The Biggest Battle Yet

Building Tomorrow's 7th Annual Indy Burger Battle presented by Red Gold was the largest and most successful to date, with our first ever sellout crowd and a record dollar amount raised to support Indianapolis-based nonprofit Building Tomorrow.

1,054

Event
attendance

$40,771

Raised for Building Tomorrow

1,631

Children that event proceeds will support learning to read

Whether you powered through all 16 burgers or tapped out a little early, thank you for your support! To learn more about the cause behind the event, visit buildingtomorrow.org.

Congratulations to the Champions!

Flamme Burger

Signature Flamme Burger

Critics' Choice Champion

The Flamme Burger team poses with the Critics' Choice championship trophy

Spoke & Steele

The Early Riser

People's Choice Champion

The Spoke & Steele team poses with the People's Choice championship trophy

Event Photos

The Indy Burger Battle, a Building Tomorrow event presented by Red Gold The Indy Burger Battle, a Building Tomorrow event presented by Red Gold

The 2019 Indy Burger Battle

Saturday, July 27, 2019

VIP early entry 12 - 1pm, General Admission 1 - 4pm

West Georgia Street, Downtown Indianapolis

Eat Burgers. Crown the Best. Support Education.

Restaurants from all over Indianapolis create their own unique burger to serve as sliders and you get to try each of them to decide whose is the most scrumptious. At the end of the day, your vote will determine the People's Choice Champion and local celebrity judges will determine the Critic's Choice Champion to crown the best burgers in Indianapolis.

All proceeds from the event will benefit event organizer and Indianapolis-based nonprofit Building Tomorrow and its vision of a world where all children have access to an inclusive, transformative education.

Learn more about the cause

Tickets

All tickets include coupons to redeem 1 slider from every restaurant.

Regular Battle Ticket

$30

online, $35 at event gate

Includes 1 drink ticket*

Entry: 1pm

VIP Battle Ticket

$50

Includes 2 drink tickets*

Entry: 12pm (1 hr early!)

Youth Battle Ticket

$10

Ages 6-12 (free entry for
children under 6)

Includes 1 drink ticket*

Entry: 1pm

*Drink tickets may be redeemed for beer (21+ only, must provide valid I.D.), soda, or water

FAQ

Disclaimer: Tickets are non-refundable. We will do our best to host the Indy Burger Battle, even in the event of inclement weather, so please dress and prepare accordingly. In the case of extreme weather preventing grilling, the event may need to be cancelled and ticket purchasers will be notified. Unfortunately, we CANNOT REFUND your ticket and your ticket purchase will be considered a donation to Building Tomorrow.

Event Schedule

VIP Burger Tasting

12 to 1 pm

General Admission Burger Tasting

1 to 3:30 pm

People's Choice Voting Closes

3:30 pm

Announcement of Champions

3:50 pm

2019 Indy Burger Battle Competitors

Flamme Burger

2019 Critics' Choice Champion

Spoke & Steele

2019 People's Choice Champion

Burger Study Daredevil Hall Eddie Merlot's Kilroy's Bar N Grill Krueger's Tavern Prodigy Burger & Bar Rooster's Pull Up Grill & BBQ Ram Restaurant & Brewery Red Lion Grog House Smokehouse Catering Company Stacked Pickle Sugarfire Smoke House Tried & True Alehouse Weber Grill Restaurant

Thank you to our sponsors!

Red Gold

Title Sponsor & Official Ketchup of the Indy Burger Battle

Indiana Kitchen

Grill Champion Sponsor

Turano Baking Company

Official Bun Sponsor

Sun King Brewery

Official Brewery Sponsor

Hoosier Steaks

Official Beef Sponsor

Hightower Graphics, Inc.

Official Printing Partner

Alerding CPA Group

Voting Booth Sponsor

Barnes & Thornburg LLP Jay's Moving Co. Ray's Trash RadioNow Sullivan's Hardware Yelp Indy Needler's Fresh Market Tyner Pond Farm

Sponsor the Event

The Red Gold tent stands in the middle of the Indy Burger Battle

If you are interested in sponsoring the 2020 Indy Burger Battle and reaching a large, local audience (over 1050 attendees in 2019), contact our office at burgers@buildingtomorrow.org or 317-632-3545.

