The Best Burger In Every State – Rev vs. Business Insider

Business Insider posted a story about the best burgers in each of the US States. Whenever a story like this comes out, I get a ton of emails, Facebook posts, tweets, etc asking my opinion. Normally, at most, I might make one small comment in the same form it was sent to me.

But, since  so many of you have asked for my opinion on this one in particular, here it is in complete.

The Rev’s Un-Official Reply to Business Insider’s Best Burger in Every State
*If I don’t mention a state, it’s because I have not eaten burgers there … yet.


Business Insider - Tommy’s Burger Stop

Rev – I’ve not been to Tommy’s but I had a great burger at Arctic Local Roadrunner Burger Man in Anchorage and with a name that rad, how can it be bad? Later that day I took a boat tour of a glacier with heavy metal band Shadows Fall. It was an awesome day.
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Business InsiderIn-N-Out

Rev – I love In-N-Out but this answer is the biggest cop out that could’ve ever happened. In Los Angeles alone there are great local Burgers available at Grill ‘Em All, Father’s Office, Apple Pan & 25 Degrees. Head south and the list continues with Pie ‘n Burger, Slaters 50/50 & Hodad’s. There are so many great burgers in Cali and they picked a great but very large chain. Boo. Hiss.

But for the sake of this post, I will go with a classic that’s lasted the test of time for all the right reasons: Irv’s in West Hollywood.


Business InsiderLouis Lunch

Rev – Agree. Agree. Agree. While many people will cause an upstart about the birth place of the Burger, make no mistake, if you live in my world, we universally accept Louis Lunch as our temple. Louis Lunch Super Duper Weenie Bubbas 122209 027_Connecticut_Burger_Conquest_Rev_vs_Business_Insider_Best_Burgers_America-1


Business Insider - Illegal Food

Rev - I’ve never been to Illegal Food but this makes it sound great. You would be hard pressed however to ever get me to choose anywhere in Georgia as my favorite Burger unless it was The Vortex in Hotlanta.


Business Insider - Au Cheval

Rev - I’ve heard this place is great and I definitely want to try it. Hopefully that happens soon. Chicago, however, is another city that has a Burger that I love so much that it would take insurmountable circumstances to get me to put another before it. That Burger? Kuma’s. Freaking. Corner. in Chicago. This is where Burger goes from Food to passion and art.
Kumas_Corner_Chicago_Illinois_Black_Oak_Arkansas_Burger_Conquest_Rev_vs_Business_Insider_Best_Burgers_America_IMG_1248That being said both Edzo’s and Fatso’s Last Stand, also both in Chicago, absolutely are worth your attention.


Business Insider - Abbey Burger Bistro

Rev - I’ve not eaten a ton of Burgers in the land of Mary but I have been to the Abbey and I will agree, it was quite delicious. Abbey Burger Bistro – approved.
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Business Insider - The Blue Ox

Rev - I’ve not sampled enough of the 6th State’s Burgers so I won’t give a definitive pass or go on The Blue Ox but USDA Prime is not a meat to mess around with. They are definitely going for quality here. Instead I offer you an old school and a new school choice.
- Old School : White Hut in West Springfield for a classically classic slider.
- New School: Tasty Burger in Boston for an all Natural, Certified Humane Burger. Be sure to check out the Burger of the Day before you decide what to order.


Business InsiderLaura’s Little Burger Joint

Rev -Another one that I’ve never been to but this is my home state and I am VERY VERY passionate about all things Michigan, especially Burgers. The Great Lake State is known for perfecting 2 styles of Burgers, the pub Burger and the Slider. I am going to give you my favorite of each.
- Sliders: Bates in Livonia sets the standard on Sliders for the entire known Burgerverse.
- Pub Burger: The Red Coat Tavern in Royal Oak is widely accepted by Burger fanatics in Michigan as being one of the greatest Burgers in the whole world.
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Business Insider -The Common Man

Rev -Never been to The Common Man but if that many readers of New Hampshire Magazine voted it the best Burger in the State, I clearly need to try it. I am a little skeptical though because I prefer the taste of grain fed Beef over that of of grass fed. Me? I would take you to eat a late night Burger that dates back to the 1940′s; Portsmouth’s Gilley’s PM Lunch.


Business Insider -The Left Bank 

Rev - am about to move (back) to Jersey City, so this place is going on my “to eat,” list but again, grass fed is tough to make tastier than grain fed beef. That being said, man oh man, how do you pick a Burger in NJ that is not a Slider? Sliders, a very particular way of preparing Smash Burgers, are the best kind of Burger out there and very, very few places do them right. If you want a proper Slider you have to head to Michigan or NJ. In New Jersey, I would equally rank two places:
The White Rose System in Linden
The White Mana of Jersey City
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Business Insider -Minetta Tavern

Rev -I live and eat in New York and that is where the majority of the Burgers review on this blog are located. To pick just one is practically impossible. That being said, the Black Label Burger at Minetta Tavern is definitely in my “Top Burgers in NYC,” list.
Beyond that, when I get asked this question, I have to ask qualifiers like “what style,” “which city / neighborhood,” “price range,” etc, etc because I need some kind of qualifier to be able to pick one that suits the person asking the question. I will say this though, if you really, really, really want to have the most fun eating Burgers in NYC, attend an event during the Annual New York Burger Week.


Business Insider -Swenson’s Drive In

Rev -Ever since I read George Motz‘s Hamburger America book, which I consider to be the Bible to America’s Classic Burgers, I have wanted to eat at Swenson’s. If George endorses the Burger, it’s worth you eating. I am heading to Akron this Summer so to the people at Swenson’s – you’ve been warned. If you want one of the greatest Burger experiences around, go to Melt Bar & Grilled in Lakewood and get the Grilled Cheese Breakfast Burger. Please tell Matt Fish I said hello.
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Business Insider -The Royal Tavern

Rev -Never been but from the sound of it, it’s somewhere I’m headed on my next trip to the Illadelph. It’s just so hard to opt for a Burger when in the City of Brotherly Love when the Cheesesteak’s at Jim’s on South Street are so darn good!
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Pennsylvania is the home to the town of Hamburg and in said town there is a Diner called “The Hamburg Diner.” One would expect this place to house either the most epic or classic Diner Burger of all times. On a Broh’d Trip (road trip for the fellas only) we uncovered the truth; they use a frozen patty that creates a semi-bland middle of the road Burger. However, if you cover it in Country Gravy and allow the excitement of saying you ate a Hamburger at the Hambur Diner in Hamburg, PA, then it’s pretty righteous. Otherwise, it’s just meta.
So what’s the best Burger in Pennsyltucky according to me? Easy – PYT in Philly.
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Business Insider -Poe’s Tavern

Rev - I’ve been to South Carolina exactly one time. I was there in Charleston 4 days and in that time I ate 4 Burgers. Three of them I was taken too by someone else. The 4th I stumbled upon by myself. It was Poe’s Tavern and I absolutely loved it. I am headed to Charleston again this weekend where I plan to eat no less than EVERY SINGLE BURGER at Chef Shay’s Flag Day Burger and Beer Festival.
All that aside, my current favorite Burger in South Carolina is the “Keep the Motor Running” Burger at Rutledge Cab Company. It’s a Burger topped with Pimento cheese, fried Bologna, farm fresh Egg and Black Pepper Gravy. Rutledge_Cab_Company_Keep_the_Motor_Running_Charleston_South_Carolina_Burger_Conquest_Rev_vs_Business_Insider_Best_Burgers_America_1


Business Insider -The Grape

Rev - The Burger at The Grape sounds really, really good but it’s not the Burger from Second Bar + Kitchen in Austin and that is not only the best Burger in Texas, it’s one of the best in the entire known Burgerverse. If you love Burgers, you owe it to yourself to eat it.


