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Southeast Montana Burger Trail

Southeast Montana Burger Trail

Out here in Southeast Montana, you’re never far from a good burger – thanks to our strong beef industry. You’ll love our Burger Trail because it’s a foodie experience created solely from local favorites – and we’ve personally sampled ‘em all. Taste true Montana flavor from inside our small towns’ eateries that show off unique craftsmanship and local humor, all smothered with genuine culinary ingenuity. These friendly establishments will make you fall more in love with Montana, bite after bite, so come hungry.

If you’re daring, we challenge you to get out here and try ‘em all! Share your photos with us on social using #SEMTBurgerTrail as you eat your way across Southeast Montana.

1. Diamond X Beer Co.

5417 Hawk Creek Ave • Billings, MT • 406.534.4922

Ever since this brewery opened, they've added one masterpiece after another to their menu. The newest creation is the French Onion Burger that quite literally stacks up to the competition. It is a ½ lb. Certified Angus Beef patty heaped with onion rings, caramelized onion, garlic aioli, Swiss and havarti cheeses. It's plated with an au jus dipping bowl and thick-cut parmesan fries. You'll leave with the satisfying feeling of overindulgence, and we can't wait to see what they create for our next visit.

2. Sid's East Side Bar & Grill

1701 E Main St. • Laurel, MT • 406.628.8946

Sid's East Side is a staple establishment in Laurel and has been for the past 50 years. They proudly serve their food from scratch, that's what makes The Doc Holliday a phenomenal burger. Their homemade huckleberry chipotle barbeque sauce is like nothing you've ever tried before. To compliment the barbeque sauce the burger features applewood smoked bacon and pepper jack cheese. If you're craving something juicy and wonderful, you've come to the right place.

3. The Joseph

147 N Ninth St • Forsyth, MT • 406.346.8667

The owner honors Forsyth's railroad history by naming their menu items with railroad lingo. The Broken Knuckle Burger is a fresh 6 oz. patty sourced locally from Cowboy Meats, slathered with jalapeño cream cheese, crisp bacon and pepper jack cheese served on a Wheat Montana pretzel bun so divine you'll wonder why every burger isn't served on a pretzel bun. If you have managed to save room for dessert (and you must) order the cheesecake. You may find yourself returning to try the triple decker B.L.T. if you don't have another go with a burger.

4. The Burger Dive

114 N 27th St. • Billings, MT • 406.281.8292

The Burger Dive is much more than the local's favorite burger joint, this place is home to multiple World Food Champion burgers. In fact, it's the holy grail for any burger aficionado. The I'm Your Huckleberry Burger is arguably the finest burger you'll find in Montana, toting the 2016 World Food Champion title. This burger is a tremendous ⅓ lb. patty, covered with a cascading layer of homemade huckleberry-hatch chile barbeque sauce, bacon, creamy goat cheese, roasted red pepper mayo and fresh arugula. All that goodness is presented on a soft, locally sourced Grains of Montana bun. If you're a fan of their gourmet burgers, save room for one of their imaginative classic milkshakes made with local Wilcoxson's ice cream. It's a real treat!

5. Roy Rodgers Bar Grill & Casino

205 Spring St. • Terry, MT • 406.635.9913

It would be easy to drive past Terry on Interstate 94, but you'd be missing out. This small town is known for the majestic namesake badlands that span its backdrop. Across the street from the historic Kempton Hotel, you'll find this freshly renovated steakhouse that holds a touch of saloon-era nostalgia. It's your classic cowboy hangout, so you'd expect a likewise rough and tumble burger. Instead, they plate up an impeccable Fried Green Tomato & Bacon Burger that is eloquently drizzled with balsamic glaze. The attention to detail is obvious in this dish. Do yourself a favor and order the sweet potato fries as your side. You can thank me later.

6. Vaqueros Restaurant

109 N Wibaux St. • Wibaux, MT • 406.795.8913

Vaqueros is known for serving food with Mexican flavor and impeccably fresh ingredients. The Wibaux Burger is loaded with bacon, roasted peppers, homemade fried onion rings filled with fresh authentic guacamole. The best part is, it's served on toasted bun branded with the iconic Wibaux Longhorn. It doesn't get any more cowboy than a branded burger!

7. Powder River Lanes

112 E Holt St •  Broadus, MT • 406.436.2760

Strike it big in Broadus with the Mother Of All Burgers—the MOAB. Powder River Lanes sought to create a top-of-the-line burger that outdoes all the ones who came before it. The MOAB features a ⅓ lb. patty, assembled between thick sliced Texas toast and filled with grilled onions, jalapeños and smothered in nacho cheese.

