On the grill: Westin goes big and bold with Mammoth Burgers
Some might contend that the amount of toppings one can put on a burger is limited, but it has been determined recently that the chefs over at the Vue Lounge in the Westin Snowmass believe otherwise. Starting this week, as a tribute to the barbecuing season, the Vue Lounge will be offering what it calls Mammoth Burgers, or 1-pound beef patties grilled to temperature and dressed with different specialty toppings each day of the week for the rest of the season.
Like it spicy? Saucy? Cheesy? Whatever your preference, the odds are most likely in your favor, as toppings such as hatch green chilies, pork belly bacon, fried tortillas, tarragon blue cheese dressing and pickled crimson onion are just samples of some of the best taste combinations one could ever ask for.
If you share my taste, you might choose what the chef deems the standard Mammoth Burger, topped with four cheeses, hatch green chilies, pork belly bacon, tobacco onion rings and lettuce and tomato, paired with harissa ketchup and parmesan-parsley-garlic fries. Need a cold beer to wash it all down? Try some of their seasonal New Belgium brews on draft. Still hungry? I’ll leave the rest of the details to food and beverage manager Scott Cochran.
Snowmass Sun: What exactly inspired you to come up with the Mammoth Burgers?
Scott Cochran: The name was chosen to pair along with the mammoth theme we have here in Snowmass and to also elaborate on the shareable bites that the Vue Lounge offers. A lot of people come in for just a snack and a beer on the patio, so we thought that coming up with a different burger for each day would be creative and fun.
SS: What days will you offer the burgers, and what are some of the other combinations?
SC: Monday through Saturday. The other combinations include a New Mexican-style burger, an open-faced margherita pizza burger, a barbecue burger, black-pepper blue burger and a breakfast burger.
SS: How much does a Mammoth Burger cost? Aside from the specialty toppings, what makes them worthy of a try?
SC: They are $32 with tax. Because each burger amounts to a full pound of Angus chuck beef, groups of three to four people often order one and split it comfortably between themselves. We purposefully price and portion the burgers for sharing, which makes for a more-than-satisfying lunch, dinner or snack for two or more people. They also come with hand-cut parmesan-garlic fries, which people really enjoy.
SS: How long will you offer the Mammoth Burgers on the menu?
SC: Depending on likeability, at least through the end of the summer season.
SS: Do you plan to introduce any other specialty dishes to the Vue Lounge this summer season?
SC: As of now, the Mammoth Burgers are the latest, and we are really excited to gather people’s reaction to them. Burgers are an American favorite, and if we can bring a twist to the tradition by offering a large, shareable portion with flavorful and unique combinations, I think we’ve done our part in the taste-bud-satisfaction category.
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