Scottsdale Culinary Festival Burger Battle: 2014 Winners Announced

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Alissa Irei
Cold Beers and Cheeseburgers' Old Town Burger, with a ground chuck patty, baby greens, grilled tomatoes, garlic aioli, herbed butter, caramelized onion, Gruyere cheese, and bacon.

In a thoroughly unscientific study conducted mostly by eavesdropping on other parties, I found that Cold Beers and Cheeseburgers was getting some buzz for its Old Town Burger. While the "garlic aioli" tasted like plain ol' mayo to me - and too much of it at that - the ground chuck beef really sang. This patty brought to mind the best, juiciest burger ever made at a backyard BBQ, and really, what more could you ask for?

Alissa Irei
Dierks Bentley's Whiskey Row's Meatball Burger, with ground veal, tomato marmalade, toasted garlic bread, and melted smoked provolone.

Dierks Bentley's Whiskey Row served up an Italian-inspired twist on the American burger, using ground veal, tomato marmalade, and melted smoked provolone, served on toasted garlic bread. While it definitely seemed more like a meatball sub than a Big Mac, the Meatball Burger was delicious, and a nice respite from the plethora of beef options on hand.

RnR Gastropub took home the 2013 Judges' Choice trophy with its Brussels sprouts bacon cheeseburger. This year, RnR brought an au gratin chorizo burger - a pork chorizo and beef patty with au gratin potatoes, New Mexico crema chili sauce, and caramelized onions. The au gratin potatoes were delicious, but the patty itself lacked kick and could even be called bland.

Speaking of bland, one burger that wasn't came from Tavern Americana. The Niman Ranch beef in the Napa Burger was juicy and flavorful and came on a soft, fresh, flour-dusted buttermilk bun that tasted like a really good dinner roll. Points also go to Bootleggers for their delicious pretzel bun. (Although, like RnR, their patty was a bit underwhelming.)

The takeaway: this town is a great place for burger lovers. Don't tell those cows from Chick-fil-A, but I sampled all 13 options at this year's Burger Battle. (Yes, all 13.) I even found a few new favorites, some of which I will definitely eat again. Just give me a few weeks, or maybe months. Right now a little chicken doesn't sound so bad.

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Location Info

Hopdoddy Burger Bar

11055 North Scottsdale Road,, Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Restaurant


2502 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Cold Beers & Cheeseburgers

20831 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Ingo's Tasty Food

4502 N. 40th Street, Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant


3737 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Music

Tavern Americana

20469 N. Hayden Road, Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Dierks Bentley's Whiskey Row

4420 N. Saddlebag Trail, Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Music


3375 E. Shea Blvd., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Ben and Jack's Steakhouse

4180 N. Drinkwater Blvd., Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Casino Arizona at Salt River

524 N. 92nd St., Scottsdale, AZ

Category: General

El Hefe Super Macho Taqueria

4425 N. Saddlebag Trail, Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Music

Kazimierz World Wine Bar

7137 E. Stetson Drive, Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Music

Kelly's at South Bridge

7117 E. 6th Ave., Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Nothing Bundt Cakes

4722 E. Ray Road, Ahwatukee, AZ

Category: General

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