8. Heiser's Bar

9 S Main St. • Baker, MT • 406.778.2001

In this historic downtown saloon, they take great care with every detail of their burger. Each features a giant hand-crafted ⅓ lb. burger patty served on a locally-made Grains of Montana bun. If you have a craving for something juicy and spicy, the Sriracha Bacon Pepperjack Burger will knock your socks off with its homemade sriracha sauce. Each burger is plated with all the fixings and more fries than you probably have room for. There are two other burger locations on either side of Heiser's in case you plan to hop around or go back to Baker for another bite.

9. Homestead Inn

16551 Iowa Ave. • Broadview, MT • 406.667.2315

Don't let the unadorned exterior deter your mission because this place will surprise you. The Mexi Burger looks nothing like a burger, but we promise it'll be one of the best things you'll try. It is served on open faced buns with a ¼ lb. patty, buried in a homemade green chili (a secret recipe of the owner), sprinkled with tomato and cheese. You're going to need a fork and plenty of napkins.

10. Tubb's Pub

612 Main St. • Miles City, MT • 406.234.5809

Tubb's is a friendly sports bar attached to the historic Montana Bar in Miles City, combining Old West charm with modern service. They are well-known for their remarkably crafted burgers, but if you're looking for a challenge, go with the Stuffed Burger. It is comprised of two handmade ¼ lb. Certified Angus patties, each famously stuffed with your choice of cheeses and stuffers, served on a brioche bun with beer battered French fries. Cowboy-up and ask your server about their ultimate stuffed burger challenge.

11. 3 Brothers Bistro

316 N Center Ave • Hardin, MT • 406.545.5133

Just off the interstate in downtown Hardin, you'll find families and friends out enjoying a good meal in this bistro. The chef has spent years perfecting the art of smoking meats, which he incorporated into the Big Horn Burger. This ½ lb. patty features layers of smoked pulled pork and is embellished with sauteed onions, mushrooms and cheese, served on a sourdough bun. This popular burger is quality you can really taste.

12. 3 North Bar & Grill

8369 HWY 2 North • Acton, MT • 406.208.0770

When you find yourself in Billings, consider driving a few extra miles to neighboring Acton for this small-town fine dining establishment. With several mouthwatering burgers on the menu, we've decided the best burger here is the one you order. For those who love spicy food, the Stuffed Jalapeño Popper Burger is an obvious choice. It is layered with a ⅓ lb. Certified Angus Beef patty, melted pepper jack, bacon, stuffed jalapenos, cream cheese and 3 North sauce, then sprinkled with jalapeño crisps. Get a side of onion rings and add in a finely mixed cocktail to complete your evening.

13. Big Game Casino Tavern & Steakhouse

11 S Main St. • Baker, MT • 406.778.2050

You'll find this burger in their menu under the "Hamburger Heaven" section, and once you bite into the Frisco Burger it'll make sense. What's incredible about this burger is the light, crisp sourdough bread, attentively raised and baked in-house. Though lightweight, the toasted sourdough works well to hold together the ⅓ lb. smash-style patty, garnished with bacon, American and Swiss cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion and mayo. If you're looking for a one-of-a-kind burger, add this one to your list!

14. Blue Cat Bar & Grill

139 Northern Ave. • Huntley, MT • 406.348.2400

The Big Ass Blue Cat Burger is exactly what it sounds like—a monstrous number that brings the heat. It's loaded with diced jalapeños, topped with bacon and pepper jack cheese over a freshly ground ½ lb. patty. If you stop for a burger over the weekend, make sure to ask about their wildly popular Loaded Bloody Mary.

15. BW Grill & Bar

304 Elliot St. • Hysham, MT • 406.342.5705

If you are craving a classic burger, this joint won't let you down. The namesake, BW Burger is served with all the essentials on a ⅓ lb. patty, sourced locally from Cowboy Meats. The patty is drizzled in their house-made concoction called BW sauce. We'd be remiss not to mention their popular tater tots, or gems as they're often called out here. Remember to bring a marker with you to add your very own John Hancock to their graffiti board in back.

16. Corner Bar

1 S0 Main St. • Baker, MT • 406.778.3278

You can find another classic burger on the menu at the Corner Bar. The components of their Cheeseburger are simple; it's a typical ⅓ lb. patty with a slice of melted American cheese, ketchup, mustard, pickle, onion and tomato. The plate is rounded off with crispy fat French fries on the side. Supposedly they have the coldest beer in town, the only way to test their claim is to try it for yourself. We heard they have a pizza burger, part pizza part burger that comes in clutch when you're undecided between ordering a pizza and a burger.

