A Sneak Peek at the Burger Magic Being Served Up at Burgers Bourbon + Beer

Don’t read this if you’re hungry

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 23, ten local restaurants are gathering at the Victorian in Santa Monica 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, BOA Steakhouse, Hinoki & the Bird, the Victorian, Cassell’s, Malibu Cafe, Mikkeller, the Oinkster, Umami Burger, and Woodley Proper.

Several of 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: Belcampo Lamb Burger

Black garlic aioli, onion sprouts

BOA Steakhouse: BOA Burger

Prime beef with camembert cheese, cajun dusted crispy onions, and pickled jalapeno aioli on a brioche bun

Hinoki & the Bird: Okonomiyaki Burger

Pickled peppers, okonomiyaki mayo, two ground beef and short rib patties on a honey potato bun

The Malibu Café: Best Burger

Beef and chorizo patty, roasted garlic shrimp, chipotle tomato sauce, havarti cheese, brioche slider bun

Mikkeller DTLA: Lamb Burger

Ground lamb and pork, caramelized onion, Challerhocker, arugula, aioli

The Oinkster: The Royale

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Nebraska Angus patty cheeseburger with bacon, chili, pastrami, dill pickles, onions, tomato, lettuce, and Thousand Island dressing

Umami Burger: Harjuku Umami BBQ Burger

Green jalapenos, sweet-and-spicy bourbon BBQ sauce, sesame yuzu kosho slaw

Woodley Proper: Prime Beef Burger

Brioche bun, house-made triple cream cheese, tomato jam, roasted beet mustard

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