Last night, the best burgerslingers in the country and more than a few high-end chefs descended on the main tent of this year's South Beach Wine & Food Festival to compete in what is arguably the weekend's most popular event, the Amstel Light Burger Bash. And for the third year in a row, Food Network star Michael Symon and his Cleveland, Ohio restaurant B Spot won the popular vote for his uber meaty submission, this time a pork and bacon burger topped with pulled pork and slaw. The judges vote went to local Miami restaurant Whisk for its crispy shallot, bacon, and Swiss burger. They beat out strong offerings from New York's defending champion Josh Capon, The Dutch's Andrew Carmellini, Husk's Sean Brock, the Iron Chef himself Masahara Morimoto, liquid nitrogen enthusiast Richard Blais, and frequent crowd pleaser Shake Shack, which unveiled a soon to be unleashed SmokeShack burger topped with bacon and pickled peppers.
One state, two days, four burger joints, and a whole lot of griddled onions
By Amy McCarthy