A new sheriff in town

Story by Johnny Sain

Photo by Liz Chrisman

Gunslingin’ Burger

713 East 4th Street, Russellville

When you get a hankerin’ for a hamburger, there’s plenty of options. And while there’s some variety within the particulars, it’s all basically the same formula — meat, bread, cheese (on cheeseburgers, of course), the standard condiments and veggies, and maybe some bacon.

But the humble hamburger can be more. Think of those basic burger building blocks as just that — the basics. There’s a world of flavor combinations that could and should be applied to the burger and bun. All it takes is a little imagination.

Thankfully, the River Valley has an imaginative burger joint, a place where it seems that there are no limits to what a burger can be.

Gunslingin’ Burger in Russellville offers everything from the tequila burger to the slightly pretentious red wine burger (basted with a red wine and shallots reduction then topped with mozzarella, sautéed mushrooms and spinach) along with so many other topping and condiment fusions you likely never dreamed of. They also offer a black bean burger for those prefer a meatless option.

We had the Butch and Sundance, a spicy-sweet creation like no other. The spicy half features chipotle, tomato, jalapeño, pepper jack and dijon mustard. The sweet offers brown sugar, cheddar, onion, spinach, and bacon jam.

Order some fries, slaw, and even chili if you’re particularly peckish. Then take a big bite down the middle and let your tastebuds sort it out.