17 of the City of Sails’ most loved locals put their reputations on the line as they campaign for Auckland’s best burger in The Big Burgerlection throughout July. From Albany to Botany Downs, Howick to Massey and all that’s in between, show your support and get a taste for the best Auckland has to offer.

Sweat Shop Brew Kitchen | Burgerlection

Last year, thousands of Aucklanders voted online for their favourite burger at www.burgerlection.co.nz. Mark Jackson, owner of last year’s winning venue, Sweat Shop Brew Kitchen, is excited to see if he can retain his position, “It was a really good result for us. We knew we had something special but to actually take the win, well, we’re really proud of our kitchen team and have something pretty unique up our sleeves this year with our custom made pink bun”.

Basalt | Burgerlection

And unique seems to be trending across this year’s nominees with some sites turning the definition of what a burger is on its head. Howick’s Basalt bar has created a delicate Daredevil Dessert Burger with a chocolate brioche bun, chilli chocolate ganash, poached tamarillo, kumara chips and chocolate sauce washed down with a Monteith’s Black beer to really make the chocolate sing.

Goode Brothers Botany | Burgerlection

Goode Brothers in Botany, usually known for their handmade pasta and traditional pizza, have created their own corn-dusted burger bun topped with a pepperoni pizza and filled with a venison and chorizo patty with sliced Havarti cheese, tamarillo, beer battered onion rings, cos lettuce, tomato and chipotle relish.

The Lula Inn | Burgerlection

Recently-opened Viaduct retreat, The Lula Inn, is pushing for Kiwis to become more sustainable with their campaign promise of a Zero-Waste Fish Burger. Head Chef, Sam Clark, is putting his focus towards including what is often considered waste – poaching areas of the fish which are difficult to get to, but are delicious in taste. Clark believes, “It’s important to me that we leave this place (Earth) better than we found it for generations of tamariki to come”.

Monteith’s Brewing Co, a well-known New Zealand craft beer with its long history of supporting local food events like the Wild Food Challenge, is taking part in the Auckland-wide campaign. Basalt General Manager, Shane Higginson, is a fan, “Not many people know that beer can match food better than wine,” he says, “As a Monteith’s bar, we’ve showcased so many different Monteith’s varietals over the years, and it’s great to be able to select the beer that will really complement our burger and at a combo price point irresistible to customers.”

For all participating venues and their offer, go to www.burgerlection.co.nz and, once you’ve been around the town and found your favourite candidate, make sure you vote for them online because every voter will receive as a thank you a $10 voucher for them to use at the venue they voted for in August.