The judges have made their decision on the location of Nebraska's tastiest burger. And the winner is: the Peppermill and E.K. Valentine Lounge in Valentine.
Four other restaurants rounded out the top five in the contest, including the runner-up Dinker's Bar in Omaha, plus Greta's Gourmet in Lincoln, Tommy Colina's Kitchen in Omaha and the Union Bar in Gering.
The third annual "Nebraska's Best Burger" contest is sponsored by the Nebraska Beef Council. A panel of judges selected the overall winner, while voting online nominated the top five.
A complete list of nominated restaurants is available on www.nebeef.org.
The contest sought nominations throughout March, resulting in more than 2,100 submissions for 293 different restaurants. The Peppermill's Joseph Angus Burger received enough nominations to reach the top five and was ultimately awarded the best burger by a panel of judges who conducted an anonymous taste test. The Joseph Angus Burger is a 10-ounce beef hamburger with jalapeno bacon, cob-smoked ham, barbeque sauce, house ranch dressing, Swiss and cheddar cheeses and is topped with two crispy homemade onion rings.
"We are pleased to present this year's Best Burger Award to the Peppermill," says Adam Wegner, director of Marketing for the Nebraska Beef Council. "Being located in the nation's largest beef cow county, it's fitting that they would serve an award winning burger."
The Peppermill was opened in 1987 by William R. Joseph in the historic Fort Niobrara Hotel building in downtown Valentine. A large outdoor garden and banquet hall were added as well as several interior updates throughout the next 8 years. In 1995 William's son, Roger, bought the business and developed the concept from cafe to steakhouse and event facility. In 2007, the Peppermill in downtown Valentine closed and Roger's son, Robert, re-opened the Peppermill and E.K. Valentine Lounge on highway 20 in Valentine.