And I thought Meatball Madness was intense. Last night's Blue Moon Burger Bash did me in, meat sweats, torrential downpour, and all. Unlike previous years, Rachael Ray, who is out of the country, handed over one of the festival's main event hosting duties to none other than comedienne Whoopi Goldberg.
Many of New York City's most beloved burger spots including Shake Shack and Bill's Bar & Burger were grillin' side by side with the then clear night sky and the Brooklyn bridge as burger-making inspiration. It felt like some sort of foodie dream come to life and the only "trouble" came down to how exactly YumSugar and I were going to survive the 21 burger taste test. But survive we did, and we emerged more burger savvy at that. Here are the 11 burgers — exclusively available to New Yorkers — that wowed the palate and made me wish I was capable of such incredible burger mastery. Click through to chow down.