Riverwalk Burger Battle™ TOP 5 Winning Burgers

BBChipRiverwalk Fort Lauderdale hosted the SOLD OUT Riverwalk Burger Battle™ V presented by Publix Aprons Cooking School and Catering  on Friday, May 23, 2014 under the stars along the Riverwalk at Huizenga Plaza. This sizzling event, emceed by Big 105.9‘s Doc Reno, pitted sixteen (16) top burger joints and restaurants against one another to show off their creative juices and grilling skills to over 1200  guests along the scenic New River. The Battle brings together South Florida burger aficionados for an evening of gourmet burger creations, cocktails, beers and fun, while raising funds to support the Riverwalk Fort Lauderdale’s mission of building and nurturing a vibrant community connected by the New River.

Who won the Trophy?

A team of restaurant industry judges awarded the custom Riverwalk Burger Battle™ trophy to this 2x contender, who placed 5th in 2013. 5 of the 6 Judges gave this contender a PERFECT SCORE.

Best Burger Trophy

Burger Nirvana

2x Contender American Social

Miami Heater Burger – 1st Place

1--Winner-Miami Heater
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For a second year in a row, Fans gave up their chips for some leis, drink umbrellas and a tasty burger that also rated highly with our Judges, earning them 2nd Place.

Fan Favorite Trophy

Best Bar & Grill Burger – 2nd Place

Returning Champ Rosie’s Bar & Grill 

1-Burger-Battle-5-FF_Rosies2 BEST Knife & Fork Burger– 3rd Place

New Contender Shooters Waterfront


Best Burger Joint Burger – Tie 4th Place

New Contender Burgers & Suds 

New Contender Tucker Duke’s Lunchbox

1-BEST of Awards

MEDIA at the Battle

Burger Belle’s Favorites at BurgerBeast.com

BigMouthGirlz.com at the Battle

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Thank you to all our CONTENDERS:Big Bear Brewing Company ★Burger Zone ★Georgie’s Alibi ★Gimme A Burger ★Hard Rock Café ★Hollywood Prime ★Shula Burger ★Sweet Nectar Charcoal Grill & Spirits ★The Downtowner  ★Timpano Italian Chophouse  ★Whiskey Tango

Riverwalk Fort Lauderdale Burger Battle 5 Judges

For our 5th year, we brought a new judging team together headed by two dynamic sisters who own and operate their own catering company and local cafe. We then added three award winning Chefs and a food industry CEO, whose team won back to back Fan Favorite Trophy’s at this very Battle.  These six judges represent ten of South Florida’s best dining establishments.

  • Jonny Altobell and Penny Sanfilippo Owners/Chefs/Sisters at 11th Street Annex

  •  Paula DaSilva, Executive Chef 3030 Ocean

  •  Marc Falsetto, CEO/Founder, JEY Hospitality Group: Himmarshee Public House | ROK:BRGR burger bar + gastropub and 2x Burger Battle Fan Favorite trophy winner!

  •  Chris Miracolo, Executive Chef S3

  •  George Patti, Owner/Chef, MEAT Eatery and Taproom, SALT Fusion Cuisine and Tasters Taco Emporium



Eight bragging men came to the battle and one was the winner. With a new twist to the slider eating contest – additional ingredients were added to the delicious Bokamper Sliders including onions, mushroom and Jalapeno Peppers! Only real contenders made the 3 minute limit! Riverwalk Fort Lauderdale thanks Bokamper’s Sports Bar & Grill for sponsoring the Slider Eating Contest which again shows what great community partners they are. Make it a point to go by and try their delicious burgers and other menu items.

✰WINNER✰ Joe Gallignani “Joey G” of the Fort Lauderdale Fire Department – $250
✰Runner up✰​ Chief Tim Heiser of the Fort Lauderdale Fire Department – S100


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