The 2019 Twin Cities Burger Battle @tcburgerbattle is in the books. It was cold, it was windy, but that certainly didn’t stop me or my burger loving friends from crushing the burgers being offered up from the 19 restaurants participating at Harriet Island in St. Paul.
I’ll get right to it. For the first time, we had a clean sweep of the People’s Choice & the Judge’s Choice trophies by Jersey’s Bar & Grill in Inver Grove Heights, @jerseysbar. They served one of their Jersey Juicys, called the Jalapeno Popper Burger. This is stuffed with pepper jack cheese and jalapeños, then it’s breaded and deep fried. After that it’s topped with jalapeño cream cheese and pepper jam. Sweet heat was a winner! It was a standout for me. I’ll touch on a few other entries listed by picture order.
The Suburban’s “The Labor Inducer”, grabbed a lot of attention as well as my vote. It was pretty as well as delicious! They grabbed the People’s Choice 3rd Place trophy. I’m hearing this may get on their regular menu in the near future.
Twin Cities 400 Tavern gave us their Hangover Burger, which included Cry baby Craig’s aioli, bacon & hollandaise. They nabbed both 2nd place trophies!
McKinney Roe brought their Guiness and Whiskey Burger. Creamy Guiness cheese sauce and whiskey glaze? Yes, please!
B-52’s had another strong contender in their “The Luchador”. Great flavors on this one.
Finally, first timer entree, Crooner’s Supper Club added braised short rib on top of their Steak Burger.
Unfortunately, the cold and windy day kept this from being 5 stars. I did love the fact that there were only 19 contestants. It made it a lot easier for us to actually try every burger, even though it’s still not easy to do with all of the long lines you wait in. It was a lot better though.
Everyone stepped up their Burger Game even more this year. I can’t wait to get out to a few of these restaurants and try some burgers! Check out my last picture and lets spread out and hit some of these restaurants. Tell me about your visits!
After 6 years, I finally got to meet Jim Buron, the creator of TCBB and his crew. They do a phenominal job! This is the best food event of the year in the Twin Cities, but it is over in one day. One of my goals in starting my Twin Cities Burger Blog was to keep the Burger conversations going ALL year round. I’m doing my best to do that. We are a Burger community. Let’s get out there, meet people and Talk Burgers!
See ya next year!