Indy has spoken!

The 2020 Indy Burger Battle champions are...

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First, we want to extend a huge THANK YOU to everyone who supported this year's new flavor of Indy Burger Battle. With your help, the Indy Burger Battle raised

$27,852

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 and Binkley's Kitchen & Bar—winners of this year's Indy Burger Battle!

Gallery Pastry Bar

Foie Burger

Critics' Choice Champion

Binkley's Kitchen & Bar

La Jefa Burger

People's Choice Champion

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 Flamme Burger as the first and second runners up in the People's Choice voting, respectively.

We hope you enjoyed this year's new flavor of 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, you can watch a recording on our Facebook page, linked below. And be sure to follow Building Tomorrow on our other 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 Burger.

Ben Faust

@EatingThroughIndy food blogger

Jose Lara

Chef de Cuisine at Milktooth

Taylor Stewart

@SupperInTheCity food blogger

Kels Watson

Co-owner of Sauce on the Side

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The 2020 Indy Burger Battle

Friday, July 31—Sunday, August 9

Thank you to everyone who supported the Indy Burger Battle in it's 2020-friendly format, and in doing so, supported Building Tomorrow's mission to ensure access to inclusive, transformative education for all children. The battle is over, but we hope you will join us again next year!

Eat Burgers. Crown the Best. Support Education.

Restaurants from all over Indianapolis served their own set of signature sliders and patrons got to try each of them to decide whose was the most scrumptious. At the end of the 10-day battle, a popular vote determined the People's Choice Champion and food judges selected a Critics' Choice Champion— both crowned as the best burger in Indianapolis.

All proceeds from Indy Burger Battle ticket sales 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

Event Details

Due to COVID-19, the 2020 Indy Burger Battle had an exciting new format allowing ticketholders to sample burgers via restaurant dine-in or carry-out. Building Tomorrow sold tickets to a burger “passport”, valid for two slider-sized burgers from participating restaurants. Restaurants served their sliders during normal business hours, through dine-in or carry-out, and beverages and sides were be available for additional purchase.

1. A virtual burger "passport" was available for purchase online for $35 leading up to and during the event.

2. Ticketholders could dine-in or carry-out at one of 10 participating restaurants between July 31 and August 9.

3. To receive their 2 free sliders, ticketholders displayed their virtual "passport" to the server or cashier.

4. Drinks and sides were available for additional purchase to support local business as they bounce back from COVID-19 restrictions.

5. Ticketholders could visit as many restaurants as possible—their passport got them sliders at all of them.

6. An online poll was conducted for ticketholders to cast their vote for their favorite burger.

7. See who won here, and watch a recording of the announcement on Building Tomorrow's Facebook Live.

Ticket Information

Every ticket included:

Two free
signature
burger sliders

at

10

Participating restaurants
(see full list)

$30

Early Bird

$35

Regular

2020 Indy Burger Battle Competitors

To learn more about a restaurant, click their logo to visit their website. A map of restaurant locations and menu of featured sliders for the Indy Burger Battle can be found below.

The Menu

    Thank you to our 2020 sponsors!

    Red Gold

    Title Sponsor & Official Ketchup of the Indy Burger Battle

    Turano Baking Company

    Official Bun Sponsor

    Indiana Kitchen
    Alerding CPA Group Barnes & Thornburg LLP IU Center for Global Health/AMPATH Second Presbyterian Church

    Sponsor the Event

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

    If you are interested in sponsoring the 2021 Indy Burger Battle and reaching a large, local audience while supporting education, contact Jyl Strong in our office at jyl.strong@buildingtomorrow.org.

    Contact Us

    2020 Frequently Asked Questions

    What happened to the old version of the Indy Burger Battle?

    2020. We know you’ve been following along and, well, this year hasn’t been exactly the one for large gatherings, like the over 1,200 of you who joined us for the 2019 version! In revamping our setup, we’re hoping to help restaurants get back up on their feet a bit quicker by driving foot traffic to their establishments while continuing to support the work of Building Tomorrow. Hopefully, if all goes well, our one-day event will return in 2021!

    What does my ticket include?

    Your ticket entitles you to up to two sliders at restaurants (linked here) participating in the 2020 Indy Burger Battle. While you can’t sample a whole bunch of burgers in a small amount of time, just think about this as being a much better deal! You’ll get to savor more of the good stuff our restaurants and their chefs are preparing for you! We know burgers are great companions of French fries, tots, booze and a whole lot more. Just keep in mind 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:

    Dine-in:

    1. Visit an Indy Burger Battle participating restaurant between July 31 and August 9—visit IndyBurgerBattle.com for the full list of participating restaurants (subject to change).
    2. 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) 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.

    Carry-out:

    1. Place an order via phone call (no online orders) at an Indy Burger Battle participating restaurant between July 31 and August 9—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).
    2. 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) 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.

    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.

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    Can I use my ticket at the same restaurant more than once?

    Folks, this is an election year, so don’t try any funny business! Our restaurants will be accepting each ticket for only one redemption during the official Indy Burger Battle dates (July 31–August 9).

    Can I participate at home through carry-out? How?

    You bet. Restaurants are cool with your playing this safe and 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 order more to go along with your burger! We’d ask that you still 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) 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 9 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 31 at 12pm and August 9 at 11:59pm. 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".

    How do I see who won?

    Stay tuned on Tuesday, August 11 at 3pm EST for the announcement of winners. We'll broadcast the announcement on Facebook Live from the Building Tomorrow Facebook account linked here. Following the announcement, we'll post the winning restaurants right here at IndyBurgerBattle.com, and on Building Tomorrow's social media accounts (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter). 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, too! 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 again due to public health regulations, 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 31, 2020, ticket holders may request a refund by August 15, 2020 via email at burgers@buildingtomorrow.org 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 loved my slider so much. Am I allowed to hug the chef?

    We recommend a socially-distanced mime-hug, a Care Bear stare, and a showering of effusive praise for their creations on your social media using #IndyBurgerBattle.

    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. We also encourage you to 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 burgers@buildingtomorrow.org with any additional questions.