WIP's Glen Macnow has been scouring the region's burger shops for the last month and a half.
He and his crew sampled burgers from 40 places - fancy, middle-of-the-road, not so fancy.
At Saturday's final at Valley Forge Casino, he put his Great Hamburger Hunt finalists up for two votes - among a panel of celeb judges and among many hundreds of attendees, who sampled the wares for free.
When the smoke (literally) cleared, the winners were:
Rouge, the chichi bistro on Rittenhouse Square, whose beef patty ($16, including frites) is topped with carmelized onions and gruyere cheese on a brioche challah bun, was the judges' choice.
Dog & Bull, a pub/music venue in Croydon, whose burger ($10, including hand-cut fries) comes with bacon, crispy fried onions and cheddar-ale sauce, was the people's choice winner. "It's humbling and pretty darn cool," manager Andy Wells told me.
Congrats to the winners.
And if you missed this sampling, all is not lost.
You have Burger Brawl, the fund-raiser benefiting the Philadelphia schools, coming up on the afternoon of Sunday, June 8 at Xfinity Live.
Restaurateur Rob Wasserman has assembled a field of about 50 burger makers to cook for the public.
In the Small World Dept., Wasserman just so happens to own Rouge, so the Rouge burger will be given away at Burger Brawl but not voted on.
At Macnow's event, Wasserman approached Wells of Dog & Bull.
So now Dog & Bull will compete at Burger Brawl against a who's who of Philly burgery. Details and ticket info are here.