You’d pay $7.99 for the pound of freshly ground beef that this mammoth burger is built around if you went to any of the usual $2-per-extra-patty places along the trail, but at the Sierra Country Store meat for your money is their motto. Here, the burgers come in two flavors: big and HUGE. $6.99 gets you half a pound of beef freshly ground by the owner and includes all of the usual fixins’. $7.99 buys you a full pound of that fresh ground deliciousness, and we’re not just talking a stack of quarter pounders here: that’s one pound in one giant, inch thick, juicy, steak-like slab.
You even get your choice of gourmet cheese from the deli, including swiss, provolone, pepper jack and smoked Gouda. Onion rings, bacon, chili, avocado, grilled onions – all the standard American accoutrements are available too – just get there early because this mom and pop shop is only open 11-5 and when I was there a certain somebody missed out when the deli clerk decided to duck out an hour early.
The Sierra Country Store is located in Sierra City, California, at PCT mile 1198, just down the main drag from Bill and Margaret’s Red Mouse Inn.