Restaurant Brings Home Top Prize At Philly Burger Contest

The winning burger at the contest. Credit: Pineville Tavern

The winning burger at the contest.
Credit: Pineville Tavern

The team from Pineville Tavern on Durham Road in Wrightstown is ecstatic fresh off winning the Philadelphia Burger Brawl.

The Pineville Tavern’s Million Dollar Bacon Burger took the top prize last week at the packed Burger Brawl at Xfinity Live! after receiving rave reviews from the judges and crowd.

Drew Abruzzese, a chef and the owner of the Pineville Tavern, said the eatery will be offering the Million Dollar Bacon Burger from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m. Friday at the price of only $5, a roughly $10 discount from its normal cost.

The Million Dollar Bacon Burger is made from fresh ground beef chuck, brisket and short rib. The perfectly-cooked burger is topped with Cooper Sharp and American cheese, a sweet onion jam and bacon that is smoked before being paired with brown sugar, cayenne pepper and Aleppo pepper. The next step is smoking the bacon again for eight hours before serving the completed burger on a fresh potato roll from Conshohocken Bakery.

The Burger Brawl trophy. Credit: Pineville Tavern

The Burger Brawl trophy.
Credit: Pineville Tavern

Abruzzese said he made the decision to fresh grind the beef every day at Pineville Tavern after he began reading about all the fillers used in commercially-processed beef. A review from a food critic saying he loved the Pineville Tavern but wasn’t thrilled with the burger also played a role.

“You can’t operate a tavern without having a really great burger,” Abruzzese said, adding that the Pineville Tavern’ latest creation knocks it out of the park.

“We thought about all different combinations and condiment,” he said of crafting the Million Dollar Bacon Burger. “We decided to take it back to the simplicity of a bacon cheeseburger and making it great.”

“We really proud of the burger.”

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