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Beach Burger

Call it the Battle Royale. Here, the competition is mean, lean and oh-so tasty. One false topping, and you could easily throw the whole game. We’re talking burgers. South Bay burgers.

Photographed by Jeff Berting

The Judges:

  Reagan
  Student
  Redondo Beach

 

 

  Melinda Gann
  Walk With Sally mentor
  San Pedro

 

 

  KC Campbell
  VOX DJ
  Manhattan Beach

 

 

  Derek Poole
  Account Manager
  Hermosa Beach

 

 

 

Umami Burger
Umami
, Hermosa Beach
Shiitake mushroom, caramelized onions, roasted tomato, Parmesan crisp, Umami ketchup
Reagan: It was sweet.
Melinda: Meat is most flavorful. Tomato concoction is amazing.
KC: Good, good sauce! Delicious.
   Average Score (10 the highest): 7.5 - WINNER! (A TIE)

 

Simmzy’s Burger
Simmzy’s Pub
, Manhattan Beach
Woodfire-grilled sterling natural beef, smoked onions, melted cheddar, garlic aioli, lettuce, tomato
Reagan: The sauce is creamy and makes the burger so flavorful.
Melinda: Loved the onions, and cheese is a must on all burgers!
KC: Tasty! I want more, please.
   Average Score (10 the highest): 7.5 - WINNER! (A TIE)

 

Hot’s Burger
Hot’s Kitchen
, Hermosa Beach
Burger, sauce, grilled onion, avocado, tomato, cheddar
Reagan: Good, but spicy.
Melinda: Fabulous balance of meat, topping and bun.
KC: Good, especially the avocado.
   Average Score (10 the highest): 7.4

 

Counter Burger
The Counter, El Segundo and Hermosa Beach
1/3 pound beef, provolone, crispy onion strings, lettuce blend, sautéed mushrooms and tomato, sundried tomato vinaigrette
Derek: Spicy, and I like the onions.
Melinda: Love the mushrooms, and the onion rings were good.
KC: Good burger. Falls apart a little bit.
    Average Score (10 the highest): 6.8

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