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More than 21,000 burgers sold in DTSF Burger Battle

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Published: Jan. 28, 2021 at 12:55 PM CST
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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (Dakota News Now) - The 8th Annual Downtown Sioux Falls Burger Battle has been going on throughout the month of January, but all good things must come to an end. This weekend will be the last chance to get yourself a burger battle burger.

This year, the DTSF Burger Battle has been more than just a friendly competition, it has provided restaurants hit hard by the pandemic an opportunity to rebound.

“The burger battle has been so good for us as a business, good for our team, good for our environment,” Lance White, the owner of Chef Lance’s on Phillips, said.

DTSF Community Outreach Coordinator Sadie Swier says this year’s competition has been record-breaking.

“It has had an incredible impact and we’re so excited to see everybody supporting it,” Swier said.

This year’s 24 participating businesses have sold more than 21,000 burgers so far.

“It’s been a lot of work, but it’s been so much fun to crank these (burgers) out every day,” Chef Lance said.

The burger battle benefits more than just those competing. It brings energy to the entire downtown area and showcases the state’s beef industry, which is why the South Dakota Cattleman’s Foundation is proud to be the primary sponsor of the 8th Annual Downtown Sioux Falls Burger Battle.

“This event is so wonderful because it promotes beef and it promotes our producers that create such a wonderful product, and it teams us up with the great city of Sioux Falls,” Brian Gilbert, an SD Cattleman’s Foundation Board Member, said.

In addition, Marketbeat, who is collaborating with Chef Lance on the “Marketbeat Burger,” will donate one dollar for every burger sold during this year’s competition to Call to Freedom.

Call to Freedom provides supportive services for victims of human trafficking and sexual exploitation.

“The charitable aspect behind this has been surreal, it’s hard to believe that so many people are going to be impacted by a cheeseburger,” Chef Lance said.

For a full list of competition burgers, click here.

For more information about Call to Freedom, click here.

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