Chris Vila, Mo Koyfman, and Lockhart Steele were given two hours to prep and cook six burgers on 30-inch Weber grills, with ingredients sourced only on the East End. Judges rated the burgers on a 100-point scale.
In the end, Steele won with a 100 percent ground chuck burger, prepared with a dash of bread crumbs, onion zest, lemon juice, heavy cream, and olive oil, topped with white American cheese and a controversial tomato-corn relish. Some may have called foul, seeing as Steele publishes both the Beach and Eater, but with a winning score of merely 78.6, it was clear that no entrant had truly impressed the judges. (Chang took particular issue with Steele’s use of cream and bread crumbs.) But post-judging, as Steele prepared the winning burgers for the rest of the crowd, Spotted Pig co-owner Ken Friedman was overheard saying, “This is a really good burger.” Which, in the end, is all the blessing one needs. Jessica Coen