The results are in: The Top 5 burgers in our first ever Battle of the Burgers


Almost 90 recipes were submitted in The Times' Battle of the Burgers, and five are named winners.

To any real fan, a hamburger is never "just a burger." A great burger is a work of art, passionately thought out and painstakingly executed. The very extension of the grill master's own identity.

And, of course, determining what makes a burger great can stir as much passion as trying to balance the national budget.

So with the smells of charcoal and propane beginning to perfume backyards across the country, we challenged L.A. Times burgermeisters everywhere to submit their recipes in our first Battle of the Burgers. The response was amazing. Almost 90 recipes were submitted from all over the country, with readers across the nation voting to choose their favorites.

Thousands of votes were tallied to narrow the choices to the top 20 burgers. Top recipes were then put to task in the Los Angeles Times Test Kitchen. The burgers were then judged by Food section editors and staff. It was tough, but after days of testing, exhaustive judging (and maybe a little post-burger napping), we came up with five favorites:

--Times Test Kitchen Manager Noelle Carter
 

Battle of the Burgers recipe: German Cuban pork burger

June 30, 2011

Battle of the Burgers recipe: German Cuban pork burger

"My German Cuban Pork Burger is THE BIGGEST BADDEST burger out there because it's not your regular lame everyday burger. Serve these burgers to your friends and family and THEY will tell you that these German Cuban Pork Burgers are not only PORKALICIOUS but THE BIGGEST BADDEST AND BEST BURGERS OF ALL TIME!!!!" --Robert Burmeister, Staten Island, N.Y.

Battle of the Burgers recipe: Italian Caprese sliders

June 30, 2011

Battle of the Burgers recipe: Italian Caprese sliders

"When I was growing up, my father was a true grill man, [and he] would probably not been caught making wimpy sliders. [But] the sausage adds a great spice and moistness, making them in the jelly roll pan makes it really simple and, when you finish with the fresh tomatoes, basil and olive oil/balsamic, it makes for the perfect bite." --Susan Salerno, who writes the food blog Simply Cooking 101, from Henderson, Nev.

Battle of the Burgers recipe: Mexican <i>cemita</i> burger

June 30, 2011

Battle of the Burgers recipe: Mexican cemita burger

"Cemitas, a popular treat from Puebla, are my favorite sandwich and this burger takes them to a whole new level. How do I know this burger is so big and bad? Well, I cooked it on national TV when the Food Network picked it as a contestant on the 'Ultimate Recipe Showdown.' That's how I know it's so bad it's good." --Harold Cohen, Hollywood, Fla.

Battle of the Burgers recipe: Southwest turkey burger

June 30, 2011

Battle of the Burgers recipe: Southwest turkey burger

"I love burgers but have tried to eat less beef so I've been working to perfect a healthier turkey burger that packs a lot of flavor. Without using much salt, I infuse other seasonings and flavors to add more flavor and to keep it moist. I've developed what I think will work to keep the burger moist and add a great punch of flavor without hiding the taste of the burger." --George Levinthal, Goleta, CA

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