365 Things to Do in Memphis #260: Best Memphis Burger Fest

Posted by Holly Whitfield | August 24th 2012 1540 0

Updated October 2017

Memphis food is more than barbecue. If our local festival scene is a good barometer, we’re also really good at crawfish, hot wings, soup, breakfast, grilled cheese, and burgers. Assignment #260 in the 365 Things to Do in Memphis is to check out Best Memphis Burger Fest.

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Seth Agranov, author of the Best Memphis Burger blogand his business partner Tim James are the festival’s founders, and they put it on with the help of a great team and local sponsors.

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This festival is held in early October each year, and dozens of teams compete for burger glory (including some pretty sweet trophies). A team of judges will preside over Best Bloody Mary, Best Veggie Burger, Best Specialty Burger, and Best Memphis Burger competitions.

In 2017, the festival was on October 7 at Tiger Lane. First place winners are listed below. Full list of winners here and scores are here.

Best Bloody Mary: 5 O’Clock Somewhere

Best Veggie Burger: Slider Inn

Classic Cheeseburger: Eat My Meat 

Specialty Burger: Flying Saucer 

2017 Grand Champion: Who’s Your Patty

The proceeds go towards Memphis Paws, which benefits animal rescue groups in the area.

Usually, tickets are $10. Your ticket includes parking, entry, live music, eating competitions, and access to local vendors.

But can I eat the burgers? Some teams create extra samples for attendees to try – but definitely drop a few bucks in the teams’ donation jars if you can. The proceeds go towards Memphis Paws.


Go there:

Best Memphis Burger Fest

2018 date TBA

Author: Holly Whitfield

I write about what’s going on with Memphis music, food, arts, events, sports, people, and culture. Memphians love Elvis and barbeque with a passion that must be seen to be believed, but there is so much more to this place.

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