Burger Challenge Winners 2020

The Vancouver Foodster 7th Annual Best Burger Challenge was a success featuring creations from restaurants around greater Vancouver. Each restaurant featured their burger creation from November 6-29, 2020. 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.

The Winners are:

1st Place:

{108 points}

The Whip Restaurant

The Whip VS Burger

Price: $22.50

Created by: Chef Sedge Lewis

Description: 8oz grass fed Dry Aged beef patty basted in thyme butter served on a locally made brioche bun with bone marrow butter, caramelized onion & tomato relish, aged white cheddar, crispy shallots and truffle aioli.

Offered: All-day Mon-Fri (11am – 10pm)  / After brunch Sat/Sun (2pm – 10pm)

Delivery/Takeout: This burger will be available for dine in or take out only, not delivery. Call to order pick up

The Whip Restaurant

209 6th Avenue East, Vancouver

Tel: (604) 874-4687

Web: https://thewhipyvr.com/

Instagram @thewhip_yvr

2nd Place (Tie):

{104 points}

Hearthstone Tap & Forno

The Big Kahuna Burger

Price: $20

Created by: Chef Jon Oandasan

Description: Enjoy a 50/50 beef and bacon patty, joined by spicy salami, charred pineapple, beer braised onions, arugula, tomato, garlic aioli and bourbon bbq sauce resting on a brioche bun. Served with truffle fries.

Offered: 11:00am-9:00pm 7 days a week

Available for Dine-In or Take Out

Hearthstone Tap & Forno

1015 Marine Drive, North Vancouver

Tel: 604.984.1842

Web: http://www.hearthstonebrewery.com/

Twitter: @hearthstonebeer

Instagram: @hearthstonebeer

2nd Place (Tie):

{104 points}

Smoke & Bones Bbq

The Big ’T’

Price: $19.99

Created by: the entire team

Description: Flame Grilled 1/2 lb Alberta Beef Patty, Cheese, House Smoked Pulled Pork, Onions Rings, Pickles, Garlic Aioli, Brioche Bun. Topped with House Smoked Pork Back Ribs.

Offered: Mon-Wed 12-8PM, Thursday-Sunday 12-9PM

Available for Dine-In or Take Out by ordering in person.

Smoke & Bones Bbq

999 Marine Drive, North Vancouver

Tel: (604) 770-1394

Web: https://smokeandbones.ca/restaurant/

Instagram @smokeandbonesbbq

3rd Place:

{95 points}

Hopcott Meats

Seoul Burger

Price: $14.00

Created by: Chef Jesse Ho

Description: Bulgogi Glazed 6oz Prime Rib Patty, Kimchi, Fried Egg, Aged Cheddar, Gochujang Aioli, Cucumber on a Black & White Sesame Bun. Comes with Fries or Side Salad

Main Protein Ingredient: beef

Offered: Daily from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm

Available for Dine-In or Take Out

Hopcott Meats

18385 Old Dewdney Trunk Road, Pitt Meadows

Tel: 604.465.7799

Web: http://www.hopcottmeats.ca/

Twitter @HopcottFarms

Instagram @hopcottfarms

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:

Hearthstone Tap & Forno

The Big Kahuna Burger

Price: $20

Created by: Chef Jon Oandasan

Description: Enjoy a 50/50 beef and bacon patty, joined by spicy salami, charred pineapple, beer braised onions, arugula, tomato, garlic aioli and bourbon bbq sauce resting on a brioche bun. Served with truffle fries.

Offered: 11:00am-9:00pm 7 days a week

Available for Dine-In or Take Out

Hearthstone Tap & Forno

1015 Marine Drive, North Vancouver

Tel: 604.984.1842

Web: http://www.hearthstonebrewery.com/

Twitter: @hearthstonebeer

Instagram: @hearthstonebeer

2nd Place People’s Choice:

The Whip Restaurant

The Whip VS Burger

Price: $22.50

Created by: Chef Sedge Lewis

Description: 8oz grass fed Dry Aged beef patty basted in thyme butter served on a locally made brioche bun with bone marrow butter, caramelized onion & tomato relish, aged white cheddar, crispy shallots and truffle aioli.

Offered: All-day Mon-Fri (11am – 10pm)  / After brunch Sat/Sun (2pm – 10pm)

Delivery/Takeout: This burger will be available for dine in or take out only, not delivery. Call to order pick up

The Whip Restaurant

209 6th Avenue East, Vancouver

Tel: (604) 874-4687

Web: https://thewhipyvr.com/

Instagram @thewhip_yvr

3rd Place People’s Choice:

Hopcott Meats

Seoul Burger

Price: $14.00

Created by: Chef Jesse Ho

Description: Bulgogi Glazed 6oz Prime Rib Patty, Kimchi, Fried Egg, Aged Cheddar, Gochujang Aioli, Cucumber on a Black & White Sesame Bun. Comes with Fries or Side Salad

Main Protein Ingredient: beef

Offered: Daily from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm

Available for Dine-In or Take Out

Hopcott Meats

18385 Old Dewdney Trunk Road, Pitt Meadows

Tel: 604.465.7799

Web: http://www.hopcottmeats.ca/

Twitter @HopcottFarms

Instagram @hopcottfarms

Our Media judges for this challenge were: David Peng, Rose Lin 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 cake creation could earn is 120 points.

Thank you to the chefs and establishments 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 places to try their burger creations! See the entries here.

By: Richard Wolak