Business Insider -John Howie Steak

Rev -Go to Seattle (or Portland), rent a car and drive to Olympia, WA. Eat one Burger along with some Tots and “Goop” at Eastside Big Tom and you’ll never forget it. Follow them on social media, or friend owner Michael Fritsch, and the Burger will haunt your dreams forever (yes, that’s a nod to annual the Halloween display.) The craziest part? Mike is a veggie. Eat here and you’ll forgive him.
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Business Insider -BGR The Burger Joint

Rev -One conversation with Mark Bucher, founder of the BGR The Burger Joint and you’ll realize not only how much he loves Burgers but his deep passion and understanding of their cultural significance. It will make you want to eat all of the Burgers at BGR. I say try the Lamb Burger.
However, there are 20+ locations of BGR stretching as far north as NY State and as far West as California so let’s talk about a Burger you should eat that is ONLY available in Washington DC, my local fave: Ben’s Chili Bowl.

There ya have it, my favorite Burgers by U.S. State. Where is yours?

You have one to suggest? Totally disagree with me? Totally agree with me? Leave a comment, drop me a line or tweet at me.



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The NYC Good Beer Passport – 30+ beers from 30+ bars & breweries for $35

The NYC Good Beer Passport

- Get one beer at 48 bars, restaurants, beer shops and breweries -
July 1 through September 1, 2014 


Price: $35
Click here to purchase

BeerMenus and Burger Conquest are working together with the Good Beer Seal to present “The NYC Good Beer Passport” in support of July Good Beer Month.

By purchasing a passport you’ll get one full craft beer or a flight of craft beers (where flights are offered) at every location participating. You can use them any day, any time from July 1st through September 1st, 2014. While you’re out enjoying the passport, remember to drink local and try beers from the New York breweries!

Your purchase of the The NYC Good Beer Passport, on behalf of the NYC Brewers Guild, will in part go to benefit the Food Bank for New York City, as well as the Heritage Radio Network, home to Beer Sessions Radio.

When purchasing a NYC Good Beer Passport, choose the location where you would like to pick up your passport. Passports are available for pick up from July 1st through August 1st, 2014.

How it Works:

  1. Buy a ticket for the location where you would like to pick up your passport.
  2. Pick up your passport at the location you chose any day from July 1st through August 1st, 2014.
  3. Bring your passport to each of the 30+ participating locations any day from July 1st through September 1st, 2014 and choose one full pour draft beer from a NYC Brewery (where available) or one (1) flight of four (4) 4 oz draft samples (where available) at each location.
  4. Please remember to tip your bartenders as gratuity is not included.

Participating Locations:

  • 508 Gastrobrewery
  • Adobe Blues
  • Alobar
  • Alphabet City Beer Company
  • Ambrose Hall
  • Banter
  • Bar Great Harry
  • Bar-Coastal NY
  • Beer Culture
  • Bronx Ale House
  • Carroll Place
  • Clinton Hall
  • Coopers Craft and Kitchen
  • Distilled
  • Draught 55
  • East Village Tavern
  • Glorietta Baldy
  • Gun Hill Brewing Co.
  • Heartland Brewery – Empire State Building
  • Houston Hall
  • Idle Hands Bar
  • Jimmy’s No. 43
  • John Brown Serious BBQ
  • Keg No. 229
  • Little Town NYC
  • Malt & Mold
  • Mel’s Burger Bar
  • Mission Dolores
  • Pacific Standard
  • Proletariat
  • Pushcart Coffee Chelsea
  • Randolph Brooklyn
  • Route 66 Smokehouse
  • St. Gambrinus Beer Shoppe
  • Singlecut Brewery
  • Sunswick 35/35
  • Taproom 307
  • The Brooklyneer
  • The Bronx Beer Hall
  • The Double Windsor
  • The Gibson
  • The Pony Bar HK
  • The Pony Bar UES
  • The Queens Kickshaw
  • The Owl Farm
  • The Vanderbilt
  • Two Door Tavern
  • Woodrow’s


View The NYC Good Beer Passport 2014 in a larger map

Here’s a list of all the locations on FourSquare. Thanks to Nic Barajas for putting it together.

Bars, breweries. beer stores & restaurants interested in participating in the passport, please reach out to Rev Ciancio before June 20th at

Fine Print

*Must be 21 years or older with valid ID
*1 passport per person
*Misplaced passports can not be replaced
*Offer is not shareable
*Flight option is where & when available

Price: $35 
Click here to purchase

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The Dark World Ajax Burger – Book and Burger Pairing

The Dark World
by Cara Lynn Shultz


My wife is amazing. As her friends will tell you, a life with Cara Lynn Shultz is filled with laughter, creativity, fun, adventure and lots and lots of cat photos. She is a born and bred true New Yorker which these days, is harder and harder to find. When Cara becomes passionate about something, get out of her way because she will commit 1000% to whatever that is including friendships, a love of Cheese and most specifically, writing.

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Cara is an author and has just released her 3rd book. It’s a supernatural teen romance named The Dark Worldavailable via Harlequin Teen. The book tells the story of Paige Kelly, a teenager living in NYC who can see and talk to ghosts. If that’s not already strange enough, she’s also being chased by Demons who live in a world that mirrors ours called “The Dark World.” Turns out the young Ms. Paige is a portal between the two worlds and is now at the center of a war between the powers that be on either side. More is revealed to her by the new boy in school, Logan Bradley who just so happens to turn out to be a demonslayer. Battles, Food and romance ensues.


Here’s my full review from

Cara’s writing since her “Spellbound” series has really taken a leap forward. Her ability to develop characters and story arcs is so good that you don’t even think of it in that way until you’re done with the book. The characters are believable, lovable and with very distinct personalities that help to deliver the tale of a world that the opposite of the one we live in.

While I loved Paige and Logan and their interactions, it was really the ensemble gathered around them that helps to deliver the nuances of the story. While you may only get a few moments with the erratic goofiness of the demon Ajax, or the cutesiness of a girl stuck of the 50s living in the modern world as hormonal pre-teen ghost like Dottie, it’s these moments that make this a really fun and exciting adventure to be a part of.

The visuals that Cara’s words create are so life like and vivid that you not only can see them in your mind but you will be living the story right along side of the characters. Of course it’s not all love, swords and demons, Cara make sure there is always a good moment of clarity colored in by Paige’s snarky and quick witted humor. It’s as much Paige’s coping mechanism as it is her way into, or out of, the hearts of others.

As I plowed through the story, I found myself creating moments in my own day where I could get in another chapter or even just a few more pages. I couldn’t keep myself away it. You can bet the moment I can get my hands on the sequel, I’ll be lost in The Dark World just like Logan and Paige.

For Cara’s last book, Spellcaster, we created a burger that “paired” with the novel called the “Spellburger.” It was a Burger topped with Sauteed Mushrooms, Sauteed Onions, Lettuce, Cheddar Cheese, Ketchup and Mayo.


Seeing as how my audience is fellow Burger and Food fanatics, the only way to share with you my excitement for her new book without going off topic on this blog was to do the same for this book. So with that, I present to you The Dark Work Ajax Burger.


When you read the book, you’ll meet Ajax, a strange character that was born in The Dark World. There are two things you need to know about him: 1. He’s a demon fighting on the side of good and 2. He LOVES Junk food from The Light World. In nearly every scene he has in the book, you will find him snacking on Potato Chips, Cheese Dip, Tortillas and something they enjoy on his side called “Twiggy Snacks.” I took all this into consideration when I sat down with Idle Hands Bar Chef Dennis Hatzinger to create a Burger in honor of Ajax. So here it is:

The Dark World Ajax Burger – Burger Maker’s Signature Custom Blend of Chuck and Hangar Fresh Ground Beef, topped with Fried Bacon, a Bacon Onion Jam, White Cheddar and Ruffles Sour Cream and Onion Potato Chips. It’s served on a Buttered and Grilled Brioche Bun and served with a heaping pile of Crispy Tater Tots covered in Cheese Sauce. Here, look at it again.


Chef Dennis made it up in our kitchen at Idle Hands and we all got to have a bite. It was amazing and I truly believe that if Ajax were really living amongst us, he would LOVE this burger. Unfortunately I haven’t figured out what’s in Sunwine yet (read the book) so I haven’t been able to pair it yet appropriately. But, if we can talk Cara into having a book release party at Idle Hands Bar, we can talk Dennis into making these and I will find the most appropriate Light World version of a Sunwine.

