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Best burger could be in Gering
April 11, 2013 Jerry Purvis   

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Photo by Lisa Betz/Gering Citizen - Gering Merchant Association member E.J. Deter holds up the Union Bar's "Diet Burger" at a Business After Hours event held at Julie's Antiques known as "A Taste of Gering" in 2011. The burger has made the finals in the Beef Council's annual "Best Burger" contest.

The Diet Burger, an original recipe from the Union Bar in downtown Gering, just might end up as the best burger in Nebraska.
Each year, the Nebraska Beef Council sponsors a contest to find the best burger in the state. It started with online voting, where the Diet Burger ended up in second place.

Union Bar owner Scott Swanson said judges from the Nebraska Beef Council then visit the top five qualifiers and sample the burgers before voting. The winner is awarded the title “Best Burger in Nebraska.”

“We have no idea when the judges will be here,” Swanson said. “They just told us to be on our toes.”

Patrons at “the U,” as it’s called, shouldn’t let the name fool them – the Diet Burger is far from it. Two grilled cheese sandwiches made from Texas toast serve as the bun. Included are a pound of hamburger, a pound of bacon and about 12 slices of cheese.
“This was kind of a concoction from my two cooks, Jeremy and Justin,” Swanson said. “We looked at some different recipes before coming up with the Diet Burger.”

Swanson said they sell a decent number of Diet Burgers, but it’s so big most people are afraid of it. “It’s more of a challenge burger than anything. Everyone has told me it’s a great burger, although it usually takes two people to eat it.”
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