Slideshow: Scenes from the 2013 Sacramento Burger Battle

The Ettore Burger, Sacramento
The Ettore Burger, Sacramento

"I only got to try a few bites of this burger from Ettore's during the 2013 Sacramento Burger Battle, since I was in judging mode, but it's both one of the tastiest and best-looking burgers I ate all year." —Erin Jackson, AHT Contributing Editor, San Diego Contributor

[Photograph: Erin Jackson]

Johnny Cash Burger from Broderick Roadhouse
Johnny Cash Burger from Broderick Roadhouse

The People's Choice Winner was also made from Niman Ranch beef, seasoned with smoked black pepper. Toppings included smoked cheddar cheese, Broderick secret recipe BBQ sauce, house pickled Hungarian peppers, bacon and fried onions on a brioche bun.

The Atom Burger from Restaurant THIR13EN
The Atom Burger from Restaurant THIR13EN
Acme Bun, Niman Ranch beef (chuck/brisket blend), sweet pepper bacon relish, Sierra Nevada raw goat cheddar, heirloom tomato, house-made pickles, and local lettuce.
Ninja Burger from Krush
Ninja Burger from Krush
Korean marinated fresh ground certified Angus beef, Asian slaw, pea shoots, crispy roasted cipollini onions, and sriracha aioli.
Tomatoes from The Chef's Table
Tomatoes from The Chef's Table
This assortment of tomatoes is Sacramento produce at its finest.
Painted Hills Chuck Burger from The Chef's Table/Hill's Kitchen
Painted Hills Chuck Burger from The Chef's Table/Hill's Kitchen
Grilled Painted Hills ground chuck, Tabasco onions, tomato braised pork belly, heirloom tomato, Carolina mustard sauce and local lettuce.
Big Elvis Burger from Roxy Restaurant & Bar
Big Elvis Burger from Roxy Restaurant & Bar
Lucky Dog Ranch beef patty topped with dill pickled chips, house made steak sauce aged white cheddar cheese sauce, Elvis bacon, heirloom tomato, butter lettuce, mayo and crispy onion chunks on a bun from Greatful Bread. Served with Dessert Burger Sliders (chocolate crunch patty, almond cake bun, peach gelee, fried basil, sliced coconut rings, sliced strawberry and kiwi).
Victory Burger from Capitol Garage
Victory Burger from Capitol Garage
Five Dot Ranch beef patty with Gorgonzola cheese, bacon and Victory stout beer. Topped with a Bourbon BBQ sauce and spicy crispy fried onions on a local made bun.
Irish Cow Bomb from Relish Burger Bar
Irish Cow Bomb from Relish Burger Bar
Beef patty topped with homemade corned beef hash and melted Swiss cheese, served on a fresh baked bun.
Ten Double Deuce from Ten22
Ten Double Deuce from Ten22
Grass-fed Creekstone Ranch beef, house-made bacon, crispy onions, pepper jack cheese, pickles, and Ten22 burger relish.
The Whiskey Burger from Formoli's Bistro
The Whiskey Burger from Formoli's Bistro
Five Dot Ranch burger topped with cheddar cheese and a whiskey demi-glace on a brioche bun.
Bourbon Burger from de Vere's Irish Pub
Bourbon Burger from de Vere's Irish Pub
de Vere's custom blend all beef patty, thinly shaved smoked pork shoulder, double cream Gouda, balsamic and red wine braised shallots, and roasted garlic aioli on a pretzel bun.
Biscuit Burger from Bacon & Butter
Biscuit Burger from Bacon & Butter
This breakfast, brunch, and lunch restaurant that specializes in farm to table fare went with a buttermilk biscuit for their burger bun. The patty was Storm Hill beef ground with bacon, topped with bacon sauce, baby arugula, Petaluma Creamery mozzarella, shaved shallot, crispy pork belly and heirloom tomato.

[Photograph: Rachel Valley]