So Who Won the Burger Battle at the Scottsdale Culinary Festival?
Shannon Armour The Capital Grille's Signature Cheeseburger
It was burgers galore last night at Scottsdale Stadium and although there wasn't a huge turnout for the Scottsdale Culinary Festival's very first Burger Battle it was a really fun (and filling) experience and the folks that did shell out the $55 for a ticket got their money's worth.
Zinburger, Modern Burger, LGO, Chelsea's Kitchen, The Capital Grille, RnR, El Hefe, Lenny's, Bueno Burger, Indulge, Old Town Whiskey, Bourbon Steak, and Cold Beers & Cheeseburgers all brought their best burgers out to compete for the title of "Best Burger". (More on that later.)
Brioche buns, thick cut tomatoes, and butter lettuce were aplenty and the alluring smell of Kobe beef (or the U.S. equivalent, anyway) cooking on the hot grills filled the cool night air as burger lovers made their way from tent to tent indulging in more bites of burgers than any sane person should ever eat in one evening while listening to live music from The Walken and drinking beers from an event sponsor, Leinenkugels.
Shannon Armour Zinburger's Kobe Beef creations
Sam Fox's burger and wine bar, Zinburger, brought out their very best beef with savory Morel mushroom and a super soft toasted potato bun. And the house made Thousand Island really tied the whole thing together. This sucker was definitely a top contender in the battle to be the best.
Shannon Armour Bueno Burger's sign was better looking then their burgers
Glendale's Bueno Burger slapped together their Arizona Burgers, which sounded interesting but fell short compared to the rest of the decadent offerings. The buns were too thick,the burgers were overcooked and dry, and the green chilis were overpowered by too much sour cream.
Shannon Armour Cold Beers & Cheeseburgers brought their secret weapon -- this poor thing in a burger outfit.
North Scottsdale's Cold Beer & Cheeseburgers, was making monster Steakhouse Truffle Burgers. They were so big, there was absolutely no way you could get all that meat, cheese, bun, caramelized onions, baby greens, and ripe tomato in your mouth at once -- but somehow I managed to do it (because I'm a professional fat kid). The burger was flavorful but there's such as thing as overdoing it and this guy just had too much stuff going on.