Best burgers to go head-to-head at national event

Best burgers to go head-to-head at national event

Chefs from Bleecker, Smashburger and the Hard Rock Café are just some of the individuals celebrating after making it through to the final of this year’s National Burger Awards.

The annual cook-off, now in its sixth year, will see 16 chefs from restaurants, pubs and street food businesses compete in a live final at the Islington Metal Works in London next month (the full list of finalists can be found at the end of this release).

At the event, each chef will be put to the test across three rounds, where, against a strict time limit, they will produce the signature burger that was chosen for the final; a ‘technical’ burger made from ingredients from the competition sponsors; as well as a vegan burger to finish things off.

On the day, the burgers will be judged by a panel of industry experts, featuring El Perro Negro’s Nick Watkins, who won the National Burger Awards in 2019. The chef that produces the Burger of the Year will walk away with £1,000, as well as the prestigious award.

“What a list of finalists we have this year,” says Tristan O’Hana, editor of Casual Dining Magazine, which hosts the event. “From restaurants to pubs to street food operators, the different levels of operation that have made it through to the final is testament to how important the humble burger still is to the hospitality industry. The competition is going to be so tight this year, so the very best of luck to all of the chefs involved!”

The 2020 National Burger Awards is sponsored by Americana, Arla Pro, Danish Crown, Electrolux, Farm Frites, Hellmann’s, Kühne and The Meatless Farm Co.

National Burger Awards 2020 finalists

Smashburger UK
BBQ Brisket Smash

Bun Club
The Dairy Queen

Cafe Rouge
Beef Bourguignon Burger

Stripclub Streetfood
A Kiss

Bleecker
Bleecker Double Cheeseburger

The Greyhound On The Test
Greyhound Burger

Big Boys Fine Burgers
Stop Being Such a Melt

The Botanist
The Botanist Cheeseburger

Hard Rock Cafe
(Everything I Do) I Do It For Ribs

Lucky Beach
Lucky Beach Burger

Flying Cows
Truffle Boy

Libertine Burger
Libertine #100

Cut & Grind Burgers
The Heart and Bone Burger

Slim’s
Slim’s Double Cheeseburger

Chuck Burgers
Chuck Devil Burger

Eat The Bird
What’s Your Beef, Son?