Burger connoisseurs packed Moondance Fairgrounds June 19 for the sixth annual Burger Battle Showdown.

And for the fourth straight year Bayside Bar and Grill took first place for their Hot Totty Burger. This year Bayside was the top pick by the judges, with Charlie’s Up North second and Lucky Moose third.

In People’s Choice, The Merit won out with their Bacon Bourbon Burger, edging Birchwood Char House and the Iron Horse Bar and Grill, who finished second and third respectively.

Besides a trophy, each first-place restaurant also gets $500.

“There is no Burger Battle without the 11 awesome restaurants that participated. Thank you to all of them for taking time out of their busy schedules to help support the Walker Area Community Center,” said Jeff Holly, who along with his wife, Kristin, organize the event each year.

“I also want to thank Kathy Bieloh for hosting us again this year. She pays for the entertainment, tables, chairs, tents, bathrooms and all the great staff who pitch in to help set up and tear down. Thank you to all the volunteers who came out to help. Their support was greatly appreciated,” Holly added.

The Burger Battle netted about $7,500 for the Walker Area Community Center, with the Boys & Girls Club receiving an additional $750 for the Summer Program.  

Eleven varieties of burgers were prepared for the hundreds of people. Thirteen restaurants were originally scheduled to take part but two had to drop out.

The restaurants that prepared hundreds of pounds of hamburger were Bayside Bar and Grill, Birchwood Char House, Charlie’s Up North, CK Dudley’s, Dancing Fire, Dorset Chicken Coop, Lucky Moose, Shingobee on the Bay, The 502, The Merit and Walker Legion.

The event started at 5 p.m. and the winners were announced at 8 p.m. Besides eating burgers, there were many different beers, spirits and wines to taste, live music, and raffles for Jammin Country Fest tickets.


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