The Top Dog from El Perro Negro in Glasgow has been named the best burger in the UK at the National Burger Awards 2019.
Cooked by director Nick Watkins, the Top Dog is simple but rich, consisting of a beef patty, bone marrow and Roquefort butter, double bacon, caramelised onions and black truffle mayonnaise. The judges, which included Xanthe Clay from The Telegraph and Glenn Evans from Las Iguanas, scored Top Dog the highest after 15 rounds of anonymous judging.
“When you come into one of these competitions, it’s very difficult to gauge what the judges want from a burger – sometimes people want the big leaning tower that can get 2,000 likes on Instagram, whereas the Top Dog is more of a sleeper burger – it’s a bit unassuming,” says Watkins. “But it packs a massive flavour and I think it’s very unique and is against the grain of what people are doing burger-wise. Our focus is on the produce and the quality of the ingredients that we use. So, for me, this is massive.”
The National Burger Awards 2019 Grand Final was held on 20 February at Islington Metal Works in London, and was hosted by Christian Stevenson (AKA DJ BBQ). Fifteen finalists competed in two rounds that saw them cook a Technical Burger, which was made with ingredients supplied by the event’s sponsors; alongside their own-recipe burger that they submitted at the entry process.
Alex Hayes from Squeezed in Bristol won Burger Chef of the Year based on his Technical Burger, made with ingredients supplied by the event’s sponsors.
New for 2019 was the Bloggers’ Choice Award, voted for by bloggers from The Fat Foodie, Big Eats Global and What Al Eats. This was won by Libertine Burger from Leamington Spa.
The National Burger Awards 2019 is sponsored by Americana, Artis, BrewDog, Danish Crown, Electrolux Professional, Farm Frites, Hellmann’s, Kühne and Startle. Soft drinks for the evening were provided by Dalston’s, Gunna Drinks and Remedy Kombucha.
For the National Burger Awards 2019, H2O Publishing partnered with City Harvest, the charity that puts fresh surplus food to good use in a sustainable way by redistributing to organisations that feed the hungry. As a result of the partnership, 441 meals were rescued and sent to charities in London the following morning.