Drum Roll please! First, I want to give a shout out to everyone who showed up to help us and the team of Burgers & Hip Hop celebrate the third birthday. The day was cold, but inside Prince Charles we hung out and dined on our picnic tables like it was summer. Huge thanks to the Tatas’ Muffle stand (recall: mix between muffin and waffle) who made the whole room smell sweet and buttery. The white Glühwein too, with a slice of apple and orange (optional: extra shot of bourbon but #youdoyou), kept our hands warm as we waited in line for this year’s burgers. Speaking of which, BURGERS…
Before sharing the results of Saturday’s competition, I want to emphasize how amazing this event’s vendors were. So much effort was put into small things: the stand’s decoration, making sure the buns were toasted just so, layering the sauces and garnishes carefully but also generously. The vegetarian options were also superrr on point, I’ve low key decided to start demanding portobello/red bean/halumi (different burgers) everywhere I go.
Alright, alright I know I’m keeping you waiting. Without further ado, here are all the competitors with the final votes only revealed for the top three:
So much elegance to this catering team of skilled chefs. Their burger with shredded mountain cheese, watercress, and seeded bun stole the hearts of many. As did their portobello burger with baked egg, tomato, and greens.
Self described burger and electronic music enthusiasts, Heat and Beat brought out the guns with their Non-Tox Burger. Crispy bacon, fresh cilantro, red onions, together with lime mayo and spicy peanut butter sauce – made you just sit and wonder why anyone does juice cleansing.
Amandla had not one, not two, but three different burgers on Saturday. All topped with Chakalaka relish, fruit and onion chutney, and Peri Peri sauce, Amandla’s chicken, red bean and lamb-beef burgers were successful, creative twists, all prepared lovingly.
Son Kitchen’s burger had this way of balancing complicated flavors without making you feel at all overwhelmed. So much between two brioche buns: choice between bulgogi glazed meat or tugim (a vegetarian patty of fried potatoes), layers of lettuce, cheese, kimchee slaw, jalapeños, red cabbage kimchee, chipotle mayo and original SK-ketchup. Spicy, sweet, tangy, crunchy — like a symphony!
3rd Place: Kumpel & Keule
There was cranberry jam in this burger and I liked it a lot. There was also blue cheese spread, watercress, and a charred and smoky patty that could have been served on it’s own because it was just that good. This Kumpelmetzgerei (“butchery of buddies”) knocked a fast food classic out of the park and did so while staying committed to their principles of responsibly sourced meat. Big thank you and congrats to the Kumpel & Keule team who won third place with a total of 85 votes!
2nd Place: Blackbeards
There’s always that one vendor with burgers so big and messy, so absurdly packed with the fried, greasy, salty and goooood and this time it was Blackbeards. One burger, on top of their slow cooked patty, had onion rings, smoked ribs, kraut salad and BBQ sauce (napkins included). The other burger was vegetarian and stacked high with grilled vegetables – egg plant, zuchini, sweet potatoe, red pepper – topped with cheddar cheese, caramelized onions and a homemade sauce. Let’s hear it for Blackbeards who came in a close second with 99 votes!
Winner: Gorilla Barbecue
An actual quote was “this is the burgiest burger that ever existed.” Two beef patties, cheddar cheese, pickles, tomato, and whisky onions. Classics are classics for a reason yo, and it won this team 147 votes!! Well fed, danced out, and already looking forward to our next gathering: let’s give a big round of applause for Gorilla Barbecue, now two time winner of the coveted Berlin’s Best Burger title. Congratulations! *falls into food comma*
Happiest of birthdays to us and you and everyone who joins us on this ride – See you February 4th!