Nearly $70,000 was spent in the five-day span of Owensboro Burger Week, producing record sales for Daviess County restaurants. With a total of 11,606 burgers sold for $6 a piece, the 24 participating restaurants saw on average a 245 percent growth in burger sales.
The inaugural event was hosted by Visit Owensboro in partnership with the City of Owensboro.
“We can’t say thank you enough to both the restaurants who worked tirelessly to make this inaugural event happen and to customers who supported Burger Week,” said Dave Kirk of Visit Owensboro. “Over $69,636 were spent in just five days on burger sales alone. When you take those burger sales and add in people buying other food and drinks, you’ve created an enormous economic impact.”
O’Bryan’s Bar and Grill in West Louisville won the trophy for “Best Burger” for their “Double Bacon Mozzarella Cheese Stick Burger” — which consisted of two quarter-pound hamburger beef patties topped with two pieces of American cheese, bacon, two cheese sticks, and a light drizzle of barbecue sauce, served on a toasted bun.
“I definitely didn’t see this coming, that’s for sure,” owner Eric Ashworth said upon receiving the trophy Monday morning. (Read his full reaction and story on O’Bryan’s here.)
A blind tasting from an eight-person judging panel awarded O’Bryan’s the highest overall average score of 88.75 out of 100 possible points.
Legends Sports Bar & Grill finished in second place, and Wonder Whip finished third.
Beef ‘O’ Brady’s sold the most featured burgers with 1,377.
Owensboro Burger Week was made possible with support from local and state sponsors including the Kentucky Beef Council, Independence Bank, Green River Appliance, and Hillview Farms Meats.
Officials said Owensboro Burger Week will return in late winter or early spring of 2022.