If you buy The Dark World and enjoy it, please go post a review on


P.S. If you’re wondering where Cara likes to get a Burger in NYC, check out Molly’s Shebeen.

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Pincho Factory Burger Brunch, South Florida Burger Week

Pincho Factory
30 Giralda Ave
Coral Gables, FL 33134

- The Burger Week Goes to South Florida May 9 & 10, 2014 -


The Burger Week is a 7-day celebration of trendsetting chefs and unique burgers with a series of daily events.

Hashtag = #BurgerWeek Tweet: @BurgerConquest


One of my favorite things to do is travel and when I do it, I like to eat Burgers where ever I am. It’s a great way to connect with other Burger fanatics, try regional specialities and to turn even your business travels into a mini-Eatcation. That last one is part of the motivation in taking The Burger Week down to South Florida, which is way outside of it’s origins in New York. But, one event, the Burger Beast Burger Brawl that is, does not make a Burger “week.” However, I figured I could kick off the idea by adding another event and calling it the The First Ever South Flordia Burger Week(end.)

Upon obtaining the Burger Beast’s blessing (which went down kind of like this), I then asked if he could suggest the perfect restaurant to partner with and bring the Burger Week’s signature off-menu Burger Brunch to South Florida. Without any hesitation he suggested the Pincho Factory. They are known for really crazy specials and unique Burger builds based on different regional and ethnic Foods and I’ve been DYING to eat there. After only one very excited conversation with owner Nedal Ahmed, I knew we were in the right hands.


- $25 for an off-menu Burger Brunch Party and Beer Tasting -


May 10, 2014
Pincho Factory
30 Giralda Ave, Coral Gables, FL 33134
2:00 pm

Price: $25


  • Croquetessa: Chuck Brisket and Short Rib Croqutte Patty, Swiss Cheese, Mustard, Pickles, Mayo on a Brioche Roll
  • Little Kahuna: Charred Pineapple, Fried Onions, Mango Chili Sauce and Jack Cheese on a Burger.
  • Lamb Slider: Harissa, Goat Cheese, Tomato, Cucumber, Herbs
  • Side dish: Toston “Fries” with Lemon Aioli
  • Beer Tasting with Lagunitas

The Pincho Factory has made their name of serving unique and quality Foods, especially around their Burger menu. Ever since The Burger Beast told me about them, I’ve wanted to eat there. It was cemented once I saw the Burger Beast take George Motz there on the Miami episode of “Burger Land.” Thanks to an introduction to by Burger Beast to owner Nedal, it’s now happening.

On Saturday, May 10th, The Pincho Factory will turn over there Coral Gables location to the Burger curious of South Florida for an off-menu Burger Brunch. You’ll be treated to 4 of their speciality items that are constantly being requested; a Chuck Brisket Croquetessa, 2 different Burgers and Toston Fries. It will also come with a beer tasting, from Lagunitas. Don’t wait to get your tickets, there is only one seating and only a limited amount of Burger fanatics will get to join myself and The Burger Beast for this awesome one-time meal.

From my first conversation with Nedal, I thought this event was going to be great. When he sent me the menu, I knew it was going to be awesome. I started counting the minutes until it happened. You would think that after 9 days of eating 44 different Burgers, I would have no palette or stomach to eat more but that was not the case. I could not wait for this one.

Croquetessa: Chuck Brisket and Short Rib Croqutte Patty, Swiss Cheese, Mustard, Pickles, Mayo on a Brioche Roll.


Little Kahuna: Charred Pineapple, Fried Onions, Mango Chili Sauce and Jack Cheese on a Burger.


Lamb Slider: Harissa, Goat Cheese, Tomato, Cucumber, Herbs.


Side dish: Toston “Fries” with Lemon Aioli.


Thank you to fine Burger fanatics of South Florida for joining us. I saw a lot of smiles and happy faces. I also heard a lot of “Wow’s” and “Oh My God’s” as you were eating the Food. I agree with you, it was awesome, ESPECIALLY the Croquetessa. A big specific thank you to Shop Coral Gables for the support and the awesome #poptpof (pictures of people taking pictures of food) photo. Thank you Nedal and the entire Pincho Factory staff. THAT WAS AWESOME. Trying to fit in a weird event with items you don’t normally serve while still trying to run regular business is something most restaurants could never do. I guess they have a lot to learn from you guys. Everything ran smooth, seamless and without any issues or complaints. The Food was fantastic, the service was impeccable and the event was super fun. Let’s start planning 2015 now! Thank you to Burger Beast & Señora Beast, without you, this would not have happened. Thank you also for adding several more dishes to our meal just to make sure we got a full tasting of what the Pincho Factory can do with Food. The Dogs were great! To Doolius, a sincere pleasure to dine with you again. Thanks for joining us and of course posting drool worth photos! Thank you of course to Burger Maker and Chip Crenshaw for helping The Burger Week to now happen in a 2nd city! 

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The 1st Ever Burger Beast Burger Brawl at Magic City Casino, South Florida Burger Week(end)

Burger Beast Burger Brawl
Magic City Casino
450 NW 37th Ave
Miami, FL 33125

- The Burger Week Goes to South Florida May 9 & 10, 2014 -


The Burger Week is a 7-day celebration of trendsetting chefs and unique burgers with a series of daily events.

Hashtag = #BurgerWeek Tweet: @BurgerConquest


If you live in South Florida and you love Burgers, this is your guy:


For those familiar with Sef Gonzales aka “Burger Beast,” you can rely on him to give quality suggestions on where to find the best and most delicious comfort Foods, especially Burgers, in the South Florida area. A Miami native, Sef pens a blog under his nickname, Burger Beast. Several years ago Burger Beast quit his full time job to become a full-time Beast, creating awesome food events like The Burgies, The Frita Showdown and El Main Evento. In 2014 he added another event to his roster; a cooking invitational where Chefs and Restaurants would battle to be named Best Burger in South Florida as decided by those who attended. That’s when he called me and asked if my employer, Burger Maker, a fresh ground Beef processor, would be interested in sponsoring the event. We of course said “YES” and The Burger Brawl was born.


- $50 for Burger samples from 20 restaurants plus other food and drink -


May 9, 2014
Magic City Casino
450 NW 37th Ave,
Miami, FL 7:00 pm

Price: $50
Ticket link:


  • Entrance to the event
  • Samples from 20 great Burger Joints
  • 2013 Frita Showdown Champion El Rey de las Fritas’ Frita Cubana
  • Sakaya Kitchen’s Chunk’d Tot Bar
  • Miami Smoker’s Bacon
  • Desserts from Azucar Ice Cream Company, HipPOPs Handcrafted Gelato Bars, Marlie’s Delights, & Sugar Yummy Mama
  • Beer Samplings from Samuel Adams
  • CAWY Soft Drinks (Jupiña & Materva)
  • Pure Brazilian Coconut Water
  • Wine by Cerdà Llanos y Cià

I once asked The Burger Beast “If you could have a Burger with anyone alive, or dead, fictional or real, who would it be and where would you take them?” His answer: “I’d take Elvis to have a Guberburger at Wheel Inn.” We’re recreating that Burger as part of the 10th anniversary screening of “Hamburger America” with George Motz for NY Burger Week. I’d invite Sef to attend, eat the Burger and do my best Shake, Rattle and Roll for him but he’s going to be busy in his home of Miami, FL. On Friday May 9th, The Burger Beast, after 5 and half years of writing his blog has put together what he believes to be the “Best Burger Competition line-up in South Florida ever.” This massive Burger event is called the Burger Beast Burger Brawl or 4B for short.

From The Burger Beast:

On Friday May 9th from 7 to 10PM at Magic City Casino, come out and celebrate National Hamburger Month with us at the inaugural Burger Beast Burger Brawl sponsored by Miami Lakes Auto Mall and presented by Burger Maker.

