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!
The crowds were treated to live music throughout the day from the mainstage.
The Battle of the Burgers Ballot Board, where the ballots were cast for the People's Choice - Best Burger in Atlanta
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
Owners of Cypress Street Pint & Plate, Bill & Jenn Streck - with their decadent creation
Executive Chef William Taylor from The Warren City Club, hard at work making burgers and cheering on his team
The Warren City Club's entry: bacon-bleu cheese burger with sriracha aioli, arugula, and a fried green tomato
US Cafe's entry: spicy chipotle burger with bacon and bleu cheese
The Nook - defending champs of the 2010 People's Choice Award
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
Taqueria del Sol's burger-taco featured New Mexico peppers, only available for 6 weeks a year, topped with cheese dip
Farm Burger's busy burger table - onions caramelizing and bacon frying (smelled amazing!)
Farm Burger - WINNER of the People's Choice Award for Best Burger in Atlanta!
Defending champion of 2010 Judges' Choice for Best Burger in Atlanta, Kaleidoscope Pub
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
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
Highland Tap's table displaying their bacon-cheddar burger: apple smoked bacon, aged Wisconsin Cheddar, topped with tomato jam
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
Midtown Tavern's entry, The Ridiculous: patty, BBQ pork belly, grilled onion, cheddar, and chow-chow
Strip served up a tasty little burger on mini Belgian waffles with fried egg, arugula, red pepper, Fontina cheese, and sriracha jelly
Grindhouse Killer Burgers frying up fresh ground chuck, which they topped with a roasted habanero-lime aioli, pickled Vidalia onions, and mixed greens
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
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
Village Burger entered a healthier specialty burger option: a turkey burger with pepper jack cheese and a housemade guacamole
Atkins Park Tavern's vegetarian entry, the amigo: black bean patty topped with roasted poblano chilies, guacamole, and pepper jack cheese
Owner of DBA Barbecue, Matt Coggin, and his burger chef, David, showing off their grill skills and homemade pimento cheese
DBA Barbecue's entry: a beef-bacon patty, with homemade pimento cheese, coleslaw, and fried onions