New York City doesn’t do every kind of food well (see: Mexican), but when it comes to burgers, the five boroughs can give any ham-let a run for its money. That’s one thing we were reminded of at last night’s third annual Battle of the Burger NYC presented by Amstel Light, a competition gathering the best chefs in New York to find the best burger.
And while there were many worthy contenders—we especially enjoyed the offerings from American Cut and Jeepney—there could be only one champ, and that was The Standard Burger from none other than Staten Island. The winning creation was Chef Fuji Lazoja’s Texan Burger: beef, aged cheddar, thick cut bacon, lettuce, pickles, straw onions and house BBQ sauce on a potato roll. Delicious, right? (And now you finally have a reason to visit Staten Island!)
One other takeaway: Amstel Light has been positioning itself as the official beer of the burger, and last night it finally made sense to us. When you are eating a healthy portion of meat and bread (we sampled seven of the 50 burgers in the contest), a light, refreshing, 95-calorie beer is the perfect compliment. Burgers up!