After weeks of deliberation, the selection for the BURGERGUYZ 2017 BURGER OF THE YEAR has been made! The 4 finalists, The Phoenix Fire Grill, Big D’s Newton Grill, Pondi’s Bar & Restaurant, and Peter Allen Inn are all worthy of an award, but only one can win! Click the award to reveal the winner!
Truly, an epic burger! Check out our review of The Tavern on the Courtyard at Peter Allen Inn, HERE!
By Don Johnson
Albuquerque – Tucked in a corner off the midway at the 2017 New Mexico State Fair, a dinner bell was rang by the newly crowned state fair queen Erin Christina Arko who yelled to 12 competitors to “Start your grills”. With that, the 2017 New Mexico State Fair Green Chili Cheeseburger Challenge was under way. Competitors from across the state worked diligently to prepare their best chili-cheeseburger featuring the famed green chilies grown in New Mexico, the chili capital of the world.
After the first burger was turned in, a steady parade of green chili cheeseburgers flowed into the judging room. Upon each arrival, Judges Howard McCall, Jennifer Davis, Pete Kassetes, Kristen Currie, and Glenn Meghee were given a burger sample from which they derived their scores. When it was and eaten and done, the scores were counted.
The 2017 Green Chili Cheeseburger Champion is Sparky’s Burgers (Hatch NM) followed by Fuddruckers (Albuquerque NM) and Oak Tree Café (Albuquerque NM). The People’s Choice award winner is OSO Grill (Capitan NM).
El Bruno’s Restaurant – Cuba
Sparky’s Burgers, BBQ & Espresso – Hatch
The Eklund – Clayton
Starr Brothers Brewing – Albuquerque
Village Café – Los Lunas
Rockin’ BZ Burgers – Alamogordo
Whole Foods Market – Sandia Saloon – Albuquerque
Oso Grill — Capitan
Fat Sats Bar & Grill – Belen
Oak Tree Café – Albuquerque
Fuddruckers – Albuquerque
The Pointe Grill – Rio Rancho
Sadie’s of New Mexico – Los Ranchos
Big Mike’s Grill – Belen
Big D’s has the burger you’re looking for. Click a pic to check out some of the deliciousness created by owner/chef Ron Dillon
Check out our review of the burgers at JR’z Pub here, or click the pic…
The Phoenix Fire Grill & Bar burgers are a beautiful thing! Click HERE to read the review.
Preparations have begun for the 2nd Cheeseburger Challenge which will begin February, 2017. The tournament, dubbed “The Meat 16,” is sponsored in 2017 by Badurik’s Butcher Block. It pits 16 restaurants from Mahoning and Trumbull counties against each other in a Sweet 16 type bracket. The 2016 champ, Magic Tree Pub & Eatery, defeated the Trumbull County bracket winner, Just Fred’s in an exciting finale judged at The Vindicator by WFMJ TV 21 anchor Mike Case, 93.3 The Wolf DJ Fast Freddie, and The Vindicator editor, Todd Franko. As in the first tournament, we have chosen 14 restaurants (7 Mahoning, 7 Trumbull) from our list of places that we’ve reviewed. If a 2016 entrant had a first round victory, other than by forfeit, they are automatically invited back. This means we have some new spatulas vying for trophy and bragging rights! It also means we still have two slots open, one from each county. Let us know which restaurants need to be in this tournament! Comment here or on Facebook or by email, firstname.lastname@example.org.