A juicy burger

Summer is in full swing, and with July Fourth coming up, chances are you going to see – and eat – some burgers in the next few weeks. I mean, burgers are really a year-round food, but cooking up burgers on the grill makes for a great summer thing to do. This is even coming from a vegetarian, because I have to say that veggie burgers have gotten a lot better over the years. They’re always a favorite for me during the summer months.

It appears there’s a new burger favorite in Michigan. What’s more, that burger has a Caribbean flavor, making it very original. My mouth is watering just thinking about a Caribbean-flavored delight.

Last weekend, the 2022 Burger Battle in Eastern Market took place. People crowded the venue, waiting in long lines to try burgers from all over the city for the annual Burger Battle, which is run by Dine, Drink, Detroit. This was the firs time the battle was back following a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic. A total of 11 chefs and restaurants were on hand to feed about 2,000 attendees. That’s a lot of burgers!

So, who came out on top? The winner was chef Max Hardy and his Detroit restaurant Coop Caribbean Fusion. The burger offered a blend of beef short rib and brisket, as well as a topping of Havarti cheese. Hardy, who also owns Jed’s Detroit, picked up the $1,000 top prize and a trophy to display in his restaurant. That’s not to mention bragging rights.

Another Detroit-area burger joint was recently crowned the best burger in Michigan by Reader’s Digest. That’s Miller’s Bar in Dearborn, with the publication calling it a burger “with a special blend of meats and topped with a thick slice of Velveeta cheese, burgers here are served ‘commando style’ on wax paper with a side of pickles and white onions.” That sounds delicious, too. Happy burger days.

20 Best Michigan Ice Cream Shops

  • 20 Best Michigan Ice Cream Shops You Need to Visit

    This list is via Pure Michigan, with five additional shops added item, including the MSU Dairy Store, from me.

  • Milk & Honey Cafe and Ice Creamery - Traverse City

    Milk & Honey Cafe & Ice Creamery | Traverse City, MI 49684

    Milk & Honey Cafe and Ice Creamery is a family ice cream shop and espresso bar serving products made with high quality ingredients from local sources.

  • House of Flavors - Ludington

  • Marion’s Dairy Bar – East Tawas

  • Country Cone & Fudge Shop – Harrisville

    https://www.yelp.com/biz/country-cone-and-fudge-shoppe-harrisville

  • Plainwell Ice Cream - Plainwell

    Espresso Flake is back!! For scooping and 1/2 gallons.

    Posted by Plainwell Ice Cream Co. on Sunday, March 20, 2022

  • Moo-ville Quality Ice Cream - Nashville

    Moo-Ville Quality Creamery

    Your family fun destination for old-fashioned down-on-the-farm fun, freshness and ice cream parlor. Come for a visit to see our dairy farm in operation and watch as we turn farm-fresh milk into delicious dairy products you can take home. MOO-Ville also has cheese, ground beef patties, cream cheese, sour cream, and local maple syrup.

  • Village Ice Cream and Cafe - Dimondale

    It was wonderful seeing so many familiar faces as well as meeting some of our new Guests. We are open today...

    Posted by Village Ice Cream & Cafe' on Monday, April 4, 2022

  • Jersey Junction Old Fashioned Ice Cream Parlor - Grand Rapids

    It’s officially patio season ☀️Thanks @thegrguide for stopping by!

    Posted by Jersey Junction on Friday, March 18, 2022

  • The Blue Moon Ice Cream Shop – Ovid

    Strawberry Dole Whip is this weeks flavor!🍓🍦🍓🍦🍓🍦🍓🍦🍓🍦🍓🍦🍓🍦🍓🍦🍓🍦🍓🍦Enjoy as is or twist with vanilla, enjoy in a slush as a glacier! Make it a sundae with marshmallow topping 🤩 YUM!!!!!All Dairy Free!!!!

    Posted by The Blue Moon Ice Cream Shop on Sunday, April 10, 2022

  • Guernsey Farms Dairy - Northville

    Guernsey Farms Dairy

    Guernsey Farms Dairy has been family owned and operated since 1940. Our products are made using only the finest ingredients specially formulated by founder John McGuire. Guernsey Farms Dairy Restaurant and Store are located at the same site as our dairy processing plant.

  • Treat Dreams - Ferndale

    Treat Dreams

    Delicious coffee frosting with a rich texture perfect for cakes, cupcakes, cookies and more. This traditional frosting recipe is perfect for special occasions. If you are looking for a rich and flavorful icing, this coffee frosting recipe is exactly what you want. This is a take on an old family recipe my grandmother and mother ...

  • Cook's Farm Dairy, Inc. - Ortonville

    https://www.michigan.org/property/cook-s-farm-dairy-inc

  • Falling Rock Cafe - Munising

    Falling Rock Cafe & Bookstore - Munising, Michigan

    ORDER ONLINE We are a locally owned coffee shop and café conveniently located in downtown Munising; a perfect location for both travelers and residents. We provide free wireless internet, homemade food with vegan and gluten-free options, custom roasted coffee and gourmet tea, and yes, we do have delicious Jilbert's Dairy Ice Cream!

  • Rapid River Dairy Flo – Rapid River

    Rain or shine, it's ice cream TIME! Opening Wednesday April 13th!

    Posted by Rapid River Dairy Flo on Tuesday, April 12, 2022

  • MSU Dairy Store - East Lansing

    Dairy Store

    The MSU Dairy Store's Anthony Hall location will open Wednesdays through Sundays from 12-9 p.m. this summer. See you soon!

  • Quality Dairy Ice Cream

    An extra topping never hurts! 😀

    Posted by Quality Dairy on Monday, March 21, 2022

  • Detroit Water Ice Factory

    Our popular Motown Mint Chocolate Brown Bag Popcorn is back for its second year, but only through the end of this...

    Posted by Detroit Water Ice Factory on Wednesday, March 2, 2022

  • HattieGirl Ice Cream and Foods, LLC

    Our founder James Render met this lovely lady at University Foods in Midtown in Detroit today while stocking the freezer...

    Posted by HattieGirl Ice Cream and Foods on Saturday, April 2, 2022

  • Milk & Froth Ice Cream

    Milk & Froth

    Ice cream made from scratch in small batches. With classic and vegan options, don't miss this Detroit staple.

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