Indy has spoken!
The 2021 Indy Burger Battle champions are...
Wait a minute!
First, we want to extend a huge THANK YOU to everyone who supported this year's Indy Burger Battle. With your help, the Indy Burger Battle raised
in support of Building Tomorrow's work to promote inclusive, transformative education for children in rural Uganda.
And now, on to the champions...
Congratulations to Gallery Pastry Bar, Flamme Burger, and Prodigy Burger Bar—winners of this year's Indy Burger Battle!
Gallery Pastry Bar
Foie Gras Burger
Critics' Choice Champion
People's Choice Champion
Prodigy Burger Bar
Chicago Beyond Burger
Best Veggie Burger
In addition to our winners, we'd also like to congratulate Spoke & Steele as the Honorable Mention Critics' Choice and Gallery Pastry Bar (again!) and Binkley's Kitchen & Bar as runner-up and honorable mention in the People's Choice voting, respectively. And we can't forget about our new veggie burger category—congratulations to BrewDog for securing honorable mention.
We hope you enjoyed this year's Indy Burger Battle, and we hope you will join us again next year. Thank you again to all of the ticket purchasers, sponsors, judges, volunteers, and restaurants for serving up a great Indy Burger Battle!
If you missed the winners announcement, we will provide a link to the recording on this page shortly. And be sure to follow Building Tomorrow on our social media to see how your support of the Indy Burger Battle makes an impact on inclusive, transformative education for children in rural Uganda.
Critics' Choice Judges
Along with your vote for People's Choice Champion, our expert judges below visited all of the participating restaurants, analyzed the burgers, and crowned the Indy Burger Battle Critics' Choice Champion, Gallery Pastry Bar with their Foie Gras Burger.
Owner/Chef at Books Bourbon & Bacon
Owner of tribbites, a branch of Leah Trib Productions
#13Sunrise meteorologist at Channel 13 WTHR
Eat Burgers. Crown the Best. Support Education.
Restaurants from all over Indianapolis served their own set of signature sliders and ticket buyers were able to try each of them to decide whose is the most scrumptious. At the end of the 10-day battle, a vote determined the People's Choice Champion to crown the best burger in Indianapolis.
All proceeds from Indy Burger Battle ticket sales 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
Thanks for traveling with us again during Indy Burger Battle 2021! We once again decided to hold a virtual, 10-day, passport-style version of the event, which proved to be a big success!
1. Virtual burger "passports" were available for purchase online right here for $40.
2. Passport holders dined-in or carried-out at one of several participating restaurants between July 23 and August 1.
3. Passport holders displayed their virtual "passport" to the server or cashier and received 2 free sliders.
4. We hope you purchased additional drinks and sides to support local business and remembered to tip your servers!
5. Passport holders visited as many restaurants as they could—the passport got them 2 sliders at all restaurants.
6. Votes were cast for the most delicious burger to crown Indy's Best Burger!
7. Check out who won this year's Indy Burger Battle! See the winners.
Every ticket includes:
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Indy Burger Battle Competitors
To learn more about a restaurant, click their logo to visit their website. A map of restaurant locations and the burger menu for the Indy Burger Battle can be found below.
Thank you to our sponsors!
Frequently Asked Questions
What does my ticket include?
Your ticket entitles you to up to two sliders at restaurants (linked here) participating in the 2021 Indy Burger Battle. You’ll have 10 whole days to get to as many of our participating restaurants as you can! We know burgers are great companions of French fries, tots, booze and a whole lot more – please do order those items to support our restaurants, but please note those aren’t included in the cost of your ticket.
How will I receive my ticket, and how do I use it at the restaurants?
Upon purchasing tickets, you will receive an email confirmation from our ticketing platform, Universe. This email will contain your ticket within the body of the email itself, as well as in an attached PDF document. Instructions for using your ticket to redeem for sliders are included in both the email confirmation and attached PDF ticket. A copy of those instructions is below:
- Visit an Indy Burger Battle participating restaurant between July 23 and August 1—visit IndyBurgerBattle.com for the full list of participating restaurants (subject to change).
- When ordering, display your ticket confirmation email or PDF ticket to the server or cashier. The name on your ticket (the name you used to purchase) and 9-character ticket ID has been shared* with participating restaurants and will be used to check you in to receive your two free sliders. Your ticket may displayed as a printed copy or from your phone.
- Visit our participating restaurants’ websites for any changes in hours, etc.
- Place an order via phone call (no online orders) at an Indy Burger Battle participating restaurant between July 23 and August 1—visit IndyBurgerBattle.com for the full list of participating restaurants (subject to change). Upon order, mention you are redeeming your Indy Burger Battle ticket for 2 free sliders and provide the name on your ticket (the name you used to purchase) and/or the 9-character ticket ID underneath the QR code.
- Upon pickup, display your ticket confirmation email or PDF ticket to the server or cashier to confirm your order. The name on your ticket (the name you used to purchase) and 9-character ticket ID has been shared* with participating restaurants and will be used to check you in to receive your two free sliders. Your ticket may displayed as a printed copy or from your phone.
