If 2024 is the year you plan on challenging yourself to do bigger things, there's no better place to start than with what has become the area's premier dining event.

Downtown Sioux Falls has released the lineup for the 11th Annual Downtown Burger Battle and it's a stacked field.

A record 37 burgers will be vying for the top prize during the event, which runs through January 31.

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Here are the 2024 contenders:

Blarney Stone Pub (333 S. Phillips Ave.) - Star-Spangled Burger

  • An 8 oz. Beef Patty or a 7 oz. Juicy Chicken Breast with Garlic Aoli, Lettuce & Sliced Pickles. Topped with American Cheese & Caramelized Onions. Drizzled with Rampart Sauce on a Sesame Seed Bun. Served with a Creamy Macaroni Salad or Choice of side.

Boki European Street Food (421 N. Phillips Ave. #121) -  Hot Cheetos Cheesy Burger

  • 8 oz. Hand-patted Angus Burger topped with Hot Cheetos and melted cheese curds. Garnished with lettuce, pickle, and caramelized pepper/onion. All finished with signature sauce. Served on a buttery bun with fresh-cut fries.

Bread & Circus Sandwich Kitchen (600 N. Main Ave. #110) - L.A. Chili Burger

  • Smashed Angus Patty, American Cheese, Beef Chili, Smoked Gouda, Pickles, Onion, Dijonaise, Look’s Brioche bun. Served with Kettle Chips.

Brosia Bowl (421 N. Phillips Ave.) - Reuben Burger

  • Homemade patty on grilled marble rye bread smothered in housemade 1000 island dressing, grilled sauerkraut, and smoked gouda cheese. Served with hand-cut sweet potato wedges and served with Sriracha Aioli.

CRAVE American Kitchen & Sushi Bar (201 E. 8th St.) - The UnBrieable Burger by Sioux Falls CTE Academy and CRAVE

A 7-ounce beef patty topped with brie cheese, a cherry merlot sauce, and a puff pastry lid with arugula and a brioche bun.

Crawfords (214 S. Phillips Ave.) - The Gold Standard

  • 6 oz. Prime beef patty, jalapeno bacon, boursin cheese, peppadew jam, crispy onion straws, home-made rosemary ginger pickles, and arugula tossed with spicy vinaigrette served on ciabatta crusted with smoked mozzarella cheese served with house fried rosemary chips.

DaDa Gastropub (402 North Main Avenue) - Eleanor Friedburger

  • Crispy Prosciutto, Pimento Cheese Wiz, Horseradish Burger Aioli, Guinness Onions, House Pickles, Parmesan Crisp, House-made Sourdough Bun, Served with House Fries & DaDa Sauce.

Falls Landing Bar & Grill (200 E. 8th St.) - The Falls Monte

  • A spin on the classic Monte Cristo. Choice beef burger patty top with bacon and jalapeño infused cream cheese. In-between two pieces of home-made French toast dusted with powdered sugar and drizzled with raspberry sauce. Served with thin steak fries seasoned with cajun ranch seasoning and a side of cajun ranch sauce for dipping.

Falls Overlook Cafe (825 N. Weber Ave.) - The Overlook Burger

  • 6 oz. Chuck Beef Patty, topped with “Cowboy” Cream Cheese, Hot Pepper Jelly, Sweet Onion and Shredded Lettuce on a toasted Brioche Bun – served with kettle chips.

Fernson Downtown (332 S. Phillips Ave.) - The Wagoolicious

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

Five Guys (121 S. Minnesota Ave.) - Bacon Cheeseburger

  • All the Toppings: Mayo, Lettuce, Pickle, Tomato, Ketchup, Mustard, Grilled Onions, and Grilled Mushrooms.

Flying Santo Taco Bar (421 N. Phillips Ave.) - Flying Santo Steak Burger

  • Hand-ground steak burger with a jalapeño-infused bun by Breadsmith with chipotle mayo. The patty is topped with 2 layers of pepperjack cheese, handmade guacamole and pickled pink onions. Rounding out the burger is a thick slice of beefsteak tomato and a layer of crisp cabbage. Served with crispy Mexican cartwheels tossed in lime and seasoned with Tajin.

Glacial Lakes Distillery/Cheezy Noodle (200 S. Main Ave.) - Queso-Birria Burger

  • Angus Patty topped with Cheezy Noodle's signature Birria. This burger comes with chipotle aioli, shredded lettuce, grilled onions, tomatoes and house made smoked queso. Served with a side of seasoned fries.

Holiday Inn City Centre (100 W. 8th St.) - The Stivale

  • Handcrafted, seared smash burger on a pretzel bun. Topped with savory bacon, a zesty house peppadew relish, finished with creamy fresh mozzarella and a sprinkle of micro cilantro. Served with crinkle cut or sweet potato fries.

