A day and night filled with burgers and Hip Hop tunes lies behind us. And honestly, I can’t wait for the next round already, because I had a blast. With all of the vendors being new to me (except last round’s winner District Một), I was excited to see what they came up with. And innovative they were, we had Kimchi burgers, Mexican burgers with corn buns, burgers made from Yak meat… and last but not least, the first appearance of a Ramen burger. But who ruled the competition? Who grilled the juiciest patty, prepped the best toppings and baked the tastiest bun?
We’ve counted over 200 votes – and you actually won’t believe the results…
The first contester was a burger with a story – made from Yak beef it was more than unusual. Not only because the Yaks are raised by the chef himself on a farm in South Tirol, but because the chef, Michael Müller, is a renowned name in the culinary world. Eaters also praised the great combination of sweet and sour in the offered burger. Maybe it was just a bit too small to score higher, or the audience didn’t hear the story?
Local, organic and seasonal are the three keywords for j.kinski’s burgers – they joined the race with two creations: The Fluffy Mexican with Baconaise, and The Iron Fist with avocado, cilantro and Kimchi-coleslaw. Both gained loads of fans, not only because they were ready to sell their burgers at 3pm, whilst others took a little longer to prepare…
Maria Maria were busy bees that night, serving their beef & chorizo patty topped with Manchego, guacamole, Chipotle mayonaise and tomato salsa in a freshly baked corn bun. One taster said the beef made him/her cry, what more can you ask for?
The crew of California Breakfast Slam had us all waiting, setting up their burger stall only around 4pm. Many fans of the renowned fast food crew didn’t mind and were patient to get the classic burger with guacamole wrapped in an amusing christmas napkin.
And now for the winner’s podium: Putting kimchi on a burger is one of the best ideas – no wonder MR Susan and her Piggy Smalls scored a great 3rd place in the voting with 3.82 of 5 possible points! Eaters praised the combo of cold and spicy Kimchi with a hot pork patty and fresh K-Town mayo and cheese. Furthermore, the size was a winner as well, and then of course the pork cracklings! And doesn’t it look delicious?
There we have it, a Ramen burger! Instead of a bun, the guys of Transformers opted for a fried Ramen noodle patty and paired it with bacon, wild onions, papadam crackers, lemongrass-beef shrimp patty and as a surprise, a fried anis shrimp. People loved the “noodle-bread”, despite it being rather hard to eat. In the end, the Lao Ramen Burger scored very high with 4.53 of 5 final points and landing second place.
Transformer’s 4.53 score was high, but still 0.05 points short to being the new winner of our Berlin’s Best Burger Voting. Unbelievable but true: the new winner is the old winner – District Một outdid all the other competitors and scored 4.58 points (even more than last time). Which is an amazing result for an amazing burger – combining soft mango with crispy rice crackers and a mad-tasty beef burger served in a beautiful steamed bun seems to be the best recipe. They also had the prettiest stall and served their customers quick and friendly. One voter even named “the guy who served it” as the best about this burger.
Congratulations to the team!
Add-on: The veggie version was a killer, please put in on the regular menu at your Mitte-restaurant! Thanks.
Thank you all for coming and voting! What do we learn? Asian-flavored burgers seem to do best and our voters certainly reward creative burger ideas.
But who’s up for the challenge to beat District Một!? We’ll see in two months!