NJ Dining: The 2009 Feedbag Burger Summit


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The First Feedbag Burger Summit, hosted by Citysearch‘s Josh Ozersky, was held on July 26, 2009.

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I feel very, very queasy. And I know that God is punishing me. I have proof of this, because the act of punishment, served in Biblical fashion with ketchup, mayonnaise and and pickle slices was witnessed by hundreds of people.

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1st Annual Feedbag Burger Summit, Grand Summit Hotel, Summit NJ by you.

It started off innocuously enough.

1st Annual Feedbag Burger Summit, Grand Summit Hotel, Summit NJ by you.

Nice pretty girls. If it has nice pretty girls, it can’t possibly be bad, can it?

1st Annual Feedbag Burger Summit, Grand Summit Hotel, Summit NJ by you.

Oh, wait…

1st Annual Feedbag Burger Summit, Grand Summit Hotel, Summit NJ by you.

Water Taxi Beach’s Harry Hawk cooks up sweet onions in butter to go on his classic Schnack burgers.

1st Annual Feedbag Burger Summit, Grand Summit Hotel, Summit NJ by you.

Plates being readied.

1st Annual Feedbag Burger Summit, Grand Summit Hotel, Summit NJ by you.

While Burger patties had many different shapes and sizes at the event, all used various burger mixes from Pat LaFrieda, one of the premier burger meat purveyors in New York City.

1st Annual Feedbag Burger Summit, Grand Summit Hotel, Summit NJ by you.

Where we saw tremendous variation was on toppings. This is a mushroom duxelles with cream sauce and foie gras, used by BGR on one of their “Haute” burger entries.

1st Annual Feedbag Burger Summit, Grand Summit Hotel, Summit NJ by you.

BGR’s “Wellington” burger.

1st Annual Feedbag Burger Summit, Grand Summit Hotel, Summit NJ by you.

This huge tower of American Cheese was symbolic of the Tower of Babel in ancient Babylon. And you know what God did to the Babylonians, right?

1st Annual Feedbag Burger Summit, Grand Summit Hotel, Summit NJ by you.

These LaFrieda patties are more uniformly shaped.

1st Annual Feedbag Burger Summit, Grand Summit Hotel, Summit NJ by you.

Bistro Laurent Tourondel’s (BLT) burgers.

1st Annual Feedbag Burger Summit, Grand Summit Hotel, Summit NJ by you.

With Biblical disasters you usually start with fire and brimstone.

1st Annual Feedbag Burger Summit, Grand Summit Hotel, Summit NJ by you.

The BLT team putting some finishing touches on a plate.

1st Annual Feedbag Burger Summit, Grand Summit Hotel, Summit NJ by you.

And this is usually preceded by gluttony and sexual perversion.

1st Annual Feedbag Burger Summit, Grand Summit Hotel, Summit NJ by you.

By now, I was starting to get a little dizzy.

1st Annual Feedbag Burger Summit, Grand Summit Hotel, Summit NJ by you.

Then the organizer of the event, Josh Ozersky (center) showed up at Wildwood Barbecue’s booth.

1st Annual Feedbag Burger Summit, Grand Summit Hotel, Summit NJ by you.

A closeup of Wildwood’s Pepper Jack Cheese and Mushroom Sliders.

1st Annual Feedbag Burger Summit, Grand Summit Hotel, Summit NJ by you.

Here they are being topped with caramelized onions.

1st Annual Feedbag Burger Summit, Grand Summit Hotel, Summit NJ by you.

By now I have sampled quite a few hamburgers. Any sane person would have stopped as they suddenly noticed they were getting quite full.

1st Annual Feedbag Burger Summit, Grand Summit Hotel, Summit NJ by you.

But like David Duchovny or any other sex addict, I could not stop.

1st Annual Feedbag Burger Summit, Grand Summit Hotel, Summit NJ by you.

Ozersky followed me, like a little devil on my shoulder. “Hey Perlow, do you mind helping me out? The judges are going to start getting tired from eating all of those burgers so we are going to need to bring some relief judges in. Can you help out with the judging in a little while? Great!”

1st Annual Feedbag Burger Summit, Grand Summit Hotel, Summit NJ by you.

This is the Abe and Arthur’s burger, which while simple in presentation was definitely one of the best burgers in the event. Really juicy and beefy.

1st Annual Feedbag Burger Summit, Grand Summit Hotel, Summit NJ by you.

FIRE! MEAT! BACON!

1st Annual Feedbag Burger Summit, Grand Summit Hotel, Summit NJ by you.

More burgers. A little voice in my head was screaming out for help. But I refused to hear it. “STFU!” I said to the little voice in my head.

1st Annual Feedbag Burger Summit, Grand Summit Hotel, Summit NJ by you.

These are more sliders being prepared, swimming in a pool of burger juices.

1st Annual Feedbag Burger Summit, Grand Summit Hotel, Summit NJ by you.

Caramelized Onions.

1st Annual Feedbag Burger Summit, Grand Summit Hotel, Summit NJ by you.

Caramelized Onion “Black Label” Sliders by Minetta Tavern

1st Annual Feedbag Burger Summit, Grand Summit Hotel, Summit NJ by you.

This is really, really where I should have stopped.

1st Annual Feedbag Burger Summit, Grand Summit Hotel, Summit NJ by you.

More… BURGERS.

1st Annual Feedbag Burger Summit, Grand Summit Hotel, Summit NJ by you.

What’s this? This looks different.

1st Annual Feedbag Burger Summit, Grand Summit Hotel, Summit NJ by you.

And it tasted so GOOOOOOOOOD. “El Doble” from Txikito restaurant.

