Burger Battle Awards

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226 F St, 530-756-4556

Bistro 33 Impossible Burger

Burger Battle Awards:

  • Best Dressed Burger (Downtown Tie)
Diner Comments:

  • “A classic high end burger experience from start to finish! It’s not just a great vegan burger, it’s a GREAT BURGER!!! I want to keep going back!”
  • “This was one of the best tasting burgers I have ever had. Well done, you killed it!”
Server award: Fantastic Burger Battle Promotion By A Server: Andrea Ferris
Tasting Team Awards:

  • The Double Date Dream Team Presents: The Dreamiest Double Date Night Burger Award to Bistro 33 for their classic, delicious burger, which we felt had an upscale feel suitable for a romantic dinner for two, for a night out with friends, or both at once (in the case of our double date), and we just could not stop dreaming about it!
  • The Phoenix Pheasters Tasting Team: Doing Justice to the Burger Award
  • Parkview Patties Tasting Team: The Parkview Palatable Patty Award for our Favorite Burger
  • Burger Queen Tasting Team: Monarch Award for Outstanding Service, Humor, Knowledge of the Burger Battle: Angelo Arroyo
  • Burger Queen Tasting Team: Monarch Award for Outstanding Service, Humor, Knowledge of the Burger Battle: Andrea Ferris

Description: Impossible burger with arugula, tomatoes, seared yellow onions,
black garlic relish, smashed avocado, vegan jack cheese,
and topped with pickles.

407 G St #4, 530-746-2088

Grilled Goodness Burger

Burger Battle Award:

  • Best Tasting Burger (Downtown)
Diner Comments:

  • “This burger is one that every single person should try. Vegan or non vegan!”
  • “The meat is phenomenal!”
  • “The flavor was very good and the ‘meat’ seemed like real pork.”
Tasting Team Awards:

  • West Yost Associates Tasting Team: Best Engineered Burger of the Burger Battle Award

Description: Marinated and grilled slices of plant-based pork, laid over a vegan mayo-butter spreaded bun, and topped off with fresh persian cucumbers, pickled daikon and carrot, cilantro and jalapeno.
Ingredients: Patty: Soy protein, wheat gluten, wheat starch. Bun: whole wheat, water, yeast, sesame seeds, canola oil. Butter-Mayo: Vegan mayonnaise, Earthbalance butter. House marinade: soy, wheat, salt, water. Cucumber, cilantro, jalapeno, pickled daikon, pickled carrot.

Road Runner Burger

Burger Battle Awards:

  • Best Tasting Burger at UCD
  • Best Dressed Burger at UCD
Diner Comments:

  • “I love the colors, the flavors, the juiciness of the pepper with the burger, and the bun.”
  • “Tasty, eye-appealing, great name.”
  • “The combination of flavors and colors made this a great burger.”

Description: House made sweet potato and black bean burger with
roasted pasilla and avocado puree, roasted red pepper,
micro cilantro and pickled red onion. On toasted Bun.

620 G St, 530-758-2667

Pakora Fritter Burger

Burger Battle Awards:

  • Most Unique Flavor of the Burger Battle
  • Most Popular by Veg Community
Diner Comments:

  • “You actually feel good after eating this burger. You can tell the ingredients were fresh! The burger was unique in its flavor palate and wasn’t trying to be something it’s not.”
  • “The burger was fabulous! It had a really unique and flavorful combination of ingredients. I would definitely go back for more.”
Tasting Team Awards:

  • The Neighborhood Christian School Tasting Team: The Most Heavenly Burger Award

Description: Pan seared Indian Pakora Fritter, Served on a Toasted Upper Crust sesame Bun with a Smokey Tomatillo Aioli, Fresh Tomato, Pickled Red Onion, topped with a sweet chili Micro Green salad.
Ingredients: Patty: Garbanzo flour, Curry Powder, Sea salt, Cauliflower, Red Bell Pepper, Garlic, Ginger, Cilantro, Russet Potatoes, Kale, Black pepper.

217 E St, 530-204-5533

Southwest Vegan Burger

Burger Battle Awards:

  • Best Dressed Burger (Downtown Tie)
Diner Comments:

  • “Creative flavor, juicy, meaty, like Cinco de Mayo in your mouth! Vegan?? Who knew? !Uno mas, por favor!”
  • “This is pretty damn close to a real burger! They nailed it!”
Tasting Team Awards:

  • vegan girl gang Tasting Team: The Most Flavorful Burger Award
  • Agricultural Sustainability Institute Tasting Team: Team Hugh Manatee Award for DeVere’s Delicious Southwest Burger
  • Community Plant-Based Health & Wellness Tasting Team Award: Our Favorite Burger of the Burger Battle
  • Burger Queen Tasting Team: Monarch Award for Outstanding Service, Humor, Knowledge of the Burger Battle: Heather Padilla

Description: Beyond burger, Arugula, Cumin vinaigrette, Smokey chickpea spread,
Pickled vegetables, Avocado mousse, Vegan ciabatta bun.

