Scottsdale Culinary Festival Burger Battle: The Results Are In!

Judging by the bustling crowd at Scottsdale Stadium on Thursday evening, it's safe to say the second annual Burger Battle at the Scottsdale Culinary Festival was quite the success. I know I had a great time. But then, when you can smell the aroma of sizzling burgers from almost a quarter-mile away, it's a good sign that you're heading in to something good.

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The field was a little smaller this year with 11 competitors, plus two dessert peddlers and two corporate sampling stations (Jennie-O turkey burgers and Simplot frozen fries). Live music was provided by The Walkens (just like last year), and the fine folks at Leinenkugel's ensured everyone's whistles were thoroughly wet.

A number of returning contestants brought the same burgers they made last year. My absolute favorite of the bunch was North Scottsdale's Cold Beers & Cheeseburgers, whose Steakhouse Truffle Burger was everything I want in a burger, turned Up To Eleven. The patty was seared and seasoned, the bacon was crisp, and a light drizzle of truffle oil sent the whole thing over the top.

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JK Grence
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