The humble pub burger was centre stage today, as 12 hotel finalists battled it out for the title of SA’s Best Pub Burger 2021.
Although the standard of all the burgers was high, it was the Smash Burger with Bacon created by Head Chef Patrick Spriggs from the Eyre Hotel in Whyalla that impressed the judges in the end.
“The Eyre Hotel burger stood out because of the deliciousness of the patty” said judge Christine Stephan.
“The patty was well seasoned, with beautiful melted cheese on it and a lovely charred finish, so there was a lot of lovely flavour there.”
“The fresh ingredients that were added to the burger gave a really good balance to the richness of the patty.”
AHA|SA CEO Ian Horne said it was fantastic to see a country hotel take out the top honours.
“We know that our country hotels hold their own in terms of exceptional food, service and experience, so it is no surprise that a fantastic venue such as the Eyre Hotel has won this challenge” said Mr. Horne.
“The Burger is often the signature menu item of the Hotel, with venues putting their own spin and style as a point of difference. Along with other traditional pub fare, a burger offers great value and is still incredibly popular.”
The SA Best Pub Burger challenge is in its 10th year and was an official Tasting Australia Winter Series event, held under the Gawler Place canopy in Rundle Mall in front of an expert judging panel and live audience.
The other finalists in today’s competition were: Alma Tavern, Arkaba Hotel, Bellum Hotel, Christie’s Beach Hotel, Crown Inn, Golden Fleece Gawler, Halfway Hotel, Hilton Hotel, The Barker, The Grove and the Woodside Hotel.
Burgers were judged against a list of criteria, including presentation of the chef, ingredients and burger, taste, meat content and value for money.
The expert judging panel included Chris Stephan – Pen & Palate, Tim Ginever – FIVEaa and Shane Wood – Thomas Foods Australia.
Thank you to all the event sponsors: Burger Challenge Major Sponsor – Thomas Foods Australia, Event Partner – Tasting Australia, Burger Challenge Supporters – Stoddart, Novatech, The Banner Crew, FIVEaa, InDaily