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The Burger Dive wins best burger, $10K at World Food Championship

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The Halsten family celebrated the win on Sunday. The Halsten family celebrated the win on Sunday.
"A Date with Jim Beam and Coke" "A Date with Jim Beam and Coke"

If anyone asks you where they could find the best burger in the world, just tell them downtown Billings.

The Burger Dive won World Burger Champion with its "A Date with Jim Beam and Coke" burger on Sunday.

The burger's barbecue sauce is made with fresh dates, Jim Beam bourbon and Coca-Cola complete with roasted garlic, garlic basil mayo and gouda.

Head cook and owner Brad Halsten traveled with his family to Alabama for the week-long competition.

When asked how he came up with the burger, Halsten laughed and said it's actually quite simple.

"I think of what would I want to eat and what sounds good. And usually other people like it too," he said.

Halsten and crew secured a $10,000 prize for the win and will compete for $100,000 on Tuesday when all categories compete for the grand prize.

"It's awesome and it's fun and you're competing against a really high level of competition," Halsten said. 

He hopes the win will bring continued interest to downtown Billings and all types of delicious food the Magic City has to offer.

"To me the whole food scene in Billings over the past few years has really developed a lot. I'd like to think we're one of the restaurants that is part of that," Halsten said. "There are several that are and any time any of us can bring this national attention to our food scene, I think is a great thing."

The Halstens didn't expect to win and made the trip a family vacation. For Brad Halsten's son Brendan, the win was surprising.

"We're honestly more shocked than anything. We know we have great burgers, but to be the best burger in the world... it was a shock," he said. "We're just so grateful."

It's expected the burger will be available for customers soon.

From the World Food Championship's website:

The Burger Dive has also been named to national lists including being chosen as best in Montana twice by Business Insider on a list of best burgers an in the U.S. The Burger Dive received mention from both Food and Travel and Northwest Travel magazines as the best burger in Billings, MT. Halsten has competed in competitions ranging from chili cook offs to KCBS BBQ competitions. The highlight for him competitively was being invited to compete in the Burger Bash at the 2014 Food Network Cooking Channel South Beach Wine and Food Festival. That evening ended with The Burger Dive being declared the winner of the Best of the Bash award and led to his burger being featured nationally by Red Robin. This also led to Brad being invited to judge the Best of the Bash Award for Red Robin at the 2016 Burger Bash. This is his first appearance at the World Food Championships and he is excited for the opportunity. For the WFC Brad will be joined on Team Burger Dive by his wife Andi, his son Brendan, daughter Ashlyn, and his father Gary.

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