Amstel Light Burger Bash 2013 Roundup – South Beach Wine and Food Festival, Miami, Florida

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Burgabulous has finally recovered from the 2013 Amstel Light Burger Bash on February 22, 2013, located, literally, on beautiful South Beach in Miami, Florida.

Burger Bash on South Beach
Burger Bash on South Beach

Top chefs from around the country traveled to Miami for this burger bonanza. Over 30 burger chefs participated, offering every kind of burger you could imagine.

Morimoto, New York
Morimoto, New York
John Martin's Restaurant & Irish Pub, Coral Gables, FL
John Martin’s Restaurant & Irish Pub, Coral Gables, FL











Although it was impossible to try all of the burgers, Burgabulous put forth a solid effort, trying at least 14 different burgers, pushing physical limits without resorting to some unpleasant purging. To top it all off, Amstel Light was flowing like juice from a fresh burger. Obviously, pace was key.

Plenty of Amstel Light to Go Around
Plenty of Amstel Light to Go Around

Celebrity Chef Bobby Flay won the People’s Choice Award for best burger. Indeed, Bobby’s burger was one of the best burgers Burgabulous tasted. It was juicy but crisp, well seasoned, with a buttery, lightly toasted bun. However there was some strong competition from many valiant contenders, including one of the Burgabulous crew’s favorites, New York’s LT Burger. Michael Symon’s (Food Network personality and owner of The B Spot) burger, the fan favorite for three prior consecutive years, came in second place in the people’s vote. In third place was Guy Fieri (reality TV host, owner of Guy’s Burger Joint) with his innovative burger-in-a-pocket concept.

Guy Fieri with Burgabulous's Finest
Guy Fieri with Burgabulous’s Finest


Guy Fieri's Pocket Burger
Guy Fieri’s Pocket Burger
Guy's Fieri's Burger, One Bite In
Guy’s Fieri’s Burger, One Bite In

Other notable celebrity chef entrants included Jeff Mauro (The Sandwich King and Judge’s winner of the 2013 Burger Bash best burger award), Masaharu Morimoto (Iron Chef), and Josh Capon (Food Network, owner of Burger & Barrel). The event was hosted by Rachael Ray (who did not present her own burger) and sponsored by Amstel Light.

A live band played while hungry burger lovers floated from one burger stand to the next, enjoying the beautiful mild Miami weather and the soft white sand under their feet.

Amstel Light Live Music Stage at Burger Bash 2013
Amstel Light Live Music Stage at Burger Bash 2013

The enticing aroma of grilled beef wafted continuously throughout the main tent and beyond. The atmosphere was lively, greased by all-you-can-drink Amstel Light, and punctuated by one delicious burger after another.

2013-02-22 Burger Bash (18)

More of the Burger Bash experience is shown in the gallery below, including a variety of the top burgers. Burger Bash is the chance of a lifetime for a true burger lover. For Burgabulous, the quest to make the perfect burger marches on, bolstered by vivid memories of the intense smell of searing ground beef on smoky grills.

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