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Killer Burger set to slay skiersí hunger posted on 01/31/2020

Ravenous after burning somewhere in the neighborhood of 400 calories an hour skiing or snowboarding on Mount Hood? Portland burger chain Killer Burger has dispatched its latest addition, a 29-foot-long, 16,000-pound food truck to Rhododendron for the winter in hopes of satisfying winter sports enthusiasts’ appetites on their way to and from the slopes.

“We’re excited to be part of the mountain, part of the ski season,” said John Hickmon, operations manager for the food truck. “We’re very happy with the turnout of skiers and snowboarders.”

The mobile food truck opened for winter operations in Rhododendron on Nov. 6 in the Mt. Hood Village Market parking lot. The truck offers Killer Burger’s full menu of 100 percent natural beef burgers, made-to-order, with every burger order including bacon and fries. The truck is open Wednesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m.

“We’re basically a brick-and-mortar running out of a truck,” Hickmon said about the food truck. The truck can hold up to 500 burgers at a time. No burgers are “hot-held”, with each order requiring a five to fifteen-minute cook time to assure the freshest product.

The menu features ten signature burgers, all made with locally raised Northwest beef from Fulton Provisions. Specialty burgers include the “Bender,” served with bacon, spicy BBQ, crispy jalapeño and cheddar, and the “Peanut Butter Pickle Bacon,” burger topped with bacon, peanut butter sauce and pickles.

The truck offers kid-friendly options including a kids’ burger and a grilled cheese sandwich, both served with fries and the choice of a soda or juice box.

Customers can also customize their order to their preference with a vegan patty, gluten-free bun or by “bombing it” with a house spicy secret sauce.

Hickmon stated the biggest challenge the business faces in Rhododendron is the weather during the winter months.

“I’m proud of the crew dealing with the elements day-to-day,” Hickmon said. “It’s great to have such a killer crew.”

The truck is scheduled to remain in the Mount Hood area through April when it will resume mobile operations catering events throughout the region.

“Everyone seems really stoked that we’re here. We’ve definitely got some support from the locals,” Hickmon said, adding that there is potential for establishing a brick-and-mortar location in the Mount Hood area in the future.

The truck began operations as the 13th Killer Burger operation in January 2019. The Killer Burger franchise was founded in 2010 in Portland.

More information about the Killer Burger truck and franchise are available online at www.killerburger.com.

The truck is available to rent during the remainder of the year for birthdays, weddings, business buyouts and other events.

For information about event rentals contact event coordinator Lauren Hickmon at lhickmon.wescor@killerburger.com or by phone at 503-502-4928.

By Ben Simpson/MT




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