Voting in our Readers' Bracket will open sometime Thursday morning. Also, check out our cool Burger App, which features an interactive map, burger bios, and a breakdown of the judges' and readers' brackets.
Two years ago, Pops Burgers & Grill sizzled and clawed its way to the DFW.com Burger Battle title, charming our judges with its proudly old-fashioned, thick-pattied burger that transported us back to the best barbecues and picnics of our childhoods.
What a difference two years makes.
Pops is no longer in business (though a recent conversation with owner Russell House suggests itll be grilling in a new location soon), and this years Final Four competitors largely represent a new breed of burger makers mad scientists and gurus of the grill whose mission, it seems, is to enrich not just the heart of the humble hamburger but its very soul.
They use better beef, grind it in-house, make their own sauces and cheeses, and use locally sourced vegetables. Their burger ambition is so big it can barely be contained to their custom-made buns.
Two of these burger Turks will collide in next weeks Final Four, fresh off victories against a couple of the most storied names in Fort Worths rich burger history. And in the other matchup, the lone flat-patty purveyor left in the judges bracket will try to buck the trend and put these chef-driven burger joints in their place.
The competition was no less fierce in the Readers Bracket, where two of Fort Worths most beloved burgers vaulted into the Final Four. Theyll run headlong into a Dallas-based mini-chain that flexed its muscle in this round and an Arlington burger joint with fiercely loyal fans.
For now, lets dig into the results of this weeks matchups, and dont forget to cast your vote in the Final Four at dfw.com/burgers.
Pickle Region matchup: Charleys vs. Rodeo Goat
Ketchup Region matchup: Chop House vs. Goodfriend
Mustard Region matchup: Johnny Bs vs. Dutchs
Bacon Region matchup: Hopdoddy vs. Kincaids
Click here for a list of our top veggie burgers in DFW, and find out which reader will be joining us as a guest judge during the Final Four matchups. And below, check out Bud Kennedy's Eats Beat podcast, which focuses on the battle for the Final Four, and other dining tidbits.