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Review: Bull Burger Battle at Family Leisure

July 17, 2013 Leave a comment
Bull Burger Battle at Family Leisure

Bull Burger Battle at Family Leisure.
AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2013, all rights reserved.

By Bob Burchfield, Editor
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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.

A perfect cheeseburger made by Fat Dan's Deli.

A perfect cheeseburger made by Fat Dan’s Deli.
AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2013, all rights reserved.

Fat Dan's Deli cheeseburger.

How’s THIS for a burger presentation?
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George Hill with Craig Baker

Craig Baker was one of the winners, pictured here with
celebrity judge George Hill from the Indiana Pacers.
AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2013, all rights reserved.

Mark Medlin was the top winner in the Bull Burger Battle.

Mark Medlin was the top winner in the Bull Burger Battle.
AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2013, all rights reserved.

Colts tackle Anthony Castonzo with emcee Paul Poteet (left) and Family Leisure manager Kevin Prefontaine.

Colts tackle Anthony Castonzo with emcee Paul Poteet (left)
and Family Leisure manager Kevin Prefontaine.
AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2013, all rights reserved.

Bull Burger Battle at Family Leisure, July 13

June 17, 2013 Leave a comment
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Images provided by Family Leisure and used with written permission.

Press Release
Family Leisure
http://www.familyleisure.com/burgerbattle

Is yours the best burger? We'll see!

Is yours the best burger? We’ll see!

DISCLOSURE NOTICE: The editor of AroundIndy.com, LLC — publisher of this blog — has been invited to participate in this event as a judge.

Indianapolis may not be known as a haven for world burger champions, but a local burger challenge at Family Leisure on July 13, 2013, may change that.

Family Leisure, a local distributor of outdoor grills and smokers, is getting fired up to host the Bull Burger Battle, a qualifying event that will send one great Indiana griller to Las Vegas to compete in the World Food Championships and a shot at food fame and fortune.

The Bull Burger Battle is set for July 13 and will pit up to 24 grillers against one another in a head-to-head, high heat and high stakes grill-off to find Indy’s best burger cook. Burger fans and the public are invited to watch the area’s best cooks and chefs square off for food supremacy at Family Leisure, 11811 Pendleton Pike, Indianapoli,s Indiana.

Each Bull Burger Battle champion will win his or her choice of a Bull Outdoor Angus Cart, Bull Outdoor Brahma head, or store credit on any Bull Outdoor product. In addition to a premium Bull Outdoor grill, the Bull Burger Battle champ will win a free trip to Las Vegas to compete on Team Bull in the World Burger Championship at the World Food Championships.

Bull Outdoor Angus Grill

Bull Outdoor Angus Grill

With multiple competition categories and hundreds of America’s best culinary masters squaring off in the heart of Las Vegas for fame and part of the $300,000 prize purse, the World Food Championships is the ultimate food competition. The winner of the Bull Burger Battle will throw down with 50 other burger builders and a total of 450 competitors as part of this epic food event.

If you like to watch food competitions but competing isn’t your thing, the The Bull Burger Battle will have an opportunity to register and win a free trip to Las Vegas to watch 450 of the planet’s best cooks and chefs shows off their skills at the 2013 World Food Championships.

Entry is free upon acceptance of application, due by June 30. Competitors must bring their own grill and ingredients to create approximately six burgers. Setup and competition on July 13 will run from approximately 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Bull Burger Battle is currently accepting applications from interested competitors: amateur, professional cooks and restaurateurs are all invited to compete. Contact Gina at social@familyleisure.com for more details or register to compete at http://www.familyleisure.com/burgerbattle. To view the full PDF press release of this event, click here (8MB PDF).