The new year ushers in a brand-new list of contenders for the Downtown Sioux Falls Burger Battle, with a record 37 entrants in 2024.

The latest to hit my taste buds is the Wagoolicious Burger at Fernson Brewing Company.

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The Wagoolicious Burger - Fernson
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It's billed as:

Two cheddar-crusted 100% Local Wangus Beef Patties, Bacon Jam with Ferson's Snow Eater Stout, White and yellow American Cheese, Tomatoes, Pickles, Onions, Wagoo Signature Sauce, Lettuce, Brioche Bun

While a lot of places try to stack as much as they can on a burger, the folks at Fernson focused instead on flavor.

It starts with everything you expect from a classic cheeseburger and then goes to the next level when the sweetness of bacon jam kicks in.

SCORECARD (Out of 5):

• Flavor: 5
• Patty: 4
• Toppings: 4
• Bun: 4
• Presentation: 4

You have until January 31 to sample as many of the 37 burgers as you can.

After you've polished one (or more) off, don't forget to download the official app downtown – The DTSF Digital Passport - to cast your vote.

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