Aww, what a day and night. Burgers & Hip Hop’s spicy edition was so hot, everybody was happy about the heavy rain cooling us down. Which didn’t end the grilling, of course! The burger artists brought so much extra hot chili, piri piri, jalapenos and hot sauce and you all dwelled in the pain.. didn’t you?
However, you ate burgers all night long to find out who’s making the hottest one in town, so read on to find out the result…
Everyone was hot for our trophy, a little too hot, I have to admit. Unfortunately, there were more fake votes in the box than real ones, and while I never wanted to be too OSCE about the whole voting process, this time we had to take action. Until now, I was always able to distinguish the real votes from the 10 to 15 fake ones, easily discernible by them being neatly piled, five-star-votes for one vendor only. However, this time, that annoying yet manageable try to manipulate went a bit far. Meaning I couldn’t figure out which were real votes and which were the ones just put in by some over-ambitious burger peeps. It wasn’t only one vendor, and it wasn’t only about one pile, but whatever. The ones who did it know who I am talking about.
Sadly but true, the results of the big public vote had to be ditched and we will have to come up with a new, more fraud-proof system for next time, but fortunately, we still had the more honest votes by the people who bought the Burger Feast ticket. Not only did most of them have all the burgers and thus a better supposition to actually compare and accurately vote, but those votes couldn’t be faked either, only holders of the ticket had the actual voting sheet. So here we go, find out who made the hottest burger in town, the result may actually surprise you! (As usual, all burgers are presented, but only the top three will have their score and placing revealed.) And please share your opinions on the burgers (and recommendations for a new voting system) in the comments!
Parking their big black and gold truck in the center of the yard, Hotzenplotz‘ classic cheeseburger sure gained loads of fans during the night. Not enough to place in the top, though. Maybe it’s been too classic?
Talking about too classic, this one’s certainly not to blame for that: Peruvian Bro’s from Baden Würtemberg wanted to win Berliners with their Big Poppa, Chicharrón, deep fried pork belly, with sweet potato and Peruvian salad. However, at Burgers & Hip Hop people love their real burger-burgers, patty-in-a-bun-style, which is maybe why this sandwich landed mid-table.
J. Kinski is always bringing extra complex, fully organic burgers, this time they served The Green Bay Cheese: a beef patty came together with coleslaw, fried onions, bacon, cheddar sauce and maple bourbon caramel with extra hot sauce in a spelt bun.
Easily the most instagram-worthy burger of the night, Son Kitchen’s Supreme Burger packed kimchee tempura, cheese, a honey beef patty, shrimps, wasabi mayo and gochujang sauce in a black sesame bun.
Entering the top ranks: The hot-red truck of Golden Burgers brought along Spice-T, a creative mix of strawberry-chili-chutney, fried camembert and mango-chili sauce with extra spicy habaneros, if you asked for them. I enjoyed the vegetarian version a lot, and many of the voters did too, scoring Golden Burgers 3,35 of 5 possible points and thus the third place in the ranking!
Chilees is new to our burger game and instantly placed a great second with their Galbi Burger featuring a beef patty with, fresh, fried as well as pickled onions, bulgogi sauce and a hot sauce of your choice. Doesn’t it look scrumptious?? Not only, it also won 3,60 of 5 possible points.
You know who’s left, don’t you? The winner of last time! And yes, it’s true – they’re winning again: Royals & Rice scored 4,00 of 5 possible points giving them an unambiguous win with their Drop It Like It’s Hot creation: grilled avocado, pickled radish and carrots, guacamole, mango chili ketchup, grilled chili and fresh cilantro hugged a beef patty (which you can already get at their restaurant in Mitte! But watch out, it’s seriously spicy.)
I certainly love how Berlin’s burger-lovers prefer the South-East-Asian burgers over and over again… we will soon (sooner than you think!) know if the royals are able to repeat District Mot’s triple win. Stay tuned!