Top SA Chefs Battle it Out For Best Burger in Town Again

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Top SA Chefs Battle for Best Burger at Burger Showdown 3.0 on Oct. 14 at Alamo Beer



The Burger Showdown is back and top SA Chefs are ready!


Homegrown Chef is gearing up for its annual burger competition, Burger Showdown 3.0, featuring top San Antonio chefs (see list below). The event will take place on October 14, 2022, from 6 to 9 pm (5:30 pm for VIPs) at the popular Eastside brewery, Alamo Beer

This year, 10 AWESOME San Antonio chefs compete and YOU eat! This event is always a community fundraiser focused on food, and this year funds raised will go towards the San Antonio Food Bank.

Besides 10 one-of-a-kind, ONE NIGHT ONLY gourmet sliders, Homegrown Chef will be making fresh-fried French Fries and an after dinner sweet will be provided (sponsor to be determined).


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This is an outdoor event. Chefs will be set up under the beautiful Hays Street Bridge, so join us for an epic burger battle – cheer on the chefs and see how many burgers you can actually eat – all for a great cause!

This is an audience-voted ONLY competition. Guests get to vote for their favorite burger and the 1st Place Winning Chef will be awarded a cash prize, along with a trophy. Second and Third Place Winners will also receive a trophy.

“This is my absolute favorite event of all time! These chefs are phenomenal, and the battle is real – everyone wants to throw down the most badass burger, and if you’re going to find one in San Antonio, it will be on this night!” says Homegrown Chef Co-Creator and food writer, Kimberly Suta.

“Additionally, I just want to say that we’re really proud to promote, in small part, the slow food movement and the fantastic local ranchers that we have and are working with, such as Pure Pastures, Behind the Oak Farm and Peaceful Pork. Sustainable, healthy food raised by compassionate people is more important now than ever,” she said.


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Competing Chefs & Their Burgers (in alpha order):

Chef Diana Anderson of JD’s Chili Parlor

The Hostage Burger

Yes, we let the dogs out, and now we are taking you hostage with our Chili Cheese Dog Burger!  This chilified burger patty, made with our signature five-pepper chili paste, is topped with aged Wisconsin “jeddah,” grilled all natural, all beef dog, topped with our grass-fed Pecan Smoked Whiskey Chili, a blend of 5 Mexican cheeses, red onions and fried jalapeños with chilified aioli and romaine lettuce on a homemade chili seed bun.

Chef Joshua Calderon of the Levy/San Antonio Spurs

Backyard Burger 

Made with a chorizo-beef patty, jcs pickles, pickled mustard seed aioli and classic toppings on a Martin’s potato roll.

Chef Angelo Gordon of Jamaica Jamaica Cuisine (Restaurant) 

Reggae Burger

Made with seasoned ground beef, topped with bacon, cheddar cheese, pickled cabbage and jerk aioli on a brioche bun.


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Chef Louis Halaszyn of CREAM Kitchen and Bar

The Westslider

Chef Louis is bringing a Westside vibe with this beef and chorizo marinated patty, smoked cheddar cheese sauce, sour pickle relish, shredded red and green leaf lettuce and toasted hot Cheetos aioli on a Kaiser bun.

Chef Geronimo Lopez of Botika 

BBC (Botika Burger Cartelua)

Made with a housemade patty, Spanish chorizo, Chihuahua cheese, crispy onions, shoestring potatoes and chimichurri on a sourdough bun.

Chef Joseph Thadeus Martinez of Tributary – Modern Texas Cuisine

Elote Burger 

A Dean and Peeler smash patty, Oaxaca cheese whiz, street corn relish, chicharrón corn nut crunch and cilantro lime aioli on a potato bun.

Chef John O’Larnic of Chef’s Backyard 

Chef’s Backyard Flavor Formula Popper Burger

A poppin’ cheeseburger made with bacon, American cheese, cream cheese, fresh jalapeños and Chef’s Backyard Flavor Formula Rub.

Chef James Richard Smith of toohotfortabc

The Marfa Lights Burger

A green chile flat iron cheeseburger.

Chef Dave Terrazas with the team from The Art Institute of San Antonio

The Caribbean

A sweet, spicy and savory asadero topped burger that celebrates the island vibe with layers of fresh and vibrant flavors of tamarind, citrus, Allspice, gold rum, along with pickled green mango, avocado aioli and sweet and Scotch bonnet peppers.

Chef Kristina Zhao of DASHI Sichuan Kitchen + Bar


Made with beef, pork belly, avocado, GGG, Sichuan peppercorn oil, tamari and Kewpie mayo on a biscuit.


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VIP TICKETS AVAILABLE upon request. For $85, guests get in 30 minutes early, and receive one drink ticket. Email or text/call 210-725-2339 to order. Only 26 VIP Tickets available.



Special THANKS to our sponsors, including Alamo Beer, Pure Pastures (beef), Behind the Oak Farm (beef), Peaceful Pork, Ben E. Keith, Food Related and Mission Restaurant Supply.


Please note, drinks not included (except for VIP ticket holders), but can be purchased at Alamo Beer on the day of the event.


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