Best Elk Burger in Montana: Boulder Creek Lodge

The Snug Bar, The Corral, Rainbow Ranch Lodge and Hop's Downtown Grill in top five

A strong ranching industry across the state means Montana knows how to make a killer burger. But beef isn't the only meat on the menu in The Treasure State. The fourth largest state in the nation has plenty of wide open spaces and wild places, and that means game meat. More specifically, elk.

  • Tupelo Grille
    Whitefish

    Diners enjoying lunch at Tupelo Grille in Whitefish can sample the restaurant's signature elk meatloaf in the form of sliders, topped with tabasco onions, low country gravy and a sweet pepper relish.
    Photo courtesy of Tupelo Grille / Facebook

  • Feed Cafe
    Bozeman

    The Piled High Elk Burger from the Feed Cafe in Bozeman is made with a half-pound elk patty topped with ham, bacon, gouda, a fried egg, pickled onions and harissa mayo on a house-made English muffin featuring Montana-grown wheat flour.
    Photo courtesy of Janie Osborne / Feed Cafe

  • Iron Horse Bar & Grille
    Gardiner

    Located just outside Yellowstone's north entrance, Iron Horse Bar & Grille serves awesome elk burgers with equally awesome outdoor seating overlooking the river. The half-pound, hand-formed patty comes topped with sautéed mushrooms and Havarti cheese.
    Photo courtesy of Robert Blyth / Flickr

  • The Raven Grill
    Gardiner

    At the Raven Grill in Gardiner, a half-pound of ground elk is well seasoned and grilled, then served on toasted talera bread with Bourisin cheese, tomato and pickles. It comes with a side of house-made potato dauphinois.
    Photo courtesy of The Raven Grill

  • Slippery Otter Pub
    West Yellowstone

    For an elk burger in West Yellowstone, head to the Slippery Otter Pub. This popular menu item is made with a 1/3-pound ground elk patty, served with a choice of side. 
    Photo courtesy of Slippery Otter Pub

  • Hop's Downtown Grill
    Kalispell

    While not on the regular menu, elk burgers are served as a special at Hop's Downtown Grill in Kalispell. The burger is made with Flathead Valley elk and topped with stout-braised onions, fried sage and sautéed morel mushrooms.
    Photo courtesy of Hop's Downtown Grill

  • Rainbow Ranch Lodge
    Gallatin Gateway

    The burger served at the Rainbow Ranch Lodge bar is ground in-house from primal cuts of meat, and since elk lion is one of the top selling menu items, elk often features prominently in the burger as well.
    Photo courtesy of Thinkstock

  • The Corral
    Gardiner

    The Corral in the town of Gardiner serves their half-pound elk burger with portobello mushrooms and tangy blue cheese on a brioche bun.
    Photo courtesy of The Corral

  • The Snug Bar
    Whitefish

    The Snug Bar at Cafe Kandahar in Whitefish grinds their own elk for their elk burger, adding in a bit of beef or pork fat for extra juiciness. The hand-formed and seasoned patty is grilled and topped with caramelized onions, Vermont cheddar and a savory-sweet apple ketchup. It comes with a side of rosemary-sage fries.
    Photo courtesy of The Snug Bar

  • Boulder Creek Lodge
    Hall

    At Boulder Creek Lodge, a juicy elk burger features on the regular menu, served Thursday through Saturday, as well as on Monday Burger Night. Made from a half pound of 100-percent elk meat, the burger comes with lettuce, tomato, pickles and a side of fries.  
    Photo courtesy of Boulder Creek Lodge

Elk burgers are leaner and higher in protein than their beefy cousins, with a clean and slightly sweet flavor that pairs well with pretty much any classic burger topping.

10Best and Sandwich America partnered to find the best elk burger in the state. To do so, 10Best editors joined forces with a local Montana food writer and The Food Channel to nominate 20 worthy restaurants across Montana. Our readers have been voting for their favorites from the pool of nominees for the past four weeks, and the results are in.

The top 10 winners in the category Best Elk Burger in Montana are as follows:

  1. Boulder Creek Lodge - Hall
  2. The Snug Bar - Whitefish
  3. The Corral - Gardiner
  4. Rainbow Ranch Lodge - Gallatin Gateway
  5. Hop’s Downtown Grill - Kalispell
  6. Slippery Otter Pub - West Yellowstone
  7. The Raven Grill - Gardiner
  8. Iron Horse Bar & Grille - Gardiner
  9. Feed Cafe - Bozeman
  10. Tupelo Grille - Whitefish

Congratulations to all these award-winning burger joints in Montana!

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