We're exhausted but we're grateful. We had such amazing support.
—Kyle Matheson, co-owner, Unburger
At Deer + Almond, line-ups were out the door.
Pop-up burger stand Table Manners, which changed locations over the course of the week, sold out of their signature burger in four minutes during one lunch hour.
And at burger joint Unburger, one day they even ran out of a key ingredient: buns. But even the temporary bun shortage didn't stop the Osborne Village burger joint from winning Burger Week, a food fight celebrating the humble sandwich in four cities across Canada.
"We're exhausted but we're grateful. We had such amazing support," says Kyle Matheson, co-owner of Unburger.
Canada Day aside, Unburger had their busiest day during Burger Week, selling 440 burgers in one day. "It was extremely busy, it kicked our butts," Matheson says.
Deer + Almond's take on a cheeseburger. (Twitter)
Nearly 30 Winnipeg restaurants created signature burgers for Burger Week. Entries had to include cheese and cost $10 or less. Scores of local burger fiends scarfed down the fast food and then voted online for their favourite.
Unburger earned 2,160 votes, followed by Saigon Jon's with 1,710 votes. Third place went to pop-up burger stand Table Manners, which had 1,160 votes.
In order to buy a Table Manners burger, eaters had to follow the pop-up joint on Twitter to receive directions to locations like The Neon Factory or the back of Bistro 7 1/4.
The week-long competition, which ended September 7, was also held in Vancouver, Montreal and Quebec City.
"It was more of a success than we anticipated," says Daniel Gurevich, one of the local organizers. "As word started growing, catching on, by mid-week things really started to explode."
Third place winner from pop-up restaurant Table Manners. (Jordan Harvey)
Gurevich is a member of Charcoal Collaborative, a small group of local artists, designers and other creative folks who showcase the city's culture scene. They plan to make Burger Week an annual event in Winnipeg, possibly adding a charitable component starting in 2014, Gurevich says.
Just lately, Winnipeg has been the scene of several food fights.
Sunday at Manyfest, Stuff-It Foods won people's choice at Food Truck Wars. Twelve food trucks battled epic crowds and food shortages in the three-day event.
Last week, CBC's Information Radio also hosted a classic burger contest
, which ultimately named Dairi-Wip Drive-In as Winnipeg's top burger.