By Leif Palmer
Posted on September 8, 2022
The hamburger (and the cheeseburger and all its variations) is probably one of the most popular and iconic foods when it comes to classic American fare. Whether it's a simple beef patty on a plain bun or a multilayered stack with all the trimmings, burgers are universally liked by all ages.
If you count yourself among that number, then you might want to set your sights on the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee for GatlinBURGER Week, which runs September 18 through 24. For seven days, many local Gatlinburg restaurants will be serving up their best burger creations, and with your GatlinBURGER Passport, you can enjoy them for as little as $9 each.
Here's how to participate: Download your free passport at gatlinburg.com/burgerweek or pick one up at any of the participating restaurants (see list below). For each restaurant you visit and order a burger from that week, you'll get a unique burger stamp in your passport. Collect three or more stamps, and then present your passport (by email or in person) to the Gatlinburg Convention & Visitors Bureau. They'll randomly draw a winner from among all the submitted passports. Winners receive prizes!
Not all burgers that week will be priced at $9, but each participating restaurant will have one featured burger at that price point. If a restaurant has run out of their featured burger at the time of day you visit, you can order a different burger from the menu or go back earlier the next day and get a featured burger before supplies run out.
Also, this competition applies to dine-in customers only, which means you might have to wait to be seated. And the $9 burger price does not include sides. But we recommend splurging a little and getting a delicious side to complement your burger. Finally, be sure to tip your server based on your burger's regularly listed menu price. Don't be a cheapo.
And hey, if you take a photo of your burger and post it and tag the restaurant, you'll qualify to win more free stuff.
Here's a list of this year's participating restaurants: Cliff Top Restaurant, Split Rail Eats, Loco Burro Fresh Mex Cantina, Puckers Sports Grill, Delauders Smoky Mountain BBQ, Crawdaddy's Restaurant and Oyster Bar, Seasons of Ober Gatlinburg, TGI Friday's, Flapjack's Pancake Cabin, The Smokehouse, The Park Grill, Three Jimmy's, Howard's Steakhouse, Margaritaville Resort Gatlinburg, Boudicca's Celtic Pub, Bennett's Pit BBQ, and J.O.E. and Pop's Sub Shoppe.
Be sure to check the Gatlinburg parking map on our website to find the affordable parking lot nearest the restaurants you'll be visiting. Chances are, you'll find something within walking distance of your destinations.
About Leif Palmer
Leif Palmer loves residing in Gatlinburg. He is an avid outdoorsman: rowing for exercise on the lake, trail hiking, and free climbing rocks in the mountains. He indulges his arty side by periodically beating up pieces of marble by sculpting. He is always frustrated by his inability to sink long putts, and hates his curly hair (but his wife loves it). Leif has been known to muster enough courage to change a diaper, and hopes his son will become a chip off the old block.