10 Magical Burgers You Can Taste in One Place on Wednesday

A sneak peek at this year’s Burgers Bourbon + Beer menu

Burgers are beloved for their simplicity—ground meat, bun, fixings—but that doesn’t mean that all burgers are created equal. Hell no. On May 15, ten local restaurants are gathering at the BLOC in downtown L.A. to celebrate the exquisite nuance involved in building the perfect burger—and for a little friendly competition.

At our annual Burgers Bourbon + Beer event, guests get to sample ten different burgers, vote on their favorites, and wash it all down with some bourbon and beer. The lineup? Impressive: Belcampo, Button Mash, George’s Burgers, the Left Handed Cook, Rappahannock Oyster Bar, Severance, STK, Umami Burger, Wally’s, and Yardbird.

This year’s participating restaurants offered an advanced look at what they’re cooking up. Warning: do not read this if you’re hungry. And, yes, tickets are still available.

Belcampo: Lamb Burger Sliders

With Copalli rum onions

George’s Burger Stand: Pastrami Burger

100 percent certified Angus chuck patty, black rub pastrami, grilled onions, dijonnaise, longhorn cheese

Rappahannock Oyster Bar: Rapp Burger

Caramelized onion, cheddar cheese, b&b pickles, smokey sauce

Severance Wine Bar: Fondue Burger

Niman ground beef, aged cheddar and gouda fondue, caramelized onion jam, garlic aioli on a brioche bun

The Left Handed Cook: The Rizzo

Mochi chorizo patty (beef/pork), kimchi, American cheese, bacon gravy, pickled jalapeño salsa, onion jam on brioche bun

Umami Burger: The Hampton Burger

Two Wagyu patties, shredded lettuce with a green chili vinaigrette, pickled beet slice, roasted tomatoes, American cheese, crumbled feta, mustard, onions, mayo

Wally’s: Wally’s Burger

Wagyu beef, Old Amsterdam gouda, heirloom tomato, caramelized onions, organic greens, Wally’s sauce

Yardbird Southern Table & Bar: The Great American Burger

Short rib, brisket and chuck blend, house-smoked pork belly, American cheese, house pickles, special sauce

Button Mash: Classic Double Cheeseburger 

Ground chuck & sirloin blend, house made pickles, Boston lettuce, American cheese, on a Bimbo bun

STK Steakhouse: Lil’ BRG

Wagyu beef with special sauce on a sesame seed bun

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