Battle of the Burger at Wylam Brewery

April 25, 2017
Wylam Brewery

Battle of the burger at Wylam Brewery has ten burger vendors competing to be the best. Who will win the crown of best burger 2017?

Over the Easter holidays the battle of the burger was held at Wylam Brewery. The concept is simple, ten burger vendors battle it out to win the title of best burger 2017. Each vendor produces a 100g burger representing the best on their menu. The public votes for their favourite and the one with most votes takes the title. We previously went to the battle of the burger at the Tyne Bar so knew it would be a fun day out.

Exhibition Park and Wylam Brewery

Exhibition Park is a large park near the centre of Newcastle. Originally Queen Victoria’s Royal Jubilee Exhibition was held on the site in 1887. The North East Coast Exhibition, a fair to encourage heavy industry was there in 1929. This saw the construction of several art deco buildings in the park. In 1951 the park held the Festival of Britain, part of a national exhibition.
In the last couple of years the Exhibition Park has undergone a rejuvenation. Wylam Brewery is inside The Palace of the Arts building. This is the only remaining building from the 1929 exhibition. It was Museum of Science and Engineering for many years until becoming derelict. Now home to Wylam Brewery it is an impressive sight beside the lake.

Wylam Brewery

Wylam Brewery is a 30 barrel micro brewery that serves up craft ales and beers. They have been here for two years. Inside the brewery is a tap room and events also take place on a regular basis. My husband enjoyed Wylam Breweries  beer when we ate at the Coop Chicken House. We plan to try Sunday lunch at the brewery one day. Today my son and I were here to eat burgers. Walking round the lake we could see the hustle and bustle at the side of the brewery.

Wylam Brewery

Battle of the Burger

Before we could sample the burgers we had to get the tokens inside the brewery. Each token cost £3 and entitles you to one burger. This is great value as the burgers are a good size. To vote for the best burger you can download a free app. The event is free and you can enjoy music whilst trying the burgers. After purchasing our tokens we went outside to find out what was on offer. There was a great mix of our favourite local vendors as well as some we haven’t tried before. We took our time choosing which burgers to try.

Battle of the burgers at Wylam Brewery

These are some of the vendors who were there:

Zapatista Burrito Bar

The first stand we came across was Zapatista Burrito Bar. A popular burrito bar in the centre of Newcastle they have been on my must try list for some time. The food does look tasty. Their creation was the Nacho Normal Burger, a Mexican style topped burger on a bed of nachos.


Longhorns Barbecue Smokehouse is one of our favourite vendors. We have visited Longhorns on Mosley StreetLonghorns on Mosley Street where we tried  their tasty BBQ pulled meat boards. They are often at foodie events like this and we know that their food is always going to be good. The Pepper Don’t Preach burger did look good. The pretzel bun contains  a hog and beef patty, monterey jack cheese, bacon jam, red cabbage pickle and burger sauce. Temping but we decided to try a vendor we hadn’t tried before.


Lola Jeans

Lola Jeans are another favourite of mine, their burgers are always really tasty. I have yet to visit their restaurant but have heard good things about the food and the cocktails. Their offering was the James P Sullivan burger. This consists of two patties, mature cheddar cheese, prime rump steak,  shoestring onions, creamy steak sauce, bbq dip, red onion jam and topped with a pickled onion monster munch. This was the burger that won the crown.
Lola Jeans

Flippin’ Burgers

Flippin’ Burgers

I am not familiar with Flippin’ Burgers but they were offering a Ground Chunk Burger as well as a Crispy Fried Monkfish Burger which was the only seafood option. The van is rather retro as well.

Flipping burgers van

Jam Jar

Found in Jesmond Jam Jar offers a range of different burgers. Their Jam burger contains a beef patty, crispy bacon, Red Leicester cheese and tangy tomato jam. My son tried this burger and whilst it did look nice he was not that impressed. The patty did look a little rare which put him off a bit. It may just have been because they were really busy at the time.

JamJar Jesmond

JamJar burger

Fat Hippo

Fat Hippo is in the centre of Newcastle and is another of those places that is on my must try list. The list keeps getting longer and longer. The queue was long and an efficient line of Hail to the String burgers were being made. The beef patty is topped with Monterey jack cheese, chilli and bacon string fries, pickle back slaw, chorizo butter and finally covered with signature Fat Hippo sauce. The burger is held in a soft brioche bun.  This was my choice and it was really tasty. The signature sauce adds a little twist.

Fat Hippo

Fat Hippo Burger

A wander round the park

Having eaten our burgers we went for a wander around Exhibition Park. The last time I was there was when I did the 5K MoRun and I was so busy running I didn’t see much of the park. There are plenty of facilities there now including a skate park, tennis courts and a playground for the kids. We went for a walk round the lake. Near the lake we found this clock. This  clock tower was a gift from  the Freemen of Newcastle when the park was part of the Festival of Britain in 1951.

Freeman clock in Exhibition park

In 1951, the park was the centre for Tyneside’s contribution to the Festival of Britain, and the clock tower gifted by the Freemen of Newcastle remains as reminder. Strolling round the lake the path went into a patch of reeds. If you look from the other side it looks like people on the path are walking on water. There were plenty of birds out on the lake and I took the chance to practice my wildlife photography on a passing swan. A passing moorhen then struck a pose.

Exhibition park by the lake

A swan

A moorhen

We had a fun day at the Battle for the Burger at Wylam Brewery and hope to go back to try some beer next time. Did you go to the Battle of the Burger? What was your favourite burger? Let me know below.

Battle of the burger at Wylam Brewery, Newcastle Upon Tyne

4 responses to “Battle of the Burger at Wylam Brewery”

  1. Love the sound of the burgers and I was looking at the last few photos thinking I bet there are geocaches in there !!

  2. Galina V says:

    I’m with you on the Fat Hippo flavours, their burger sounds the most enticing to me. I remember you going last year. Sounds like a fun event to attend.

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