If you had to ask me to rate the below three places in order of greatest burger to slightly less great burger, I couldn’t do it. These are all fabulous at their craft and that craft is serving up one hell of a good burger. The atmosphere of each place is unique – to each its own – from rustic and new, to just plain rustic, to definitely not new. But don’t judge an establishment by its appearance, or the ridiculously long line waiting outside to get in.
- Sugar Shack | 22495 Hwy 385, Deadwood, SD | Website | Located between Deadwood and Hill City on Hwy 385, Sugar Shack is a popular stop for anyone out on the trails ATVing or dirt-biking for the day. Located in the heart of the Black Hills, with the woods and a pond just behind it, Sugar Shack is an immediate favorite when it comes to a great place that serves burgers.
- Lewie’s Saloon and Eatery | 711 S Main Street, Lead, SD | Website | Located just outside of Lead, Lewie’s a jam-packed little place that serves a tasty burger on a bun. It’s must-stop if you are in the Deadwood area, out biking the Mickelson Trail, or heading down from Terry Peak after a long day on the slopes.
- Black Hills Burger and Bun | 441 Mt. Rushmore Road, Custer, SD | Website | Located in the middle of downtown Custer, get to Black Hills Burger and Bun early before they sell out of their world famous buns. It’s a tiny little place, but the food is amazing and the service is unbeatable.
IN GLUTEN FREE NEWS: Black Hills Burger and Bun has the option for gluten free buns with their burgers. They are very sensitive to celiacs! I have not tried eating at either Sugar Shack and Lewie’s, so I can’t vouch for those (but I’ve eaten at them before I was diagnosed, so I know they are amazing.)