Who has the best rink burger in Saskatchewan? Locals share their favourites


Italy has pizza, Japan has sushi however Saskatchewan has a distinct sort of well-known delicacy — the rink burger.

Rink burgers are a staple for hockey gamers, determine skaters and curlers throughout the province. Every city and rink claims theirs is the best, so CBC’s Blue Sky host Garth Materie determined to ask for suggestions on which area has the best bites.

Todd Devonshire described hockey arenas as his second residence rising up. He says having a rink burger mainly each weekend all through his youth hockey profession had such an influence on his life that he even titled his memoir Rink Burgers

“Everyone knows what a rink burger is in Saskatchewan,” Devonshire stated. “When we played the games, whether we won or lost it didn’t matter, it was about getting that rink burger after the game.”

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WARNING: DO NOT LISTEN TO IF YOU ARE HUNGRY!;) When you are in search of good meals in Saskatchewan on a chilly winter day one place to take a look is the native rink. The Rink burger is known and each city and rink KNOWS theirs is the best. Today we heard from of us throughout the province about what makes their native kitchen the best. We have been additionally joined by Rink Burger writer Todd Devonshire, hockey mother Lesley Kelly, Tim Philp – the chef at Bristles Café in the Highland Curling membership and rink meals fanatic Dan Plaster.

Devonshire is trying ahead to having some rink burgers at his native rink in Martensville, Sask., at Hockey Day in Saskatchewan on Jan. 21. This is the first time that Martensville hosts the occasion.

Devonshire’s good rink burger has fried onions, melted cheese and a toasted bun. A preferred facet for him rising up was onion rings drowned in vinegar with a little bit little bit of mustard.

The cowl of Todd Devonshire’s e-book Rink Burgers. (Your Nickel’s Worth Publishing)

Devonshire’s prime three all-time mouth-watering rink burgers are from not too long ago closed Granite Curling Club in Saskatoon, Canwood and his childhood rink in Big River.

“The rink burger really became an attraction, especially here in small town Saskatchewan.”

An area contact

Deb Ashby, the city of Bengough’s recreation director, says their rink’s burger was beforehand ranked prime 5 in the province.

“Everybody tells us we have some of the best rink burgers in the area,” Ashby stated. “They always love to have our burger when they come to our rink.”

Ashby says that getting their meat from native butchers, who get their beef from close by ranchers, is what makes their burgers so tasty.

At some rinks round the province, delicacies have expanded previous the basic rink burger and its standard sides.

Tim Philp runs the Bristles Cafe in Regina’s Highland Curling rink. The cafe has menu gadgets starting from schnitzel to tacos, however nothing tops his cinnamon buns.

“We have people from the neighborhood just coming in to eat the food,” Philp stated. 

“Everybody’s welcome, you don’t have to curl to eat here.”

Fries cheese and gravy in a bowl at an arena
Kelly likes to snack on the occasional poutine whereas watching her youngsters play hockey. (Submitted by Lesley Kelly)

Lesley Kelly sees her honest share of rink meals driving her youngsters to completely different arenas round the province. One of her favorite rink snacks is the popcorn rooster poutine at her hometown rink in Watrous, Sask.

She says one in every of the best elements about rink meals is understanding the earnings will assist the local people.

“It’s coming from volunteers and local farmers,” Kelly stated. “Supporting those businesses and the viability of the rink and the town is what makes it extra special.”

Here are another favourites that listeners shared with Blue Sky in feedback and emails:

  • “I’ve had breakfast sandwiches in Moose Jaw, Kenston, Gravelbourg, Assiniboia, Yorkton, Dalmeny, and Humboldt so far this year. Moose Jaw and Assiniboia are definitely top two,” Kyle stated.
  • “Carrot River now has a great little cafe in the arena. It’s called Soup Town Cafe,” Crystal stated.
  • “The burgers at the Drake rink because they get their meat from the processing facility in town,” Nancy stated.
  • “We’ve eaten a whole lot of Sask. rink burgers. My favourite … Milestone! Local farmer’s beef,” Denise stated.
  • “The burgers at Prudhomme and Aberdeen rinks because the people serving them were so friendly,” Joan stated.
  •  “The Midale rink has an amazing selection. Lots of different kinds of poutine, chicken burgers … like a restaurant,” Meighan stated.
  • “Best burger: Bulyea rink,” Jennifer stated.
  • “Strasbourg Rink has the best burgers — They are homemade from our local Hillside Foods! Amazing!” Michel stated.

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