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On any food-related message board, in any given city, at any given time, the debate of “who has the best hamburger?” always arises. That’s because American’s love hamburgers—to the tune of 14 billion burgers consumed per year!
Many of you have been debating this very question over the last few years, but the debate took on a new fervor last year when Mayer Slay’s staff posed the question on mayorslay.com at approximately the same time Alex Csank brought it up once again on the stlbites.com forum. Still, there was no unanimous winner. The question remained unanswered. To truly answer the question it was clear some capable man or woman would have to step up and consume all these burgers because you can’t say the Newstead burger is better than the O’Connell’s burger if you’ve never had the O’Connell’s burger.
And that’s where Andrew Mark Veety comes in. He has risen to the challenge and, in twelve months time, you will have your answer. Sort of.
Taking votes to establish St. Louisian’s top picks via twitter and his website, Veety has tabulated the data and narrowed things down to the top 12 contenders. In reverse order, one Sunday a month, he’ll be consuming each of the burgers to lay the question to rest in what has been dubbed, The Church of Burgers.
Full Disclosure: I’d never met Veety in person until he invited along a small entourage of St. Louis Foodsters to partake in the consumption of contender #1. Via the power of the internet he always seemed like a cool guy and I jumped at the chance to put down my keyboard and cell phone and have some bonified social interaction. I’m happy to report he is, in fact, a cool guy and as hilarious as I figured he’d be based upon his online persona. Plus, I obviously like hamBURGErs.