One of our better burgers was also one of the best.
That was the ruling of judges at the Sutter Home Build a Better Burger contest, one of the biggest cooking competitions in the nation, where Mark Richardson’s “Indian Lamb Burgers” won the $15,000 ‘Alternative Burgers’ category in the May 18 cookoff. Richardson was one of five finalists in the category. Katie Sherrill of Edmonds had been one of five finalists for the $100,000 beef burger prize with her “Korean-Hawaiian Taco Truck Burger” inspired by Marination Mobile. (Erin Evenson of Brooklyn took that prize for her 7 Train Caramelized Green Curry Burger.)
One of the judges said she was “bewitched” by the flavors in Richardson’s burger, which was topped with tahini pistachio mayo.
Richardson said earlier this year that his entry had been inspired by a neighbor from his college years who introduced him to Indian food. Richardson loved it, started cooking it on his own, and began thinking that a filling commonly used for stuffing samosas could be worked into a good burger.
Here’s his winning recipe, which we also featured earlier this year:More