The weather cut the 11th Annual Great Grill Off a little short, but it was still a record-breaking year. With rain forecasted for late afternoon, everyone was eager to get to the event early so they could get their delicious sliders before the rain set in. We are thankful for your dedication and support as well as your heart to see youth experience their worth in Christ.
Our 13 community grill teams, including eight returning teams and five new teams, impressed the crowd of 1400+ guests with their amazing sliders. It was our closest (and yummiest!) competition yet as the teams competed to win over the tastebuds and votes of the crowd for the best burger. The campus was filled with smiles as family and friends enjoyed inflatables, carnival games, train rides, tractor rides, and more. The energy was high, and everyone was enjoying an afternoon of great food and family fun!
At 2:45pm the votes were tallied and Lyfe Choices (defending champions) was crowned the 2023 Burger Champion with their “Spaghetti & Meatball Italiano Burger”. With only two votes between second and third place, Beef ‘O’ Brady’s took second place with their “Bleu ‘O’ Brady Burger” and Wooster Christian School took third place with their ”Honey BBQ Mac & Cheese Burger”. It truly was our closest competition yet! Congratulations and thank you to all our grill teams for their hard work and dedication.
As you can imagine, it takes a large team to bring this event together. Our day was a huge success due to the support of our generous sponsors and dedicated volunteers who helped us throughout the weekend. Special thanks to our event sponsors Powers Oil & Propane, Church of the Lakes, Ackerman Auto & Tire, Coblentz Bros., Inc, Lehman’s, Mennonite Mutual Insurance, The Commercial & Savings Bank, J&J Auto, Krupp Moving & Storage, Classic Vacuum, The Fredericksburg Church of Christ, and Village Catering Company; Tri-Village Christian Church, Discover Christian Church, and Whitaker Myers Insurance Group in Mansfield, OH for providing volunteers before and during the event; Mohican Church of the Brethren and Putt-N-Stuff for providing tents; Sysco for providing beef; Frito-Lay for providing chips; SmithFoods for providing ice cream; Buehler’s; RiseFM; Discount Drug Mart; Central Fire/EMS Department; and to our numerous day-of volunteers and all our community grill teams!
Thank you for joining us for delicious food and for your donations to help hurting children experience safety, connection, and healing. It was wonderful to see all of you for the 11th Annual Great Grill Off. Remember, it’s not just about the burgers, it’s about our awesome kids!
Enjoy the photo gallery for a taste of the Grill Off and we hope to see you next year. Save the date for the second Sunday in June — Sunday, June 9, 2024.
Thirteen community grill teams are ready to compete for your vote for best burger! Join us on Sunday, June 11 from 12:30-3:30pm to help determine the 2023 Best Burger.
View the burger menu below and be sure to bring the whole family and all of your friends out for our eleventh annual event! Admission is free; your generous donation at the gate helps kids and families experience their worth perhaps for the first time!
THE COOT BURGER
Grilled by: Ugly Duck
BURGER BIO: Beef slider mixed with garlic and chili pepper then topped with an egg, 3 different cheeses, bacon, lettuce, tomato, onion, and a secret sauce.
THE ROY G BLUE BURGER
Grilled by: The Caring Closet of Wooster
BURGER BIO: Beef slider mixed with The Spice House Back of the Yards Spice Blend then topped with blueberry balsamic compote, basil aioli, havarti cheese, thick-cut bacon, baby arugula, and sliced red onion.
THE RANCHERO BURGER
Grilled by: Old Carolina Barbeque Company (Orrville, OH)
BURGER BIO: Beef slider mixed with onion powder, garlic powder, salt, and pepper then topped with american cheese, fried onion straws, and OCBC Ranchero Sauce.
HONEY BBQ MAC & CHEESE BURGER
Grilled by: Wooster Christian School
BURGER BIO: Beef slider mixed with garlic, smoked salt, and pepper then topped with macaroni & cheese, bacon, and BBQ sauce.
