Our quest for a great burger continues … We’re always looking for that perfect burger: juicy and delicious with the ideal ratio of meat – 70% lean to 30% fat, and accompanied by crispy fries or onion rings!
We’ve only dined at Montana’s Cookhouse a few times; for their ribs, so we had to try their burgers. The décor is outdoorsy and casual, service was efficient and the menu had a lot of variety.
Don’t you love their cute mason jars? I have these at home, and they’re useful for so many things other than jam.
We ordered the Chipotle Firecracker Burger which is topped off with bacon, crispy deep fried Cajun spiced onions, Monterey Jack cheese, deep fried jalapeno slices, and chipotle honey bbq sauce. Their hamburger meat is 100% sirloin, brought in every other day, and not frozen.
We were excited when the burgers arrived – talk about huge! The requisite squish was necessary in order to take a bite. My taste buds immediately found the bbq sauce too sweet and overpowering, but the crispy onion straws and jalapeno peppers were a hit and added complex flavors and textures. The burger itself was a bit on the dry side.
As a side note, in Canada, chain restaurants will cook their burgers “non-pink” or “cooked through,” in order to comply with the Ministry of Health. It’s actually illegal to serve medium-rare burgers in Canada, but I have seen some other places accommodate this request.
In the U.S., it’s common to see burgers pink or even quite red! Not something we crave, but it’s a personal choice. Here’s an interesting article on why medium-rare burgers are taboo in Canada. Play it Safe With Hamburgers is another good article to read.
Back to our burgers … they need some tweaking, and I would definitely suggest a less sweet bbq sauce! The fries were quite good, with a bit of skin left on, and were hot and crispy.
On a previous visit, we tried their Pulled Pork Sandwich. It was a mess; sorry I don’t mean that in a good way. The meat seemed pre-made, frozen, and just heated with a lot of apple butter bbq sauce, again, way too sweet. It deflected from any smoky flavor the pork may have had. On a positive note, the deep fried onion straws were a nice accompaniment.
The Beef Brisket Sandwich fared a bit better, but again, was drowning in Texas bold bbq sauce. Personally, we like sliced beef brisket versus chopped or pulled style.
If you order any of their sandwiches or burgers, I would suggest having the bbq sauce on the side.
Check back soon for another burger review!