A past champion returns to defend the crown. One James Beard nominee attacks from the south, while another strikes from the north. A food truck prepares to roll over the competition. And a coffee café with something to prove goes hardcore vegan.
Twenty restaurants from across and just outside of Delaware will converge at the Delaware Burger Battle, presented by The Kenny Family Foundation, from noon to 3:30 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 23, at Twin Lakes Brewery in Greenville. All will arrive prepared for battle, serving up their best burgers to critics and burger buffs alike, with pride, glory and trophies for Critic’s Choice Winner, People’s Choice Winner and Best Alternative Burger all up for grabs.
The participating restaurants include Abbott’s Grill, BBC Tavern and Grill, Cantwell’s Tavern, Chelsea Tavern, Deer Park Tavern, Drip Café, Ernest & Scott Taproom, Fuego, Kildare’s Irish Pub, La Fia, The Meat House Chadds Ford, Nage Restaurant, Pizza by Elizabeths, Redfire Grill + Steakhouse, The River Rock Kitchen, Rose & Crown, Skipjack, Tutto Fresco Restaurant, Ulysses American Gastropub and World Cafe Live.
The Delaware Burger Battle has become a Delaware tradition, marking the unofficial last weekend of summer for many families before the start to a new school year.
Redfire Grill + Steakhouse of Hockessin returns to compete after winning last year’s Critic’s Choice Award. James Beard nominee Jay Caputo will arrive with burgers from his Rose & Crown in Lewes, while fellow nominee Bryan Sikora represents La Fia in the heart of Wilmington.
The Kenny Family Foundation returns for a second year to sponsor the battle. Once again, money raised from the battle will benefit Ministry of Caring’s Emmanuel Dining Room, which helps alleviate the immediate needs of Delaware's hungry by serving nutritious meals to anyone in need, at no cost and with no questions asked. Over the past two years, more than $11,000 has been raised and donated to the Ministry of Caring from Burger Battles.
Tickets include unlimited samples of the 20 battlin’ burgers and beer from Twin Lakes Brewery. Tickets are $45 through Friday, Aug. 22 and $55 at the door, if the event does not sell out. Teen tickets (for people ages 11-20) are $15, and tickets for children 10 and under are $5.