Meet The Sizzling Chefs Of Budweiser Burger Battle

By Mackenzie Taylor
In Food

With the Budweiser Burger Battle fast approaching, prepare yourself for the delicious sliders that will be served up by some of the best chefs in STL. Ranging from American classic to Cajun-infused, these 10 chefs are offering up burgers to get your stomach growling and your mouth watering. RSVP in advance here, and attend Budweiser Burger Battle for free on Sunday, Aug. 2 from 12-4pm in Downtown St. Louis at Soldiers Memorial park. Tickets will be $5 at the door.

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Zach Rice of Three Monkeys

Zach Rice of Three Monkeys
There’s nothing unoriginal when it comes to the burgers at Three Monkeys and one should look no further than chef Zach Rice for the creative menu. The rich flavors in each burger is proof of how dedicated Rice puts is to each creation. There is sure to be a line once guests and judges see the masterful burgers Rice concocts.

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Matt Galati of The Dam

Matt Galati of The Dam
If you’re looking for a delightful and monstrous burger in South City, look no further than The Dam where Matt Galati is always serving up some of the best and most unique burgers in St. Louis. A veteran of past burger events, including Top Chef: The Ultimate Burger Challenge, Galati promises to bring something extra special to this year’s Burger Battle.

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Mike Johnson of Sugerfire Smokehouse

Mike Johnson of Sugarfire Smokehouse
If you’ve been in St. Louis for a while then Mike Johnson should be a name that you instantly recognize. If you’re not familiar with his name, you certainly know one of his many restaurants, including Cafe Mira, BARcelona, Boogaloo and Cyrano’s, just to name a few. His latest venture in the barbecue world, Sugarfire Smoke House, has established him as an industry leader. Johnson is sure to wow the judges and leave guests with a great impression.

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Jack W. MacMurray III of Joe Buck’s Downtown

Jack W. MacMurray III of Joe Buck’s Downtown
The Burger Battle wouldn’t be complete without the man behind some of the best American comfort food at Joe Buck’s Downtown, chef Jack W. MacMurray III. In 2009, this chef placed first in the Mardi Grad Crystal Cajun Cook-off, won top honors as St. Louis Master Chef 2010 at Taste of St. Louis and is ready to impress at this year’s Budweiser Burger Battle with unbelievable burgers.

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Laura Borghardt of Stacked

Laura Borghardt of Stacked
Stacked has more than earned its reputation as the place to go for creative burgers and that’s all thanks to chef Laura Borghardt. Her classic-meets-inventive take on burgers (have you tried the Big Fat Greek burger?) will earn Stacked quite a following at Budweiser Burger Battle.

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Anthony Ellerson of The Kitchen Sink

Anthony Ellerson of The Kitchen Sink
As the restaurant name suggests, chef Anthony Ellerson puts everything but the kitchen sink into his food, including his burgers. The well-seasoned chef’s cajun and creole background will draw crowds with his creativity and pop of flavor. In this competition, Ellerson will be one to watch.

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Carl Hazel III of Scottish Arms

Carl Hazel III of Scottish Arms
Carl Hazel’s passion for food, especially meat, is evident when sinking your teeth into one of his creations. The Scottish Arms’ chef’s creative vision when it comes to farm-to-table food is not only unique but unbelievably delicious. Judges, chefs and guests will immediately fall in love with the flavor of Hazel’s burgers.

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Mathew Unger of Mathew’s Kitchen

Mathew Unger of Mathew’s Kitchen
After being in a serious car accident earlier this year, Mathew Unger has a lot to be thankful for, including the wonderful St. Louis community that banded together to boost his restaurant, Mathew’s Kitchen. Unger’s spin on American classic burgers is sure to be a show-stopper at Budweiser’s Burger Battle and further proof that once you fall down, you should always stand back up.

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Dave Kirkland of Cafe Osage

Dave Kirkland of Cafe Osage
Chef and manager of Cafe Osage, David Kirkland has the farm-to-table philosophy down pat. He works closely with local farms, especially Bowood Farms garden, to plan for each new season and the items he can utilize on his future menus. His fresh ingredients are sure to stun the crowd and win over the Burger Battle judges.

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Brian Durbin of Bishop’s Post

Brian Durbin of Bishop’s Post
While still new at Bishop’s Post, Executive Chef Brian Durbin is a veteran when it comes to cooking. With more than 25 years under his belt, Durbin is going to make heads turn with his take on the classic American burger.

Ready to taste test? We’ll see you at Budweiser Burger Battle on Sunday, Aug. 2! Remember to purchase burger-tasting tickets in advance and save up to $30. Reserve tickets here.

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