With Sun Peaks Bakery closing down, Ernst was keen to utilize the space to provide a low-cost dining option for visitors and locals. That was when the The Burger Joint was born.
“We wanted to provide another opportunity for guests to have a fast lunch or dinner, and something that was good value,” Ernst said.
In between refurbishing the shop, Ernst spent weeks in his kitchen trying to create the perfect burger patty.
“I probably ate 60 or 80 burgers over four weeks before I found the winning recipe.”
Ernst said the trick was finding a patty that would hold its flavour and juiciness, even when being prepared fast at high temperatures. And he was delighted with the way the burgers taste.
“I should have a patent on this thing,” he joked.
Along with a range of beef, chicken and vegetarian burgers, The Burger Joint also offers fries, poutine, and homestyle milkshakes.
“We make our own gelato and use it in our milkshakes. It’s lower in fat than normal ice-cream too.”
The Burger Joint is located in the Hearthstone Lodge. Burgers are available for dine-in or take-out. Opening hours 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday to Thursday, and until 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday.