Burger Challenge Winners 2019

The Vancouver Foodster 6th Annual Best Burger Challenge was a success featuring creations from restaurants around greater Vancouver. Each restaurant featured their burger creation from November 7-30, 2019. Our media judging panel determined the ultimate winners of the challenge, and this was quite the task as each judge who tasted each creation with a rigorous process based on taste, originality/uniqueness and presentation/appearance.

Our Media judges for this challenge were: Hanson Do, Tara Lee and Sherman Chan

Each media judge will have scored the creation with a maximum of 40 points as follows: Overall Taste 20 points, Originality and Uniqueness 10 points, Presentation and Appearance 10 points). The total number of points a burger creation could earn is 120 points.

The Winners are:

1st Place:

{103 points}

Hopcott Meats

Good Morning Burger

Created by: Chef Jesse Ho

Price: $13.50

Description: Prime Rib Patty made with freshly coarse ground chuck beef, Hopcott double-smoked bacon, Fried Egg, Aged cheddar, Lettuce, Tomato, Secret House Sauced and red relish, Black and White Sesame Bun

Main Protein Ingredient: Beef

Offered: Offered for lunch.  Available 10:30am to 4pm, 7 days a week.

Hopcott Meats

18385 Old Dewdney Trunk Road, Pitt Meadows

Tel: 604.465.7799

Web: http://www.hopcottmeats.ca/

Twitter @HopcottFarms

Instagram @hopcottfarms

Chef Jesse Ho

2nd Place:

{102 points}

The Red Accordion

T.R.A. Burger

Price: $22

Created by: Chef Mandy Finley-Chiarenza

Description: 7.5 oz of house-ground Brantlake Farms Wagyu beef is not your typical burger. The Burger is seared and cooked to desired doneness in a pan, rather than on the grill to ensure optimal flavor! Our house-made brioche burger bun is handmade and baked fresh daily for optimal quality and freshness. Instead of your standard condiments such as ketchup, mustard, and pickle, sundried tomato, and roasted garlic aioli take their places, along with pickled red onions, wild arugula, house-made pancetta and thick-cut tomato. Because of the way we handle our Wagyu Beef, you can get this burger to the doneness of your liking as well as request a sunny-side farm egg which tends to be popular…and messy.

Main Protein Ingredient: Beef

Offered: all the time

The Red Accordion

1616 Alberni Street, Vancouver

Tel: (604) 428-6464

Web: https://www.theredaccordion.com/

Instagram @theredaccordion

Chef Mandy Finley-Chiarenza

3rd Place:

{100 points}

Douce Diner

Douce Burger

Price: $15.75

Created by: Chef Dawn Doucette

Description: Douce Burger is a double RWA. Beretta beef patties, vintage cheddar, house zucchini & red onion pickles, shredded iceberg, special sauce, toasted bad dog brioche bun

Main Protein Ingredient: Beef

Offered: 8am – 3pm daily

Douce Diner

1490 Pemberton Ave, North Vancouver

Tel: (604) 980-2510

Web: http://doucediner.com/

Instagram @doucediner

 

In the People’s Choice Awards category, the public who tried the Burger creations were the ones who had the opportunity to cast their vote throughout the challenge.

The Winners are:

1st Place People’s Choice:

The Red Accordion

T.R.A. Burger

Price: $22

Created by: Chef Mandy Finley-Chiarenza

Description: 7.5 oz of house-ground Brantlake Farms Wagyu beef is not your typical burger. The Burger is seared and cooked to desired doneness in a pan, rather than on the grill to ensure optimal flavor! Our house-made brioche burger bun is handmade and baked fresh daily for optimal quality and freshness. Instead of your standard condiments such as ketchup, mustard, and pickle, sundried tomato, and roasted garlic aioli take their places, along with pickled red onions, wild arugula, house-made pancetta and thick-cut tomato. Because of the way we handle our Wagyu Beef, you can get this burger to the doneness of your liking as well as request a sunny-side farm egg which tends to be popular…and messy.

Main Protein Ingredient: Beef

Offered: all the time

The Red Accordion

1616 Alberni Street, Vancouver

Tel: (604) 428-6464

Web: https://www.theredaccordion.com/

Instagram @theredaccordion

 

2nd Place People’s Choice:

Douce Diner

Douce Burger

Price: $15.75

Created by: Chef Dawn Doucette

Description: Douce Burger is a double RWA. Beretta beef patties, vintage cheddar, house zucchini & red onion pickles, shredded iceberg, special sauce, toasted bad dog brioche bun

Main Protein Ingredient: Beef

Offered: 8am – 3pm daily

Douce Diner

1490 Pemberton Ave, North Vancouver

Tel: (604) 980-2510

Web: http://doucediner.com/

Instagram @doucediner

 

3rd Place People’s Choice:

Hopcott Meats

Good Morning Burger

Created by: Chef Jesse Ho

Price: $13.50

Description: Prime Rib Patty made with freshly coarse ground chuck beef, Hopcott double-smoked bacon, Fried Egg, Aged cheddar, Lettuce, Tomato, Secret House Sauced and red relish, Black and White Sesame Bun

Main Protein Ingredient: Beef

Offered: Offered for lunch.  Available 10:30am to 4pm, 7 days a week.

Hopcott Meats

18385 Old Dewdney Trunk Road, Pitt Meadows

Tel: 604.465.7799

Web: http://www.hopcottmeats.ca/

Twitter @HopcottFarms

Instagram @hopcottfarms

 

Thank you to the chefs and restaurants that accepted my invitation and featured their burgers on the menu for the past few weeks during this challenge.

I encourage you to visit the winning restaurants to try their Burger creations! See the entries here.

By: Richard Wolak