JL Beers Sioux Falls (323 S. Phillips Ave.) - Fiery Street Corn Burger

  • A signature bun and a 1/4 lb. of fresh ground beef, topped it with a mix of fire roasted street corn, diced peppers & onions, a combination of cream and cheddar cheeses and Flamin’ Hot Cheetos. Finished with a little serrano pepper sauce, lime juice and cilantro.

Josiah’s Coffeehouse (104 W. 12th St.) - Smoky Cow-Tipper

  • 1/3 lb. all-beef patty topped with tangy BBQ sauce, smoked beef brisket, burnt end sausage, and shredded cheddar cheese all on a grilled potato roll.

La Luna Cafe (701 N. Phillips Ave. #125) - Guaca-Bean Burger

  • Refried beans, crema, spicy guacamole salsa, a seasoned burger patty with cheese, and Salvadorian escabeche on the side.

M.B. Haskett Delicatessen (324 S. Phillips Ave.) - Truffle, Mushroom & Gruyere Burger

  • 5 oz. patty using Berrybrook Farm’s free-range beef, topped with locally grown artisan mushrooms caramelized with onions, and topped with melted gruyere and truffled pecorino cheese on a house made brioche onion bun.

MacKenzie River Pizza, Grill & Pub (236 S. Main Ave.) - The MacK

  • 1/2 lb. all-beef patty served on top of a chiffonade of romaine, 2 slices of tomato, topped with 2 slices of American cheese, special sauce, and white pepper pickle and onion relish, on a brioche bun. The burger comes with fries and a side of secret recipe Fry Sauce for dipping.

Minervas (301 S. Phillips Ave.) - Root Beer Float Burger

  • Charbroiled Hadrickranch burger with frozen vanilla bean ice cream, root beer gastrique, and potato straws. Served with a side of fries.

Monks Ale House (420 East 8th St.) - Monk’s Classic Double Burger

  • Two smashed certified angus beef patties, New School American Cheese, Duke’s special sauce, pickles and diced red onions on a toasted Martin’s potato roll.

Ode to Food & Drinks (300 N. Cherapa Pl.) - Pickled Fresh Burger

House ground Wagyu blend on a stack of Ode’s Rosemary herbed pickles & brown butter mayo, topped with melted Swiss & a pile of fresh coriander bell pepper slaw on a toasted egg bun.

Papa Woody’s (775 N. Phillips Ave.) - The Conquistador

  • 1/3 lb. Black Angus Brisket/Chuck burger smothered with Shredded Beef Barbacoa, Diced Onions, Black Beans and Corn mix, and melted White Queso. A drizzle of Hot & Spicy Japanese Barbecue Sauce and a sprinkle of Cotija Cheese to finish. All served on a fresh Jalapeño Cheddar bun baked locally from our friends at BreadSmith! Paired with a side of Birrea sauce. Served with crispy Cayenne Parmesan Flat Fries.

Parker’s Bistro (201 S. Main Ave.) - Post-Christmas Blues

  • Parker’s House Roll, Blue Cheese, Crispy Mushrooms, Apricot Jam, and Aioli.

PAve (130 S. Phillips Ave.) - The Alanis Morissette

  • Two beef/steak blend smash patties, American cheese, mayo, and roasted hatch chili salsa, on a gourmet brioche bun.

Pizza Cheeks (120 S. Phillips Ave.) - Meatball Sliders

  • Pork & Beef Meatball, Pizza Sauce, Smoked Provolone, Arugula Pesto, Caesar Schmear, Mini Brioche Bun.

Phillips Avenue Diner (121 S. Phillips Ave.) - Sweet Chili Burger

  • Tuxedo Sesame Bun, Angus Patty, Onion Bacon Jam, Pepper Slaw, Pepper Jack Cheese, Thai Aioli, Side of Sweet Potato Fries.

Remedy Brewing Company (401 E. 8th St. #120) - Beer Fed Beef Burger

  • Locally raised beef patty fed by Remedy Brewing spent grain, sundried tomato pesto aioli, tomato jam, burrata cheese, spicy balsamic, Queen Bee beer bread bun from Breadsmith. Served with a side of white cheddar mac and cheese.

Roots of Brasil (201 N. Weber Ave.) - Dona Braz Burger

  • Sul Americano Lamb Burger topped with Manchego cheese,Sweet n Spicy caramelized onions, Romesco aioli served on a Golden Plantain Bun with Pickles.