1st Annual Feedbag Burger Summit, Grand Summit Hotel, Summit NJ by you.

Some burgers were very simple in style but were just as compelling as the fancy ones.

1st Annual Feedbag Burger Summit, Grand Summit Hotel, Summit NJ by you.

Stop. Now.

1st Annual Feedbag Burger Summit, Grand Summit Hotel, Summit NJ by you.

But wait, there’s more! Alma restaurant decided to make Cuban Style “Frita” burgers like you get in Miami. Cuban? Burgers? I’m so all over it.

1st Annual Feedbag Burger Summit, Grand Summit Hotel, Summit NJ by you.

Alma’s Cuban burgers had some spicy pork mixed into them to give it that Latino punch.

1st Annual Feedbag Burger Summit, Grand Summit Hotel, Summit NJ by you.

Alma’s head chef giving his Fritas some tender love and care.

1st Annual Feedbag Burger Summit, Grand Summit Hotel, Summit NJ by you.

Frita Sliders being readied for plating.

1st Annual Feedbag Burger Summit, Grand Summit Hotel, Summit NJ by you.

Alma’s Cuban/Miami style sliders.

1st Annual Feedbag Burger Summit, Grand Summit Hotel, Summit NJ by you.

I loved this shot.

1st Annual Feedbag Burger Summit, Grand Summit Hotel, Summit NJ by you.

This is when things started to go very badly. I joined the judging panel, as an alternate relieving Eddie Schoenfeld, who decided he had enough burgers for one day. This was a bad, bad idea.

1st Annual Feedbag Burger Summit, Grand Summit Hotel, Summit NJ by you.

Within minutes of me joining the judging panel, we got hit by a tremendous rainstorm followed by hail the size of golfballs. If this wasn’t the wrath of God from eating way too much red meat in one sitting I don’t know what is. But maybe it wasn’t just my gluttony, I couldn’t have been the exclusive cause of this torrent.

1st Annual Feedbag Burger Summit, Grand Summit Hotel, Summit NJ by you.

Surprisingly, many of the attendees stayed around as we all got soaking wet.

1st Annual Feedbag Burger Summit, Grand Summit Hotel, Summit NJ by you.

After the rain subsided, the judging resumed. Here’s a Mexican-inspired burger with guacamole and tortilla chips. This was tasty but I was really getting queasy at this point.

1st Annual Feedbag Burger Summit, Grand Summit Hotel, Summit NJ by you.

OH GOD NO! WHAT IS THIS?

1st Annual Feedbag Burger Summit, Grand Summit Hotel, Summit NJ by you.

Are you really going to make us eat this thing?

1st Annual Feedbag Burger Summit, Grand Summit Hotel, Summit NJ by you.

Oh God, they are. They really are.

1st Annual Feedbag Burger Summit, Grand Summit Hotel, Summit NJ by you.

The judges, amazingly enough, still looked pretty hungry.

1st Annual Feedbag Burger Summit, Grand Summit Hotel, Summit NJ by you.

This guy admitted to me that he had about enough, and the meat was from his meat company!

1st Annual Feedbag Burger Summit, Grand Summit Hotel, Summit NJ by you.

This was the portion that was given to me. I could barely look at the thing without getting nauseated, let alone eat it. But I did take a bite, it was surprisingly tasty.

1st Annual Feedbag Burger Summit, Grand Summit Hotel, Summit NJ by you.

Citysearch’s Josh Ozersky, also known as Satan.

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13 Responses to NJ Dining: The 2009 Feedbag Burger Summit

  1. Doug K says:

    Hey Jason – Consequenses? Do mean not wanting to eat all day, several trips to the bathroom, and getting dizzy driving past burger joints, or any food establishments. Then I guess it does have consquences. BUT the rewards were getting to eat some great burgers in a freak hail storm. How cool was that, eh?

  2. Rosie says:

    Jason, These pictures are delicious. Have you had the burger at Copeland, Morristown? Rosie

  3. CK|GH|JK says:

    This is freaking awesome!!!! How do you find out about these types of events? I would love to swing by and really get to enjoy the food!!! :)

  4. Michael M. says:

    Great to see you there.

    I gotta tell you though, my body still isn’t working properly after eating all of those burgers.

    Delicious stuff for the most part.

  5. Michael M. says:

    One more comment that needs to be addressed. There was one very disappointing aspect of the Burger Summit, and it had to do with condiments.

    They served House Recipe ketchup and Heinz yellow mustard (something Alma put on their sliders).

    Neither, in my mind, are acceptable options. Heinz ketchup – yes (Josh – next time get them to sponsor the event with their organic line!). Heinz yellow mustard – blech.

    That said, I didn’t put any condiments on my burgers as I wanted to try them as the chefs’ intended.

  6. SuzanneF says:

    Not good to look at that before even starting to make dinner. Thanks!! And thanks for taking one, two, three, . . .twelve, thirteen . . . for the team.

    As for that monster at the end: somewhere buried in the bowels of eG may be a picture of the similar burger brought to a pie potluck. But that one was only maybe 12 inches in diameter, a mere slider compared to this THING.

  7. Fabulous, fabulous post!

  8. rod says:

    Nice pretty girls. If it has nice pretty girls, it can’t possibly be bad, can it?<<<<<<<

    Pretty is as pretty does. How`d they do?

  9. Wow that sure is a lot of hamburgers. I hope you’ve recovered by now and can enjoy a few more tasty hamburgers before the summer ends.

  10. I can’t take it, these photos make me hungry. Sorry Weight Watchers!!!!!!!!!

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