Your vote counts! That’s right, every attendee will cast one vote for their favorite Burger Joint. Whoever receives the most will be named Burger Brawl Champion and receive a soon to be coveted one of kind trophy that can be displayed at their restaurant.

Your ticket gets you Burger samples from all these great South Florida Burger spots:

A Burger Beast event is like none other. While this was a Burger cook-off, he was sure to also include samplings of various Desserts, Wines, Beers, Sodas and even Brazlian Coconut Water. On top of that, there was great music provided by both a DJ and an energetic live band. That’s a whole heck of a lot for one event when you consider there were also 2 Food Trucks and 20 Burger vendors. Even with all that, there were no lines, the Food was hot and fresh, everyone in attendance was friendly, attentive and got a chance to sample all that they could handle. Burger Beast events are smooth, tasty and fun. You really can’t ask for much more.


A&G Burger Joint – Colombian Burger:
This mouthful of a burger is packed with 50% Black Angus beef from Burger Maker and 50% Colombian chorizo patty, queso blanco, fried julienne potato strips, kamikaze mustard, kalamata garlic aioli , cajun ranch, jalapeño cream, and served on a butter toasted brioche bottom bun and a cheese arepa top “bun.”


Bread + Butter Counter -The Unincorporated MD Burger:
A burger for Miami to call its own is topped with homemade ‘merican cheese, jamon dulce, signature B+B pickles, onions and special sauce served on a chicharron studded Cuban sesame roll. Made with Burger Maker’s Signature Custom Blend of Chuck and Brisket beef.

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Burger & Beer Joint - Midnight Rider:
A decadent short rib burger topped with bacon, arugula, goat cheese, red onion marmalade and truffle aioli on a brioche bun. Made with Burger Maker’s Signature Custom Chuck Brisket Shortrib blend of ground beef.

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Charm City Burger Company  – The Forager:
Just like its name describes, the burger is a collection of local ingredients. Charm City’s secret patty blend is topped with white American cheese, jowl bacon, pickled tomatoes and charred ramp aioli on an everything bun.

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Cheeseburger Baby - Keepin’ it Classic:
A lightly toasted buttered bun stuffed with a hand-pattied Angus Chuck beef burger from Burger Maker, cooked to a juicy medium and lovingly sprinkled with Baby’s secret seasoning salt, topped with sharp cheddar cheese, an over medium fried egg and crispy honey smoked bacon.

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Eating House  – Carbonara Burger:
Spaghetti carbonara in burger form is simply indulgent. A Burger Maker fresh Black Angus beef patty topped with applewood-smoked bacon, a fried egg, black truffle and smothered with Fontina and Parmigiano-Reggiano cheeses.


Gilbert’s 17th Street Grill - Pesto Burger:
A Burger Maker Certified Angus Beef all chuck patty is seasoned with Gilbert’s signature seasoning and topped with homemade sun-dried tomato pesto, fresh mozzarella cheese, a drizzle of olive oil and served on a sweet egg bun.


Graziano’s - Graziano’s Burger:
A homemade potato bun holds up a piquant chorizo burger with grilled red peppers, cherry tomatoes, shallots and chimichurri aioli.


Jefe’s Original Fish Taco and Burger - Jefe’s Cheeseburger:
100% Fresh ground beef Steaburger from Burger Maker stacked on a toasted bun with deli-style American cheese, grilled onions and Jefe’s own secret Boss Sauce.

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Jersey Dawg - Jersey-Style Slider w/ Cheese:
Take a bite of the good ole’ Jersey days in Miami. A Fresh Ground 75/25 Steakburger from Burger Maker is cooked on a bed of steamed onions topped with American cheese and served on a potato roll.

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Josh’s Deli – Pastrami Frita Burger:
Josh’s Deli offers a deli take on the Cuban classic with pastrami spiced and smoked ground beef patty using Burger Maker’s Certified Angus Beef Chuck fresh ground beef, latke crisps and Russian dressing.

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Latin House Grill  – Mad Love w/ A Twist:
Special sirloin, brisket chuck blend topped with Provolone, Swiss, Mozzarella and BellaVitano Gold cheeses, applewood smoked maple glazed bacon, Irish butter grilled mushrooms and onions, Hass avocado, avocado lime and crema Mexicana sauces and the piece de resistance, candied jalapeño.

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MEAT Eatery & Taproom - Thee Southern Belle:
Wagyu burger topped with aged cheddar cheese and a zesty, smoky Serrano, bacon and tomato jam.


OTC - New Mexican Green Chili Cheeseburger:
Continuing OTC’s mission of exposing Miami to the diverse flavors and cuisines of other states, this flatiron-cooked burger made with Signature Custom Blend Chuck Brisket beef from Burger Maker is paired with melted cheddar cheese, green chili relish and sweet onion jam capturing the inspiring flavors of New Mexico.

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Pincho Factory -  – Toston Burger:
Pincho Factory’s infamous burger! Burger Maker’s Signature Custom Blended chuck, brisket and short rib patty is topped with jack cheese, lettuce, tomatoes and cilantro sauce and nestled between 2 tostones, giving new use to the fried Latin favorite.

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The Rolling Stove -  – Bacon Chipotle Burger:
All Natural, no hormones, no anti-biotics, ever, fresh ground beef patty from Burger Maker is served with American cheese, grilled onions, chipotle sauce and jalapeño jelly on a toasted bun.


Shake Shack - ShackBurger:
100% all-natural Angus beef cheeseburger topped with lettuce, tomato and creamy ShackSauce served on a buttered and toasted potato bun. No hormones and no antibiotics ever.

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Swine - The Swine Burger:
Short rib, brisket and smoked pork blend patty topped high with a homemade dill pickle, thick-cut house-smoked bacon, lettuce, tomato, American cheese and Swine special sauce.


Tucker Duke’s Lunchbox - Burger Brawl Burger: This burger is a delight of melty goodness, with American and cheddar cheeses, and textures with crispy onions, mixed pickles and ketchup leather on a crunch bun. Made with a Fresh Ground 75/25 Steakburger from Burger Maker.

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Vega’s Burger Bar - The Fireman:
This burger brings the heat with homemade chipotle barbecue sauce, creamy pepper jack cheese, and fresh jalapeño peppers. To soothe its bold flavors, it is topped with homemade onion strings and served on a fresh brioche bun. Made with Burger Maker’s fresh Steakburger.

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HipPOPS – Baby Root Beer Float Pop


Azucar Ice Cream Company


CAWY Soft Drinks (Jupiña & Materva)


Beer Samplings from Samuel Adams


The restaurant that won the Burger Brawl not only walked away with the bragging rights but also a pretty sweet award plaque.


Congrats to Latin House Grill for claiming the victory!


If you attended this event, then thank you. Being an event producer is an incredibly hard task and for a first time event, this one was pretty awesome. Your support is appreciated and I personally had a blast with everyone I spoke with. Thank you to Burger Beast and Señora Beast. Thank you for creating an awesome event. Thank you for curating some of the best Burgers in South Florida. Thank you for inviting Burger Maker to be a part. 2015 is going to be even more awesome. Thank you to every Chef, Restaurant, Cook, Server and employee of every Restaurant and Food Truck that took place. Cooking on strange equipment on top of hot pavement is in no way the same as using your own kitchen and everything I ate was awesome. This goes to show that it’s not the equipment, it’s you and your team. An impressive and delicious job from everyone involved. Thank you to all the other sponsors who came together to support Burger Beast. Without you, none of this would’ve happened. I hope you are as happy as we are. Thank you to Magic City Casino for hosting this event. I wish we had a similar space in NYC but I guess this is what makes doing this event in Miami so special. Thank you to Burger Maker for agreeing to sponsor this event and a special thanks to Chip Crenshaw who did all the footwork to make sure all the restaurants were able to sample and use our delicious, fresh ground Beef.

I like Burgers.

