Best Memphis Burger Fest 2013 Preview

Posted by Holly Whitfield | September 19th 2013 3443 0

Best Memphis Burger Fest is now Burgerfest Memphis! Get more info on this year’s event here.

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.

Exalted Kookamonga

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).

I like big burgers and I cannot lie.

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.

With two grilled cheese sandwiches for buns.

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

For more info: go here.


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  1. Mom says:

    I heard that the festival organizers were trying to make the event adults only. Do you know if children are welcome or is this a 21+ event?

  2. Looks like fun! I hope someone cooks a black bean burger!

  3. Holly Whitfield says:

    Hi Mom. The event is open to all ages, and the $5 entry fee is waived for kids under 12.

  4. JWo says:

    I’m so excited about this.

    I’m a judge in the Anything But Beef category and hope to meet both you and Kerry Sunday.

    And yes, the trophies are AMAZING.

  5. Tamera says:

    Those all look so delicious

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