Umami Bomb Burger

Burger Battle Award:

  • Perfect Score for Taste (5.0)
Diner Comments:

  • “It was the only one that had a balanced and complex kick, likely due to the ridiculously tasty umeboshi Serrano sauce.”
  • “Amazing and unique flavor, spice, loved the texture.. would definitely love to eat it again!”
Tasting Team Awards:

  • UC Davis Integrative Medicine Bite Sized Tasting Team: Love at First Bite Award

Description: A Japanese-inspired celebration of savory plant-based flavors!
Ingredients: Patty: Tempeh, shiitake, black beans, and walnuts. Toppings: local pickled beets and butterball lettuce, and charred onions. Sauces: Creamy miso and Umeboshi-serrano hot sauce Bun: Local hamburger buns courtesy of Village Bakery.

978 Olive Drive, 530-756-2142

Redrum Black Bean

Burger Battle Award:

  • Battle on a Budget
Diner Comments:

  • “Awesome burger at Murder Burger today. My omni daughter said it was the best bean burger she has ever had, and those are her favorite… We loved that it came in lettuce rather than a bun, left us feeling full but not stuffed. I definitely recommend going for this burger!”
Tasting Team Awards:

  • DUMC5 Tasting Team from Davis United Methodist Church:”GODLY BURGER” Award, The Redrum Black Bean Burger is unexpectedly delicious in a culturally interesting setting.

Description: Black bean patty topped with grilled mushrooms, sliced avocado, red salsa, and green tabasco in a lettuce wrap.
Ingredients: Burger patty is made with brown rice, black beans, onions, whole kernel corn, red bell peppers, green chiles, soybean protein concentrate, canola oil, and spices including garlic, tomato, chipotle, salt, and sugar.

Falafel Burger

Diner Comments:

  • “Best falafel burger ever.”

Description: House made falafel patties, toasted sesame bun, creamy vegan cucumber-mint sauce, butter lettuce, tomato and pickled onions.

228 G St, 530-756-9227

Smokey Quinoa Portobello Burger

Burger Battle Award:

  • Best Tasting Chef-Created Burger Patty
Diner Comments:

  • “I liked EVERYTHING about this burger! Taste was off the charts. Whatever vegan cheese slices they used were excellent and so was the bun. The burger had GREAT flavor and was huge. Really appreciated that it was more whole food based than the Beyond/Impossible engineered fake meats. I would come back again and again for this. Please keep it on the menu.”
Tasting Team Awards:

  • On the Threshold Tasting Team: The most CRUNCHILICIOUS burger award
  • Center for Burger-Eating Efficiency Tasting Team: Our Favorite Burger Award: “Holy NOT Cow! Efficient Use of Maximum Taste Bud Stimulation”
  • Burger Queen Tasting Team: Monarch Award for Outstanding Service, Humor, Knowledge of the Burger Battle: Eric

Description: Quinoa, portobello, green onion, zucchini, walnuts, chia seeds, sprouts, avocado, spinach, celery, green bell pepper, green beans, potatoes, and Follow Your Heart Smoked Gouda on a Village Bakery vegan bun.

500 1st Street #09, 530-792-7015

Pastrami Burger

Burger Battle Award:

  • Highest Draw of Out of Town Voters
Diner Comments:

  • “One of the most unique and delicious burgers I have tasted. Not trying to emulate meat. This burger stand its own.”
  • “Incredibly unique, bagel sandwich-esque take on a burger. I’m a food scientist and I NEVER would have thought of this. So fun!!”

Description: Traditional pastrami flavored patty made with grains, nuts, mushrooms, and beets, topped with vegan Swiss and jalapeno mayo.

Beyond Bulgogi

Burger Battle Award:

  • Highest Sold Burger of the Battle at UCD
Diner Comments:

  • “This burger have a sweet bulgogi taste. I really like that it’s paired with mushrooms which adds a nice texture and savory taste. The sauce helps to add in a lot of flavor as well.”
  • “The flavors are fantastic and it’s so saucy/juicy it drips down your arm. Perfecto!”