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Tribeca Cinemas -10th anniversary Screening of Hamburger America Hosted by George Motz, NY Burger Week

Tribeca Cinemas
54 Varick St
New York, NY 10013

- 7 Days of delicious Burger events


To celebrate National Hamburger Month, Burger ConquestBurger Maker & The Food Film Festival proudly bring you the 3rd Annual NY Burger Week, May 1-7, 2014.

The Burger Week is a 7-day celebration of trendsetting chefs and unique burgers with a series of daily events.

Hashtag = #BurgerWeek Tweet: @BurgerConquest

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In 2011 George Motz, author of Hamburger America, founder of the The Food Film Festival and now host of the Travel Channel’s “Burger Land,” along with Seth Unger, executive producer of The Food Film Festival invited me to host the opening night of the Fest. The event was called “Cheers to Burgers and Beers” and featured a number of films about Burgers and Beers. During the screenings, and afterwards as well, guests were treated to both Burgers and Beers that were featured in the films. Mayor Mike Bloomberg showed up and presented us with an official proclamation from the city naming Oct 13, 2011 as “New York Food Film Festival Day!” At the end of the night Seth and George asked me if I would like to officially become a Food Film Festival crew member with the duty of running the bars and overseeing the Craft Beer program. It’s now 4 years later and I’m still proud to say I am a part of the most unique and fun Food Festival in the world.

In 2012 I came up with the idea to start a 7 day tribute to NY Hamburgers called “Burger Week.” The idea was to pay tribute to the greatest Sandwich of all time and a city that has more awesome and unique Burgers than any other. The Food Film Festival crew jumped on board as a sponsor and partner of Burger Week and here we are 3 years later and we’re right back where we started.

When planning out the 3rd Annual NY Burger Week I got a call from Seth and George. They had an idea for an event. George’s film, Hamburger America, was turning 10 years old and they wanted to have a screening. This film was an integral moment in the launch of George’s career in the Burgerverse, eventually leading to the creation of the book that followed, The Food Film Festival, his role in hosting “Burger Land” and the birth of NY Burger Week. The 60 minutes of film documenting 8, long-standing, regional Burger joints is moment zero for a lot of great things that have happened since.



- $45 to Watch the Film While You Taste the Burgers You See on the Screen -


May 7, 2014 Tribeca Cinemas 54 Varick St, NYC 6:30 pm

Price: $45 Ticket link:


  • Pre-party
  • Screening of Hamburger America, hosted by George Motz
  • Taste 3 Burgers featured in the film
  • Q&A with with George
  • After party
  • Exotic ice creams by Max & Mina’s.

10 years ago, George Motz released the film Hamburger America, which spotlights 8 different American Burger joints with a focus on the story behind their burgers. That film went on to become the Hamburger America book, that in it‘s 2nd printing offers a “state by state guide to 150 great burger joints.” No American Burger fan should be without the book, seriously.

The film had it’s debut screening 10 years ago at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago. Then it shown again 2 years later at the Water Taxi Beach in Long Island City while Burgers featured in the film were fed to audience members during the viewing. That unique magic moment of tasting what was on the screen birthed The Food Film Festival in NYC which now also happens in Chicago and Charleston, SC. The book also eventually lead to George’s position as the producer and host of Travel Channel’s Burger Land.

On May 7, 2014 at Tribeca Cinemas (54 Varick St), with the help of The Food Film Festival, we will recreate that evening with a screening of the film while serving the exact same menu. The event will be hosted by George including a post film Q&A. The event will also feature the Manhattan debut of Andrew Zurica’s new Burger truck, “Hard Times Sundaes.” Andrew owned and operated the Luncheonette in Mill Basin, Brooklyn where he created a highly acclaimed Burger. Unfortunately the restaurant closed due to insurmountable damages from Hurricane Sandy. Andrew returns with a brand new Burger truck where soon you’ll be able to get his delicious Burgers again. Joining him as co-captain in the kitchen is Burger Week veteran Chef Jeffrey Maslanka from 67 Burger & The Black Shack.

Together the 2 of them will work hand in hand to recreate the Butter Burger from Solly’s Grille, the Green Chile Cheeseburger from the Bobcat Bite and Guberburger from the Wheel Inn. George as well as the Chefs and members of the Food Film Fest will be on hand to hang out and chat Burgers during the after party. Also featured at the after party we’ll have Exotic ice creams by Max & Mina’s.


This is one Burger event you do not want to miss!!

Let’s first start with an explanation of how The Food Film Festival works. While you’re sitting in your seat in a theater, we show you artful, imaginative and delicious short films that somehow showcase Food and the people who make it. While you’re staring at the screen wondering “I wonder how that tastes” we actually serve you the Food in the movie while you’re sitting in your seat. It is a multi-sensory experience that is like none other. For tonight’s event, we wanted to serve 3 of the Burgers featured in the film. This is not a simple task.

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It’s complicated enough to try and serve 120 people in a movie theater at the same time but make that Food Hamburgers and you’ve created a massive task. Hamburgers have to be served hot and fresh. It’s not like a Meatball, some Cheese or a Doughnut, all of which can be prepped in advance, put onto a tray and served. The Burger has to be cooked moments before it’s served to protect the heat, taste, integrity and presentation of the Sandwich. Trust me, this is very, very hard. Thankfully Andrew Zurica and Jeffery Maslanka were up to this challenge and executed it perfectly, all from the confines of a brand new Burger Truck. While it took them plus Chef Will Shear to cook, it took an army of volunteers, Tribeca Cinemas employees and a number of Food Film Festival staff members to serve them … and it was awesome.

The Guberburger from The Wheel Inn in Sedalia, MO

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The Green Chile Cheeseburger from The Bobcat Bite in Santa Fe, NM

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The Butter Burger from Solly’s Grille in Milwaukee, WI

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This is about to be the longest thank you list I have written in the history of this site due to the amount of moving partners, helping hands and and general support it took to make this happen.

Let’s start with you. Thank you. Thank you for buying a ticket. Thank you for coming to the show. Thank you for being patient while we handed out 120 Burgers in a movie theater. Thank you for your applause. Thank you for sharing on social media. Thank you for your support. We don’t do this for us, it’s for your enjoyment. Our only hope is that we delivered a fun and tasty event while giving you an appreciation for some of the better classic and unique Burgers out there.

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Thank you to Chef’s Andrew Zurica and Jeffrey Maslanka. You executed this like a tag team of Luchadors would a title defense match. You were the heroes of the show and without you, it would’ve just been watching a movie (albeit a really great one.) Despite a couple setbacks, you guys and Chef Will Shear were able to perfectly prepare 280 Burgers on time, hot, fresh that tasted and looked great. You guys had the hardest jobs of them all and you absolutely crushed it. I hope that anyone who experienced your skills at this event is planning to come visit your places of business immediately.

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Thank you to Loren and everyone at Tribeca Cinemas for letting us come in and run a really weird event in your theater. Everyone we worked with was professional, courteous, helpful and fun.

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Thank you to Max & Mina’s. Your ice cream is tasty and delicious. It pairs really well with Hamburgers and movies about Hamburgers.

Thank you to Georgi Richardson for responding to a last minute request to be the official event photographer. Not only are you an uber professional but your work speaks for itself. Having you behind the camera makes it more fun and you become a part of the event itself.

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Thank you to Burger Maker. While I’m personally grateful for giving me a dream job as your Director of Marketing, you’ve supported The Food Film Festival and The Burger Week (which is now going to Miami too!!) for years, before I was ever able to proudly call myself an employee. They are a family owned and operated company that makes the freshest, highest quality and most delicious Burger meat in the world. Every single Burger served at this event was freshly ground from Angus Beef only a few hours before it was cooked.

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Thank you to The Food Film Festival and all of it’s crew. I’ve been a part of a lot of organizations in my life but none of which have been as much fun, caring, unique, hungry and awesome as you. What we have is something really, really special and it’s an honor to be able to share it with you. Thanks you Nicole, Fletcher, Kathy, Dana, Charles, Karl, Will, Keili and Artie. I love you all. Included in that is all the extras in our circus sideshow including but not limited to Casey, Allison, Ruby, Mac, Georgia, Jane, Harry, Fireman Phil, Alton, Keizo, Junko, Kris, Mike Fox, Ronnie, Aja, Colbern, Billy Durney and about half the people in attendance at this event. If I forgot you, it’s because I spent the last 7 days eating Hamburgers and I am wiped out. It wasn’t intentional.

