Your guide to the region's best burgers

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EPIC The burgers at this Northern Quest sports bar are decidedly, well, epic. We're talking hand-formed Snake River Farms Wagyu patties, topped with garlic seared prawns, white truffle garlic aioli, provolone, baby arugula, tomato, and thin-sliced red onion on a toasted ciabatta bun epic (Surf & Turf Burger, $15). The epic-ness doesn't stop there: A massive 30-foot wide TV stretches over the bar, making this the quintessential place to catch a game.  Northern Quest Casino, 100 N. Hayford Rd., Airway Heights • Wash. • 242-7000

MickDuff's Brewery Co. Known for their handcrafted beers, this Sandpoint brewery also features a menu of 11 different burgers. With locally grown beef, MickDuff's has several burgers of varying sizes, but they don't leave the veggie crowd out in the cold, offering both portobello and black-bean patties. Meat eaters, check out the Gouda burger, served with onions, Gouda, bacon and homemade jalapeño sauce on ciabatta bread. The hand-cut, skin-on fries are some of the best in the Inland Northwest.  312 N. First Ave., Sandpoint • Idaho • 208-255-4351

The Onion The Onion is bustling with families and smiling servers, but it's no chain restaurant. The Spokane eatery is a great place for family dining, with a menu boasting comfort food for everyone. Hearty burgers and towers of onion rings promise to send your family home fat and happy. Expect prompt service, and plenty of things for kids to look at while they munch.  302 W. Riverside Ave., Spokane • Wash. • 747-3852 | 7522 N. Division St., Spokane • Wash. • 482-6100

The Rusty Moose Amid the vast, upscale hunting-lodge feel, this place is serious about its burgers: From a bacon-jam-topped venison burger to a Rocky Mountain Elk burger to a Free Range Bison burger. Add to that entrées like blackened salmon, Timber Lake pot roast, brick and chicken pot pie. The portion sizes? Let's put it this way: Even the lunches are served on platters. 9105 W. Highway 2, Spokane • Wash. • 747-5579

Waddell's Neighborhood Pub & Grille You'll never leave Waddell's hungry. Their menu of well-executed pub food features no less than 15 different varieties of burgers. The Cougar Gold is massive, stacking ham atop two beef patties atop deep-fried onions and WSU's namesake cheese. The Smoke Jumper piles on barbecue sauce, chipotle mayo, smoked Gouda, caramelized onions and smoked barbecue brisket, also on two patties. The biggest appetites are dared to try the Bigger Barnyard Challenge. We're talking 8 inches of five kinds of meat, and more.  4318 S. Regal St., Spokane • Wash. • 443-6500 

Wisconsinburger Whether you're into beef burgers, turkey burgers, veggie burgers, any kind of burgers, you'll find what you need at Wisconsinburger. Their burger engineers take the freshly ground patty experience to the bun with all their burgers, using freshly ground beef, made on-site every morning. Of course, their butter and cheese are made in Wisconsin. So if you're looking for a good burger of any kind, Wisconsinburger brings the ol' mom-and-pop feel from the farms of Wisconsin right to Spokane. 916 S. Hatch St., Spokane • Wash. • 241-3083


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