local tourism partners such as the Glendive Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Business Improvement District and sampling different local burgers.

“We were looking for a burger that’s a little bit more unique, has a catchy name or that is maybe indicative of a location,” Maas said. “Our goal is to drive visitors and residents off the interstates, off the highways and into our small communities to realize the uniqueness of each community.”

Not only does Maas believe the Southeast Montana Burger Trail will bring benefits to the region’s communities, but local officials agree.

Glendive Chamber Executive Director Terra Burman noted that tourists are expressing more interest in finding unique dining experiences, something she believes the recently published Southeast Montana Burger Trail caters to.

“Finding a great burger is probably something that we all strive to do and we are in cow country,” Burman said.

“I think it’s a great way to make an imprint for Southeast Montana because there are so many cattle ranchers around in our area,” Weyer said.

Kitchen Manager at Gunners Ridge Andrew Real noted the featured burger on the Southeast Montana Burger Trail is unique due to the combination of cheeses and meats used to make it.

“(The Red, White and Bleu Burger) is special because of the cheese-blend that we use and the specific patty that we are using,” Real said, adding they use a kobe beef patty from a Wagyu cow whereas the restaurant’s other burgers are made with angus beef.

According to Burman, physical copies of the Southeast Montana Burger Trail maps are available at the Chamber and Gunners Ridge.

For more information about the Southeast Montana Burger Trail map and the featured burgers, visit www.southeastmontana.com/burgertrail.

Reach Brendan Heidner at news@rangerreview.com.

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