A special note of thanks to Colbern from YC Media. You helped give this event a lot of exposure that it wouldn’t have had otherwise. Welcome to the army of people trying to save the world one Cheeseburger at a time.

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Thank you George and Seth. The two of you have been such an important part of my life since the day we met. I appreciate all that you’ve done to support me, great Food, great charities, great people and The Burger Week. What you’ve built is absolutely amazing and I hope it continues to grow, expand and become more and more awesome.

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Idle Hands Bar – AC/DC “Back In Black” Angus Burger and Beer Pairing Dinner, NY Burger Week

Idle Hands Bar
25 Avenue B
New York, NY 10009

- 7 Days of delicious Burger events


To celebrate National Hamburger Month, Burger ConquestBurger Maker & The Food Film Festival proudly bring you the 3rd Annual NY Burger Week, May 1-7, 2014.

The Burger Week is a 7-day celebration of trendsetting chefs and unique burgers with a series of daily events.

Hashtag = #BurgerWeek
Tweet: @BurgerConquest


Bourbon. Beer. Rock. That’s what we do at Idle Hands Bar and one of our signature events is pairing Rock and Roll music with Beer and Food. Whether it’s our annual Beastie Boys NY Beer Pairing (Put July 16, 2014 in your calendar now) or past Burger Week events featuring Burger and Beer pairings with Iron Maiden or Guns N Roses, we really think it’s fun to drink Beer and eat while listening to good tunes. Seeing that everyone we have ever done has sold out, it seems you do too. When it came to planning for our annual NY Burger Week Burger and Beer pairing I racked my brain trying to think of which band would be perfect to do this with. Upon some investigation I learned that this week was the anniversary of AC/DC recording Back In Black at Electric Lady studios in NYC. When I realized we could call the event “Back In Black Angus,” the decision was made.


At Idle Hands Bar

- $30 for 3 Mini Burgers, Tots & 5 Beers Paired with Back In Black -


Tuesday, May 6, 2014
Idle Hands Bar
25 Avenue B, NYC
7:00 and 8:30 pm seatings

Price: $30
Ticket link:


  • 3 off-menu AC/DC themed mini burgers
  • 1 order of tater tots
  • 5 tastes of beer from breweries
  • 1 shot of whiskey
  • Paired to all 10 tracks from Back In Black by AC/DC

The 2014 Burger Week in NY returns to Idle Hands Bar (25 Avenue B) on May 6th with another installment of their rock ‘n’ roll burger and beer pairing dinners. The event is called the “AC/DC Back In Black Angus Burger and Beer Pairing.” The menu will feature Burgers and beers “expertly paired” with each track on AC/DC’s Back in Black album by The Burger Week founder, Rev Ciancio. The album, originally released in 1980, has gone on to become the 4th highest selling album of all time.

On the anniversary of its recording in New York at Electric Lady Studios, attendees will enjoy a selection of off-menu mini-burgers created by Chef Dennis Hatzinger, each themed with a different song on the album. All Burgers will be made using Burger Maker’s Fresh Certified Angus Beef USDA Prime. FYI – Less than 1% of beef is considered CAB® USDA Prime worthy, so get ready for the good stuff. Burgers will be served with a series of craft beers from Bell’s Brewery, Two Brothers, 21st Amendment and Singlecut Beersmiths. The dinner will also include an order of Tater Tots & a shot of Whiskey.

When I asked Chef Dennis if he could handle this event, he practically laughed at me. That meant he was up for the challenge. When he sent me the menu (see below), my eyes practically popped out of my head. Dennis not only was going to make it happen, he was going to own it. The way the event works, we hit play on the album and as each song comes blaring through the speakers, you get served the item paired with that song. It is expected that you keep pace with the servings. Meaning if the song is only 3 minutes, we expect you to drink your Beer / eat your Burger in 3 minutes. It’s super fast paced, really loud and a lot of fun.

Here are the pairing notes:

Thank you for coming to Idle Hands tonight for a unique version of our weekly beer tasting event. As part of our annual NY Burger Week event, we celebrate the recording of AC/DC’s “Back In Black” album with a special burger and beer pairing. All 10 songs on the record will be paired with a Burger, Beer, Whiskey or Tater Tots. All the meat featured in the burgers tonight is fresh ground Certified Angus Beef USDA Prime from Burger Maker. Only 1% of the cattle in America qualify as CAB USDA Prime. It has strong and intense all natural beef flavors and we thought it was the only meat that could match the intensity of rock and roll we’ll be enjoying tonight.

Beer: Bell’s Black Note
Style: Imperial Stout
ABV: 10.5%
Description: Black Note blends the complex aromatics of Expedition Stout with the velvety smooth texture of Double Cream Stout. The combination is aged in freshly retired oak bourbon barrels for months.
Track:  “Hell’s Bells”
Pairing: The first tolling of the bell in “Hells Bells,” sets the tone for the rock n roll intensity that became the 4th highest selling album of all times. This rare and intense stout from Bell’s should do the same.
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Beer: Bell’s Two Hearted Ale
Style: IPA
ABV: 7%
Description: India Pale Ale style well suited for Hemingway-esque trips to the Upper Peninsula. American malts and enormous hop additions give this beer a crisp finish and incredible floral hop aroma.
Track:  “Shoot To Thrill”
Pairing: Two Hearted Ale is a gold standard IPA. One sip and it gets under your skin. Get your taste buds ready and enjoy at will.
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Burger: Honey Glazed Burger, Crispy Prosciutto & Aged White Cheddar
Track: “What You Do For Money Honey”
Pairing: Honey, what do you do for burgers? You’ll be spending a night in queue for this Burger.

Beer: Two Brothers Dog Days
Style: Dortmunder/Helles
ABV: 4.9%
Description: Brewed in the style of Dortmund, Germany, this golden lager has a delicate caramel malt character, balanced by a light body and mild German noble hops, creating a crisp, refreshing finish.
Track:  “Givin The Dog A Bone”
Pairing: Angus & Malcom Young – two brothers that redefined Rock N Roll. Jim & Jason Ebel,- two brothers that redefined European style brewing in America. See what we did there?

Beer: 21st Amendment Back In Black
Style: Black IPA
ABV: 6.8%
Description: Brewed like an American IPA but with the addition of rich, dark malts, this beer has all the flavor and hop character you expect with a smooth, mellow finish.
Track:  “Let Me Put My Love Into You”
Pairing: How do we possibly have this event and not serve this beer? They question you should ask is why this song? Because Chef Dennis wanted to pair a Burger with “Back In Black.” Save a sip for what’s coming next.

Burger: Blackened Burger, Fried Shallots, Bacon & Provolone
Track: “Back In Black”
Pairing: Let loose from the noose because this Burger will be getting you high on the savory and spicy flavors. It’s Outta sight.

Beer: Singlecut Bon TNTPA
Style: Pale Ale
ABV: 5.2%
Description: If you want hops, you got it! Oi! So you want to get kicked in the teeth with a lupulin kick that’s all from Down Under? (Well OK, maybe some New Zealand in there too). This is a whole lotta dry-hopped powder keg in a sessionable package and only for you problem childs out there.
Track:  “You Shook Me All Night Long
Pairing: If a brewery is going to make an AC/DC themed beer, we’ll make sure we have it for an AC/DC Beer pairing.

Whiskey: Jameson Irish Whiskey
Style: Porter
Proof: 80
Description: A pot still whiskey with a delicate grain whiskey, infuse them with the nuttiness of our sherry casks and balance the flavours with the fragrant vanilla of our bourbon casks. And, like all our whiskeys, Jameson Irish Whiskey is triple distilled, creating a smoother spirit perfect for any occasion
Track:  “Have A Drink On Me”
Pairing: What is the first word of this song?

