Biker Burger kick-starts 'unique concept'

Published: Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 08:48 AM.

FREEPORT — Rev your engine and joyride your way to Biker Burger.

Though the name and menu may be biker themed, you don't have to be a Hog enthusiast to enjoy the one-of-a-kind sandwiches at the family owned, counter service joint.

"It's a restaurant for everybody, kids ... grandmas. Everybody," said owner and operator Joel Gutierrez. "We give everybody the opportunity to feel like a biker."

It wasn't until last summer that Freeport diners got that opportunity. The store in Freeport opened July 28, 2012, as an expansion of the original Biker Burger which has been serving Fort Walton Beach from Beal Parkway in Fort Walton Beach since April 2008.

Gutierrez works to keep his offerings unique and with something for everyone, bikers or otherwise.

"Like our slogan says, 'Like nothing else.' We do everything differently," said Gutierrez.

And the owner proves that with a unique menu that features 19 different sandwiches, all served on hamburger buns. 

"It's a very unique concept," said Gutierrez, who came up with the idea for each of the inspired sandwiches.

On the menu is everything from the "Scooter" with a single beef patty and American cheese to the "Dirt Bike" with chorizo sausage on a beef patty topped with mozzarella, the "Jet Ski" made of salmon and mozzarella to the "Classic Bike," a 6 oz. Sirloin on a bun.

To satisfy the hungriest of motorcycle enthusiasts, the restaurant offers the "Trike" made of three hamburger patties, equaling about 1.5 pounds of beef. Finishing it, though, can pose a challenge.

"I've only had two or three customers finish it all," said Gutierrez, using two hands to describe its gargantuan height.

For the more exotic eaters, try the "Super Bike" or the "ATV Amphibious," made of bison meat and gator meat, respectively.

"We try to have a little bit for everybody," said Gutierrez.

And that include salads for the lighter eaters and Tool Box meals for kids, which offer brake pads (chicken nuggets), a scooter (a small burger) or spokes (cheese sticks).

Also offered are an assortment of fuels (Pepsi products and tea) or anti-freeze (coffee), tires (onion rings), ball bearings (battered mushrooms) and spark plugs (fries).

Within the next month, Biker Burger will also be starting to serve up milkshakes.

Gutierrez runs the business with the help of his wife, daughters, and mother.

The store's location is perfect for those bikers who often trek east to Panama City using Highway 20, which becomes a high-traffic motorcycle thoroughfare when the weather is right.

"We use this road a lot," said Gutierrez, who has been riding since the age of 8 when his dad bought him a Suzuki ATV.

He has since upgraded to a Yamaha Venture and instead of riding around the neighborhood, Gutierrez will take his bike "300 miles to go get a meal."

Now, ever since Biker Burger moved into the neighborhood, Freeport residents don't have to go nearly that far to get a tasty, satisfying meal.

"It's something new for Freeport," he said. "We try to bring the people something different."

Stop in to try Biker Burger at its Freeport location at 172 State Highway 20. Folks on bikes and members of the military receive a 10 percent discount all day, every day.

For more information, call 835-1032, visit TheBikerBurger.com or "Like" Biker Burger on Facebook.



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