Heineken Light Burger Bash presented by Schweid & Sons® took place last Friday, February 22nd from 7:30-10:30pm in Miami’s South Beach on the sparkling sands behind The Ritz-Carlton as part of the extraordinarily popular annual South Beach Wine and Food Festival. Previous Burger Bash judges, David Burtka and Neil Patrick Harris, hosted the 2019 event.
The aroma of freshly grilled burgers hit attendees right away with everyone quickly deciding which burger to try first. The portions were generous for the number of chefs on board this year, which numbered at over forty.
Three grand prizes were awarded Friday evening. Pincho Factory won the coveted Heineken Light People’s Choice Award and LT Steak & Seafood received the Schweid & Sons’ Very Best Burger award, and Chicago’s Avec won Red Robin’s Best of the Bash for its Raclette Burger.
“This is the 18th Burger Bash, and I have been here fifteen times, and I have been to all of the ones in NYC [NYCWFF],” said Mark Rosati, Head Chef and Culinary Director of Shake Shack. “Here, I see chefs from all over the world. Some of these chefs you see maybe only once or twice in your lifetime, but to come here together in this beautiful city with the beach as the backdrop, it’s great fun. It’s a small community globally speaking. There is something special about being here and celebrating being in the moment. Anytime there is an event in Miami Beach, you don’t have to ask. We are on the next plane!”
Our favorite burgers included Shake Shack’s Madison Square Burger: a dry-aged cheeseburger with Raclette cheese, pickled red onion and brown butter-shallot mayo on a Martin’s Potato Roll; Morimoto’s Grilled Burger topped with Sauteed Yakisoba Noodles and Vegetables and finished with Japanese Mayo and Nori Powder; and 109 Burger Joint’s Burger: Ground Chuck/Short Rib and Ground Lamb mixed with Mint and Specially Seasoned, topped with Muhammara Spread, Cabot White Cheddar Cheese and Watercress on a Hand Crafted Burger Bun.
Chef Morimoto himself served guests his own Asian-inspired burger creation!
Another notable burger as American Airline’s Signature Flagship Burger: Hand-Formed Single Sirloin Burger, Aged Cheddar, Red Onion Bacon Marmalade, Arugula, and Beefsteak Tomatoes.
To note, there were many we did not have the opportunity to taste and look forward to coming again in the coming years to taste even more.
Desserts included a mouthwatering cookie plate by Night Owl Cookies served with a 2oz shot on milk, Bourbon Caramel and Key Lime Pie Ice Cream by Brain Freeze Nitrogen Ice Cream & Yogurt Lab, and Strawberry Shortcake by Pretty Sweet.
Martin’s Potato Rolls served as the official roll for Burger Bash. Beverages served included Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Essentia Water, La Croix Sparkling Water, and Camp Viejo Wine. Sponsors were American Airlines, Baptist Health, Barilla, Florida Dairy Farmers, Marriot Envoy, Red Robin Gourmet Burgers and Brews, Schweid & Sons®, and South Florida BMW Centers.
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