Burger: The Berry Goat – Goat Cheese & Raspberry Compote
Track: “Shake A Leg”
Pairing: You’ll be kicking like a goat after eating this taste sensation. Also, what’s the 1st word of this song?

Tater Tots
Track: “Rock And Roll Ain’t Noise Pollution”
Pairing: If you’re gonna pair 1 of the greatest rock n roll songs of all times with a potato, why not the best potato product of all times?

Man oh man. This is a really, really, really tough event to make happen. 10 courses in 49 minutes is not only hard to serve, it’s hard to eat / drink!! It took a team of 4 of us just to serve 20 people! But honestly, the mayhem and chaos is all worth it because of how much fun it is to produce it.

Thanks. I mean really, that’s the one word I want to get across here. Thanks. To everyone who bought a ticket and came to the party, thank you. I don’t have to say “I hope you had a good time” because I know you did, especially the group of ladies who decided to sit through the second seating just because they wanted to listen to more AC/DC. Every single person that came was super nice and a lot of fun to serve. Thanks goes to Sean from Two Brothers, Nick & Brian from Singlecut, Susanne from 21st Amendment, Zalika from Manhattan Distributors, Matt from Union Distributors and Yvon from Bell’s Brewing. Each one of these people not only showed up to the event day of to pour you their Beer and talk about it but they also made sure we were able to get the special Beers we poured during the tasting. Only 14 kegs of Two Brothers Dog Days came into NYC, only 1 keg of Singlecut Bon TNTPA was available, only 40 cases of Bell’s Black Note came into the state of NY. You guys were treated to some very special, small batch and unique Craft Beers. Thank you to Chef Dennis, Chris P & Chris T from Idle Hands Bar. It’s a pleasure to work with you guys and I appreciate how dedicated you were to making this a smooth and fun event. To Dennis, man, it’s been a pleasure working with you for the last year. Your Food is excellent and your dedication to cooking perfect Hamburgers is like no other. You took the Food at Idle Hands to another level and I have been extremely proud of the Burgers we’ve served, especially on this, your final night at the bar. To Rob and Marc, my partners at Idle Hands Bar, you guys are way more than  just that to me and I’m super proud of what we are able to do there. This event was super fun and I appreciate you letting me get away with putting us in legal jeopardy. Ha ha ha

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The Bar Room – Cinco De Mayo Burger Feast, NY Burger Week

The Bar Room
117 East 60th St
New York, NY 10022

- 7 Days of delicious Burger events


To celebrate National Hamburger Month, Burger ConquestBurger Maker & The Food Film Festival proudly bring you the 3rd Annual NY Burger Week, May 1-7, 2014.

The Burger Week is a 7-day celebration of trendsetting chefs and unique burgers with a series of daily events.

Hashtag = #BurgerWeek
Tweet: @BurgerConquest


“What can we do that’s different?” That’s how the conversation started when I sat down with Harry & Kenny from The Bar Room. Their excitement and desire to be a part of NY Burger Week was infectious. The Bar Room is brightly lit (thanks to an awesome skylight), upscale bar with a small dining room, interesting cocktails, a selection of Craft Beers and a short menu of really nice upscale Pub Fare. It’s not really a Burger joint per se, but they do regularly feature a Burger made with Burger Maker’s Steakburger, topped with Vermont Cheddar Cheese, sliced Pickles, melted Onions, and housemade Aioli. If you want to know more about, please check out the review on BurgerWeeky. But what they don’t have is a Mexican themed menu…until now.


At The Bar Room

- $49 for an Off-Menu Cinco De Mayo Burger Feast With Paired Cocktails -


Brought to you by Burger Weekly

Monday, May 5, 2014
The Bar Room
117 East 60th St, NYC
6:00 and 7:30 pm seatings

Price: $49
Ticket link:


  • 1 Welcome Tequila Cocktail
  • 1 Mexican style appetizer
  • 1 Dos Equis Beer Cocktail
  • 1 Off-menu Mexican Style Burger
  • 1 Side of Nachos
  • 1 Mexican style dessert

To celebrate Cinco De Mayo, The Burger Week has teamed up with The Bar Room (117 E. 60th St) for a Mexican-themed Burger feast. On May 5, you’ll be treated to a special pre-fixe dinner designed by The Bar Room Chef Kenny Brand. The event includes a 5-course Mexican themed dinner with 3 Dishes and 2 Cocktails, including a Beer Cocktail made with Dos Equis. The star of the show will be a Mexican-spiced Burger Patty topped with Aged Cheddar, Grilled Tomato, Fresh-made Pico de Gallo and a side of Nachos (replacing the standard French Fries). The Burger will be made with Burger Maker’s fresh “Certified Angus Beef Steakburger” which includes only fresh Certified Angus Beef trimming that are upper two-thirds USDA Choice.

Seeing as how the event was going to fall on Cinco De Mayo, a date that is observed in the US as a celebration of appreciation to Mexico in warding off would-be French support for the Confederate States of America in the Civil War, it only seemed to make sense that we theme it around the day. When I suggested it to Harry & Kenny from The Bar Room a resounding and excited approval came right back at me. They went to work and came up with a pretty awesome pre-fixe menu centered around a Mexican-themed Burger. Like the event poster says, I don’t normally eat Mexican Burgers, but when I do, it’s during NY Burger Week at The Bar Room.

Jalapeño Poppers from scratch with a Smoked Pepper Dipping Sauce, stuffed with Cream Cheese, Bacon and Onion.


Paired with 1 “Ransom Buck” cocktail which consists of Tequila, Habanero Syrup, White Pepper and Ginger Beer.


Mexican themed Burger with a Spiced Patty with Aged Cheddar, Grilled Onion, Grilled Tomato, Fresh Pico de Gallo. Side of house made Nachos (instead of Fries)


Paired with 1 Beer Cocktail featuring Dos Equis served in a pint glass over ice with Fresh Lemon Juice, St. Germain and Tequila with a Lemon Twist.


Strawberry-Lime-Mescal Sorbet for Dessert.
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Thank you as always goes to those of you who came out and enjoyed the event. I hope you enjoyed the Food as much as I did. Special thanks goes to Michael & Kurt, 2 Burger Week veterans who had so much fun that they wanted to come again. Also, a special nod of thanks to Kathy from the Food Film Fest. It was fun to see you outside of our normal environment. To Harry, Kenny, Antonia, Adelyn, Kyle, Pierce and everyone else from The Bar Room, thank you very much. Turning over your dining room to an event with 2 seatings and a menu of Food you don’t normally offer on a holiday is no small task. You handled it like champs and it was a pleasure to work with you. I’m going to name Brad Garoon as the event VIP. Brad is the Chief Eating Officer (yes I’m taking ownership of this term) at BurgerWeekly. If you love Hamburgers, it’s a never ending stream of delicious pictures and reviews of Burgers primarily in the New York area. I love it. He worked extra, extra, extra hard to help promote not only this event which he helped me to present, but all of NY Burger Week. Brad also ran around the city with me a couple weeks before the events and in one day taste tested 6 different Burgers. It was an EPIC day of eating and because I had a stomach bug, he had to do all of it. You are true brother of the Burgerverse and I appreciate all you do.

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Burger Week, Where Conquest & Beast Meet – Guest Blog

Burger Week, Where Conquest & Beast Meet


It was really only a matter of time before our worlds collided. Burger Conquest and Burger Beast blogs began at around the same time and would trail similar paths on opposite sides of the United States. I read as Rev ate and preached the Burger Gospel to the folks up north while I was doing the same for the people of South Florida. There was/is no denying our passion as just writing about Burgers wasn’t enough. We both decided to jump into action and create events to showcase the perfectest (Yes, I’m pretending it’s a word) Sandwich ever. Here’s a little Wizard of Oz behind the curtain kind comment, it’s sometimes a thankless job. It’s great to be able to sit back after an event and watch an idea you have that blossomed into a culinary party. We don’t do it for the money involved because a lot of times there isn’t any, this is where passion comes into play. You have to love it and we both do.

