Detroit Burger Brawl 2013: This Saturday at Eastern Market!

By: Toni Cunningham | August 7, 2013
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The debate over Metro Detroit’s best burger is a long-standing one. While you’ve got your Miller’s Bar devotees and Redcoat Tavern supporters, there’s really only one way to settle this battle: with a competition.

To get to the bottom of this argument once and for all (well, at least this year), in steps the Detroit Burger Brawl, a contest that will crown “Detroit’s Best Burger of 2013.” The brawl will be held at Eastern Market on Saturday, August 10 on Erskine St. between Russell St. and Rivard St.

This is one Saturday morning you won’t want to eat breakfast—the sampling begins bright and early at 11 a.m.!

Admission to the Detroit Burger Brawl costs $10, and the funds will be donated to Gleaners Food Bank. All you need is one crisp Alexander Hamilton to enjoy dozens of local burger samples and help local families in need—it doesn’t get much better than that, huh?

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Participating chefs include those from the following local restaurants: Dirty Dog Jazz Café, Green Dot Stables, Motor City Casino, Pappy’s, Rattlesnake Club, Red Crown, Beau Jacks, Café Via, Forest Grill, Local Kitchen and Bar, Mt. Chalet, O’Connor’s Public House, One-Eyed Betty’s, Prime 29, Townhouse Bistro, Captain’s Landing, Metropolitan Café, Terry’s Terrace and FireKeepers Casino.

This is a contest by the people, for the people! From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., you’re free to roam the street and sample as many burgers as your stomach can handle. When you can’t possibly fathom taking another bite, it’s time to vote for your favorite on Facebook.

Then, from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m., the top eight restaurant chefs will get their grills fired up and compete live on stage in front of a panel of judges.

Who are these select individuals who have the power to further decide the fate of Metro D’s best burger? This year’s judges include Susan Selasky (of the Detroit Free Press), John Gonzales (of, Danny Raskin (of the Jewish News), Michael Urbin (executive chef of MGM Grand Detroit) and a to-be-announced people’s judge. Detroit Red Wings and Fox Sports announcer Ken Daniels will serve as emcee of the live portion of the event.

The judges will be subjected to a taste test (a tough job, but somebody’s gotta do it), another round of eliminations will be held, and the top two chefs will flame broil a final burger. The winner will then be chosen and awarded with a trophy and the official title!

In addition to the first prize of “Detroit’s Best Burger 2013,” awards will be given for “Most Flavorful,” “Most Stylish” and “Most Creative.”

Last year’s inaugural Best Burger trophy was awarded to Birmingham’s Townhouse Bistro.

For a full list of participating restaurants, as well as other details, visit or the official Facebook page.