January in Sioux Falls only means one thing...Burger Battle! This year's Downtown Sioux Falls Burger Battle is pretty intense. A record 37 savory burgers from local Sioux Falls restaurants are looking for your stomachs and votes.

When it comes to burgers, there definitely is one for everyone, especially in Sioux Falls! Sponsored by First Western Bank & Trust, the 11th annual Downtown Sioux Falls Burger Battle features burgers residents can sink their teeth into. Looking to satisfy your sweet tooth or a little extra heat with your meat? You'll find it on this year's Burger Battle ballot.

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It's hard to decide which of the 37 burgers to try. But someone has to do it! I don't think I can try all 37 burgers. But I am going to do my best! I was very curious about this next burger from Wileys Bar. The popular hangout spot in Sioux Falls isn't just doing any normal burger. This burger has some Mexican flair to it.

According to a previous article from my co-worker Jeff Harkness, the Birria Smash Burger is "two Chuck Brisket Blend Smash Patties, Pepper Jack Cheese, Birria (stewed beef in chilli and spices), Seasoned Fried Corn Tortilla Chips, Pico de Gallo, Avacado Salsa, Shredded Romain Lettuce, Stacked on a Chili Toasted Brioche Bun. Served with Tortilla Chips and a side." It's basically a taco burger, which sounds pretty good to me!

Christine Manika (TSM)
Christine Manika (TSM)

This burger is not the easiest burger to hold. It falls apart fairly quickly. However, the flavors of the burger worked really well together. I appreciate this "out-of-the-box" burger from Wileys Bar. The Birria Smash Burger is different from other burgers on this year's list, especially with the idea of using Birria in the burger.

One aspect of this burger I wasn't a huge fan of was the salsa served with the chips. I know the Downtown Sioux Falls Burger Battle isn't about the sides. But the salsa was a little runny for my taste. There wasn't much flavor to it either. But it's just my opinion!

More reviews from this year's Downtown Sioux Falls Burger Battle can be found here:

Don't forget! Residents can vote for their favorite burgers by Wednesday, January 31st on the DTSF Mobile Passport. Get to eating, Sioux Falls!

10 Wild South Dakota Snowstorms

Even though snow is blanketing the Sioux Empire, some snowstorms still do not compare to these ten dreadful snowstorms that hit South Dakota.

Only In Your State highlighted ten snowstorms in South Dakota as a reminder for people to always be aware of the road during the winter. South Dakotans are well aware of the fact that the state’s winters can be harsh which is why it is always a good idea to plan ahead and prepare for the worst.

Do you remember any major snowstorms that hit South Dakota?

Gallery Credit: KXRB

2024 Sioux Falls Area Concert Calendar [UPDATED]

2023 was a banner year for live music in Sioux Falls. Recovery from the pandemic has been strong and Sioux Falls is getting to enjoy so many great live shows.

This year saw Matchbox 20 finally get to play in Sioux Falls after several postponements. Luke Bryan took Sioux Falls by storm. Recently Jelly Roll made lifelong fans when he was in the Sioux Empire.

2024 will continue to see the Denny Sanford PREMIERE Center hosting big-name music acts. Country music is the dominant genre on the calendar, but it's still early.

There are also fantastic shows planned in Brookings, Grandfalls Casino, and The District in Sioux Falls.

Here are the concerts that have been announced for 2024 in and around Sioux Falls.

Gallery Credit: Ben Kuhns

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