Congratulations to our 2015 winners:
Paddy Shack and The St. Paul Grill!
A crowd of 2,000 welcomed this years Burger Battle to the Minneapolis Armory in Northeast Minneapolis. The 19 competing restaurants came from both Twin Cities and surrounding suburbs. With the two winners calling St. Paul home this marks the first time one city swept both awards after two suburban restaurants won in 2014. Complimenting the burgers was beer served from Summit and Fulton along with serious funk from the band The UnderGroove.
Chef Jack Riebel of Paddy Shack at Half Time Rec, which made its first Burger Battle appearance, served up its Paddy Shack Burger. Grass-fed beef, American cheese, pickled green tomatoes and onions covered in Paddy sauce won over the Burger Battle’s six judges. Including Chef Thomas Boemer from Corner Table and Revival, Stephanie March from Mpls. St.Paul Magazine, Chef Ryan Cook from Sea Change, Chef Peter Domenick from The Buttered Tin, and event emcees Falen from 101.3 KDWB and Meatsauce, from KFAN FM 100.3.
The St. Paul Grill’s team, led by Sous Chef Corey Picca, served its 2015 Triple Beer Grill Burger. The burger was made from triple prime beef with crispy pancetta, topped with blonde ale mustard aioli, IPA marinated fried shallots, caramelized onion porter steak sauce and smoked gouda on a salted pretzel bun. The St. Paul Grill also contended in 2014’s inaugural Burger Battle.
The 2015 Twin Cities Burger Battle raised $11,500 for local twin cities charity, The Sanneh Foundation. Founded by former professional soccer player and 2002 U.S. Men’s National Team member Tony Sanneh, the foundation helps at-risk children develop leadership skills with mentoring, after-school programming, tutoring and college prep training.