Macon Burger Week is back starting Nov. 1 and running through Nov. 7, with fifteen participating restaurants and two brand new awards. According to Taylor Evans, the director of public relations for the Georgia Beef Board, who hosts Macon Burger Week, the week is off to a great start.
“I think Burger Week this year is kicking off pretty successfully. We’ve had reports from our restaurants that crowds are excited, they’re happy to get out and try out burgers at the restaurants at the same time,” Evans said.
While the burgers-of-the-week participating in the Macon Burger Week have been only seven dollars in the past, the price-per-burger has been raised to a total of ten dollars each this year. The extra price will help support the restaurant industry that has been hit hard by the pandemic.
“We know that COVID-19 is still a worry for many of our consumers and so we worked with the restaurants to make sure that we’re following COVID-19 guidelines, but we are still having a week to promote to local restaurants,” Evans said. “We know COVID-19 hit a lot of restaurants pretty hard, and prices have gone up as a result of the supply chain issue. All of our burgers this year have gone up as an idea from our restaurants, and we hope people will still go out and support them.”
Voting for the awards begins Nov. 3 online. The burgers on the menu feature 15 different restaurants around Macon presenting a challenge for local beef aficionados. Here's a look at the different burgers featured around town.
Located at 468 Second St., Bearfoot Tavern is back after their third place finish in 2020. The gastropub is debuting their "Tavern-ghetti" burger, which is a combination of spaghetti on a beef burger.
Down at 6351 Zebulon Road, Bianca’s Grill presents their Mexican Burger with chorizo, guacamole and queso fresco.
Buffalo’s Cafe can be found 5990 Zebulon Road, and the restaurant is positive that you’ll find the winning burger there. They’re so confident that they even named it This Year's Winner, with cheddar cheese, bacon, home-made mac and cheese, home-made bourbon BBQ sauce and fried onion straws.
One of the top five participants during 2020, Cashman’s Pub can be found at 370 Cherry St.. They’re serving up what they call an Angry Cow Burger, a beef burger with pepper jack cheese, fried jalapenos, bourbon grilled peppers and onions with a siracha mayo sauce served on a brioche bun.
Fatty’s Pizza is putting their own spin on the burger in Macon Burger Week by presenting the Fatty’s Taco-zone down at 344 2nd St. It consists of beef, green peppers, onions, tomatoes, lettuce, ricotta, feta and mozzarella cheeses and pepper sauce all wrapped up in a jalapeno dough.
Grey Goose Player’s Club
On 4524 Forsyth Road, Grey Goose Player’s Club has a new warning in the form of the Goose Hazard. With pasture-raised beef from the Piedmont Cattle Company, zesty ranch seasoning, special barbecue sauce, smoked cheddar, fried onion straws and jalapeno bacon.
Over at 428 2nd St., Lazy Susan wants to leave you breathless with their Tika My Breath Away burger. They’re selling beef smash burgers with paneer cheese, tikka masala aioli, arugula, tomatillo and GA hot Chile salsa, all on a pita bun.
Macon Beer Company
The 2020 winners are back to defend their title on 458 2nd St. with their High on the Hog burger. It consists of two beef patties with white and yellow American cheddar, beer braised onions, crispy pork belly, applewood smoked bacon, hot pepper bacon jam, shredded lettuce, dill pickle slices, with a house made burger sauce piled on top, all contained within an everything bagel bun.
Two time champion Ocmulgee Brewpub is back to reclaim their former title with a Bourbon Glazed burger on 484 2nd St. Their burger is a house ground beef patty with sweet bourbon glaze, smoked gouda cheese, creamy feta crumbles, crispy bacon, fresh arugula, and beer braised onions on a toasted brioche bun.
Parrish on Cherry
Parrish on Cherry is at 580 Cherry St. with their Bleu Bayou Bites. They’re sliding into the competition with beef burger sliders topped with ham, provolone and spicy mustard on a sweet Hawaiian roll.
Found on 120 New St., Satterfield’s Barbeque is showing off their Big “SATT” Burger. It’s a slow-smoked beef burger with shredded lettuce, minced onions, house-made pickles and American cheese, with their house-made barbecue thousand island sauce on top.
Check out 5580 Thomaston Road Suite 10 for Tommy’s Fritter Burger! It’s a beef patty with cheddar cheese and bacon between two apple fritters.
Be prepared to get sloppy on 336 2nd St. with the new Sloppy Juan. Spicy chili style ground beef is shaped into mini meatball chunks with sharp cheddar cheese, freshly diced onions and bread and butter pickles on a Kaiser roll.
Yollah Social Kitchen
In their first ever Macon Burger Week, Yollah Social Kitchen is offering their Latin Lover Burger on 894 College St. It’s a ground beef burger with queso, chorizo, lettuce, poblano, pico de gallo, pickled onions and fried avocado.
Garden and Felicia’s Cake Factory
Felicia’s Cake Factory is hoping to sweeten up your day with Felicia’s Sweet Burger. Over on 365 Third St., go check out their vanilla and chocolate cake with buttercream icing and sugar cookies.