THE SOUTH STREET GRILLER BURGER
Grilled by: South Street Grille
BURGER BIO: Beef slider mixed with bread crumbs, Worcestershire, salt, pepper, and eggs then topped with sliced cheddar, South Street Grille house BBQ sauce, and bacon jam.
Grilled by: Beaver Meats & Heffelfinger’s Meat Market
BURGER BIO: Beef slider topped with an onion ring, pulled pork, and BBQ sauce.
AXE-CELLENT BBQ BURGER
Grilled by: Bullseye’s Axe Throwing & Luxury Auto Detailing
BURGER BIO: Beef slider mixed with sausage and burger seasoning then topped with cheddar cheese, crispy fried onions, BBQ sauce, lettuce, pickles, and tomatoes.
BACON SMASHED HATCH CHILE BURGER
Grilled by: Buffalo Wild Wings (Wooster, OH)
BURGER BIO: Hand-smashed patty seared with bacon, american cheese, Young Guns hatch chiles, grilled onions, and pickled hot peppers then topped with a chili aioli.
CHESTER’S CHEEZY TWIST BURGER
Grilled by: Frito-Lay
BURGER BIO: Beef slider mixed with soy sauce then topped with Tostitos Cheese Dip, Fritos Twist Queso, bacon, and jalapeños served on a pretzel bun.
THE BLEU ‘O’ BRADY BURGER
Grilled by: Beef ‘O’ Brady’s (Wooster, OH)
BURGER BIO: Beef slider mixed with 50% bacon and O’ Brady Seasoning then topped with gorgonzola cheese, fried onion straws and jalapeño jam. Served on a buttered bun.
SPAGHETTI & MEATBALL ITALIANO BURGER
Grilled by: Lyfe Choices
BURGER BIO: Beef slider mixed with Sizzling Burger Seasoning, salt, pepper, onion powder, Italian seasoning, Lawry’s Seasoning Salt, and Lawry’s Garlic & Parsley Seasoning then topped with spaghetti sauce, thin spaghetti noodles, and mozzarella and/or parmesan cheese. Served on garlic bread. Texas Pete Hot Sauce as an optional topping.
MA, THE MEATLOAF BURGER
Grilled by: The Connection Conference and Event Center
BURGER BIO: Beef slider mixed with onions, peppers, jalapeños, bread crumbs, garlic, onion powder, ketchup, Worcestershire, and pepper then topped with an egg, mashed potatoes, and cream cheese.
THE PRINCESS BURGER
Grilled by: The Leaf Restaurant
BURGER BIO: Beef slider topped with grilled peaches, havarti cheese, cherry bourbon BBQ sauce, and candied bacon.
We are excited for our Tenth Annual Great Grill Off on Sunday, June 12 from 12:30-3:30pm on CCHO’s campus. With less than a month away from the big event, it’s time to reveal your 2022 grill teams. With five returning grill teams and nine new grill teams, this will be our biggest year yet, so you won’t want to miss it! We hope you’ll join us for an afternoon of delicious food and family fun.
Look at this great lineup!
It was wonderful to see all of you for the Ninth Annual Great Grill Off. Thank you for joining us for delicious food and to help hurting girls and boys experience safety, connection and healing. We appreciate your enthusiasm for amazing burgers as well as your heart to see youth experience their worth in Christ.
After a year apart, this day was extra special. Our 12 community grill teams, including seven rookie teams, impressed the crowd of 850+ guests with their tasty creations and warm hospitality. It was our most intense (and yummy!) competition yet as the teams competed for guest votes, best burger bragging rights and a super trophy. It was also a joy to see smiling faces of kids playing games, families taking tractor rides and everyone enjoying ice cream.
At 3pm the votes were tallied, and Cutler Real Estate was crowned the 2021 Burger Champion with their “Whisk Me Home” Burger. Second place was awarded to The Leaf Restaurant. Wooster Christian School received third place recognition. Congratulations to all of our teams for their dedication to making outstanding food as well as their compassion for youth with trauma.
