365 Things to Do in Memphis #260: Burgerfest Memphis
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 Burgerfest Memphis, known until 2018 as Best Memphis Burger Fest.
Seth Agranov, author of the Best Memphis Burger blog, and his business partner Tim James are the festival’s founders, and they put it on for five years with the help of a great team and local sponsors.
In 2018, the team decided to step down from the festival (but you can still check out Seth’s blog and 901 Popper Throwdown event!) Luckily for Memphians, some new folks stepped in to purchase and rebrand the event for 2018.
This festival is held in October each year, and usually dozens of teams compete for burger glory (including some pretty sweet trophies). Usually a team of judges will preside over Best Bloody Mary, Best Veggie Burger, Best Specialty Burger, and Best Memphis Burger competitions.
For 2018, however, the event will be very different. Burgerfest Memphis will be on October 27 from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m., and rather than teams competing, organizers are putting together a burger bar with beer, burgers, and fries.
Tickets are $10 to get in (live music, bouncy houses for kids) and you can buy your full-sized burgers and beers separately. If you want, you can also buy a $20 additional sampling ticket ($25 on the day of the event) which gets you three burger samples and five beer samples. They have VIP tickets, too, for $50.
Part of the proceeds of the event will go to the Mid-South Food Bank.
Best Memphis Burger Fest
October 27, 2018
Tiger Lane at the Liberty Bowl
all ages, totally kid friendly
Originally published August 24, 2012. Updated September 2018.