CORBIN — When Burger Week comes to town, one thing is certain: don’t expect an average burger.
Burger Week officially begins Monday in Corbin, and guests can expect anything and everything from peaches to bourbon and Bloody Mary's to onion petals and pork atop their burgers.
The week is filled with participating restaurants making their own specialty burger. It's a burger not typically on the restaurant's menu and is offered all week only for $5.
This is the fourth annual Burger Week and Corbin Tourism Director Maggy Kriebel said every year the burger recipes get more creative.
“Restaurant owners now really look forward to this week and get excited about coming up with a custom culinary creation,” Kriebel said. “We have 10 restaurants participating this year which is more than we have ever had. As word has gotten around about how great the program is, more restaurants have wanted to participate and get involved.”
Last year a People’s Choice Award was developed as Corbin Tourism thought it would be really fun to engage the restaurants in a friendly competition, while also giving the customer an opportunity to provide feedback in an interactive way, said Kriebel.
When asked why Burger Week is a huge success, Kriebel said it’s a combination of things, including that fact that people love burgers. People also love a good deal and these are $10-$15 burgers for $5. Burger Week also gives chefs and restaurant owners a perfect opportunity to create something they normally may not make time for.
New this year are “commandments” for Burger Week.
The Commandments, according to Kriebel, are a fun and creative way to educate the customers about what to expect during Burger Week.
“They help to set the tone and the expectations of the customer for the week,” said Kriebel. “I had done some research in order to develop the Commandments and came to realize that almost every city across the nation that does a Burger Week has a set of commandments.”
Some of Corbin’s Burger Week Commandments include: understanding that restaurants will likely run out of the sought after burger, feel free to purchase other items on the menu, tip your server, the burgers will be dine-in only and share your experience on social media.
Back again this year is the People’s Choice Award.
“I do think the People's Choice Award has increased participation,” Kriebel noted. “Everyone wants the title of 'winner', and most businesses love a little friendly competition. Not to mention the trophy is ultra cool and is up for grabs every year.”
To vote for your favorite burger at the end of Burger Week, visit corbinkytourism.com.
The Times-Tribune along with some special guests will be providing video interviews on our Facebook page (Times-Tribune Newspaper) and website (www.thetimestribune.com) throughout the week, as well as along with the regular print stories.
Kriebel likes the video concept and thinks it will add so much to the program.
“Anytime people can interact with something it is always a hit,” she said “I also think this will give the event so much more media exposure and pique people's interest.”
2019 Burger Week List of Participating Restaurants
2700 Cumberland Falls Hwy
Hours: Wednesday-Saturday 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Monday and Tuesday - closed
Burger: Texas Style BBQ Burger — Burger on Texas toast with bacon, pepper jack cheese, pulled pork, BBQ sauce, onion petals, pickles, onions and jalapenos on the side.
The Caboose Sports Tavern
107 N. Main St.
Hours: Monday-Saturday 4 p.m.-1 a.m.; Sunday 11 a.m.-11 p.m.
Burger: Baby Bourbon Burgers
Depot on Main
101 N. Main St.
Hours: Monday-Thursday 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.; Friday-Saturday 11 a.m.-11 p.m.
Burger: Bloody Mary Burger
2665 Cumberland Falls Hwy
Hours: Monday-Thursday 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Friday-Saturday 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m.-9 p.m.
Burger: Summer Breeze — All beef patty topped with pepper jack cheese and bacon and then topped with a scoop of summer slaw. This slaw is made with green and purple cabbage, fresh chopped avocado, peaches, onions, a dash of salt, pepper, sugar, and then pulled together with a creamy Italian dressing.
Old Town Grill
14569 N US 25 E
Hours: Sunday-Thursday 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Friday-Saturday 11 a.m.-11 p.m.
Burger: OTG Brisket Burger — All-beef patty on potato bun with brisket sauce, brisket, cheddar cheese and side of onions.
313 S. Main St.
Hours: Tuesday-Friday 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; Friday-Saturday 4 p.m.-9 p.m.
Burger: Old Fashioned Burger
306 S. Main St.
Hours: Sunday-Tuesday 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Friday-Saturday 11 a.m.-Midnight; Closed Wednesdays
Burger: Shep’s Mushroom and Swiss Burger — Burger on Texas toast with Swiss cheese, mushrooms and brown gravy.
1600 Main St.
Hours: Monday-Thursday 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Friday-Saturday 11 a.m.-Midnight; Sunday 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Burger: The Si Senor Burger — All beef patty topped with cheese, jalapenos and grilled and fresh onions
209 N. Main St.
Hours: Monday-Friday 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; Saturday 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; Closed Sundays
Burger: The Dijon Crunch Burger — Beef patty topped with lettuce, tomato, onion, garlic aioli, homemade chips and house made Dijon sauce
Wrigley Taproom & Eatery
207 S. Main St.
Hours: Tuesday-Thursday 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. – Midnight; Monday and Sunday - closed
Burger: The Hellraiser Burger - Whitley County beef patty on a brioche bun