- Visit our participating restaurants’ websites for any changes in hours, etc.
*Please note that Gallery Pastry Bar and Spoke & Steele will offer their Indy Burger Battle sliders via dine-in only.
The ticket is not valid for use with a third-party delivery service, such as Uber Eats or Total Takeout.
*Only your first and last name has been shared with participating restaurants, for transactional purposes only. Your personal information (including name and email) will not be used by the restaurants for promotional, or other non-transactional purposes.Return to event details
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Can I use my ticket at the same restaurant more than once?
We’d love for you to visit our restaurants multiple times during and beyond the IBB, but your IBB ticket is good for only one redemption (two sliders) during the official Indy Burger Battle dates (July 23–August 1).
Can I participate at home through carry-out? How?
You bet. Restaurants are cool with you redeeming your pass for take-out. Give them a call (no online orders) and let them know you’re an Indy Burger Battle ticket holder and provide the name on your ticket (the name you used to purchase) and/or the 9-character ticket ID underneath the QR code. And order more to go along with your burger! Please be sure to tip and treat those handling your order well—good karma awaits. Upon pickup, display your ticket confirmation email or PDF ticket to the server or cashier to confirm your order. The name on your ticket (the name you used to purchase) and 9-character ticket ID has been shared* with participating restaurants and will be used to check you in to receive your two free sliders. Your ticket may be displayed as a printed copy or from your phone.
*Only your first and last name has been shared with participating restaurants, for transactional purposes only. Your personal information (including name and email) will not be used by the restaurants for promotional, or other non-transactional purposes.
When will ticket sales close?
Ticket sales will close August 1 at 12pm—just enough time to squeeze in lunch and dinner before the battle ends that day.
How do I vote on my favorite burger?
You can vote online here at IndyBurgerBattle.com between July 23 at 12pm and August 2 at 12pm. In order to cast your vote, you will need your Ticket ID, the string of 9 letters and numbers found on your ticket. See the example screenshot at the link above for where to find the ID on your ticket. All Ticket IDs start with a "C".
I loved my sliders so much. How do I share the love?
That’s awesome! Please share your tips and photos of your amazing burgers (and other food) by tagging us on your social media using #IndyBurgerBattle. And please, please, please tip your restaurants, whether you are dining in or carrying out!
How do I see who won?
The Announcement of Winners ceremony to crown our 2021 Indy Burger Battle champs is set to air live with WTHR 13Sunrise reporter John Doran on Tuesday, August 3 between 5-7am. Following the announcement, we'll post the winning restaurants right here at IndyBurgerBattle.com, and on Building Tomorrow's social media accounts. So be sure to tune in to see who created Indy's Best Burger!
Is there a student/child discount?
Your kids called and asked we not do this, so they can eat as much as you. We listened. Besides, it makes it easy on everyone, especially our all-star restaurants! With the ability to visit a new place for each meal, your little person might not eat you out of house and home at least for these ten days!
If restaurants are required to close due to public health regulations or their own health and safety reasons, what will happen to Indy Burger Battle??
The Indy Burger Battle will continue so long as restaurants are able to fulfill carry-out/pickup orders. In the event restaurants are unable to do so because of a public health regulation issued before July 23, 2021, ticket holders may request a refund by August 15, 2021 via email at email@example.com by providing their name and associated ticket number(s), otherwise their purchase will be converted to a donation to Building Tomorrow.
Is there a refund if I do not make it to every restaurant?
This culinary clash, this tastebud tour de force, this slider soiree is a community effort to support both local eateries and Building Tomorrow’s efforts to give 250,000 Ugandan children access to a Thriving School over the next five years. Unfortunately, we cannot offer prorated discounts or refunds.
Is my ticket transferable to someone else (I might not get to every restaurant myself)?
You can share your sliders, and please do share your opinion in the form of a vote. Our restaurant partners can only provide these delectable sliders to the ticket purchaser. Upon ordering your sliders, restaurants will need to confirm the name on your ticket with the check-in list of ticket purchasers we have provided them.
What is Building Tomorrow?
Thanks for asking! Building Tomorrow improves access to child-friendly, community-supported schools by providing an inclusive, quality education for underserved children in Uganda. Through our Thriving Schools program, we deploy Building Tomorrow Fellows who recruit and train Community Education Volunteers, together bringing out-of-school children into the classroom while working with school leadership to ensure access to a quality, inclusive school environment. We also work hand-in-hand with local communities, the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Education to construct new primary schools where no formal primary school exists. Best of all, our US office is in Indianapolis! To learn more, take a look around our website—which you are currently on!
I can’t attend but would like to support Building Tomorrow. How do I do so?
Aw, we’re so flattered that you are asking! You can support the work of Building Tomorrow by making a contribution on our donation page here. Our learners in Uganda and their families thank you!
What can I do to further support the restaurants?
Come hungry and thirsty! All revenue from sides, beverages, desserts, etc. that you purchase during the Battle goes directly to the restaurant. Please also tip the staff for both dine-in and carry-out orders. We love our local hospitality workers!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org with any additional questions.