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Sacramento Burger Battle returns for second competition

Your taste buds may be surprised at what they find at the Sacramento Burger Battle.

If you missed the enormous cloud of hickory-scented smoke rising from Raley Field last September, you’re in luck. The Sacramento Burger Battle will return for its second year this Wednesday, Sept. 18.

Last year, 15 of Sacramento’s most talented chefs and restaurant owners broke out the red meat and fired up the grills in an attempt to answer one burning question: Who makes the best burger?

The competitors turned out their best offerings, many of which included local ingredients, from the beef to the tomatoes and, of course, freshly baked buns. In the end, Chef’s Table of Rocklin received the top prize from the panel of judges, who voted on the most important burger qualities, including bun quality, taste and juiciness.

Owner of Chef’s Table, David Hill, took home the grand prize at the 2012 Burger Battle.

Over 600 guests poured in, via the gates of Raley Field, and each one was given a token. Samples were savored, brews were sipped and votes were cast. Food truck favorite Krush Burger took home the People’s Choice Award for their “Da Philly” burger, featuring a pile of delicious toppings including caramelized onions and cremini mushrooms.

Rodney Blackwell, blogger and creator of burgerjunkies.com, conceptualized the Sacramento Burger Battle to showcase the city’s burger scene, and of course, to celebrate National Cheeseburger Day, which is Sept. 18.

“I wanted to have a good event for the food scene in Sacramento,” Blackwell said. “Burgers are such a great American food.”

The Burger Battle also serves as a fundraiser for the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America, a cause very close to heart for Blackwell and some of the event’s volunteers. Blackwell chose this foundation because his daughter lives with Crohn’s disease. Blackwell explains on the Burger Battle website, “Since I can’t cure the disease myself, I figured I’d do what I can to help those that are trying.” Last year’s attendees helped to raise over $27,000 for the CCFA.

It appears that this year’s rematch will be just as juicy and savory as the inaugural event of 2012. Six qualified foodies will operate the judges’ table, including Los Angeles Times food writer Russ Parsons, expert San Diego burger blogger Erin Jackson and Chef Patrick Mulvaney of Mulvaney’s B&L here in Sacramento.

The Burger Battle will fill the field with other fun activities, including desert samples; free collectable drinking glasses; beer, wine and cider tastings; live music; raffle prizes; and a complimentary swag bag. VIP tickets are also available, and include early entrance to the event, cocktail demonstrations and samples, and a free raffle ticket.

The Sacramento Burger Battle throws down from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. VIP guests will gain entry at 6 p.m. Bring your appetite, be sure to prepare for the heat and keep in mind that this event is for the 21-and-over crowd only.

For a full list of competitors, activities and ticket information, visit the Burger Battle website. Stay up to date on details with the Sacramento Burger Battle Facebook page

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