The Market wins Downtown Burger Battle for third consecutive year

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KSFY) - Sioux Falls burger enthusiasts have spoken -- The Market has the best burger in the downtown area for the third consecutive year.

Burger Battle winning burger "The Harvester." Photo courtesy of Downtown Sioux Falls, Inc.

Officials with Downtown Burger Battle say the restaurant's "The Harvester" burger won in three of five rating categories, which included patty, toppings, bun, presentation and customer service.

The winning burger featured a freshly ground local Wagu patty topped with Chef Greg’s house-made bacon, Valley Side Ringneck Cheddar, garlic and parsley aioli and local greenhouse lettuce.

The Market also won with its "Market Charcuterie Burger" in 2016 and its "White Buffalo" in 2017.

Officials said the contest received a record number of votes this year with 3,317 burger sold and votes cast, a 30 percent increase from last year. In 2017, 2,470 burgers were sold with seven participating restaurants.

In 2016, 2,310 burger sold with eight participating restaurants, 1,127 burger sold in 2015 with six participating restaurants, and 1,616 burgers sold in 2014 with seven participating restaurants in the first Downtown Burger Battle.

Burger lovers can still get their hands on "The Harvester" at The Market through the weekend.

The Downtown Burger Battle ran through the month of January and was sponsored by the South Dakota Cattlemen's Foundation.

Other participating restaurants in 2018 were JL Beers, PAve, ODE to Food & Drinks, Tommy Jack's Pub and Wiley's Tavern.

The Downtown Burger Battle will be back in January 2019.

Chef Greg from The Market and Allie Jensen, executive director of the South Dakota Cattlemen's Foundation. Photo courtesy of Downtown Sioux Falls, Inc.