Best Burg­ers in Moab

You don’t want to go hun­gry

Jp Magazine - - Table Of Contents - By Stu­art A. Bour­don jped­i­[email protected]­ Pho­tog­ra­phy: Stu­art A. Bour­don

Burg­ers and Jeeps go to­gether like peanut but­ter and jelly. We love all four, although not

all to­gether (that would be re­ally sticky and dif­fi­cult to clean). But back to our point, after a good day of Jeep­ing around Moab, Utah, dur­ing Easter Jeep Sa­fari, there is noth­ing bet­ter than a good ham­burger, fries, and the bev­er­age of your choice. Not all these burger es­tab­lish­ments sell adult bev­er­ages, so check be­fore ar­riv­ing hun­gry and thirsty.

Let us be hon­est and ad­mit that we have not eaten at ev­ery burger joint in town, but we have sam­pled many more than we would like to ad­mit. So this list is wholly opin­ion, and it is not based on any sci­en­tific data other than our own senses of sight, taste, and smell. Any­way, enough ex­cuses. Let’s get on with it!

1. Milt’s Stop N’ Eat

Milt’s Stop N’ Eat is a Moab clas­sic nearly as old as the sand­stone for­ma­tions sur­round­ing the town. The grass-fed and hor­mone-free beef burg­ers are very good, and buf­falo burg­ers are of­fered too. The real ice-cream shakes are great and come in a wide va­ri­ety of fla­vors—rasp­berry was es­pe­cially good. We’ve had bet­ter fries, but not in this price category. Milt’s is a must-do when you’re in Moab. It’s also pop­u­lar, so ex­pect a wait. It’s worth it. In­for­ma­tion: Milt’s Stop N’ Eat, 435/2597424, miltsstopan­

2. Blu Pig

While fa­mous for its BBQ, Blu Pig also de­liv­ers an ex­cep­tional ham­burger. You can opt for brisket, pulled pork, or tri-tip sand­wiches; a prime rib Philly; or even a cat­fish po’boy. How­ever, we’re talk­ing about burg­ers. The Blu Pig burger comes as well dressed as you want it, with a beef patty (or two), veg­gie patty, pulled pork, or brisket. Sides in­clude fries (of course), corn­bread, baked beans, or cheesy po­ta­toes. In­for­ma­tion: Blu Pig, 435/2593333, blupig­

3. Atomic Grill & Lounge

The mantra here: “A dif­fer­ent kind of burger.” Now, be­fore you go all “Sheesh, I just want a good burger” on us, this place is pretty good. You have a choice of all-nat­u­ral and an­tibi­otic-free beef or buf­falo burg­ers. Atomic also of­fers a veg­gie burger made in-house, and the chicken is or­ganic. The shakes (mmm) and desserts (I plead the Fifth) are also good, and the cock­tails here are a big deal. In­for­ma­tion: Atomic Lounge, 435/2595201, the­atomic­

4. The Spoke on Cen­ter

This feels more like a gas­tropub than a burger joint, and gourmet, hand­crafted burg­ers are what it’s all about at The Spoke on Cen­ter. This is an up­scale place with a dozen dif­fer­ent burg­ers on the menu, or you can cus­tom-build your own. Loaded fries (cheese, ba­con, and jalapeño) are a high­light of the ac­ces­sories, but we found mac­a­roni pop­pers and the buf­falo fries to be pretty darn good too. In­for­ma­tion: The Spoke on Cen­ter, 435/260-7177, thes­poke­

5. Susie’s Brand­ing Iron

With a com­fort­able west­ern style and large park­ing lot, Susie’s Brand­ing Iron is a prime rib place first and a burger place second. That is not to say the burg­ers are second rate, they are in fact very good, but in the evenings (check Susie’s sched­ule) you can avail your­self of Susie’s sig­na­ture prime rib or BBQ ribs. Hot wings, deep-fried green beans, and fries are also on the menu. In­for­ma­tion: Susie’s Brand­ing Iron, 435/259-6275, susies­brandin­g­

Milt’s Stop N’ Eat in Moab, Utah, is a clas­sic burger joint and has been around for nearly as long asthe red rock cliffs that sur­round the town. It’s pop­u­lar and good, so ex­pect to wait. It’s worth it.

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