3rd Annual Birmingham Burger Fest on Saturday, July 27. Help fight ALS in Alabama. Win tickets!

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Birmingham Burger Fest 2018. Photo by Katy Nowak

Are you ready for the ultimate backyard barbecue? Then sink your teeth into the best burgers in town at the 3rd Annual Birmingham Burger Fest benefitting the Alabama Chapter of the ALS Association. The event heats up at Avondale Brewery on Saturday, July 27 from 11AM-3PM. Find out more about the cause and how to win tickets!

The Cause Behind the Fun

The ALS Association Alabama Chapter Junior Board at the Birmingham Burger Fest 2018. Photo via Katy Nowak

Sure, the Birmingham Burger Fest is about great eats, but it’s also about bringing people together to raise awareness and funds to help patients and families in the fight against Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS; also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease) in Alabama.


ALS is the most common motor neuron disease in America. Currently, there is no cure and no life-prolonging treatments available. 

The Alabama Chapter of the ALS Association supports people living with ALS and their families across Alabama through services and education. 

“The Association has two goals. To provide persons and families with ALS support by finding equipment and specialists to serve their needs through all phases of the disease, and raise awareness and advocate for them by organizing fundraising events, such as the Walk to Defeat ALS, BurgerFest and visiting state and national officials to petition for government support of research and aid.”

Kate Joyce, President and founding member, ALS Association Alabama Chapter Junior Board

Let the Burger Battle Begin

Birmingham Burger Fest 2018. Photo by Katy Nowak

During this burger-licious event, some of Birmingham’s best restaurant chefs and backyard cooks will put their grilling skills to the test in a battle to win the award for best burger. 


The official list of competing restaurants is in. 

Taste buds get ready for:

  1. Carlile’s Barbecue
  2. Billy’s Bar and Grill
  3. Maggie’s Farm Food Truck
  4. 5 Points Public House
  5. Harvest Bar and Restaurant
  6. The Craft Burger
Carlile’s Barbecue wins best burger for 2018 Birmingham Burger Fest. Photo by Katy Nowak

Two favorites will be back at the grill this year to compete, including:


  • Returning 2018 “best burger” champions Carlile’s Barbecue
  • Winner of the People’s Choice award for 2017 and 2018, amateur team (name TBD)

Will they be masters of the pit again this year? The answer is in the burgers. Mmm!

Click here for info on live entertainment, kids’ activities and more.

Trophies for 2018 Birmingham Burger Fest. Photo by Katy Nowak

Meet the Judges

Burgers ready at Birmingham Burger Fest 2018. Photo by Katy Nowak

Who has the difficult, yet totally tasty task of sampling and judging each and every mouth-watering burger at the Birmingham Burger Fest?


The four lucky judges are: 

  1. Dr. Peter King, MD ALS researcher and clinician from UAB
  2. Rick Journey, Mayor’s Office
  3. Christina Chambers, WBRC Sports Announcer
  4. Blake Sims, former Birmingham Iron and University of Alabama Player

Here’s a look at some of the burgers the judges sampled during last year’s event. 

Buy Your Tickets To Dig In

Burger tickets at Birmingham Burger Fest. Photo by Katy Nowak

For just $15 in advance/$20 at door, you will receive four sampling tickets to redeem at the hamburger booths. Extra sampling tickets are available for $5 each. 


Each sampling ticket will get you a quarter of a burger.

Birmingham Burger Fest 2018. Photo by Katy Nowak

Walk to Defeat ALS – Hold the Date 

Remember the infamous ice bucket challenge from 2014? If you participated, that ice cold water dumped all over you really did make a positive impact. 

Since the challenge:


  • $84 million has been committed to research advancing new treatments and a cure.
  • 4 new genes were discovered within the past two years to help identify new therapies.

But even as thrilling as it was to get doused in ice water, the Walk to Defeat ALS continues to be the most influential way to lend help and hope to patients and families living with ALS.

In fact, 60% of the Alabama Chapter of the ALS Association’s income is raised through the Walk to Defeat ALS Program. 

When you participate in the walk, you are helping:


  • Support people living with ALS in the community.
  • Advance global research and public policy initiatives aimed at finding treatments and a cure for the disease.

On September 28 from 11AM to 2PM, you can take part in the Walk to Defeat ALS at Homewood Central Park. Register here.

Don’t Miss Out!

Haven’t bought tickets to the Birmingham Burger Fest? Don’t wait until all the burgers are gone! Buy now and attend the event at Avondale Brewing Company on Saturday, July 27 from 11AM-3PM.  Bham Now will be there!

Want to win tickets?

Follow @bhamnow on Instagram for a chance to win two tickets to the event.


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