Event Overview Contact Us

Compete in the Battle

The Burger Study team poses for a group picture

Does your restaurant have what it takes to be crowned The Best Burger in Indy? Prove it while gaining exposure to an expected 800 attendees by competing in the event. All area restaurants are welcome to apply to be entered into the competition.

Sign Up

Volunteer

Two volunteers sell tickets at the Indy Burger Battle entrance

Earn a free ticket to the Indy Burger Battle while supporting a great cause by volunteering at the event. To sign up as a volunteer, complete the form at the link below and we'll be in touch. If you want to learn more about how you can help at the Indy Burger Battle, contact our office at burgers@buildingtomorrow.org or 317-632-3545.

Sign Up

Frequently Asked Questions

How many burgers do I get to eat?

Each ticket entitles the ticket holder to sample one burger from each competing restaurant. We expect 16 restaurants to compete this year.

What if I know I won't eat all the burgers, can I split a ticket with a friend?

Only 1 person per ticket will be allowed entrance. Just like you can't split the purchase of a restaurant buffet, we don't allow splitting tickets for this event. And we promise, you will fill up here more than at any restaurant buffet.

Will there be drinks available to wash down all these burgers?

Yes, every VIP Battle ticket comes with TWO free drink tickets, and every Regular Battle ticket comes with ONE free drink ticket. A drink ticket may be redeemed for 1 pour of beer from one of our brewery partners (must be at least 21 years old and show valid ID) or 1 non-alcoholic drink (bottled water and assorted soda) from our other drink partners. Additional beer, water and soda will be available for purchase. You may also bring in your own water in a clear container only; no other outside beverages will be allowed.

Do I have to be a certain age to attend?

Nope! All ages are welcome to experience the event. However, you must be at least 21 years old and present a valid ID to enter the beer garden. Children under the age of 6 do not need a ticket to enter.

I bought a VIP ticket and my child has a youth ticket, can they come in early with me?

Yes! Youth ticket holders will be allowed to enter the event early at noon if they are accompanied by an adult with a VIP ticket.

When can I enter the event?

VIP ticket holders may enter the event starting at 12 pm on event day. All other regular & youth ticket holders may enter the event starting at 1 pm. No early entry is allowed.

How do I enter the event? Do I print my ticket or bring it on my phone?

The entrance to the event will be on the corner of Illinois St. and W. Georgia St. in Downtown Indianapolis. To enter the event, your ticket QR code will need to be scanned at the door. You may present the code by 1) Printing your PDF ticket 2) Showing the PDF ticket on your phone 3) Showing the QR code in the email you received upon ordering a ticket.

Can I buy a ticket at the gate?

A very limited number of the following ticket types will be sold at the gate on event day on a first come, first served basis until sold out: Regular Battle Ticket - $35, Youth Ticket - $10. VIP tickets are currently sold out.

Is there parking available?

Parking is available nearby for a fee in the World Wonders Garage at 100 S. Illinois St., and the Pan Am Plaza Garage at 201 S. Capitol Ave. There is also ample street parking for a fee around Downtown Indianapolis.

I bought a ticket, but now I can't go. Can I get a refund?

All ticket sales are final and refunds will not be provided. However, you may resell or transfer your ticket to another person.

What if the weather is bad?

We will do our best to host the Indy Burger Battle even in the event of inclement weather, so please dress and prepare accordingly. In the case of extreme weather preventing grilling, the event may need to be cancelled and ticket purchasers will be notified. Unfortunately we CANNOT REFUND your ticket and your ticket purchase will be considered a donation to Building Tomorrow.

Can I bring my dog or other pet to the event?

Due to food safety concerns, we do not allow animals into the event.

Anything else I should be aware of?

Due to the National Urban League Conference at the nearby Indianapolis Convention Center, there may be increased traffic in downtown Indy on event day. Please plan your travel and parking accordingly!

You didn't answer my question - what kind of FAQ is this?! Who can I contact if I have additional questions?

We're sorry! Please contact the event organizer, local non-profit Building Tomorrow at 317-632-3545 or burgers@buildingtomorrow.org with any additional questions.