Considered to be a national staple of the American diet...
The hamburger has become so much more than a common fast food menu item. We tried several burgers throughout town to see which burgers outdid the rest and came out as shining beef stars among the dining options in Heber Valley. See below and let us know your favorites!
You don’t get much more local than two pastures away. The beef for all the burgers, meatloaf, chili, and steaks comes from cows raised next to the Back 40. Staying true to their mission of providing farm-to-table cuisine in a family-friendly setting, the local owners of Back 40 source their beef from the local Circle Bar Ranch, cheeses from Heber Valley Artisan Cheese, breads from a local bakery, spreads from the local Pepper Lane Products, and even the table salt from Real Salt located right here in Heber. Talk about quality products! So go ahead and indulge in the famous Back 40 Burger which includes caramelized onions, pastrami, jalapeno bacon cheddar cheese, and a special sauce – you’re supporting lots of local businesses when you do so the calories should count less!
In addition to these impressive initiatives to use locally sourced products, the Back 40 owners have also been very thoughtful in their renovations, using local recycled or upcycled materials for much of their recent onsite enhancements and build outs. The original building structure was the old ranch house from over 80 years ago.
Specializing in American food with an impressive breakfast menu, comfort food options, and house made scones and pies, Chick’s Café has been serving locals and visitors for over 60 years. With a prime location on Heber City Main Street, this locally owned café serves up hamburgers and cheeseburgers daily. Don’t miss the hamburger steak on the dinner menu and be sure to try a slice of house made pie or famous scone! Chick’s Café was a recent recipient of the December 2021 Heber Valley Chamber Business of the Month award, you can read more about this business here.
Proudly serving our community for over 75 years, this local family-owned eatery is a favorite for many. Known as “Home of the Train,” Dairy Keen diners are greeted with a train-themed interior including a train that runs along the top of the walls throughout the seating area. Be sure try the Train Burger and fries - it’s a local favorite with a quarter pound of beef, ham, Swiss and American cheeses, Thousand Island dressing, tomato, lettuce, and pickles, and the patties are made fresh daily. And save room for an over-the-top shake. With over 35 shake flavors plus additional toppings, sundaes, slushies, and sherbets, your sweet tooth will be more than satiated.
Located about 20 minutes southeast of downtown Heber City, the picturesque Daniels Summit Lodge and Lodge Pole Grill sit alongside Highway 40 and are a convenient stop on your way to Strawberry Reservoir or to explore the eastern region of Heber Valley. If looking for lodging accommodations, this onsite restaurant offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner. If passing by, the cozy dining outlet is perfect to fill up on your way. We suggest the Summit Burger with bacon and fries. If you’re feeling a bit more adventurous, then try the Avalanche Burger topped with pulled pork and a signature sauce, also served with fries.
Originating as the first food truck in Heber Valley, Lola’s is so well-loved that the owners were able to establish a permanent location on Main Street in Midway. Served on a delicious potato roll using quality Angus beef, the burger, cheeseburger, jalapeno bacon burger, and blue moon burger (topped with Gorgonzola cheese) are all large portion burgers made locally with a side of garlic parmesan fries. And if you’re looking to get really creative and try something different, then go for the margarita burger topped with sundried tomatoes, capers, fresh basil and mozzarella cheese with a garlic aioli sauce. Good luck finishing the whole thing!!
Known for its “hearth to table” cooking style and selection of fresh, locally-sourced menu options, Midway Mercantile is a favorite restaurant for both locals and visitors. Using the local Midway’s Van Wagoner ground beef and locally produced Heber Valley Artisan Cheese, this gourmet burger is dressed with a sriracha aioli for a little spice in each bite. Served with house made fries, of course!
Highly acclaimed and recent recipient of the 2021 Best of State for “Local Burgers,” the OG Café is well-known and adored by many in Heber Valley. The extensive menu offers so much more than just coffee and pastries. The local owners have a love for smoked meats and hearty portions. Stop by for lunch seven days a week and try any one of the stacked half-pound burgers. We recommend the Pancho Villa with applewood smoked bacon, guacamole, special OG mayo, aged cheddar cheese, and jalapeno fries.
If venturing out toward Soldier Hollow for golf, fishing, trail access, or off-roading, plan for lunch at Soldier Hollow Grill inside the clubhouse. The burgers are ground fresh and onsite daily and the fries are cut fresh in the kitchen each day too. Aside from a traditional burger or cheeseburger, be a little adventurous and try the pastrami burger or the bacon and bleu burger. Add a side order of deep fried pickles and you’re sure to get your fill and leave satisfied.
The eclectic menu a Spin Café is all about fresh ingredients and lots of flavor. The owners are passionate about providing quality food and a relaxed atmosphere. Conveniently located on Main Street in Heber City, stop by for lunch or dinner and try the Rock Mountain Bison Burger with bacon, cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, and pickles. All burgers are ground in-house and served on a delicious potato roll with “Spinny Fries” or organic greens.
At this laidback eatery, smoked meats, savory sides, and local draft beers are always on the menu. The slow smoked chopped beef sandwich really hits the spot. Add to it the hillbilly fries and you’re in a meat lovers heaven. These beer battered fries are covered in cheese, then served with a heaping pile of smoked brisket. Add the jalapenos for an extra little kick!
And if you’re at Zermatt Utah Resort & Spa and find yourself dining at the more upscale Z’s Steak & Chop Haus, rest assured you can still get your fix. The gourmet Z’s Burger is topped with Z’s secret sauce and house made pickles.
If you’re in a rush and needing a fast-food option, head to Culver’s in Heber City. We realize not everyone has time to dine in or wait for pick up or delivery. So if you’re cruising through town on a tight schedule but have a hankering for a quality burger, drive through the local Culver’s location. The beef patties are always fresh and never frozen and the buns are toasted with real butter. Try the popular side order of fried cheese curds and finish off your meal with a serving of fresh frozen custard that is made onsite each day.
But Wait, There’s More!
If you’re still not seeing what you want, then consider these additional eateries also known for serving up a delicious burger option. And if you’re staying a few days, you can patron a couple of these fine establishments and let us know which is your favorite.
Don’t miss these options too:
- Granny’s Drive In: known for burgers, fries, and shakes.
- Holiday Bowling Lanes: locally sourced beef and a family-owned operation.
- Melvin’s Public House: great pub cuisine with a local sports bar vibe.
- Wasatch Back Grill & Deli: local burger joint with convenient location.
Peruse the following recommendations and put together that perfect travel itinerary. Use the Trip Planner tool on our site to easily track all the activities, restaurants, and sites you want to include.
Heber Valley has been the place for families to go for several generations because of the laid-back atmosphere, the amazing scenery, the moderate temperatures, and the close proximity to the Wasatch Front. We hope you enjoy your stay and please come again.
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