The 3rd Annual DC Brgr Battle returns with five bands, four breweries and sixteen of the best chefs & restaurants in the DMV.

July 18th, 2015 | Gateway Park

Tickets & Event Information

Meet the meat maestros.

Sixteen of the DMV’s best chefs and restaurants duking it out for burger bragging rights with custom built "not so mini-burgers" containing 2.5 oz. of blended beef bliss and up to five insanely delicious toppings.

Willow Restaurant
Ballston   ·   2014 Champion

Organic Beef, Local Cheese, Bacon Butter, Sautéed Mushrooms, House Baked Bun



The "Freatom Fighter" | Wagyu Beef, Parmasan and Dijon Miso Mayo, House Ketchup, Pickles, Sautéed Shiitake Mushrooms, Butter Bun


Medium Rare & Community Restaurant

Custom Beef Blend, Black Truffles, Bacon, Poached Egg


DC's West End

Local Beef, Bread and Butter Pickles, Candied Onions, White Cheddar and Secret Sauce, 3 Cheeses Handpicked by Arrowine (Including Jasper Hill's Oma)


Boundary Stone
Bloomingdale   ·   2014 Runner-up

House Ground Edward's "Jowciale" (50% All-Natural Brisket/50% All-Natural Chuck Roll), Gruyere, Pickled Summer Squash, Ramp and Charred Scallion Relish, Brioche Bun



Chuck and Brisket Blend, Spread Boursin and Melted Brie Cheese, Caramelized Onions, Sauteed Mushrooms, Buttered Brioche Bun


Plan B Burger Bar
Penn Quarter

The "Plan B Competition Burger" | Oversized 3 oz. Beef Patty, Local Cheese, House Bun


Liberty Tavern & Lyon Hall

The "Brisket Burger" | Custom Beef and Brisket Blend, Anaheim Chiles, Smoked Gouda, Crispy Onions, Avocado Aioli, Homemade Sesame IPA Bun


Cafe Saint-Ex
14th St.   ·   2014 2nd Runner-up

Dry Aged Chuck, Aged Cheddar, Benton's Hickory Bacon, House Dill Pickle, Grilled Onions, Martin's Potato Bun


Fainting Goat
U Street

The "Juicy Lucy Burger" | Grass-Fed Beef, American Cheese, Bacon Jam, Serrano Mayo, Brioche Bun


Shaw   ·   2014 2nd Runner-up

House Cured Pork Belly and Beef Blended Burger, Truffled Mayo, House Pickled Onions, Arugula


Citizen Burger Bar

Timbercreek Beef, McClure Swiss, Black Onions, Garlic Aioli, Local House Brioche Bun with a Fried Pickle On Top


Chef Geoff's

Beef Patty, Sausage Patty, White Cheddar Cheese, Iceberg Lettuce, Bread and Butter Pickles, Bacon Onion Jam, Special Sauce


Burger Tap & Shake
Foggy Bottom

The "Little River Turnpike" | Beef Burger, Braised Pork Belly, Kimchee, Korean BBQ and American Cheese


Georgetown University

Signature GUGS Burger | 80/20 Beef Blend, Sharp Cheddar, Charred Onions, Thick-Cut Bacon, Potato Bun


Mad Fox Brewing
Falls Church

The "Madfox 5.0" | Beef Burger, Tillamook Cheddar, Rootbeer Bacon Jam, Smoked Garlic Aioli


Six hours of live music.

Jamison and Double O Soul
Rock, Soul + Blues

White Ford Bronco
DC's Favorite All-90s Band

The Original Moonlighters
Motown, R&B + Funk

Jeff from Accounting
Rock + Pop covers from the 60s on...

Delicious craft brews.

An assortment of local craft drafts from @dcbrau, @AtlasBrewWorks, @OldOxBrewery and @OldBustHead.

The Public

An American Pale Ale backed by C-60 hops and Vienna malts.
6.0% ABV

El Hefe Speaks

A German-style Hefe hopped with German Tettnang hops.
5.3% ABV

District Common

A quaffable California Common with biscuit malt & Czech Saaz hops.
5.1% ABV

Rowdy Rye

Both fun and aggressive, Rowdy is a hop forward rye ale full of flavor.
6.2% ABV

Alpha Ox + Golden Ox

A citrusy session IPA and a crisp, medium–bodied Belgian Pale Ale.
4.5% ABV   |   6.5% ABV

Chukker Pilsner

A deep golden Czech pilsner with a spicy and floral character.
4.4% ABV

Event details and tickets.


An insanely fun outdoor event with live music, one GIANT DC Brau, Atlas Brew Works, Old Bust Head & Old Ox Brewery beer garden (the entire 3-acre park will be fenced off), and a friendly ground round smackdown among sixteen of the best chefs and restaurants in the DMV.

It all goes down in Gateway Park on Saturday, July 18th from 12pm – 6pm.

As a ticket holder, you get to try up to sixteen different not so mini-burgers from each competitor and vote for your favorite — all while enjoying live tunes and a few craft brews in the sunshine. At the end of the day, a winner for "Best BRGR of the Day" will be crowned. The winning meat master will take home a four-day, three-night ‘Eatcation’ in Austin, Texas, the Golden BRGR trophy and burger bragging rights for a year. The runner-up will snag four Diamond Club tickets to a Nationals home game and the Silver BRGR trophy.

