Caribbean burger wins best burger award at Burger Battle Detroit event

It was a Sunday afternoon Bonanza burger at Eastern Market and one burger came out on top.

After fierce competition, a Caribbean burger with mango chutney, peppery arugula and spicy jerk mayonnaise was the champion of the 2022 Detroit Burger Battle.

The burger, created by Max Hardy, owner of Coop Caribbean Fusion at the Detroit shipping company in Midtown, won the top prize of $1,000 and a trophy to display in his restaurant.

“It was truly an honor,” Hardy said of the win. “Coming back from COVID, after not being able to make it last year, being outside and being around all the fun chefs and restaurateurs. It’s an honor to be able to do that. And to win. It’s a testament to all the work we do every day in the restaurant industry.”

Coop Caribbean Fusion Burger with mango chutney and jerk mayonnaise won the Burger Battle Detroit on Sunday at Eastern Market.

The burger featured a mix of beef ribs and beef brisket, Hardy said. It was also topped with creamy Havarti cheese and served on a toasted bun.

“There’s a lot of love and a lot of flavor,” Hardy said. “It’s spicy but I love…summer. So we had a lot to do.”

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On Sunday afternoon, there were burgers galore in Hangar 5 at Detroit’s Eastern Market for the annual Burger Battle, hosted by Dine, Drink, Detroit. The battle returned after a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic. Nearly 2,000 people were expected, said Scott Rutterbush of Dine, Drink, Detroit, the event organizer.

A crowd gathered for Burger Battle Detroit held at the Eastern Market.

“We’ve had positive feedback from people and we’re excited to be back.” Rutterbush said.

Nearly a dozen restaurants and chefs across metro Detroit competed for the top prize.

Burger assembly at Sunday's Burger Battle Detroit

Second place went to Frita Batidos, with restaurants in Ann Arbor and Detroit, for a slider-style burger served with corn relish, topped with brisket and a small fried egg. Naked Burger won 3rd place in the People’s Choice award for its burger with shredded truffles and a layer of crispy cheese. The burger received 1,400 votes.

All afternoon, the crowd ate burgers and voted for the favorites to send to the judge’s table. Full disclosure, I was a judge along with other local food experts.

“It’s exciting,” said Mindy Kroll of Livonia. “You feel like you’re at a big party, like a big barbecue in the garden with 15 different grills.”

Left to right, Lisa Eadeh of Livonia, Jill Kulchinsky of Redford and Mindy Kroll of Livonia enjoy burgers at Burger Battle Detroit.

Coop’s Caribbean burger was a Kroll favorite.

Others who made it to the judges’ table included 2019 winner Kozy Lounge with their jalapeno Katburger, food truck Rolling Stoves and their caramelized onion, bacon, and surprise ingredient burger. peanut butter.

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