i was lucky enough to attend the 2nd Annual battle of the burger presented by Amstel® Light and hosted by boston magazine yesterday. the top 20 restaurants out of 50 nominees competed last night at the Black Falcon Cruise Terminal in South Boston. it was an epic night: we tried all 20 burgers, desserts and appetizers as my camera showered in burger juice and our bellies stuffed with copious amounts of amstel light and 90 cellars while surrounded by live music and the beautiful view of the water.
here is the recap:
the whole-y cow from bond by mark sapienza & nick gurski – northeast family farms beef blend of locally raised ground brisket, short rib and chuck, grilled and served on a housemade salted pretzel roll, served with amstel wheat braised vidalia onion, thistle hill tarentaise cheese and housemade mustard
ive had a lot good burgers in my life but i cant remember ive had any thats mind-blowing. this sin burger by blue ox was the bomb! when i took a bite of it, i saw fireworks. the flavors jus bursted in my mouth and it was absolutely mind blowing. i voted for them instantly cuz no other burgers can possibly be this good. the most flavorful, delicious, heavenly, juiciest burger ive had.
foundry chef’s burger from foundry on elm by derek clough – 100% maine grass fed beef, spicy house bbq, sweet bacon jam, great hill blue cheese, shaved dill pickles, and pickled red onions on Iggy’s brioche bun
the corky pig burger from tommy doyle’s by andrew mclendon – named after porky pig and country cork, ireland, 8oz angus beef topped with an irish bacon rasher, american bacon, jalapenos, fried onion petals, bleu cheese crumbles, bleu cheese dressing and bacon jam (traditional southern jam made with bacon instead of fruit)
la poblana from el centro by allan rodriguez – imported mexican ground beef on the grill topped with a fire-roasted polano pepper stuffed with a oaxaca cheese, then topped with grilled onions, bacon, lettuce, tomato, fresh avocado and chile poblano mayonnaise with pickled carrots, onions and jalapenos, served on mexican felera bread
the fireplace burger from the fireplace by jim solomon – shelburne farms (VT) cheddar stuffed grass-fed burger with thick cut bacon, caramelized onion, lettuce, tomato and house brined dill pickle on a homemade english muffin
all american bbq becon cheddar burger from joe’s american bar and grill by david torbes – fresh ground chuck, bbq basted, crispy pork belly, two year aged vermont cheddar and maple cajun bacon jame served on a griddled poppy bun served with house cured pickles
i had a blast at the battle of the burger event. although every burger was fantastic, the sin burger from the blue ox by matt O’Neil was clearly the best! it wasnt even a tough decision; they are unbeatable. of course they won the battle at the end of the night as a result. i was extremely glad that most ppl agreed with me and voted for them. very well deserved! the battle of the burger event was such an awesome event, if you missed out this year, def catch them next year!
* i got two media tickets and did not pay for attending this event.