The burger at the Peppermill and E.K. Valentine Lounge in Valentine, Neb., won the Nebraska Beef Council's third annual “Nebraska's Best Burger” contest.
The Joseph Angus Burger at the Peppermill got enough votes online to be in the top five, and then a panel of judges chose the burger as its favorite. The burger is a 10-ounce beef hamburger with jalapeńo bacon, cob-smoked ham, barbecue sauce, house ranch dressing, Swiss and cheddar cheeses and is topped with two crispy homemade onion rings. The Peppermill will be awarded the first-place plaque and will be featured by the Beef Council as part of Nebraska Beef Month.
The original Peppermill opened in 1987 in the historic Fort Niobrara Hotel in downtown Valentine. It closed in 2007 and reopened as the Peppermill and E.K. Valentine Lounge on U.S. Highway 20.
This year's runner-up was Dinker's Bar, followed by Greta's Gourmet in Lincoln, Tommy Colina's Kitchen and the Union Bar in Gering. A complete list of nominated restaurants is available here.
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