Description: Savory glazed Beyond burger, spicy mayo, kimchi, cucumber, pickled mushrooms, shredded lettuce on a toasted potato bun.

Eggplant Parmesan Burger

Diner Comments:

  • “I love eggplant, so thought it was awesome that they turned this into a burger. Super juicy and perfectly balanced with the marinara sauce and vegan cheese.”

Description: Whole wheat vegan bun, breaded eggplant, vegan mozzarella, marinara, caramelized onions, basil vegannaise.

482 Hutchison Drive, 530-564-8438

Beyond Bella

Diner Comments:

  • “Loved the portabella mushroom in this! Really pretty presentation, too.”

Description: Seared Beyond burger with Portobello ‘bacon’, arugula, roasted peppers, and chimichurri sauce.

129 E St, 530-753-6291

Bratwurst with Sauerkraut

Burger Battle Award:

  • #2 Rated for Most Similar to Real Meat
Diner Comments:

  • “Wow, I could not prepare the Beyond Sausage this way at home! I did not want to reach the last bite. Truly excellent. Please keep this on your menu. I’ll be back much more often for lunch.”
  • “This one was definitely a keeper. I got it three times over this month and I loved it every time.”

Description: Beyond Sausage Bratwurst on Village Bakery
vegan hotdog bun with sauerkraut, tomato, and onions.

234 E St, 530-747-0123

Bara Bara Nepalese Burger

Burger Battle Award:

  • Healthy & Delicious Alternative Burger
Diner Comments:

  • “This was an excellent and creative entry into the ‘burger’ competition. The dish is more of a lentil pancake than burger, but was by far the most delicious vegan option I’ve tasted so far! Definitely worth checking out!”
  • “I appreciated trying a new cuisine and I thought the idea was very cool and unique.”
Tasting Team Award:

  • Burger Queen Tasting Team: Monarch Award for Outstanding Service, Humor, Knowledge of the Burger Battle: Tram Ngoc Huynh

Description: Burger (gluten free) made with black lentils, Red onions, Ginger/garlic paste, Cumin powder, Cilantro, Salt.
Tomato soup (made with tomato, bell pepper, ginger, garlic, salt, cumin powder).

730 3rd St, 530-341-0498

Spring Roll Burger

Burger Battle Award:

  • Most Creative Burger
Diner Comments:

  • “This burger rocked! I think this was the best in show. The flavors popped. Really liked the way the tanginess of the pickled onion/jalapeno slaw set off the other flavors. Would buy this one every week, if they kept bringing it to the farmers market. Sooooo good!”

Description: Avocado-Potato Patty, Grilled Pineapple, Sesame Roasted Onions, Peanut Chili Miso Sauce, Pickled Jalapeno & Onion Slaw, Fine Shred Cabbage, Upper Crust bun.
Ingredients: Patty is made with avocado, hash browns, lime, oats, green chilies, turmeric, garlic salt, pepper, curry.


Ingredients in the BEYOND MEAT burger patty:

Water, Pea Protein Isolate, Expeller-Pressed Canola Oil, Refined Coconut Oil, Contains 2% or less of: the following: Cellulose from Bamboo, Methylcellulose, Potato Starch, Natural Flavor, Maltodextrin, Yeast Extract, Salt, Sunflower Oil, Vegetable Glycerin, Dried Yeast, Gum Arabic, Citrus Extract (to protect quality), Ascorbic Acid (to maintain color), Beet Juice Extract (for color), Acetic Acid, Succinic Acid, Modified Food Starch, Annatto (for color).

In the BEYOND MEAT sausages:

Water, Pea Protein Isolate, Refined Coconut Oil, Sunflower Oil, Contains 2% or less of: Rice Protein, Faba Bean Protein, Natural Flavor, Potato Starch, Salt, Fruit Juice (For Color), Vegetable Juice (For Color), Apple Fiber, Methylcellulose, Citrus Extract (To Protect Quality), Calcium Alginate Casing.


Ingredients in the IMPOSSIBLE burger patty:

Water, Soy Protein Concentrate, Coconut Oil, Sunflower Oil, Natural Flavors, Contains 2% or less of: Potato Protein, Methylcellulose, Yeast Extract, Cultured Dextrose, Food Starch Modified, Soy Leghemoglobin, Salt, Soy Protein Isolate, Mixed Tocopherols (Vitamin E), Zinc Gluconate, Thiamine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B1), Sodium Ascorbate (Vitamin C), Niacin, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B6), Riboflavin (Vitamin B2), Vitamin B12

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