My friend Steve and I love burgers! I mean beyond a normal love, it might be an obsession. So when we heard they were having a Battle of the Burger competition, hosted by the Nashville Lifestyles magazine, we were so in. Nashville has a huge amount of burger restaurants and restaurants with signature burgers. As far as burgers go for Nashville, there really is something for everyone. As the day approached I would get a daily reminder about the event and the anticipation was killing me. We purchased our tickets in advance for $20.00 each, which considering the amount of burgers we ate was a steal.
First up was Kitchen Notes, their "Tennessee Patty Melt" was amazing and compared to what everyone else was doing it was different. It was their take on a southern patty melt and it was delicious. Their burger was served on grilled rye and topped with pimento cheese, applewood smoked bacon, a special sauce and caramelized Dickle No. 8 Whiskey onions.
Next up was the Hard Rock Cafe and their Local Legend, which left us wondering why they hadn't pulled out the big guns and used their Tango Burger or Hickory Barbecue Bacon Burger? This was a plain burger with mayo, fried onions, lettuce and tomato. Basic but I guess good in the standards of a burger but definitely lacking the extra specialness for a burger competition.
M.L. Rose was next on the list with their Nash Vegas burger. Their burger was on a sweet potato bun and topped with barbecue sauce, pimento cheese and fried sweet tobacco onions. They also served a side of their famous potato chips, my favorite! This burger was amazing and the flavor combinations was nothing short of wow. This was a burger built for competitions.
Urban Grub served up a monster and by this time I could only take a bite of Steve's burger. Their burger was a topped with pulled pork, salami cooked like bacon, bbq sauce and a special sauce. The sandwich was great over all but for a burger competition this over shadowed the burger it self.
I saved the final two for last and not to mention the Second and First Place winners! Hoss' Loaded Burgers is one of my all time favorite food trucks and burgers in Nashville. I have followed them since the day they opened and their burger combinations are out of this world. Not to mention they stuff every burger with cheese! They served the Jackalope, which was full size burger is 1/3lb stuffed with pepper jack, topped with Benton's bacon, avocado, and made from scratch jalapeño honey mustard. Dallas Shaw is a burger genius!
Burger republic served their signature burger called The Tennessean. The burger is topped with Jack Daniel’s honey bourbon sauce, American cheese, maple-glazed Benton’s bacon and quick-fried onion crisps. Having had this burger plus every other burger they have I knew it would be between them and Hoss'.
Next year I'm hoping more local places that are known for their burger will come out to participate. I'm calling out Burger Up, The Pharmacy and Gaby's.