Looking for the perfect place to grab a great Philly burger? Well, we’ve got 12 in mind.
Budweiser’s Battle of the Burger event returns August 24 to Piazza at The Schmidt’s Commons, where six top restaurants will duke it out for first place. But we need your help to cut our list in half.
Vote now for your favorite Philly burger and we’ll put you in the running to win four tickets to the 2017 Budweiser Made in America Festival, plus four tickets to the Battle of the Burger. We’ll also give two lucky winners two tickets to the Battle event each week until voting ends. (But don’t let that stop you from grabbing tickets in advance! The early bird discount ends July 30.)
More daring eaters will be drawn to the unique flavor combinations that some of our top 12 burgers offer. Here’s an inside look at seven of the internationally inspired burgers on our list:
“El Fuego Burger” – Rams Head Bar & Grill
Made with certified Angus beef, the El Fuego Burger comes topped with a three-cheese blend, fresh-cut jalapeño peppers, house-made pico de gallo, a rich guacamole spread and Latin spices. This signature Rams Head dish hails from West Chester, but boasts a south-of-the-border taste.
“Kielbasa Burger” – Lumpy Magee’s Pub and Grub
A true Hamburg-esque hamburger, the Kielbasa Burger is an eight-ounce, ground pork butt patty, rubbed with cracked black pepper, garlic and kosher salt and topped with Budweiser-braised sauerkraut, sweet Vidalia onions, goat cheese and spicy brown mustard, served on a toasted pub roll. Who knew that an Irish sports bar in the Northeast could make a German burger this good?
“The Pig & Fig” – Water Wheel Tavern
For fancier fare, this European-inspired burger from Doylestown packs both pig and fig on its toasted brioche bun. The eight-ounce, chargrilled Angus beef burger is covered with creamy brie, braised pork, arugula and fig jam. It’s so far from fast food, you may want to eat this one with pinkies raised.
“The Caprese Burger” – Saloon 151
Another West Chester restaurant competitor, this Italian-style burger forgoes the bun to stack two patties with tomatoes, mozzarella and basil, complemented by a balsamic drizzle. Mangia bene!
“Porkzilla” – The Union Tap
The Union Tap won last year’s Battle of the Burger with their Pig Mac – a fried pulled pork and mac and cheese combo. They’re back in the ring this year with a new heavyweight: Porkzilla, an Asian-fusion burger seasoned with ginger and wasabi, is smothered with thick-cut pork belly, Asian barbecue sauce and house-made pickled slaw.
“The Fiesta Burger” – Wahlburgers Philly
A creation from the popular burger chain headed by the famous Wahlberg family, the Fiesta Burger is one-half pound of beef, dusted with a house-made southern spice mix and topped with jalapeños, lettuce, pepper jack cheese, house-made salsa, chipotle mayo and pickles. It’s even tasty enough to forgive the R. Kelly and Jay-Z remix getting stuck in your head all day.
“Irish Rover Burger” – Irish Rover Station House
Part-Irish, part-Polish, the Irish Rover Burger is aptly named after its Langhorne home base, serving an Angus beef patty under sauerkraut, Swiss cheese and Thousand Island dressing on a fluffy pretzel bun. When they’re (literally) willing to stake their name on it, you know it must be top of the line.
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Budweiser’s Battle of the Burger hits the Piazza at The Schmidt’s Commons on Thursday, August 24 from 5:30 – 8 p.m. Buy your tickets to the Battle of the Burger now for the early bird discount of $35. (The price increases on July 31.)