Brookings Burger Clash: Best Burgers in Town

Brookings Burger Clash: Best Burgers in Town

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The Burger Clash, a local contest featuring restaurants in and around Brookings is back for another year and contestants are ready to serve up their latest and greatest creations.

The event runs from the beginning of January until the end of February, offering participants two months to make it to as many of the participating restaurants as possible. After trying different burgers, customers are prompted to vote for their favorites using a R code located at each table. Fans rank each burger on a scale of 1 to 5 in three categories: taste, creativity and customer service with the top score awarded to the superior experience.

Rub N’ Tug BBQ was crowned the 2023 champion with “The French OnYum” a beef brisket burger topped with crispy onions and melted Swiss cheese, drizzled in homemade BBQ sauce and smothered in sour cream-French onion soup mixture. Other local favorites to look out for include the Pheasant Restaurant, Craft Chophouse and Lounge and more.

The Burger Clash was created in 2021 to build back restaurants during the pandemic. Since then, participation has doubled in size, with 2023’s event featuring 21 restaurants. You can check out this year’s participating restaurants by visiting the ‘In and Around Brookings, SD Food & Drinks‘ Facebook group or by visiting the Visit Brookings Burger Clash page.

*This story has been written in collaboration with South Dakota State University‘s Public Relations class for our 2024 Visitor Guide.*

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