Burger Brawl: The best burgers in Philly

Several different kinds of burgers will be included in the Burger Brawl. Credit: Stuart Goldenberg
Eat your fill at Burger Brawl, June 8, 3-6 p.m., at Xfinity Live. Tickets are $35 at PhillyBurgerBrawl.com.
Credit: Stuart Goldenberg

Rob Wasserman, owner of Rogue, 500 Degrees and The Saint James, is bringing Burger Brawl back June 8 for it’s fourth — and meatiest — installment. The event pits local eateries against each other in the battle to create the city’s best burger.

Proceeds go to local schools. Last year’s tally was $80,000, which Wasserman hopes to double this year.

We spoke with a few eager competitors about what makes a winning burger.

Kevin Gross, VP of operations at Fat Jack’s (10090 Roosevelt Blvd.):

“I don’t like flattop burgers. I like a charred burger with grill marks. I like a juicy burger made out of higher end meat, like a short rib blend. Rolls are a selling point too. They have to hold up to what you’re putting on them.”

Advantage: Fat Jack’s won first place in last year’s Burger Brawl.

Josh Kim, owner of Spot Burger (33rd and Market):

“I believe the judges are looking for quality meat, execution of the burger, and flavor combination. I recently did a burger competition for the sports radio station WIP. I learned a lot there. I didn’t come out on top, but now I’m back in the lab experimenting with the blend of meat I want to use. I’m not going to lose, I plan to win.”

Advantage: Spot Burger is the only food cart among 50 participants.

Ben Puchowitz, co-owner of Cheu Noodle Bar (255 S 10th St.):

“[A winning burger] has to be simple. Not too many toppings. That starts to get messy and they start to slide off your burger. It has to be a well-constructed sandwich. Just like any sandwich, all components have to mesh together well.”

Advantage: Everyone wants to see what kind of burger will come from a noodle shop.


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