02/25/2012 09:54 am ET Updated Mar 01, 2012

South Beach Burger Bash 2012: The Burgers (PHOTOS)

We were having a lot of deep thoughts about ground meat on Thursday night at the South Beach Wine & Food Festival's annual Burger Bash. After tasting nearly 20 burgers under three hours, we've developed some strong opinions on what makes a good burger. This is not an easy event for chefs: they are cooking a ton of patties in a kitchen space that isn't their own. As a result there was a mix of burgers -- from dry to juicy, mushy to well-charred, we saw a little bit of everything.

Chef Michael Symon was declared the winner (for the third year!) with his Porky burger, but he was amongst some other very strong competitors. The burgers from The Dutch, Fatty 'Cue and Abe & Arthur's all deserve shout-outs as well.

Check out some of the burgers below (see here for event and chef photos).

Burger Bash