Next week I’ll round up the Burger of the Month specials for October, and it’s a safe bet that many will be Octoberfest themed. But some burger bars and chains aren’t waiting for October to begin: Their Octoberfest burgers already are on the menu. Here’s a look at some of the most intriguing.
Hops Burger Bar, Greensboro, N.C.
The Hoptober Burger
Our burger topped with smoked kielbasa, grilled onions and peppers, a gruyere-beer cheese sauce and horseradish mustard on a toasted pretzel bun; served with fried mashed potato bites and a side of gravy
Honest Burgers, UK locations
Dry-aged beef patty, double-smoked bacon, Bavarian smoked Cheddar, sauerkraut and currywurst sauce special with plenty of rosemary salted chips
Drake’s, Franklin, Tenn.
Hofbrau Beer Cheese Burger
A fresh, never frozen 8-oz. patty with beer cheese, smoky ham and sauerkraut on a toasted pretzel roll with house mustard and fresh-cut toppings
100% beef from Austria, Emmentaler cheese, onion, hot pepper sauce and two strips crispy bacon on a pretzel bun
Brunch Box, Portland, Ore.
Stacked on a toasted pretzel bun, and loaded with pastrami and sauerkraut, it’s the perfect way to kick off the new season
Shake Shack, multiple U.S. locations
Shacktoberfest Brat Burger
Hamburger topped with a flat-top griddled Usinger’s Cheddar-stuffed bratwurst, crispy ShackMeister Ale-marinated shallots and ShackSauce
Zombie Burger + Drink Lab, Des Moines, Iowa
House-made brat patty, curry ketchup, sauerkraut and Muenster cheese on a pretzel bun