Back-to-back winners: Pumphouse BBQ has 'Best Burger' in Ormond Beach

Newly opened Alexander's took second place. In third place was 31 Supper Club.

Pumphouse BBQ owner Rob West and Chef Bryan Brymer celebrate their back to back win. Photo by Jarleene Almenas
Pumphouse BBQ owner Rob West and Chef Bryan Brymer celebrate their back to back win. Photo by Jarleene Almenas
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For the second year in a row, Pumphouse BBQ in Ormond Beach was recognized for having the "Best Burger" in town.

The local barbecue restaurant was voted as this year's winner of the Ormond Burger Week competition, held May 4-12. A total of 17 restaurants participated in the competition, which was founded last year by members of Realty Pros Assured and Realty Pro Title. Each of them created an off-menu burger and offered it for $10 during the competition dates for customers to try. 

Newly opened Alexander's took second place with its "Loaded Burger." In third place was 31 Supper Club with its Mauna Loa Burger.

Pumphouse BBQ owner Rob West said their back-to-back win feels "amazing and humbling."

"We're just blown away," West said. "We love this event. It brings everybody out. The whole community gets involved and we just love our community. We try to do the best burger can do and it's just fun for us."

Pumphouse BBQ's entry for the competition was a burger with an 8-ounce burger patty topped with pepper jack cheese, chopped brisket, applewood smoked bacon, 1000 island homemade dressing, lettuce, tomato, onion and a pickle on a toasted bacon brioche bun. It was the creation of Chef Bryan Brymer, and he deserves all the credit, West said. The burger will be added to the restaurant's menu, like last year's winning Cuban sandwich-inspired 

He said he saw at least double the amount of engagement compared to last year — and the numbers agree with his observations. 

Last year, the 14 competing restaurants sold about 1,400 burgers, with Pumphouse BBQ selling about 250.

This year, the 17 restaurants sold a total of 3,350 burgers, according to the Ormond Burger Week committee. Pumphouse BBQ sold 596 burgers.

When people came into the restaurant, West said, they would often speak about the burgers they had tried so far and what flavor notes stood out to them.

"It was really cool to see how people got involved this year and I can't wait for next year," West said. "I think it's going to be even bigger."

Pumphouse BBQ keeps last year's trophy inside a glass case on top of their new bar, which was recently expanded. West joked they may have to build a shelf to display their trophies from now on.

"We're super proud of what we accomplished and we'll definitely put our trophies up and let everybody know we're thankful for (them) coming out and trying our burger, and voting for us," West said.


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