After beating out Burger-Chan in a local “smash burger smackdown,” Houston rapper Bun B’s burger joint Trill Burgers was named the winner of Good Morning America’s “United States of Burgers” competition, earning his patties the title of the best burger in America.
The official announcement was made the morning of Friday, July 29, in Times Square, New York, when Bun B (also known as Bernard Freeman) and Trill Burgers chef Mike Pham went head to head against the other finalists, including Philadelphia’s Lucky’s Last Chance, the Companion in Atlanta, and Babe’s Meat & Counter of Miami.
Trill Burgers received three out of the five votes from the judges, which included celebrity chef and TV personality Gina Neely, former NFL running back Tiki Barber, former NBA player Jalen Rose, WWE wrestler Titus O’Neil, and ABC anchor Sam Champion.
“It’s so surreal that it doesn’t make sense,” Bun B said in a statement following the show. “To be in Times Square having won the best burger in America live on Good Morning America, it’s not even in the realm of things that we would have imagined for this brand. We just wanted to put in hard work and be justified for what we did, and today we got the ultimate validation. I can’t wait to bring this burger to America.”
Trill Burgers, which has largely operated on the road as a pop-up restaurant since launching in August 2021, will next hold its pop-up at New York’s Rock the Bells music festival and is slated to open a brick-and-mortar sometime this year.