Area restaurants are throwing their buns in the ring with the hopes of being crowned “best burger.”


We've cooked up a delicious new promotion to celebrate local dining during our quieter time here in the City by the Sea. To put it simply, Newport Burger Bender is a "best burger" contest taking place Friday, February 17 through Sunday, February 26, 2017, during the Newport Winter Festival. Restaurants have thrown their best burger into the foodie gauntlet in hopes of being crowned the winner.

“This is just another example of how in our destination, the off-season is on,” said Kathryn Farrington, vice president of marketing at Discover Newport. “What better way to savor this extraordinary time of year? The fire is lit, the energy is palpable and the best seat in the house awaits!”

To date, 23 restaurants throughout Newport and Bristol counties have submitted diverse entries ranging from beefy burgers featuring local Aquidneck Farms beef (Brix at Newport Vineyards) to burgers topped with fried oysters (Midtown Oyster Bar). There’s also a bevy of creative entries including a pork belly and chorizo burger (Saltwater at Newport Harbor Hotel), “The Turducken Burger” featuring ground turkey and duck confit (Scratch Kitchen & Catering) and “The Woodsman,” a venison burger with herbed goat cheese spread and a wild mushroom medley (The Wharf Pub).



Head to our Newport Burger Bender website and pick your favorite burger. The contest is limited to 25 participating restaurants and the burger with the most votes will be crowned the winner. A “Critic’s Choice” winner will also be named by a lauded Rhode Island food critic.

Voting takes place throughout the entirety of the contest, February 17 - February 26, 2017.



Tag your burger photos on social media with the hashtag #NPTrightnow to be automatically entered to win daily giveaways.