Review: Bull Burger Battle at Family Leisure
By Bob Burchfield, Editor
The Bull Burger Battle was held at Family Leisure, 11811 Pendleton Pike here in Indianapolis, last Saturday, July 13, 2013. It featured 16 restaurants and independent chefs competing for the title of “Best Burger” in Indianapolis, with the winner receiving a $2,500 Bull Outdoor Grill and a free trip to Las Vegas in November to compete in the World Burger Championship.
“Determination” and “attitude” were perhaps the two most operative words at the Bull Burger Battle. Every competitor with whom I spoke was confident that he or she was going to win. There was a terrific variety of burgers from giant behemoth burgers to sliders, and everything in between. Some of the local restaurants participating included Punch Burger, Eddie Merlot’s, Scotty’s Brewhouse, Eddy’s Neighborhood Grill, Fat Dan’s Deli, and others. There were also several independent chefs taking part in this event, including a team from the Indianapolis Fire Department.
Local celebrity and Indiana’s weather man Paul Poteet was the emcee for this affair, and judges included George Hill from the Indiana Pacers and Anthony Castonzo from the Indianapolis Colts (among others). The competitors fired up their grills in three separate waves and presented their creations in three consecutive groups over the afternoon. In the meantime, spectators enjoyed free samples, vendor information, bounce houses, face painting, live music, ping pong, and local food trucks. Even though the temperature was high, I’d have to say that it was a pretty cool day!
The scoring was so tight that Family Leisure and the event organizers decided to choose not one, but TWO winners. The top winner was Mark Medlin from Nashville, Tennessee. His burger featured peach slices atop a mystery concoction of cheeses and herbs. Craig Baker from The Local Eatery and Pub in Westfield was the other winner with a specialty burger containing bone marrow. Medlin took home the $2,500 Bull Outdoor Grill, and both get a free trip to Las Vegas in November to compete in the World Burger Championship.
Family Leisure has already committed to hosting this event again in 2014. Here are a few photos from the event.