The annual event will this year be held at a new location. It’s scheduled to start at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 15 at the Marine Parade Ground at Navy Yard Philadelphia.
In 2018, Ripplewood earned top honors Cutthroat Cocktail and in the Judges’ Choice Taco Takedown competitions. The Taco Takedown Competition will not be part of the 2019 event.
The Ardmore eatery’s cocktail made with Makers’s Mark with carrot juice, ginger juice, lemon juice, rosemary tincture and rosemary sprig garnish was crafted just right for those in attendance to earn the honor.
As for the tacos, it was Ripplewood’s tongue and cheek taco that won the judges’ favor. The tacos feature braised veal tongue and beef cheek marmalade on a corn tortilla.
Food critics, writers and celebrity judges will also name one winning burger, “Judge’s Choice.” Restaurants and bars may compete in the Cutthroat Cocktail Competition, sponsored by Jim Beam.
Attendees are invited to enjoy all-you-can-eat samples of the very best burger in Philadelphia and then vote for their favorite of the many participants. A full list of participating restaurants is featured below.
New competitors for 2019 include Flannel, Tradesman’s, Harper’s Garden, Avalon Bistro, Brick & Brew, Brickwall Tavern, Culture on the Circle, Del Frisco’s, Green House, Hip City Veg, Profeta Farms, South Bowl, The Common, and Three Monkey Cafe.
Restaurants and bars may compete in the Cutthroat Cocktail Competition, sponsored by Jim Beam.
Tickets are on sale now at the Philly Burger Brawl website here for $45 for advance general admission. $50 tickets will be available at the door.
Tickets include samples and one free cocktail.
VIP tickets are available for $100 with perks such as early entry, a VIP lounge, and unlimited drinks.
All proceeds go to The Fund for the School District of Philadelphia to support hardware needs to implement math and reading literacy programs in underserved elementary schools.
Children under 10 get in free with no ticket. They must be accompanied by an adult.
Those looking to drink must be 21 years old with identification. Parking is free and the event is rain or shine.
“Philadelphia Burger Brawl is back again with two exciting changes — an all new date in the fall and an all new, even larger location at Navy Yard Philadelphia,” said volunteer organizer and founder Rob Wasserman. “We are ready to bring on the sizzle as we help feed literacy and support underserved elementary schools in Philadelphia. This year we are proud to have support from 60+ restaurants that will bring their culinary talents and passion to the Navy Yard. Be prepared to come hungry as they wow us again at the grills. While nothing beats walking away with Burger Brawl bragging rights, we are all actually winners as we raise tens of thousands of dollars together for an amazing cause near and dear to our hearts.”
The full list of competitors (as of Aug. 26) includes the following area eateries:
- Avalon Bistro and Bar
- Bainbridge Street Barrel House
- Bernie’s University City
- Black Cat Tavern
- Brick and Brew
- Brickwall Tavern & Dining
- Craftsman Row
- Culture on the Circle
- Del Frisco’s Steak House
- Elevation Burger
- Frankie and Jimmy D’s
- GreenHouse, New Hope
- Hank’s Place
- Hard Rock Café
- Harper’s Garden
- Hip City Veg & Bombon Bar
- JT Brewskis Pub
- Lucky’s Last Chance
- ‘m2o Burger
- Milk Boy
- Misconduct Tavern
- Moonshine Philly
- Outlaw’s Burger Barn & Creamery
- Pineville Tavern
- PJ Clarke’s
- Profeta Farms
- Prohibition Tap Room
- Ripplewood Whiskey & Craft
- Rouge’s Gallery
- Sabrina’s Cafe
- Second District Brewing
- South Bowl
- Steam Pub
- Stove and Tap
- Taproom on 19th
- The Bercy
- The Common
- The Happy Rooster
- The Red Owl Tavern
- Three Monkey’s Café
- Tradesman PHL
- Tredici Enoteca
- Twenty Manning
- Twisted Tail
- Village Whiskey
- Winston’s Cuisine
All competitors will compete for the coveted trophy and title of Judge’s Choice. For 2019, judges will again select first place, second place and third place prizes.
Judges include more than 40 members of local and regional press, members of Philadelphia’s restaurant community, representatives from the Mayor’s Office and the Philadelphia School District, local celebrities, and local tourism officials.
New in 2019, top local influencers will select the top winner (plus second and third place) for Instagrammer’s Choice factoring in Instagram-worthy looks and presentation, and must-try taste and flavor. Guests will also place their votes for their favorite burgers to select the People’s Choice Winner.
Burger Brawl will also pair all the amazing burger combinations with killer cocktails. Philadelphia Burger Brawl’s Cut Throat Cocktail Competition will return this year.
All participating restaurants and bars are invited to compete showing off their creative use of Jim Beam Black, a premium 86-proof, double-aged bourbon that spends 8 years in new charred, white oak barrels. The Cocktail competition will take place within the Jim Beam Bourbon Lounge at the event. Jim Beam representatives will select the cocktail competition winner.
On top of a day of food, drink, and competition, Burger Brawl attendees can rock out on the Marine Parade grand lawn with tunes from Beasley Radio Group’s family of stations, with talent on-hand from 93.3 WMMR, 95.7 Ben FM, 102 WMGK, 97.5 Fanatic, and WXTU.