Not to dwell on tragedy, but last year for a number of reasons you can Google if you care to, Taste of the Wasatch, a fund-raising food event, collapsed. That means the entities it raised funds for, like Utahns Against Hunger, lost thousands in funding.

burgersThe good news is, last year, and this year, some heroes in the food and beverage industry have stepped up to try to help fill the gap and hungry people’s stomachs.

Thanks to Caymus (, Sugar House Distillery (, the Garage ( all the restaurants listed below, all you have to do is eat a burger to help the hungry.

Seven different burgers. Manoli’s, Copper Onion, Oquirrh, Avenues Proper, Spencer’s and SLC Eatery each presented a burger. Each burger was paired with a different beverage. You want to know who won, right?

Well, first you have to join in the judging: Go eat these contested burgers and vote for the one you think is best. 

Vote here

The Beatdown ends on September 1, 2019. The winner will be announced at the Garage on Beck along with a concert by legendary Utah blues man (yes, we have one) Joe McQueen. The money goes to help feed those who can’t afford the burger you’re eating. And certainly not the drink that goes with it. Look, eating a burger and a half a day isn’t too much to ask to help such a good cause.

Manoli’s Burger 8 oz. grilled garlic beef patty, red pepper feta spread, fennel cucumber slaw, garlic aioli, artisan bun Pair with: Kokkino:  Sugar House vodka, house gazpacho, Lustau rojo vermouth, lemon

Spencer’s Smoked bacon, cambazola cheese, roasted garlic aioli, lettuce, sliced tomato on a ciabatta bun. Pair with: Sugar House rye, ransom sweet vermouth, benedictine and a dash ango bitters

Avenues Proper Strawberry Fields Burger : Strawberry guajillo BBQ sauce, caramelized onions, pickled pineapple, Muenster, Scarlett frill Pair with: Conundrum White Table Wine

Copper Onion Beer-battered cheese curds, ranch mayo, caramelized onions. Pair with: Conundrum White Table Wine

SLC Eatery Spicy smoked cheddar aioli, bordelaise onions. Pair with: Sugar House rye with lemon, ginger, habanero bitters

Oquirrh  Oquirrh chicken pot-pie-burger with sharp cheddar. Pair with: Conundrum Red

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