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
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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