Legend has it that it was two brothers from Akron, Ohio who created the hamburger back in 1885. On the final day of the New York State Fair in Hamburg, NY, Akron natives Frank and Charles Menches ran out of pork for the sandwiches they were vending from their concession booth. Thankfully, the pair found some ground beef, as well as a myriad of other ingredients, to create one of America’s most iconic foods – the hamburger. More than 125 years later, this all-American sandwich is honored in Akron, Ohio during the National Hamburger Festival.
|For our very first competition, we wanted to
enter a burger that had big flavor. In our
early visits to Texas, our taste buds had
been walloped with a smoked pickled
jalapeño relish and outright smacked with
a jalapeño bacon. We added the fried
jalapeños and a slice of cheddar and knew
this burger was destined to be a winner!
After earning our first trophy, we decided
to retire the Texas Triple Jay from
competition and vowed to create new burgers
for the National Hamburger Festival every year.
|For our sophomore trip to the National
Hamburger Festival, we needed to prove that
Smoke the Burger Joint was not a “one hit
wonder.” We entered a burger with over-the-top
flavor inspired by America’s over-the-top city,
Las Vegas! Our Dirty Vegas is the burger you
want to wash away a night of sins on the Strip.
It was an instant hit with the judges and our
ever-growing fan base. If a fried egg on a
burger wasn’t a thing yet, it quickly became
|There is a city in northern California where the
sweet smell of fresh garlic wafts in the late
summer afternoon breezes. The picturesque town
of Gilroy also hosts an annual Garlic Festival and
is known as the Garlic Capital of the United States.
This is where we drew our inspiration for our 2015
National Hamburger Festival entry. We created our
very own five-cheese garlicy spread to complement
our smoky Angus beef, some beer-braised onions
with bacon and a housemade basil-pesto mayo. As
decadent as this burger sounds, you can tell your
significant other that regular garlic consumption is
claimed to reduce cholesterol and reduce blood pressure.
You are welcome!
|After three years atop the Creative Beef category
at the National Hamburger Festival, our 2016 entry
took a stab at feeding our vegetarian friends. With
our competition barbecue origins and ever growing
meat-loving fan-base, we had been building a surprise
reputation in our restaurants with a housemade veggie
patty. No surprise to our team, mind you. When you
know flavor like we do and use quality ingredients,
you can top almost anything and make it a winner!
Still, we suggest you try this burger with bacon.
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