Whet your appetites!

The Winnipeg River Burger Trail is about to begin!

By Don Norman

If you’ve got a hankerin’ for a good burger, look no further than the Winnipeg River Burger Trail. The August 24 to September 5 event is organized by the Lac du Bonnet & District Chamber of Commerce in partnership with local municipal governments, and community development organizations to promote the restaurants in the Winnipeg River area.

Restaurants from the East Beaches to Whitemouth have come up with some amazing creations, or at least they sound amazing.

Joey Smith, manager of the Papertown Motor Inn in Pine Falls (one of the participating restaurants) said he thinks it could be a good thing for the businesses taking part. “It’s a very cheap way to give people in the region a chance to try out our restaurant.”

And his cooks came up with a doozy! Predictably (since they are located in the Walleye Capital of Manitoba) the Papertown opted for a burger made with the fish that earned the town it’s moniker.

Restaurants have each provided a description of their burgers. Try one, or try them all! Then go to http://www.winnipegriverburgertrail.com to vote for your favourite! (The website also provides directions to each restaurant).

4P Pickerel Burger

Papertown Motor Inn, Powerview-Pine Falls

Served on a crisp bun, loaded with tomato, coleslaw, roasted red peppers, jalapenos, potato crisps, pickles with a beautiful piece of deep friend pickerel dusted with cajun. The is topped with potato wedges.

The Western Burger

Le Gouter, Albert Beach

Our delicious Western Burger made with Manitoba’s best. Each burger starts with our special recipe of 5.25oz fresh, lean ground beef, topped with 2 thick cut smoked pieces of bacon from Winnipeg Old Country Sausage, crispy onion rings, a shot of BBQ sauce and thick slice of Bothwell Swiss. We then finish with the works, tomato, romaine lettuce, red onion, ketchup, mayo & Elmans Dill Pickles, served in a Gunns Bakery seeded Brioche bun.

OPA Burger

Chicken Chef, Lac du Bonnet

A Greek inspired taste of summer! 1/3lb of seasoned ground beef, fresh vegetables, feta cheese and Chicken Chef’s signature coleslaw topped with bacon and a secret blend spices and sauces.

A Taste of the Ukraine

On The Water Eats, Pinawa

6oz pattie, veggie slaw, mustard, horseradish sauce, onions, cheddar cheese, garlic sausage, potato pancake, ketchup and pickles.

Meat Lovers Pizza Burger

Black Bear Golf Club, Lac du Bonnet

Beef patty, bacon, pepperoni, mushrooms, mozzarella cheese, topped with an onion ring and our secret sauce.

Spicy Rad-Fish Burger

Spicy Radish, Whitemouth

Pickerel, cornmeal crust, spicy tartar, pickled onion, greens on a focaccia bun.

Aussie Burger

Pinawa Club, Pinawa

6oz char-broiled beef patty with lettuce, tomato, relish, mayo & mustard on a glossy top bun. Served open faced with a bed of grated beets, grilled pineapple, bacon and a sunny-side up egg drizzled with BBQ Sauce.

Trapper’s Burger

Trappers, Lac du Bonnet

2 – 1/4lb patties with cheese, mayo, relish, mustard, chipotle sauce, lettuce, tomato, bacon and onion rings.

Bison Bonaza

Moon Gate Artisan Bakery, Whitemouth

Locally raised ground bison, Bothwell Cheese, organic flour, local tomato sauce, local sage, caramelized onion, & cranberries.Inspired by Métis roots & French cuisine. Savoury & sweet, with a bannock crust.

Montreal Poutine Burger

Drifter’s, Lac du Bonnet

Beef patty, Montreal smoked meat, cheese curds, shredded potato,gravy, crispy onions, lettuce & tomato.

Hot Dam Burger

The Dam Restaurant, Seven Sisters

The Dam Burger on a brioche bun with spiced-up BBQ sauce, bacon, lettuce, pineapple slice and jalapeno chips.

Spicy Asian Burger

DE’s Family Grill, Lac du Bonnet

Ground pork mixed with siracha, sesame oil, stir fry sauce, garlic & ginger. Topped with Asian sesame coleslaw and teriyaki sauce.

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