Severance Brewing Company/Rudy M. Navarrete Tex Mex (701 N. Phillips Ave.) - The Spice is Right

  • A spiced 1/3lb patty is smothered in Rudy’s signature enchilada sauce (aka Chili Gravy) sits atop cheddar cheese and a crisp flour shell. Topped with more cheddar cheese, onion, tomato, jalapeno and leaf lettuce, all sandwiched between a ball park bun. Served with a side of chips and salsa.

Sunny Pizzeria at EightyOne Arcade Bar (221 S. Phillips Ave.) - The Presley Melt

  • 1/3 lb. all-beef patty, crispy bacon shavings, creamy peanut butter and banana slices melted between two buttery pieces of Texas toast and served with a side of ripple chips.

Swamp Daddy’s Cajun Kitchen (421 N. Phillips Ave. #104) - Boss Hog Burger

  • A Toasted cornbread bun with a compound butter, garlic honey aioli topped with a blend of beef, short rib and brisket, andouille okra queso, smoked Tasso and whisky jalapeño battered onions rings with lettuce and tomato drizzled with hot honey served with a side of seasoned house chips.

TommyJack’s Pub (214 E. 12th St.) - A Damn ‘Gouda’ Burger

  • Our hand-crafted 1/4 lb. patty served on a toasted Breadsmith bun with Smoked Gouda Cheese, Spicy Pickles and signature Special Sauce. Served with fries.

The Treasury at Hotel on Phillips (100 N. Phillips Ave.) - The Smoke Show

  • A 7 oz. Sakura Farms Wagyu seared patty topped with smoky tomato bacon jam, smoked gouda, shredded lettuce, shaved onions and dill pickles. Served on a sesame-seed potato bun coated in extra-special sauce.

Wileys (330 N. Main Ave.) - Birria Smash Burger

  • Two Chuck Brisket Blend Smash Patties, Pepper Jack Cheese, Birria (stewed beef in chilli and spices), Seasoned Fried Corn Tortilla Chips, Pico de Gallo, Avacado Salsa, Shredded Romain Lettuce, Stacked on a Chili Toasted Brioche Bun. Served with Tortilla Chips and a side.

Windy City Bites (114 N. Indiana Ave.) - The Irie Ting Burger

  • Marinated in a spicy jerk rub, grilled with melted pepper jack cheese, topped with sauteed peppers and onions, shaved carrots and arugula then smothered in a sweet mango sauce. Served on a Hawaiian Bun with a side of Jerk Fries.

Woodgrain Brewing Company/Southern Perfection BBQ (101 S. Phillips Ave. #100) - Smokehouse Brisket Cabernet Burger

  • A cold-smoked 1/2 lb. patty made from a custom blend of brisket and chuck, covered with a Cabernet Sauvignon cheese sauce, topped with sharp cheddar, red onion, pickles, romaine lettuce, tomato, and house-made Southern Perfection Burger Sauce on a toasted brioche bun. Served with a side of house-seasoned pork rinds.

Once again this year, you will have a hand in selecting the winner.

Before you head downtown to try your favorite burger, download the Downtown Sioux Falls Digital Passport to your mobile device.

The app will give you a chance to rate each burger you try in five different categories:

• Flavor
• Patty
• Toppings
• Bun
• Presentation

The burger with the highest average point total at the end of January will be the winner.

Tour the 2023 Downtown Sioux Falls Burger Battle

January in Sioux Falls only means one thing...Downtown Sioux Falls Burger Battle! 32 savory burgers from local Sioux Falls restaurants looking for your stomachs and votes.

If you've never participated in the Downtown Burger Battle, this is how it works:

  1. Review the participating restaurants and their burgers
  2. Make sure you check their schedule and hours before you go
  3. Go to one of the restaurants
  4. Eat the burger
  5. Use the DTSF Digital Passport to vote and rate the burger
  6. Repeat
  7. And you could win prizes
  8. And you help one downtown restaurant win the Burger Battle and reign supreme for one whole year!

Voting criteria consist of patty, creativity, toppings, bun, and customer service.

Gallery Credit: Townsquare Media Sioux Falls

Tour of the 2022 Downtown Sioux Falls Burger Battle

The 9th Annual Downtown Burger Battle begins January 1, 2022 and runs through the entire month.

This year there are 27 participating restaurants. I hope you have some stretchy pants!

If you've never participated in the Downtown Burger Battle, this is how it works:

  1. Review the participating restaurants and their burgers
  2. Make sure you check their schedule and hours before you go
  3. Go to one of the restaurants
  4. Eat the burger
  5. Use the DTSF Digital Passport to vote and rate the burger
  6. Repeat 26 more times
  7. And you could win prizes
  8. And you help one downtown restaurant win the Burger Battle and reign supreme for one whole year!
Voting criteria consist of patty, creativity, toppings, bun, and customer service.

Gallery Credit: Natasha

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