17. Custer Battlefield Trading Post & Café

347 US-212 • Crow Agency, MT • 406.638.2270

After touring Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument, continue your experience in the heart of Crow Country at Custer Battlefield Trading Post & Café—or as the locals call it "Putt's." Order the Buffalo Burger, made with 100% buffalo meat, grilled and plated with all the classic toppings. The sweet potato waffle fries are the real treat and we'd be happy to return just for them. Be sure to browse through their collection of Native American made goods in the attached trading post or sit back and admire the interior of the café, decorated with a colorful mixture of beadwork and native art. If you find yourself in for another visit, they're locally known best for their authentic Indian fry bread which serves as a base for their immense and tasty Indian taco.

18. Dawg House Pub

117 Main St. • Ekalaka • 406.775.6633

In this case, if you're sent to the "Dawg House" for the night you're in luck! The If You Wanna Be My Cowboy Burger is a solid choice, towering with onion rings, bacon, chunky bleu cheese crumbles, American cheese and perfectly drizzled barbeque sauce. This dish is only complete with their fries and an ice-cold glass of beer. Located just down the street, it's the perfect stop after exploring the dinosaurs at Carter County Museum—a must for your next trip.

19. The Grand

9 Main St. • Roundup, MT • 406.323.3104

If you ever find yourself in the friendly cowboy town of Roundup, pull up a stool at The Grand and sit next to the local cattlemen and ranchers for some chow. The Diego is a classic burger with a kick, customized with peppers and pepper jack cheese, loaded with fresh lettuce, onion and pickles. The accompanying brew fries are plenty good, too. One thing is for sure, you will not leave this establishment hungry. When you come back for more, try your best at the real menu centerpiece, aptly named the Big Ass Enchilada. We dare you to finish it.

20. Glendive American Legion Post 28 

105 N Merrill Ave •  Glendive, MT • 406.377.5317

Ahhhh-tention! This burger commands respect – as does the warrior who can handle a hand-pattied, ⅓ lb. burger with the works, plus a fried egg, slathered with peanut butter. Yup, it’s a protein bomb on a bun. We want YOU to try the Legionnaire in Glendive. Mission accomplished. 

22. Stacked

106 N 28th St. • Billings, MT • 406.534.8702

This fine dining establishment in downtown Billings touts its own World Food Championship title. Named for the local zoo, the championed ZooM Burger is sure to leave you with the lingering flavor of perfection. Its patty is smothered with blackberry roasted jalapeño sauce, espresso rub, goat cheese, fried green tomatoes, cheddar cheese and a drizzle of honey. If this isn't one of the best burgers you will ever eat in your life, the truffle fries may just steal the show.

23. Vintage & Rustics in Montana

813 Main St. • Miles City, MT • 406.234.7878

This may be one of the most unique stops you can make on the burger trail because it's not just a restaurant, it's like a mini Wall Drug right in downtown Miles City. Vintage & Rustics takes up five original storefronts along Main Street. Alongside the antique booths and home goods, the store front doubles as a retro diner filled with colorful vintage counters and booths, taking you right back to the 1950s. The Bacon Cheeseburger is composed of American Kobe-style beef, raised on the owner's fifth generation ranch, melted cheese and thick-cut bacon. Plan to spend time after your meal to browse through this expansive shop, walking off this authentic goodness.

24. Wagon Wheel Café

211 Main St. • Ekalaka • 406.775.6639

This mom-and-pop restaurant is the friendly type of place where you pass around sections from the local weekly newspaper between tables. The name of this burger speaks for itself, Ekalaka's Favorite Cowboy Burger. This ¼ lb. patty is paired with substantial crispy onion rings, thick-cut bacon, jalapeños, Swiss cheese, drenched in locally made honey barbecue chipotle sauce. Favorably, the bun is sturdy enough to capture all the sauce without getting soggy part way through.

25. Tilt Würks Brewhouse

420 Pacific Ave • Miles City, MT • 406.874.8458

Aptly named as a winner, the Royal Tilt is a pinball-themed burger that goes full-tilt on protein. Pair an already scrumptious bacon cheeseburger with fried egg (yolk lovers unite) for a sandwich worth the play. Add a seasonal brew at Tilt Würks Brewhouse and you’ve hit the jackpot.