It’s official, Berlin has a new favorite burger! It was a tight race this past Saturday, with all contenders scoring better than average (and the icecream sandwiches from Zwei Dicke Bären yet again earning a perfect score). There was more time than ever to try the burgers now that Prince Charles opened its doors at 3pm, letting in 3.000 happy fans of both Burgers and Hip Hop. Voter turnout was impressive, as was the remarkably friendly weather; there we were, sitting around outside in early March and not freezing or getting soaked! What’s more, we are happy to report that most of the burgers this time around were ‘proper’ burgers: a patty of grilled meat served in a bun. Bam!
Disregarding for a moment the veggie burgers (with Brot + Zeit‘s “ASAP Lord Flacko” and Fraulein Kimchi‘s “Lil’ Kim-cheese” earning applause from our in-house vegetarian, Mary Scherpe), I’ll quickly talk you through the runners-up and reveal which of the talented burgermakers involved made it into Berlin’s top 3. The winner of the last edition, Brot + Zeit‘s “ASAP Pretty Flacko”, kept the meaty magic flowing and made at least one voter exclaim “Geschmacksfeuerwerk!”
Newcomer Parker Bowles had a long line of foodies rooting for their first Burgers & Hip Hop appearance and their “Chimmi Parker” intrigued with its pulled Black Angus BBQ and hints of horseradish and chimmichurri. Fräulein Kimchi, meanwhile, added her trademark Korean twist to the aforementioned “Lil’ Kim-cheese” and “LL Cool K burgers” with delicious caramelised kimchi and a kimchified patty respectively.
Falling juuuust shy of the top three was Rebel Room‘s “Dr. DreBel”, which earned fans with its value for money and its very tasty roasted peppers. And hough all of these burgers had considerable numbers of fans, there is only room for three at the top here:
In third place then, most deservedly, we find M&G‘s “50/50 Cent” (4,11 out of a possible score of 5). With a patty that was half beef, HALF bacon, they were bound to appeal to the carnivores, but it was their perfectly balanced flavors (chipotle-beetroot mayonnaise!) that made it my personal favorite this time around. My fellow eaters concurred, calling it a “sexy thang” that “pushed boundaries” with its boss blend of BLT and burger.
Sitting in that sweet second-place spot is the heartiest of the burgers on offer: Hirsch & Eber‘s “Wild Style” burger (4,33 out of a possible score of 5). Absolutely smothered in caramelised onions, this boar meat burger not only necessitated much fingerlicking, it also rewarded those fingerlickers with rich, deep flavor that one voter called “juicy perfection”.
And now for the main dish, the bestest of the best: District Mot‘s “De la Sauce”(4,5 out of a possible score of 5), which took De la Soul’s eclectic, love-filled approach to hip hop and applied it to an inventive new burger. Served on a “bad-ass” steamed bun, the “De La Sauce” combined soft mango with crispy rice crackers to provide the best home for its mad-tasty beef burger. Congratulations! And for those that didn’t make it to Burgers & Hip Hop this last weekend, rest assured that District Mot will be serving this prize-winning delight in its restaurant starting this week. Get your burger on!
We’ll leave you with a tantalizing glimpse at Zwei Dicke Bären‘s ice-cream sandwiches; may it be a gentle, chilled-out reminder that warmer months will soon be with us, and with them ice-cream weather and another edition of Burgers & Hip Hop. Stay fly and stay tuned!