I don’t always eat burgers, but when I do, I prefer Lucky 13. That was my philosophy tonight when I went out with a friend to get a delicious burger. I severely needed calories after a tough ride in some pretty intense wind and I really needed something good to eat. By no means do I consider myself a burger connoisseur, but Lucky 13 in downtown Salt Lake City serves up as good of a burger as I have ever tasted. I don’t eat burgers and fries very often, but when I start craving them, I always save that special meal for Lucky 13. The only catch is that you have to be 21, as this is technically a bar and grill.

Lucky 13’s burgers are made of fresh, never frozen ground chuck and are served on local Stoneground buns. They have everything from plain ol’ burgers and “breath enhancing” garlic burgers to giant burgers made only for the strongest stomachs. All of the burgers come loaded with fixings such as grilled onions, smoked bacon, and roasted jalapenos. Each burger comes standard with a side of fries that can be substited for a salad, beer-battered onion rings, roasted garlic and rosemary fries, or jalapeno bottle caps. The fries are really good here and add to the overall experience. They are just the right thickness and come packed with flavor without dripping in grease.

Although burgers are the main thing being served up at Lucky 13, their menu also includes several appetizers, salads, and sandwiches such as their grilled cheese or BLT. Vegetarians are not left out here, as each burger or sandwich can have its meat switched out for a veggie patty. To top it all off, there is a very generous selection of beer, wine, and liquor.

One of the other appeals of Lucky 13 is the fact there are always trying new things for their specials menu. I recently heard of them serving up a kangaroo burger! Now that’s thinking outside the box! Tonight, one of their specials was the bison burger. I am a big fan of bison meat as it is lower in fat and has a better texture than standard beef, so I ordered that. It was as good as I was expecting it to be. The meat was thick but still well cooked, the bun was nice and fluffy, and the grilled onions added the final exclamation point on this already wonderful burger. I substituted regular fries with roasted garlic and rosemary fries because I am of the opinion that one can never get enough garlic.

My friend one-upped me and ordered one of Lucky 13’s two oversized burgers: The Big Benny. With 280z of meat, several slices of ham, and cheese all served on a bun and held together by 12″ skewers, The Big Benny is quite a challenge. The true warriors, however, go for the Lucky 13 Challenge. That is, one must conquer not only The Big Benny, but also the Lucky 13 burger (just as much meat, but with even more toppings like 2 grilled cheese sandwiches and roasted habaneros) in one sitting. Doing this successfully awards you $100 cash and almost guarantees you getting heartburn!

I’m more than open to suggestions for other good burger places in the area, but as of right now, Lucky 13 is my go-to burger place. I highly recommend giving them a try if you are ever looking for some good hamburgers at very reasonable prices. Check out their Facebook Page for more info!
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