Carson Valley’s Signature Burger For 2016: ‘The Danimal’ From The Grill Next Door

Posted By on October 17, 2016

Staff Reports · 2 min read

MINDEN, Nev. — Congratulations to The Grill Next Door in the Gardnerville Ranchos on winning the title of “Carson Valley’s Signature Burger” for the third consecutive year.

The restaurant’s landmark burger — The Danimal — carried nearly 52 percent of the final vote.

We have created a virtual throwdown among Valley restaurants, seeking out the signature dishes Carson Valley has to offer. Through the first year, we covered burgers, pizzas, sandwiches, soups, steaks, salads, appetizers, breakfasts, pasta, dessert and fried foods (you can see the results here).



As always, we encourage you to get out and try all of the finalists and honorable mentions listed on the ballot.

Here’s a closer look at the finalists:


Grill Next Door: “The Danimal”


1302 Langley Drive, Suite 3, Gardnerville Ranchos

Hours: Closed Mondays. Tuesday-Friday 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sunday 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

If you like a little kick with your burger, look no further than last year’s Burger Wars Champion. The Danimal is Grill Next Door owner and chef Dan Fredrickson’s namesake. He sears bacon, cheddar cheese and jalapeños to form a spicy crust on top of the six-ounce ground beef patty tops it with grilled onions and mayo and serves it up on a sesame bun with your choice of fries, coleslaw, side salad or hand-battered onion rings ($1 extra).


Minden Meat & Deli: “The BBQ Guy”

1595 US Highway 395 N, Minden

Hours: Monday-Sunday 9 a.m.-8 p.m.

Minden Meat & Deli's The BBQ Guy

Made with a half-pound of choice Black Angus ground fresh in house from Creekstone Farms, the BBQ Guy includes slices of thick applewood-smoked bacon, cheddar cheese, avocado, grilled onions, lettuce, house-made barbecue sauce and house-made chipotle mayonnaise on a grilled brioche bun. Not sure? Come in and try it for yourself.


Sharkey’s Jackpot Cafe: “Volcano Burger”

1440 US Highway 395, Gardnerville

Volcano1The Volcano starts with ground beef and ground chorizo combined together in a mixture percentage known only to Chef Bruce at Sharkey’s. A beginning amount of ghost pepper cheese (pretty darn hot stuff!) is folded into this meat mixture. The burger is then cooked and additional ghost pepper cheese is melted on top.  Some secret spicy sauce is added and a sprinkle of volcano dust, a seasoning blend of some pretty spicy peppers goes on top. Served with a stack of french fries or, for a small extra charge you can get sweet potato waffle fries which tend to ease the “heat” of the burger.


Wild Horse Bar & Grill: “Black & Bleu Burger”

1679 Highway 395, Unit C, Minden

Hours: Monday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.

Made with a third-pound of certified Angus beef, rubbed in blackened spices and served with grilled mushrooms, Gorgonzola and crispy onion strings on a warm, fresh baked roll with mayo, lettuce, onion & tomato.


Iggy & Squiggy’s Junction Bar: “1/2-pound Cheeseburger”

Sanchez Ranch Meats: “BYOB”

Saletti’s Restaurant & Bar: “1/2-pound Western Cheeseburger”

CV Steak: “CV Steak Gourmet Burger: The French Disaster”

JT Basque Bar & Dining Room: “Basco Burger”

Jethro’s Oven & Grille: “French Burger”

Independence Diner: “Smokehouse Burger”

Overland Restaurant & Pub: “House Burger”

Hamdogs: “Mushroom & Swiss”

Julio’s Restaurant: “California Burger”

The Grill at Genoa Lakes: “Long Drive Burger”

Carson Valley Country Club: “Chorizo Burger”


Flight Restaurant: “Red Baron Burger”

Taildragger Cafe: “The Biplane”