2013, A Year In Beef (Our Top Five Match Day Burgers From Grassroots Sporting Venues)
“Carving out a niche in the jam-packed world of online sportswriting is not easy. And for this achievement we must salute the mighty fine Match Day Burger, purveyors of local sport and meat reviews.”
-The Guardian, ‘Best Sportswriting from Around the Web’, 13/11/2013
At the conclusion of a brief, inaugural year for MDB, we’ve here assembled a by no means exhaustive countdown of the five most gratifying match day burgers at grassroots sporting venues in 2013. Please enjoy this list of worthwhile fare.
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5. Brisbane Bandits vs Perth Heat; Australian Baseball League; Holloway Park; 8/12/2013
A solid steak burger with the gourmet trimmings of baby spinach over lettuce and Swiss Cheese over your usual cheddar blend. The rare option of carrot also boosting its profile.
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4. Western Jaguars vs Logan City Jets, Gold Coast Stingrays vs Kenmore Panthers; Female Gridiron League of Queensland; PJ McIlwain Place; 18/10/2013
The much talked-about ‘Jag’ burger turned out to be deserving of its hype and reputation. Thin, marinated strip steak, quality cheese, nicely done onion and fresh salad. And the chef will stand behind her burger all night, expecting a review – confidence goes a long way.
3. Queensland Samoa vs Queensland Fiji, Kings and Queens of Pacific Island Rugby Tournament; Logan City Rugby Club, Meakin Park; 23/11/2013
Traditional, ultra-hearty subterranean Hangi, heavy on the chicken, stuffing and starch. Points for cultural idiosyncrasy, but also a damn good spread.
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2. Nudgee College vs. Gregory Terrace; Brisbane GPS Rugby; Ross Oval; 24/8/2013
A rock solid schoolboy burger, with a quality patty and a free-for-all on the help-yourself salads. Served by a veritable carousel of ultra-chirpy mums that look you in the eye when they’re preparing your fare – some of the nicest service on the circuit. (Sadly, no image available…)
1. Clifton Cup Horse Races; Clifton Race Track & Recreational Grounds; 26/10/2013
Hands down the most delicious hunk of bread-bracketed beef to have made it into our reporters’ mouths this season. Purist, no-frills marinated steak burger that managed to be grassroots ugly and truly delicious. Double points for not even nearly fitting into a standard-sized bun.
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– Scott & Nicholas
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