Scrud’s Gourmet Grub: Innovation on a Bun

By Devin Felix

October 7, 2014

Brett “Scrud” Lyman doesn’t quite know how his Ogden restaurant became so popular so quickly. A few years earlier he had run a location of Scrud’s Gourmet Grub in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, which had been popular but struggled during the long winter months. So he took a risk, closed that location and opened a new Scrud’s on Historic 25th Street in Ogden in May 2014. The opening went better than he could have imagined.

“I don’t know how they heard about me, but opening day there was a family that drove all the way from Cedar City to try my food,” Lyman says. “I don’t know how they knew or why they would make that drive for a burger.”

From that day on, word has continued to spread and business has been brisk. Scrud’s serves a menu of burgers and fries, chicken sandwiches, wings and shakes. But it’s the burgers that draw the most attention. Scrud’s specializes in stuffed burgers, where ingredients such as cheeses, spices, bacon or vegetables are cooked inside the hamburger patties.

Lyman devises a different special burger every week and puts it on the menu. Some of the special burgers are pretty unusual. Past weekly specials have been stuffed with conventional ingredients like bacon and cheese, but some have included pot stickers, escargot, crab meat, or peanut butter and jelly cream cheese. The ingredients may be unconventional, but Lyman insists all these burgers taste good—he’ll never sell a weird burger just for the sake of making something weird.

Lyman says he hopes to open another Scrud’s location in the future and eventually sell some franchises. He’d most like to see Scrud’s open again in Coeur d’Alene.

Scrud’s Gourmet Grub is located at 252 Historic 25th Street in Ogden. See images of the weekly special burger at

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