Prepare your palettes, because the Best Memphis Burger Fest is back for round two. On Sunday, 27 teams will grind out a slew of classic and creative burgers to compete for the title of Best Memphis Burger.
I can only imagine how delicious the Minglewood Hall parking lot is going to smell on Sunday, with more than two dozen grills sizzling with meat and cheese (don't worry, vegetarians, there's also a Best Veggie Burger category).
Last year's winning team, "I Like Big Burgers and I Can Not Lie" wowed the judges with their blended N.Y. Strip and short rib patty, fried egg, avocado, and Benton's bacon burger. If this year's entries are anything like that, then I'm in for a treat, because Kerry and I are judges this year. (Come say hi after the judging, I'd love to meet you.)
Once the teams finish crafting their burgers for the judges, they'll be putting out some samples for attendees that you can taste as you walk around. Alex's Tavern and Bluff City Coffee are donating ground beef from High Point Grocery and homemade buns, respectively, so the teams can provide as many tastes as possible.
Even if you're not red meat enthusiast, be on the lookout for Best Veggie Burger and Anything-But-Cow-Beef Burger samples. I also heard a rumor about an oyster burger. It's just a rumor, but some of you might be into that. Revival, Sled Dog, and Kona Ice food trucks will also be onsite.
Seth Agranov, author of the Best Memphis Burger blog and his business partner, Tim James, are the masterminds behind this event, which is in its second year. The Fest is a fundraiser for Mid-South Spay & Neuter Services.
Note: There will also be a burger eating contest and a pickle eating contest. All of the trophies are magnificent.
What: Best Memphis Burger Fest 2013
Where: Minglewood Hall parking lot
When: Sunday, Sept. 22, 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
How much: $5 entry fee, plus cost of any purchased food and drink from food trucks