The thank-you list is long and noteworthy. It takes a large team to bring this event together. Special thanks to our event sponsors United Titanium, PNC Bank, Powers Oil & Propane, Church of the Lakes; Tri-Village Christian Church and American Heritage Girls for providing volunteers before and during the event; Mohican Church of the Brethren and Putt-N-Stuff for providing tents; Village Catering for providing pasta salad; Frito-Lay for providing chips; Hartzler Dairy for providing ice cream; The Pines Golf Club and Restaurant for providing golf carts; Sterling Farm Equipment for providing a Kubota; Kimble Company for providing trash cans; Central Fire/EMS Dept.; and to our numerous day-of volunteers and all our grill teams!
We hope to see you back next year at Christian Children’s Home of Ohio as we celebrate our 10th annual event. Save the date for the second Sunday in June — Sunday, June 12, 2022.
Twelve community grill teams are preparing their finest creations for the 2021 competition. Will Spoon Market hold on to their undefeated status, or will a new team take the trophy? Join us on Sunday, June 13 from 12:30-3:30pm to help determine the 2021 Best Burger.
Get a sneak peek below, and be sure to bring the whole family and all of your friends out for our ninth annual event! Admission is free; your generous donation at the gate helps kids and families experience their worth perhaps for the first time!
Grilled by: CCHO’s Burger Boys
Mustard, Worcestershire sauce, salt, pepper, egg, oatmeal, onion salt, garlic salt, pickle, lettuce, tomato
THE REGULATOR BURGER
Grilled by: CCHO’s Get with the Program Team
Sweet sriracha BBQ sauce, bacon, provolone cheese, onions, brown sugar
SWISS FONDUE BURGER
Grilled by: Wooster Christian School
Montreal seasoning, brown sugar, soy sauce, Swiss cheese, milk, cooking wine, Gruyère cheese, salt,
garlic, black pepper, cornstarch, onion straws, Worcestershire sauce, onions
THE WHISK ME HOME BURGER
Grilled by: Cutler Real Estate
Cheddar cheese, salt, pepper, whiskey sauce (bacon, onions, whiskey, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, black pepper)
HOISIN BBQ BURGER
Grilled by: Lone Star Butcher and Deli Shop & Beaver Meats
Hoisin BBQ sauce, cabbage, sesame oil, rice wine vinegar, sugar, sea salt, pepper, sesame seeds
IT’S GREEK TO ME BURGER
Grilled by: Graham & Burns
Feta cheese, SALT Sisters Mediterranean Rub (sea salt, lemon peel, garlic, oregano, red bell pepper, basil, red wine vinegar powder, marjoram, cayenne, crushed red pepper, parsley), Greek yogurt, mint, dill, lemon juice, cucumber, tomato
I LOVE YOU MAN BURGER
Grilled by: Spoon Market
House-roasted corned beef, Swiss cheese, sweet slaw, house Russian dressing, pickles. Served on cocktail rye with a tater tot topper.
MUPPETS MOST WANTED BURGER
Grilled by: The Leaf
Caramelized bacon and onion, house-marinated pickle, stuffed with smoked Guggisburg cheese
Grilled by: The Cheese Shoppe
Smokehouse bacon, pineapple BBQ, smoked cheddar, garlic American cheese, lettuce, onion
SWEET SOUTHERN HEAT BURGER
Grilled by: Frito-Lay
Sweet Southern Heat Potato Chips, Sticky Fingers Sweet Heat BBQ sauce, cheese, milk, flour, butter, Dijon mustard, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, pepper, garnished with chives
Grilled by: Hard Hat Restaurant
Ground corned beef, braised onions, pickles, Swiss cheese, horseradish mustard
CHEDDAR BLT BURGER WITH TARRAGON RUSSIAN DRESSING
Grilled by: Buehler’s Catering
Montreal Steak Seasoning, brown sugar, salt, pepper, mayo, ketchup, red wine vinegar, onion, parsley,
tarragon, Worcestershire sauce, bacon, butter, Jarlsberg cheddar cheese, watercress, tomato, red onion