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Indy tastemakers and their favorite local burgers (Part 4)

Celebrate Indy Burger Week with these selections by industry insiders

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Burger Week is June 20 - 26 and we will be sharing with you some of the best burgers around the city according to industry insiders and Indianapolis tastemakers, all week long. This is Part 4 of 5.  

David Waldman, Co-Founder/Operations Director at Triton Brewing Company

“Burgers, I’m a bit of a self proclaimed expert … There are a lot of burgers I really like Bru, Workingman's Friend, Fire By the Monon, Kuma's Corner, Burgerhaus, Scotty's Brewhouse.”

“At the height of my addiction, I probably ate 8 burgers a week.

“Today I have two burgers that I count as my favorites and it is a tie. They both come to me at the brewery, so maybe I am a little biased.

“1.) KG Slider Station does a very spicy, smoky burger that he calls Some Like it Hot. Milton Keys does an amazing job with that burger. I love the heat, I love the scratch made sauce, the meat is phenomenal, well-flavored, perfect texture and the cheese is really something special. Milton does an absolute world class job with all of his recipes and that burger is no exception.

“2.) The Brie Burger on Pi Indy Food Truck is also next level. Chef Lawrence Scully does a fresh patty that he cooks in his wood-fired oven. He puts a fresh crisp pork belly on top of the medium rare burger and melts brie over the top. He then finishes it with quickles (quickly pickled, fresh cucumbers), arugula and a mushroom reduction sauce. Amazing.”

Julia Woody, Co-Founder of Garfield Park’s Farmers’ Market -

“Since I became vegetarian 20 years ago, I’ve had my fare share of veggie burgers, and let me just say that many of them have been sub-par. But sometimes there’s a glowing star of a homemade black bean burger to light up my world.

“Many of my favorite restaurants in Indy have rotating menus, so if they have veggie burgers they are only available a short time, and others just don’t have them at all. My favorite Veggie Burger that’s a regular menu item is at The Local. It’s house made with black beans and quinoa and topped with goat cheese avocado pesto, arugula, and chipotle mayo on a toasty ciabatta bun. I love that they source everything possible from local farms, and you can really taste the freshness.

“They are also a Slow Food Indy Snail of Approval restaurant, and it’s great to have an organization I trust backing them up. I’m not going to lie though, I live in Garfield Park, and it’s a bit of a hike to get up to Westfield.

“Most often if I’m in the mood for a veggie burger, I head to Red Lion Groghouse. Their veggie burger is also house made and has a nice chipotle bite to it. You can substitute it on any of their different burgers, and my favorite is the Roasted Red Pepper Burger. I’ve been getting that burger for years, and it holds up every time.”

Abbi Merriss, Executive Chef at Bluebeard

“My favorite burger is either Workingman’s Friend or MacNiven’s. I like the flat, charred burgers.”

Check back tomorrow for Part 5 and don't miss out on Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3

I travel. I eat. I drink. I meet. I record. I'm the Food & Drink Editor for NUVO and the co-creator and director of Indy's Table. I also host a weekly comedy podcast, Film Forecast and occasionally write about movies and television for NUVO.

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