Summer is most definitely here, and with July Fourth coming up, chances are you going to see, and munch on, some burgers in the next few weeks. I mean, burgers are really a year-round food, but cooking up burgers on the grill makes for a great summer thing to do. This is even coming from a vegetarian, because I have to say that veggie burgers have gotten a lot better over the years. They’re always a favorite for me during the summer months.
It appears there’s a new burger favorite in Michigan. What’s more, that burger has a Caribbean flavor, making it very original. My mouth is watering just thinking about a Caribbean-flavored delight.
Last weekend, the 2022 Burger Battle in Eastern Market took place. People crowded the venue, waiting in long lines to try burgers from all over the city for the annual Burger Battle, which is run by Dine, Drink, Detroit. This was the firs time the battle was back following a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic. A total of 11 chefs and restaurants were on hand to feed about 2,000 attendees. That’s a lot of burgers!
So, who came out on top? The winner was chef Max Hardy and his Detroit restaurant Coop Caribbean Fusion. The burger offered a blend of beef short rib and brisket, as well as a topping of Havarti cheese. Hardy, who also owns Jed’s Detroit, picked up the $1,000 top prize and a trophy to display in his restaurant. That’s not to mention bragging rights.
Another Detroit-area burger joint was recently crowned the best burger in Michigan by Reader’s Digest. That’s Miller’s Bar in Dearborn, with the publication calling it a burger “with a special blend of meats and topped with a thick slice of Velveeta cheese, burgers here are served ‘commando style’ on wax paper with a side of pickles and white onions.” That sounds delicious, too. Happy burger days.