Riverwalk Trust Burger Battle: Four New Burgers to Try

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Photo by Candace West
Charm City is a newcomer at the Burger Battle.
Restaurants will serve up 24 different burgers at this year's Riverwalk Trust Burger Battle, and based on the past two years, it's likely every one of them will be a damn good burger. Returning contenders like Rok: Brgr, Johnny V Las Olas, and Gilbert's 17th Street Grill could be one of your favorites.

But among the newcomers this year are some burgers that will surely be top picks among the judging table (full disclosure: I'm among the judges again for this esteemed contest). Here are four worth seeking out:

4. Bimini Boatyard
If you've lived in Fort Lauderdale at any point, you've probably had the sweet-as-honey Bimini bread. Few restaurants have as many fans as Bimini Boatyard, and it's likely it'll come up with a burger that's
just as crowd-pleasing as that signature bread.

3. The Grateful Palate
This favorite restaurant of the yachting set (and a lot of other people too) took home the Fan Favorite award at  YOLO's Sips & Sliders at Sunset. That night's offering was an incredibly unique number with tostones instead of a bun and a patty of conch. It was unique and delicious, and it's likely Grateful Palate will surprise the crowd of the Burger Battle too.

2. Tap 42
The burgers at Tap 42 are well planned, from the slightly sweet bun to the house-blend meat in the patty. The burgers there also seem well built, with the bun fitting nicely over the ingredients, so that it doesn't turn into a fork-and-knife affair after the first bite. Nobody likes a fork-and-knife burger, and it's unlikely anyone could dislike the burgers from Tap 42.

1. Charm City Burger Company
It has become clear that Mike Saperstein and Evan David, the duo behind Charm City Burgers and El Jefe Luchador, really can't do anything wrong. And their burgers are among the area's best. Take the Good Olde, a nothing-fancy burger with lettuce, onion tomato, American cheese, and a sesame seed bun. Just a great, old-fashioned burger -- and a good indication that Charm City will likely do well at this contest.

Location Info

The Grateful Palate - CLOSED

817 SE 17th St., Fort Lauderdale, FL

Category: Restaurant

YOLO Restaurant and O Lounge

333 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL

Category: Music

Charm City Burgers

1136 E. Hillsboro Blvd., Deerfield Beach, FL

Category: Restaurant

El Jefe Luchador

27 S. Federal Highway, Deerfield Beach, FL

Category: Restaurant

Bimini Boatyard

1555 SE 17th St. Causeway, Fort Lauderdale, FL

Category: Music

Tap 42

1411 S. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale, FL

Category: Music

ROK:BRGR Burger Bar and Gastropub

208 SW Second St., Fort Lauderdale, FL

Category: Restaurant

Johnny V Restaurant

625 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL

Category: Music

Gilbert's 17th Street Grill

1821 Cordova Road, Fort Lauderdale, FL

Category: Restaurant

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Last minute line up change... Bimini Boatyard not begoing competing but will host the post Burger Battle bash! Shuck 'N Dive joins the Battle!

Eric Barton
Eric Barton

Clarification: The folks at Riverwalk Trust say they mistakenly included Bimini Boatyard in a list of competitors this year. So while you won't be able to taste any offerings from Bimini at the battle, the mainstay restaurant will be hosting the Burger Battle's after party.


Ready for this one after the mess I went to for the Grind. That was horrible.

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