I had not met Rev yet I felt a kinship to him, we both had similar visions. We followed each other on social media and kept up with what we were each doing via all these social media platforms. The first time we had a conversation was about Grill ‘Em All during the period of time where they won the first season of the Great Food Truck Race, it’s best season as far as I’m concerned. He also facilitated my interview with them for my Q&A called The Grinder.

Whenever he mentioned he was gonna make a TV appearance I always made a note to watch it and cheer him on. I had started a facebook fan page for National Hamburger Month in 2010 and asked him to become one of the editors for it. And then two years later he started Burger Week and he was off to the races. I was doing events throughout South Florida at the same time. I kept asking him when was he going to come to Miami. Now, before you say to yourself why don’t I go to New York, the truth is I did a few years back but Rev blew me off. Just kidding. It was one of those things where we couldn’t co-ordinate or he was out of town, the point is it didn’t happen. So then years passed….


At the end of last year (2013) I decided it was time I created a Burger competition with hand picked restaurants known for their Burgers, not just because they serve Burgers. As you can imagine I’ve attended a bunch of Burger Events but it was easy to spot when a favor was called in or when a sponsor put a restaurant in place. I wanted final control of who should participate regardless of who the sponsors might end up being. I had a meeting with Magic City Casino, who have been my more than excellent partners for a bunch of great events in South Florida and they were not only excited but agreed to do 5 big events together for 2014 of which the now named Burger Beast Burger Brawl (4B) would be the first. I’m sure you know, timing is everything in life and at the exact same moment the 4B was coming to life, Rev had accepted a job with Burger Maker. I took it as a sign that this meant we should work together and finally connect our worlds. A few days later we talked about my ideas for 4B and Burger Maker was in. And yes, I’m the only decision maker when it comes to participates in the 4B. But it didn’t end there…


Burger Week needed to make its first South Florida appearance. Rev thought we should have one more event, so the afternoon following the Burger Brawl is the Pincho Factory Burger Brunch sponsored by Burger Maker. These two events now make up what is being called South Florida Burger Week(end). If you’re in South Florida and you’re a Burger fan you should be embarrassed if you miss out on both events. And I can’t wait til next year for the 2015 Burger Week in South Florida cause we’re gonna kill it.

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One last thing, Rev and I finally met during the South Beach Wine & Food Festival in February of 2014. I took him and Rodney from Burger Junkies (another fellow Burger Blogger from the Sacramento area) to El Mago de las Fritas to try our regional Burger specialty, la Frita Cubana. We met my other blogging bud Droolius from Orlando and enjoyed Fritas & of course Chicharrones, the Saturday special. My wife captured the moment perfectly with all of us in full blogging mode and I wouldn’t have had it any other way.




Who is the Burger Beast? Burger Beast like to write about those little forgotten gems in South Florida. Over the course of the last 5 years or so I’ve added News, Opinions, Tips & Events on a variety of Food related subjects to the blog but my first love will always be Burgers.

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Rare Bar and Grill – Boozed Up Burgers With a Tequila & Whiskey Tasting, NY Burger Week

Rare Bar & Grill
303 Lexington Ave
New York, NY  10016

- 7 Days of delicious Burger events


To celebrate National Hamburger Month, Burger ConquestBurger Maker & The Food Film Festival proudly bring you the 3rd Annual NY Burger Week, May 1-7, 2014.

The Burger Week is a 7-day celebration of trendsetting chefs and unique burgers with a series of daily events.

Hashtag = #BurgerWeek
Tweet: @BurgerConquest


There were 2 key events that lead to the creation of NY Burger Week. The first was a National Hamburger Day party I hosted in 2010 at Rare Bar & Grill. On that day, readers of this blog were invited to join myself and George Motz for a “Louis Lunch” style Burger at Rare. At the time, it was the highest attended event Burger Conquest had ever done. The following February, I teamed up with Andrew Fischel and threw an off-menu Burger Bash at Rub BBQ. The event sold out in minutes and a 2nd seating was added. It was such a huge success that we wanted to make it an annual event.

That was the birth of the signature event of Burger Week, the Burger Brunch. Six more events were created and boom, NY had it’s very own Burger Week. Sadly, later that year Rub BBQ, home to the BEST Burger I’ve ever eaten, closed it’s doors.  In 2013 Chef Jeff Maslanka took over the duty and we hosted the Burger Brunch at 67 Burger in Brooklyn. In 2014, the Burger Brunch came full circle for the 3rd Annual NY Burger Week.


At Rare Bar & Grill

- $23 for 3 Drunken Mini Burgers with Lunazul Tequila and Elijah Craig 12 Year Tasting -


Brought to you by Gotham Burger Social Club

Sunday, May 4, 2014
Rare Bar & Grill
303 Lexington Ave, NYC
1:00 and 2:30 pm seatings

Price: $23
Ticket link:


  • The Rare Drunken Trio of Mini Burgers
  • Bourbon & Tequila Tasting
  • Sweet Potato Chips

The Burger Week began many years ago at a boozy Burger brunch and for 2014 the tradition continues! Rare Bar & Grill (303 Lexington Ave) will host Boozed Up Burgers With a Tequila & Whiskey Tasting Brunch on Sunday, May 4th for the 3rd Annual NY Burger Week. Proprietor and Burger aficionado, Douglas Boxer, has put together a Drunken Trio of Burgers, each of which is flambeed in a different liquor. You’ll taste all three as well as Rare Bar & Grill’s delicious Sweet Potato Chips topped with a Honey Drizzle.

Along with the Drunken Trio Burgers, you’ll enjoy an expertly lead tasting of small batch Tequila and Bourbon. Returning to the Burger Week, liquor expert Jessica Partington from Heaven Hill will lead a tasting of Lunazul’s Blanco and Anejo Tequilas along with Elijah Craig 12 year Bourbon.

There’s a lot of ways you could make a Burger Brunch “boozy.” When it came to this year’s party, I thought working with Rare Bar & Grill would be fun since they have a menu of Burgers that are flambeed in different liquors. How else to make it fun? Invite the guys from Gotham Burger Social Club to join. If you follow them on instagram you’ll be privy to a never ending stream of amazing Burger porn, refreshing looking Cocktails and a lot of dudes in suits. It’s definitely one of the classiest Burger clubs out there.

Jameson Black Barrel Burger – Fresh ground ribeye, flambéed in Jameson Black Barrel select reserve atop its aged whiskey slaw & smothered with white Irish cheddar.

T-Bone Burger – A blend of filet and strip, flambeed in tequila, wrapped in apple smoked bacon, topped with cheddar and crispy onions.


M&M Burger – Our classic flambéed in whiskey topped with caramelized shallots, cheddar cheese & smoked apple bacon.


Expert lead small batch tasting featuring Lunazul Tequila & Elijah Craig 12 year Bourbon

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We had so much fun with the Bourbon Tasting event during the 2nd Annual NY Burger Week at Hardings with “Bourbon Jess” Partington from Heaven Hill, that I asked her to come back and be a part of Burger Week again. As this event was the day after the Kentucky Derby and the day before Cinco De Mayo, Jessica suggested we do a tasting of both a Bourbon and a Tequila. It was a good call because both of them were very delicious. Jessica is an expert on these spirits and gave everyone a little lesson about their history and how to “properly” taste them.

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Thank you to everyone who came and enjoyed the Boozy Burger Brunch. Events like this are not easy to do and pretty stressful on a kitchen. You guys were super patient and really fun to serve. You made this a great event. Thank you very much to Doug, Katie, Sergio, Eddie, Jess and everyone else at Rare Bar & Grill. They were the very first restaurant to reach out and ask to be a part of the 3rd Annual NY Burger Week. Thank you to the Gotham Burger Social Club. You guys worked really hard to help promote this event … and finish off the Tequila. I really appreciate the help and had a blast hanging with you again. Last and certainly not least, a big big big THANK YOU goes to Bourbon Jess. You are officially now a part of Burger Week and I anxiously look forward to working with you again in 2015.

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