After three heated rounds of public voting and a near neck-and-neck finish, the Best Foods Best Burger Showdown has named New Zealand’s best burger recipe: The Buffalo Bird BLT.
The man behind the chook-based burger, Jared Bozas from East Auckland, is now Aotearoa’s official burger pro and the lucky winner of a whopping $5,000.
The final showdown was a race to the finish, with Jared’s recipe pulling ahead in the final days of voting. His Buffalo Bird BLT won over half of the vote of the public, at 55 percent of the nearly 7,000 votes.
Inspired by the western theme of the Best Burger Showdown, the winning burger combines two distinct American favourites: buffalo chicken and a classic BLT (bacon, lettuce, tomato) sandwich.
The fiery and zingy buffalo chicken and tangy blue cheese is mellowed out with the classic BLT flavours and topped off with a generous serving of extra garlicky Best Foods Aioli, containing five times more garlic.
Jared says entering the competition was a no-brainer: “I’m always following the latest burger trends, and Best Foods is a staple in my pantry. I hadn’t tried the garlic aioli and thought the Best Burger Showdown was the perfect excuse to make a burger and just see what happens.
“With the theme, I knew I had to start with iconic American classics but keep it simple. Fried chicken is the hot trend at the moment, but I didn’t want to make it too complicated. Pairing it with the creamy, garlicky Best Foods Aioli ended up working in perfect harmony,” he says.
The Best Burger Showdown was a public competition with Kiwis invited to create their own recipe using the ‘garlic as’ Best Foods Aioli , which contains five times more garlic than any other aioli, to be in to win a massive $5,000.
The top four recipes were selected by a panel of burger enthusiasts and food pros before the public was invited to have their say.
Jared says the $5,000 bounty will go a long way in helping his family: “My partner and I have a baby due in two weeks, so most of the $5,000 will go to gearing up for the baby.”
The burger will be available for all to try for themselves at Burger Wisconsin nationwide for three weeks from mid-January 2020.
Best Foods Aioli is fast becoming a Kiwi favourite, boasting the same rich and creamy taste of Best Foods Mayonnaise with five times the garlicky goodness in taste. Best Foods Aioli is available at Countdown and New World nationwide.