Diners Choose Cabarrus County ‘Burger Madness’ Competition Winner

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CONCORD, N.C. — The vote is out! After a month of trying 12 specialty burgers from local Cabarrus County restaurants, diners have voted The Candied G.O.A.T. Burger from Johnny Rodger’s BBQ & Burgers as the most popular in the Cabarrus Burger Madness competition.

Chef Barrett Dabbs at Johnny Roger’s created the winning burger by pairing the meat with goat cheese, candied bacon with smokehouse aioli, and onion frizzles.

The Candied Goat Burger From Johnny Rogers Bbq And Burgers In Concord Nc Photo Courtesy Of Visit Cabarrus

The Candied G.O.A.T. Burger from Johnny Rodger’s

Event officials say the Cabarrus Burger Madness celebration highlighted outstanding local restaurants while giving back to the community, with donations being made to Cabarrus Blessing Boxes from the merchandise sales.

“We were blown away by all of the delicious burgers and appreciate everyone who joined in on the fun,” says Donna Carpenter, Cabarrus County Convention & Visitors Bureau President and CEO. “Cabarrus Burger Madness provided the opportunity to highlight our outstanding local restaurants and chefs while supporting our community. Stay hungry! This celebration is the start of even more exciting initiatives to showcase our restaurants.”

Original Story (3/11/21):

CONCORD, N.C. — Cabarrus County officials say not only will they be shining a light on local restaurants with their Burger Madness competition, but fans can purchase limited edition gear benefitting local non-profit Cabarrus Blessing Boxes in celebration.

The Cabarrus Burger Madness is a month-long competition between 12 local restaurants for the “Most Popular Burger” in town, and diners will have the opportunity to try these featured burgers before casting a vote for their favorite, officials say.

In addition to the burger competition supporting local restaurants, officials say a limited collection of merchandise is on sale here to support food insecurity in the community.

All proceeds from the collection will benefit 1CAN, which is the local nonprofit organization that manages Cabarrus Blessing Boxes.

Cabarrus Blessing Boxes are available to community members in need and are filled with non-perishable food, baby food, and personal items, officials say.

Founder Sheryl Kluge, Cabarrus County hospitality professional, says the motto “Take what you need, leave what you can” describes the blessing boxes best, as anyone can bring items to give or take items as they need.

“I am so honored and excited that the Cabarrus CVB is doing this for 1CAN,” said Kluge. “This will help us continue to stock our seven boxes and serve the three out of five families that do not have enough food.”

County officials say the restaurant winner of Burger Madness will be announced on April 1st after the month-long celebration ends.

“These items not only serve as a reminder of this month’s unforgettable burgers and celebration of our local restaurants but also provide support to a wonderful cause in our community,” said Cabarrus County CVB President and CEO Donna Carpenter.

Click here to see which local restaurants and what unique burgers are featured in the Burger Madness competition.