Pretty sweet, right?   Yeah, we think so too!


Gateway Park is a 3-acre park next to the Key Bridge with a super convenient location, space for 4,000 meatatarians and a killer view of the Washington Monument. So grab some comfy shoes and take a stroll across the Key Bridge, hail an Uber, ride the metro to Rosslyn and walk a block, or cruise there on your bike and lock it up on one of four available bike racks.


16 oz. craft drafts are available for five bucks apiece at three different craft beer bars located throughout the park. There are two additional craft beer bars located in the VIP section.

TICKETS   |   $29 USD

The DC BRGR Battle was designed to be a fun and affordable event that's best enjoyed with friends. For this reason, a single ticket is good for event access for one person, a wood coin to cast your vote, and a 'Burger Flight.'

A Burger Flight consists of five total tickets that can be exchanged for five different "not so mini-burgers." Four of the five tickets are for pre-selected competitors (detailed below under Burger Flight A, B, C and D). The fifth ticket, or "Bonus BRGR" as we like to call it, is selected at random from the three other Burger Flights that you did not purchase.

FOR EXAMPLE: If you buy 'Burger Flight A', you will get four tickets that can be exchanged for burgers from Willow, Big Buns, Medium Rare and RIS. You will then draw a fifth ticket at random from one the other twelve competitors in Burger Flight B, C or D. The ticket you draw is for a specific competitor and can be exchanged for one of their burgers.

Burger Flight A

Event access for one person and five tickets for five not so mini-burgers from Willow, Big Buns, Medium Rare, RIS and one competitor in Burger Flight B, C or D.

Burger Flight B

Event access for one person and five tickets for five not so mini-burgers from Boundary Stone, Brickside, Plan B, Team Liberty Tavern/Lyon Hall and one competitor in Burger Flight A, C or D.

Burger Flight C

Event access for one person and five tickets for five not so mini-burgers from Cafe Saint-Ex, Fainting Goat, Citizen Burger, 1905 and one competitor in Burger Flight A, B or D.

Burger Flight D

Event access for one person and five tickets for five not so mini-burgers from Chef Geoff's, Burger Tap & Shake, Georgetown Grilling Society, Mad Fox Brewing Co. and one competitor in Burger Flight A, B or C.


So all of your meat-eating friends are going to the Battle and you're a strict vegetarian? No problem, because this year we added the 'Veggie Burger Ticket.' A Veggie Burger ticket is good for event access for one and a token that can be exchanged for a delicious veggie burger with an assortment of fresh toppings, a side of fruit and a bag of Dirty Brand potato chips. For more information on the Veggie Burger Ticket, please visit our FAQ section.


As a VIP ticket holder, you will get access to a separate park entrance for easy event entry. Upon your arrival, you will get a souvenir cup that can be used to enjoy ice cold 22 oz. pours of delicious craft brew at any beer bar in the park for just five bucks. Additionally as a VIP, you will have access to a tented area (10' x 30') overlooking the left side of park and a private shaded area on the ride side of the park with plenty of tables and chairs, the best view of both stages, private bathrooms and two designated VIP craft beer bars so you never get stuck in line.


Tickets are processed and issued through TicketFly. On the morning of the Battle, a map of the event grounds will be posted on our FAQ page, facebook and twitter. On the day of the event, two huge banners with a detailed map of the event grounds will be hung in highly visible locations at Gateway Park. If you plan on enjoying a few delicious craft brews, please remember to bring a valid ID.

Please note that there are a limited number of tickets and once they sell out, that's it. The BRGR Battle sold out in 2013 and 2014, so don't wait too long to buy your tickets. Tickets are transferable but not refundable.



Enjoy event access for one person and a Burger Flight. Burger Flights consist of five tickets for five not so mini-burgers from four pre-selected competitors and one randomly-selected competitor. More information about Burger Flights is available above.

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Enjoy event access for one person, a Burger Flight and all of the awesomeness detailed above in the VIP TICKETS section.

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Enjoy event access for one person and a delicious veggie burger. Veggie burgers come with an assortment of toppings and your choice of side.

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Conveniently located next to the Key Bridge.

Let's do this.


First and foremost, THANK YOU to all our amazing sponsors, charity partners, and restaurant participants that make The DC BRGR Battle possible. Last year we donated $.50 for each mini-burger slung to ten different local charities. In total, six-thousand burgers were served raising a total of three-thousand dollars! Our goal this year is to contribute fifteen-thousand dollars to DC Central Kitchen's efforts which include; reducing hunger with recycled food, training unemployed adults for culinary careers, serving healthy school meals, and rebuilding urban food systems through social enterprise.


Our mission is simple: to host a memorable event that brings a community together over delicious food, awesome craft beer, great tunes, and a few laughs. A big part of fulfilling our mission is to make sure that the event gets better and better each year.

Thanks to your feedback from last years' Battle, we believe that 2015 will be our best year yet.

Some notable additions for 2015 will include:

· A larger venue
· More craft beer bars
· More hours to eat burgers and enjoy live music
· A vegetarian burger station
· Plenty of bike racks
· A water fountain

Interested in partnering with us? Have an idea that will make the 2015 DC BRGR Battle even better?  Please email

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