Which Westchester Restaurants Won Big at Our 2024 Burger & Beer Blast

Westchester Magazine's Burger & Beer Blast returned to Kensico Dam Plaza with a legion of hungry foodies all voting on the best burger around.

Hundreds of local food lovers gathered at Kensico Dam Plaza in Valhalla this year for one of Westchester’s most popular gastronomic contests: Westchester Magazine’s Burger & Beer Blast. Each one got to cast their vote for their favorite burger of the evening, choosing between 23 of the county’s best restaurants, many of which utilized Pat LaFrieda ground beef to craft their patties. Here’s how the evening shook out:

10. Hudson Prime Steakhouse

Irvington

This Irvington steakhouse cuts and ages all of its own meats. The Burger & Beer Blast burger was a mix of its 28-day-aged meat topped with salt and pepper and American cheese. It’s as simple as that!

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Hudson Prime. Photo by Sabrina Sucato

9. Yard House

Yonkers

This bleu cheese bacon burger was sure to be a fan favorite. The grilled burger was topped with melted bleu cheese crumbles, bacon, fresh arugula, and house steak sauce.

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Yard House. Photo by Sabrina Sucato

8. Café Deux

Harrison

The Au Poivre burger was such a hit at our event that restaurant will run a special on it tonight. The burger included sauteed onions, cremini mushrooms, house-made garlic aioli, and melted bleu cheese. Each burger was finished with a house-made peppercorn sauce.

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Café Deux. Photo by Sabrina Sucato

7. Fortina

Armonk, Yonkers, Rye Brook, Stamford

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Burgers might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Fortina. However, their juicy sliders earned them seventh place. The patties were an 80/20 brisket and chuck blend, topped with white onions and a “fancy” sauce made with Japanese mayo, pickles, sesame, and other seasoning. The burgers were even cooked in duck fat with kosher salt.

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Fortina. Photo by Sabrina Sucato

6. Smokehouse Tailgate Grill

New Rochelle, Mamaroneck, Somers

The grill with three locations in Westchester proved you can’t beat the classics. Its Roadie burger was topped with chipotle aioli, lettuce, American cheese, and tomato, all on a Martin’s potato bun. If you missed out on this showstopper, swing by Smokehouse for the same burger on the bar menu.

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Smokehouse Tailgate. Photo by Sabrina Sucato

5. Captain Lawrence

Elmsford, Mount Kisco

Sure, you know that Captain Lawrence serves top-notch beer in the county. Did you know that the brewery’s burgers are equally as good? The Captain’s Papi burger served at Burger & Beer Blast showcased just that. The base of the burger was an adobe seasoned patty with a crispy plantain chip placed atop. The cilantro avocado aioli, mixed greens, and pineapple salsa added a pop of color and burst of flavor.

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Captain Lawrence. Photo by Sabrina Sucato

4. Hemlock Hill Farm & Market

Cortlandt

Hemlock Hill served the “This Ain’t Texas Burger” featuring a local pasture-raised special blend ground beef, Hemlock Hill Farm’s 15-hour smoked brisket, fried onion strings, cheddar cheese, and special sauce. Say when.

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Hemlock Hill. Photo by Sabrina Sucato

3. Avellino

Stamford, CT

This family barbecue food truck took the third spot with its Brisket Queso Smash Burger. The simple, yet effective, dry-aged, prime smash burger was topped with pit-smoked brisket queso.

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Avellino. Photo by Sabrina Sucato

2. Rye Roadhouse

Rye

Rye Roadhouse clocked in at second place, and for good reason. The slider was made from a coffee-crusted burger and topped with crumbled candied bacon and chipotle-infused maple syrup. All of that goodness was served on a fresh beignet and garnished with powdered sugar.

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Rye Roadhouse. Photo by Sabrina Sucato.

1. Southern Table Kitchen & Bar

Pleasantville

For the third year in a row, Southern Table of Pleasantville won both the People’s Choice and the Judges Choice Award for best burger of the night. Its Bulleit Burger wowed the masses with its Bulleit bourbon glaze, aged cheddar, smoked bacon, caramelized onions, and spicy aioli.

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Southern Table. Photo by Sabrina Sucato

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