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Philly’s Largest Burger Event, “Philly Burger Brawl” is Back With Over 60 Restaurants Ready to Fire Up the Grills

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Philly’s Largest Burger Event, “Philly Burger Brawl” is Back With Over 60 Restaurants Ready to Fire Up the Grills

Philly’s Largest Burger Event, “Philly Burger Brawl” is Back With Over 60 Restaurants Ready to Fire Up the Grills

Philly Burger Brawl is back and ready to fire up the grills for its tenth edition on Sunday, October 23rd at Xfinity Live, from 11:00am to 3:00pm. Over 60 restaurants are ready to battle for burger bragging rights all to help Philadelphia youth. Burger lovers and foodies are all invited to enjoy all-you-can-eat samples of the region’s best, most inventive and most unusual burger creations. Festival goers will then cast their vote for People’s Choice, while food critics, writers and celebrity judges pick the Judge’s Choice. Festivities will include a cocktail competition, music, entertainment and other surprises. Tickets are on sale at for general admission for $35 through Labor Day, $40 through September 15th and $50 after. VIP tickets are $100 and include perks like early entry, a VIP lounge and unlimited drinks from 11:00am to 1:00pm.

Proceeds from the event will go to support Philadelphia Parks and Recreation’s Teen Engagement Initiative & eSports Center Development. Philly Burger Brawl is presented with support from top supporting sponsors Beam Suntory, Customers Bank, Xfinity LIVE! and We Are Philly. Burger Brawl is rain or shine.

“Philly Burger Brawl is back again with a brand new line-up of restaurants ready to fire up the grills for an amazing cause,” said Philly Burger Brawl organizer and Rouge owner Rob Wasserman. “This is a special year that will highlight the resilience and creativity our restaurateurs displayed as they navigated through the COVID-19 Pandemic. We welcome back some familiar faces doing this for years and years back to the beginning, as well as fresh faces new to the scene that emerged during the last two years.”

He added, “For our guests, be prepared to come hungry as chefs and restaurants wow us again at the grills. While nothing beats walking away with Burger Brawl bragging rights, we are all actually winners as we raise tens of thousands of dollars together to support the youth of our amazing city. I have been counting down the day when we can get back out there, and I hope to see you all at Xfinity LIVE! this October.”

Philly Burger Brawl attracts 60+ of the area’s leading restaurants chefs and bartenders to compete in cutthroat battles for the best burger and cocktail. Hosted this year at Xfinity LIVE!, Philly Burger Brawl pulls an audience of 5,000+ participants including eating attendees, culinary bloggers, celebrity judges, and the region’s leading companies who serve as generous sponsors. The event provides intimate moments for attendees to engage online and in-person with restaurants, merchants at the event, and sponsors, to deliver an experience that is more meaningful to all. Wasserman said, “It is a competition, a fundraiser, a community-building event and a celebration of our city’s food scene.”

Philly Burger Brawl began in 2011 as a neighborhood fundraiser by founders and restaurateurs Rob and Maggie Wasserman. Their goal was to gather a few restaurant industry friends for a burger competition that raised money to support local projects for Philadelphia youth. Over the years, the event grew to over 60 participating restaurants (brawlers) and over 5,000 attendees. The event has raised money supporting programs for local youth over the last ten years.

During the pandemic, the event was on pause like many large-scale events in the Philadelphia region. Now, in 2022, the grills are fired up, the sound of sizzle will be in the air, and the city’s largest food fest and burger competition is back! Look for a new line-up of restaurants that includes past participants, mixed with new restaurants making their debut.

For 2022, brawlers represent every major food neighborhood in Philadelphia, as well as restaurants from the surrounding counties in the Greater Philadelphia region. The growing list of competitors to date includes: + bar

Blume Burger

Bourbon & Branch

Brotherly Grub



Butcher Bar

Cedar Craft and Kitchen


Continental Midtown

El Camino Real

El Rey

Fatboyzz BBQ and Catering

Fette Sau

Good Dog Bar

Harp & Crown



Huntingdon Valley Country Club

Imperial Caribbean and Seafood

La Peg Brasserie

Libertee Grounds

Loco Pez

Mikes BBQ

Misconduct Tavern

Moonshine Philly

Pizza Jawn

Prohibition Taproom

Restaurant Aleksandar

Ripplewood Whiskey & Craft


Sweet Breezy BBQ

Steam Pub

Stove & Tap

Supreme Oasis

Sylva Senat – Pyramid Club

The Burger that ate Philadelphia

The Goat

The Refectory at Villanova

The Winston Athletic Assoc.

The Wycombe House

Three Monkeys Cafe

Tin Can Bar

Tio Flores

Tradesman PHL

Troubles End Brewing

Twenty Manning

Village Whiskey

Wolf Burger

All competitors will compete for the coveted trophy and title of Judge’s Choice. For 2022, judges will again select 1st place, 2nd place and 3rd place prizes. The esteemed panel of judges will include over 40 members of local and regional press, members of Philadelphia’s restaurant community, local celebrities and dignitaries, and local tourism officials.Top local influencers will select the top winner (plus second and third place) for Instagrammer’s Choice factoring in Instagram-worthy looks and presentation, and must-try taste and flavor. Guests will also place their votes for their favorite burgers to select the People’s Choice Winner.

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