by Michelle Wintrich

Do you ever feel like you were put on this earth for something? Sure, there are many things you do well… but there is one thing in particular that you just excel at and thoroughly enjoy doing? Well when I was selected to judge the “Build the Baddest Burger Challenge”, I knew deep down this was my calling.

The challenge was held in the side room behind the bar at the Bad Daddy’s off of Skybo. There were a total of four judges, including myself and our very own Dee. The challenge was to go online and enter a burger that would then get built on competition day with the ingredients provided by Bad Daddy’s. There were five entries: Texas Breakfast, Pineapple Express, The Fat Cat, BuffalO-M-G Burger, and South of the Boarder. Fat Cat, however, was not built or tasted. We had judging score cards where we judged on name originality, overall flavor, creativity, presentation, and eat-ability.

The first burger we tried was South of the Boarder by Ashley Crossman. This burger had a toasted brioche bun, 10oz beef patty, pepper jack cheese, lettuce, tomato, poblano mayo, jalapenos, guacamole, and jalapeno bacon. Though the beef patty itself needed seasoning, not Ashley’s fault as her job was just to design and assemble so to speak, this burger brought the heat and between the jalapenos, mayo, and bacon, there was a lot of spice. It was still very tasty and I absolutely adored the local name.

Next we tried the Texas Breakfast by Joseph Stands. This 10oz beef patty sat on Texas toast with Monterey jack cheese, pepper jack, lettuce, tomato, pickles, red onion, spicy garlic ketchup, poblano mayo, fried egg, and Applewood smoked bacon. I would have loved a gooey over easy egg, but between the two different types of cheeses and the specialty mayo and ketchup, I was in it. I loved the messiness of this burger and was impressed with the spicy garlic ketchup. The sweet and spice of the ketchup cut through the heaviness of the burger and it was delightful.

Shortly after, we had the Pineapple Express by Treston Clark-LaRue. Unfortunately, Treston was unable to make it, so the lovely staff at Bad Daddy’s assembled it for us. This sandwich had buttermilk-fried chicken breast on a toasted brioche bun with white cheddar cheese, arugula, Bad Daddy’s Sauce, grilled pineapple, and rosemary ham. Wow. The combination of grilled pineapple and arugula was surprisingly perfect together. I definitely made a mental note to add those two components to all my  sandwiches ASAP.

The last burger we tried was the BuffalO-M-G Burger by Melissa McLaughlin. The buffalo patty sat on toasted brioche with cream cheese, pimento cheese, arugula, pickles, tomato jam, onion straws, and jalapeño bacon. HOLY BURGER!! The saltiness and smoke that you got from the pimento cheese and bacon married beautifully with the tomato jam. If I had one thing to say to Bad Daddy’s it would be to add this burger officially to their menu. I was sad when I finished my portion and I wish I could have had
another one.

Once the score cards were tallied, it was close, but Melissa McLaughlin won free burgers for a year!! She certainly deserved it!! Just thinking about that burger is making me want to go to Bad Daddy’s and custom make my own burger with those ingredients. If you like pimento cheese I would definitely recommend trying it yourself with the “Create Your Own Burger” portion of the menu. You will not regret it! If I can admit something to you guys without you judging me too harshly, I ate every portion put in front of me. I have zero regrets, it was all delicious.

Stay Hungry, Fayetteville!




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