An annual event growing in popularity with each year, the Red Rock Radio Grill Wars allows burger afficionadi to sample Duluth, MN’s finest burgers while raising money for the local Boys and Girls Club.
Held on the lakefront on August 14, sponsored by local radio station KQDS,(1) the event saw burgers cooked up by The Adolph Store, Dubh Linn Irish Pub, Farley’s Family Restaurant, The Green Mill, McKenzie’s, Superior Meats, Timberlodge Steakhouse, The Other Place Bar , Twig Bakery, Grandma’s Saloon, Canal Park Brewery, 7 West Taphouse and others.
Thousands of participants stood in line for hours to sample the goods, for a nominal donation of a buck a burger. Many of the restaurants underestimated the potential size of the crowd and ran out early; more astute establishments started cutting the burgers in half early on, so as not to disappoint the samplers, and to do as much as they could for the Boys and Girls Club. Some purveyors served over 3000 patties within a few short hours.
All participants, on both sides of the grill(s) seemed happy with event, it will surely be expanded next year. One thing you will notice from these photos, a lot of nice looking hand-formed patties on the fires. No sysco-type frozen pucks for this crowd!
(1) Red Rock Radio part of Red Rock Broadcasting, a group of Upper Midwest TV and radio stations, and is owned by Myron Kunis, founder of Regis Hair Salons, the largest chain of hair salons in the world.
Hamburger cook off photos @ Kawikamedia.com