The 9th Delaware Burger Battle is officially a sellout.
The popular event is returning on Aug. 27 to Rockford Park.
Before its Covid hiatus, the 2019 Battle broke attendance records and raised more than $14,000 for its beneficiaries.
“After experiencing our first ‘sold out’ Battle in 2019, the pandemic hiatus broke my heart, especially as our charitable purposes—alleviating food insecurity and supporting culinary careers—became ever more important,” said DBB founder JulieAnne Cross. “Based on the response so far to the 2022 Battle, I’m not the only one overjoyed by its return.”
The majority of burger entries are beef, with a trophy reserved for “alternative” entries.
Confirmed restaurants include newcomers Cromwell’s American Tavern & Taqueria, DE Slider Co., Hamilton’s on Main, Makers Alley, Vita Nova (with multi-trophy winning Billy Rawstrom of Maiale Deli & Salumeria at the grill), and Zach’s Grille. Returning trophy winners Chelsea Tavern and RedFire Grill & Steakhouse; and veterans Farmer & the Cow and Uncle John’s BBQ are also part of the line-up . The restaurants will serve up 13 different burgers.
Burger Battle attendees can get burger samples from all participating restaurants. Beer and wine are included in the ticket price for adults, while soft drinks are available for children and designated drivers.
In 2022, all proceeds from the volunteer-run event will again benefit Food Bank of Delaware and the ProStart Program of the Delaware Restaurant Association Educational Foundation, with ten percent of the proceeds set aside for small food pantries statewide.
The Delaware ProStart Program is currently in place at 18 high schools and reaches more than 3,000 students.
Those attending the Burger Battle are advised to carpool if possible (parking is somewhat limited). Pets are not a good idea in an area populated will barbecue grills and everyone should stay hydrated. (Beer alone doesn’t help). Water will be available.
News of the sellout did trigger social media posts with people no longer planning to attend offering tickets for sale. Burger Battle officials said they have no way to verify tickets and added that such requests should be approached with caution.