First cut made in Northern Indiana Burger War

May 28, 2014

Four buns were cut from each county. Four remain to face off this week.

The competition continues in the Northern Indiana Burger Wars, a search coordinated by the Northern Indiana Tourism Development Commission to find the most popular patty around.

The first round of voting ended Monday, and four burgers are still in the running in each of the seven participating counties.

In Elkhart County, three of the burgers advancing to the next round are from the city of Elkhart and one from Goshen:

The New England Cheeseburger from South Side Soda Shop in Goshen

The Smokehouse Burger from Five Star Dive Bar in Elkhart

Stella Moo Burger from Flippin Cow in Elkhart

Heinniecheeseburger from Heinnie’s Backbarn Restaurant’s in Elkhart

The four remaining contenders for St. Joseph County are:

The Becky Burger: The View Tavern, South Bend

The burger, named after the owner, features swiss and American cheeses, bacon and grilled onions, and it’s smothered with barbecue sauce.

CJ’s Cheeseburger: CJ’s Pub, South Bend

Made with a house recipe that will turn 30 this year, the ground beef is specially seasoned.

RBar Burger: Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Granger

This patty is served on a brioche bun with melted Havarti, smoked onion aioli, fresh lettuce, fresh tomato and crispy onion straws.

King Burger: Hensell’s Oaken Bucket, South Bend

The “burger as big as your plate” includes grilled onions and cheddar sauce.

The second round of voting is open until June 2, producing two finalists in each county that will compete for the winning title. The champion burgers in the Burger Wars brackets from St. Joseph and Elkhart counties will be announced June 9 and will move on to the regional Burger Wars competition against winners in Porter, LaPorte, St. Joseph, Marshall, Kosciusko and LaGrange counties.


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