Crowds Fill Plaza for a Taste of Brawley’s Burger Battle

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A chef at the Farmers Pride burger booth preparing cheeseburgers fresh off the grill at the Brawley Burger Battle on Saturday evening.
A chef at the Farmer’s Pride burger booth prepares cheeseburgers fresh off the grill at the Brawley Burger Battle on Saturday evening.

BRAWLEY — Guests and grills were fired up as teams competed for the title of the best burger in town at the 2016 Brawley Burger Battle on Saturday evening.

The cash prize of $500 and bragging rights for a year brought in competition from throughout the Imperial Valley. Guests were able to use a ticket-to-burger system in order to sample what each of the six team had to offer. Each ticket cost a dollar while a quarter of one burger was two tickets and a whole burger cost eight tickets.

“An eight dollar burger, although it’s better than Burgers and Beers, I can guaranteed it,” commented Danny Poloni, team captain of the popular Farmer’s Pride booth at the event. The booths drew long lines of guests as crowds waited in anticipation outside of Farmer’s Pride who served cheeseburgers with toppings and CS Cub Scouts who served creative onion burgers.

“Whether we win or lose, it’s not important,” explained Poloni. “The idea is to come out, enjoy the time, and raise money for the Brawley Chamber of Commerce.”

Visitors were able to indulge in their samples of award-winning burgers while enjoying live music and various booths stationed across North Plaza. For those not craving burgers,  kettle corn and Hawaiian shaved ice booths were also available.

Other local vendors at the event sold homemade goods such as scarves and shirts. Informational booths such as MAG Coalition and Between Women Inc. were also available to hand out literature and information.

“This is the first year that I’ve competed in this cooking event,” said Poloni. “The outcome is pretty good. I’m hoping that as the day goes on, a few more people show up, but for the most part it’s been nice, real nice.”

The top winner for the grilling the best burger went to Juanito’s Grill, while second place went to the Inferno’s Boys Team. The Inferno’s Girl’s team garnered the People’s Choice award.

A helper at the Farmers Pride booth preparing burgers samples for guests to enjoy at the event.
A helper at the Farmer’s Pride booth prepares burgers samples for guests to enjoy at the event.
Guests lining up all throughout North Plaza in hopes of tasting their new favorite burger at the event.
Guests line up all throughout North Plaza in hopes of tasting their new favorite burger at the event.