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Aberdeen Burger Battle

Help us Take a Bite Out of Hunger!

It’s a clash of the condiments!  A brawl of the buns!  A punch of the patties!

Starting April 1, 2023, the first Inaugural Aberdeen Burger Battle will take place through the month of April until a burger champion has been crowned by YOU, the voters!

Participating restaurants across Aberdeen will showcase their unique take on the classic burger. While there can only be one Best Burger, our restaurants are all charitable champions. Each business in the Aberdeen Burger Battle has pledged to ‘Take a Bite Out of Hunger’ with a charitable donation of at least $250 to the Aberdeen Salvation Army to help aid with local food insecurity.

Join us in savoring each mouth-watering burger and cast your vote anytime in the month of April to help us crown the ultimate Burger Battle champion at the end of the month!

As an official Burger Judge (yes, that’s you!), you’ll have the chance to rate each featured burger based on three different categories, with a rating from 1 – 10. The burger with the highest overall average score at the end of the battle will be declared the winner and awarded with undeniable bragging rights and a glorious Burger Trophy!

The categories include:

  • PresentationWhether you’re at a dive bar or having fancy fine dining, a burger that tastes good usually looks good, too. Is this burger a work of art, or could it use a little love? #ABB2023 #allburgersarebeautiful
  • TasteDoes the sauce have the perfect zest or kick? Is the patty tastier than your wildest burger dreams? Flavor means everything in a good burger.
  • ToppingsIs there a notably satisfying crunch of greens? Luxuriously fluffy bites of bun? Gooey, cheesy goodness? Balance is key!

Take a Bite Out of Hunger, the driving mission behind the Aberdeen Burger Battle, was formed to raise awareness of food insecurity in the community of Aberdeen. 100% of participating restaurant donations of $250+ will go straight to Aberdeen Salvation Army. Our generous Sponsors have donated almost all of our needed marketing funds, print materials, and web space, so the remainder of any Sponsorship funding will also be donated to the Aberdeen Salvation Army! As a burger voter, you can also donate directly to the Salvation Army by visiting:!/donation/checkout.

Don’t miss out on this exciting chance to place your vote and have your voice heard in the crowning of the Aberdeen Burger Battle Champion! Be sure to watch for daily updates, prize giveaways and more on the Aberdeen Burger Battle Facebook Page! May the best burger win!

Our Contestants

  • Circus Sports Bar and Grill: The Lion Tamer

    Bacon, grilled onions, jalapenos, and chipotle mayo topped with pepper Jack cheese.

    Business Info: 14 3rd Ave SE, Aberdeen, SD 57401 – (605) 229-1936

  • Danger von Dempsey’s Pizza & Brewhaus: The Smash & Grab Burger

    A double patty smash served on a brioche roll with jalapeno pepper slaw, diced bacon, tangy pub sauce, and topped with lettuce and tomato

    Business Info: 1023 S Main St, Aberdeen, SD 57401 – (605) 262-0167


  • Lager’s Inn:  The Rodeo Burger

    Melty mixed cheeses, bacon, onion rings and slathered in Old West BBQ Sauce. Yeehaw!

    Business Info: 20 3rd Ave SW, Aberdeen, SD 57401 – (605) 229-0922

  • Maverick’s Steak & Cocktails: The Campfire Burger

    Hand-pattied burger topped with pepper jack cheese, house-made jalapeno cream cheese, applewood smoked bacon and crispy onion straws

    Business info:  720 Lamont St, Aberdeen, SD 57401 – (605) 225-1314

  • Mulligan’s Sports Bar and Casino: Coming Soon


    Business Info: 715 N 10th St, Aberdeen, SD 57401 – (605) 725-4053

  • Pounders: The Zach Attack

    Guaranteed to attack your taste buds! The classic Pounders burger blend, but prepared in a chopped style with sauteed peppers and onions & pepper jack cheese. Drizzled with siracho mayo for a little extra kick

    Business Info: 1702 6th Ave SE, Aberdeen, SD 57401 – (605) 725-2337

  • Red Rooster Coffee House: Coming Soon


    Business info: 218 S Main St, Aberdeen, SD 57401 – (605) 225-6603

  • Schwan’s Recreation: Schwanny Burger

    We’re Keeping it Simple – 1/4 lb burger patty, ham, bacon, American and cheddar cheese

    Business Info: 714 1st Ave NE, Aberdeen, SD 57401 – (605) 229-1225

  • Three22 Kitchen + Cocktails: The Bourbon Bacon Burger

    Two smashed patties layered crispy bacon, cheddar cheese, haystack onions, and bourbon molasses sauce on a toasted brioche bun

    Business Info: 322 S Main St, Aberdeen, SD 57401 – (605) 725-4322

  • The Zoo Bar & Grill:  The Zoo Burger

    A namesake worth its weight in gold! It’s a quarter-pound Angus beef patty, carmelized onions, thousand island dressing and American cheese.

    Business Info: 1017 S Main St, Aberdeen, SD 57401 – (605) 225-9539

“Big Cheese” Sponsors

We can only Take a Bite Out of Hunger with the help and support of these generous Burger Battle sponsors who each donated $500 or more towards this cause:







About this event and the Leadership Aberdeen Program

This event is being organized by the 2023 Leadership Aberdeen Class, a program of the Aberdeen Area Chamber of Commerce. Proceeds from the month-long event organized by the class, will benefit the Salvation Army of Aberdeen. Their goal is to secure event sponsors and donations for food insecurity programs facilitated by the Salvation Army, while also showcasing the great burgers Aberdeen restaurants have to offer.

The Leadership Aberdeen is a comprehensive leadership training program facilitated by the Aberdeen Area Chamber of Commerce. The program provides participants with the opportunity to sharpen their skills, share their experiences, and make life-long connections with fellow participants. Participants follow a 12-week curriculum which focuses on growing their individual skills by focusing on leadership attributes.

The class also gains broader knowledge of the businesses, opportunities and challenges in our community through tours of local businesses and hearing from local leaders on company philosophies, goals, and success stories. Plus, the class gives back to the community by facilitating a local project, like the Aberdeen Burger Battle. that will have a positive impact on the Aberdeen community.

  Salvation Army Food Programs

The Salvation Army’s food pantry supplies free fresh produce, canned goods, and healthy frozen items that provide valuable meal supplementation while helping those in need maintain their independence and dignity. From sit down programs that provide nutritious hot meals and valuable human interaction, to mobile meals and weekend backpacks, they help the most vulnerable members of society escape the daily burdens of food insecurity.

Aberdeen Area Chamber of Commerce

The Aberdeen Area Chamber of Commerce has been an established, voluntary non-profit membership organization since 1884. As a 501(c)6 corporation, the Chamber supports and speaks for those engaged in business, industry, agriculture, transportation, education, healthcare and private sector enterprises. We seek to make commerce happen through business expansion and attraction, as well as the advocacy efforts that help improve business in our area.

We’re Changing The Game.