PHOTO BLOG: Battle of the Burgers 2011 Recap (and Burger Pics to Make Your Mouth Water)

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The second annual Battle of the Burgers took place in John Howell Park in Virginia-Highland on Saturday, October 1, 2011, and was a smashing success! Benefiting Embraced, a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization that collects and shares gently-used medical equipment with individuals in need – both locally and globally, 25 local Atlanta restaurants served up hundreds of specialty burgers while competing for the the coveted prizes: titles of the Best Burger in Atlanta.

Congratulations to all of the participants for supporting such a wonderful cause and to the very deserving winners:

  • People’s Choice – Farm Burger
  • Best Contemporary Burger – The Nook
  • Best Classic Burger – Deckard’s American Tavern
  • Best Veggie/Organic Burger – Atkins Park

Here’s a look at the day, the burgers, the music, and the fun!

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The crowds were treated to live music throughout the day from the mainstage.

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The Battle of the Burgers Ballot Board, where the ballots were cast for the People's Choice - Best Burger in Atlanta

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Cypress Street Pint and Plate's entry, the Cypress Street High Road Craft Ice Cream Burger: all-natural chuck patty topped with High Road Cheddar Cheese Granny Smith Apple ice cream, coasted in crushed frosted flakes, between two toasted waffles

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Owners of Cypress Street Pint & Plate, Bill & Jenn Streck - with their decadent creation

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Executive Chef William Taylor from The Warren City Club, hard at work making burgers and cheering on his team

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The Warren City Club's entry: bacon-bleu cheese burger with sriracha aioli, arugula, and a fried green tomato

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US Cafe's entry: spicy chipotle burger with bacon and bleu cheese

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The Nook - defending champs of the 2010 People's Choice Award

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WINNER! Best Contemporary Burger - The Nook's entry, the Southern Comfort burger: southern fried bacon, stuffed with mac & cheese, topped with Southern Comfort BBQ sauce, and hot potato chips

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Taqueria del Sol's burger-taco featured New Mexico peppers, only available for 6 weeks a year, topped with cheese dip

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Farm Burger's busy burger table - onions caramelizing and bacon frying (smelled amazing!)

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Farm Burger - WINNER of the People's Choice Award for Best Burger in Atlanta!

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Defending champion of 2010 Judges' Choice for Best Burger in Atlanta, Kaleidoscope Pub

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Kaleidoscope Bistro and Pub's chefs cooking up the burgers to defend their title with a 1/4-lb patty topped with Kirby slaw, green tomato chow-chow, Hobb's applewood smoked bacon, extra sharp Tillamook Cheddar, served on Brioche bread with a bread & butter pickle

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Murphy's served up a bacon cheddar burger, as well as this specialty entry, a chicken, spinach and bacon burger, topped with housemade pesto mayo and swiss cheese

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Highland Tap's table displaying their bacon-cheddar burger: apple smoked bacon, aged Wisconsin Cheddar, topped with tomato jam

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Hudson Grille's fiery entry, The Flamethrower: grilled certified Angus beef with crispy fried jalapenos, pepper jack cheese, 3 mile island sauce, and chipotle mayo

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Midtown Tavern's entry, The Ridiculous: patty, BBQ pork belly, grilled onion, cheddar, and chow-chow

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Strip served up a tasty little burger on mini Belgian waffles with fried egg, arugula, red pepper, Fontina cheese, and sriracha jelly

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Grindhouse Killer Burgers frying up fresh ground chuck, which they topped with a roasted habanero-lime aioli, pickled Vidalia onions, and mixed greens

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WINNER! Best Classic Burger - Deckard's American Tavern served up a brisket burger, with homemade pimento cheese, fire-roasted green chilies, and a BBQ bacon relish

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Fun and games at the Diesel Filling Station tent, where they were dishing out a ground beef and bacon burger, topped with Guinness-horseradish mustard, Coca-Cola ketchup, American cheese, homemade pickles, and caramelized onions on a potato bun

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Village Burger entered a healthier specialty burger option: a turkey burger with pepper jack cheese and a housemade guacamole

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Atkins Park Tavern's vegetarian entry, the amigo: black bean patty topped with roasted poblano chilies, guacamole, and pepper jack cheese

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Owner of DBA Barbecue, Matt Coggin, and his burger chef, David, showing off their grill skills and homemade pimento cheese

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DBA Barbecue's entry: a beef-bacon patty, with homemade pimento cheese, coleslaw, and fried onions

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