Frequently Asked Questions

If you haven any questions that aren’t answered here, feel free to contact us.

What is the Sacramento Burger Battle?

The Sacramento Burger Battle is a charity burger cook-off and tasting event where 15 of the area's best restaurants cook up their top burger for an evening of burgers, beers, local wine, live music and prize drawings. Here's a fun video from Sacramento videographer, Nicholas Wray about last year's event: This blog post has an overview and some great photos that help to explain what you can expect on the night of the event.

When is the Sacramento Burger Battle?

The 2019 Sacramento Burger Battle is on Thursday, September 12, 2019. The inaugural Sacramento Burger Battle was held on Tuesday, September 18, 2012.  Coincidentally, this also happens to be National Cheeseburger Day :)

What time is the event?

VIP ticket holders get in at 6 p.m. and General Admission ticket holders get in at 7 p.m. We'll be serving up burgers and fun until 10 p.m. or until the food runs out.

Where will the Sacramento Burger Battle be Held?

This year's Sacramento Burger Battle will be held at  Drake's: The Barn in beautiful West Sacramento, CA.

Who is putting on this event?

This year's (2016) Sacramento Burger Battle will be an official event of the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America.
The first 2 Sacramento Burger Battle's were put on as a third party fundraiser for the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America by Rodney Blackwell, a long time Sacramento area resident who runs the burger review blog at All proceeds from the event have always been donated to the charity.

How much are tickets to the Sacramento Burger Battle?

The General Admission ticket price is $70 for entry at 7 p.m. The VIP ticket price is $90 for early entry at 6 p.m., free parking, cocktails and other cool perks. Tickets go on sale July 1st and during the Early Bird period, the a limited number of tickets will be sold at a discount price through our website. Once those discounted tickets sell out, the full priced tickets will go on sale. This event is expected to sell out, so please get your tickets early :) We will not be selling tickets at the door.

You mentioned a charity. Where is the money going?

Great question! The funds raised from the Sacramento Burger Battle will benefit the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation. Our goal is to have the event costs (venue rental, insurance, etc) covered by the sponsors and in kind donations. That would leave all funds raised from the ticket sales to be donated to the charity following the event.

Why the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation? What is it?

The Crohn's and Colitis Foundation is a non-profit organization that raises funds for much needed research to find a cure and patient programs that help those afflicted with this condition. Crohn's is an autoimmune disorder that affects the intestinal tract and prevents the body from absorbing important nutrients when food is consumed. More info can be found at My oldest daughter (now 13) was diagnosed with Crohn's when she was 5 years old. Since I can't cure the disease myself, I figured I'd do what I can to help those that are trying. The goal of this event is twofold: to showcase the fantastic dining scene available in the Sacramento area and to raise awareness and much needed funding for a great cause.

What does the ticket price cover exactly?

Another great question! Once you buy your ticket, pretty much everything is covered. All the burger samples you can eat, drinks, live music, desserts, a souvenir glass and a chance to vote for your favorite burger. For VIP guests, your ticket includes early entry into the event, free parking and a craft cocktail. We may have t-shirts for sale and raffle tickets available for purchase, but if you just want to come and eat, drink and have a great time with your friends, your ticket price has you covered :)

What drink options will be available? Anything non-alcoholic?

Along with the complimentary craft beer, cider, and wine tastings available, we will also  have water and other non-alcoholic soft drinks available at no extra charge.

Will there be vegetarian burger options available?

Great question! Many of the chefs are still deciding on which of their burger creations to present at the Sacramento Burger Battle. But just going by the general nature of the event, I think it's safe to say that it will be a mostly beefy affair :)

Are children allowed at the Sacramento Burger Battle?

You MUST be 21 years of age (or older) to attend the Sacramento Burger Battle. For insurance reasons and because this event includes beer and wine tasting, children and anyone under the age of 21 are not allowed at this event. ID's will be checked at the door.

Which restaurants will be participating in the 2019 Sacramento Burger Battle

The 2019 restaurant list will be announced soon :)

Why isn’t my favorite burger from XYZ Restaurant there?

Another great question!   The answer will vary depending on the restaurant. Since we have a panel of judges that will be sampling and rating each burger, if we had more than 15 restaurants, it would've been near impossible for them to try them all.   It's important to understand that this is a charity tasting type event, so the restaurants that are participating have agreed to donate their time, talents and food to prepare hundreds of burgers so that we can create a fun event that allows 100% of the ticket proceeds to go to the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation charity.   Some restaurants had prior commitments, some restaurants weren't interested in this type of event or were already supporting other events in the same month. We also had a call for entries open for a couple of months and it's possible that the restaurant didn't reach out to us in time. We contacted several restaurants directly and some didn't reply.   Anytime you have to narrow a pool of literally dozens and dozens of top notch burgers in the Sacramento area down to 15, you're going to leave out somebody's favorite. We did our best to include as many top rated and local favorite burgers, chefs and restaurants into our event. Many of the participating restaurants will change each year, so hopefully your favorite burger place will decide to participate in the future :)

How can my restaurant compete in the Sacramento Burger Battle?

We only have 15 slots open for participation in this year's Sacramento Burger Battle. You are welcome to read about the event and fill out the application here.