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Squadron vs. Lander in Brooklyn Battle of the Burgers

Cook-off held to help highlight Greenmarket's bevvy of fresh fruits and vegetables for all residents—regardless of income.

Elected officials on the national stage might be duking it out over the future of Medicare, Bush-era tax cuts and the approaching "fiscal cliff," but here in Brooklyn, the battle between politicians was of a more homegrown variety.

Literally.

State Sen. Daniel Squadron and Councilman Brad Lander, both D-Brooklyn, went head-to-head Sunday in a hamburger cook-off using fresh ingredients at Carroll Street Greenmarket.

At stake were bragging rights, of course, and most importantly, getting the word out about the fresh produce at the city's Greenmarkets—many of which now accept food stamps and benefit cards as payment.

Aided by student sous chefs from , the pols fired up their propane-powered Weber grills and started slicing, dicing and patting their burgers into near-perfection.

Here's a side-by-side ingredient comparison between Team Lander and Team Squadron:

Team Lander Team Squadron Beef Cilantro, Scallion, Garlic Duck Bacon, Pawlet cheese, Garlic Sauce Homemade Sriracha Mayo
'One Shot, Sure Shot' Sauce (Secret) Toppings Goat cheese, Grilled onions, Tomatoes Mushrooms, Greens, Tomatoes

So, did Squadron's sprinkling of duck bacon carry the day? Or did Lander's spicy sriracha blow away the competition?

Check out the last photo in our sideshow to find out the winner.

Michael Harren September 17, 2012 at 04:22 PM
uh...... cooking meat to celebrate fresh produce? No one noticed how illogical this is?
Anthony September 18, 2012 at 01:41 PM
They're politicians, Michael. They're not bright people.
BRADY September 19, 2012 at 01:56 AM
DUCK BACON!!PAWLET CHEESE!!please someone tell DANNY that BLOOMBERG will not allow this type of high fat products to be used in a public place especially by FELLOW POLITICIANS ! i expect absoutley nothing to be done about this except of course if someone served sodas above 16 oz s
Cynthia King September 20, 2012 at 11:56 AM
How disappointing.
Curiositykilledthecat September 20, 2012 at 05:18 PM
Seriously? Let's celebrate produce--where's a cow I can kill? Or a duck?
Darlene Laboy September 24, 2012 at 01:43 AM
It was 'fresh produce' because of the way the animals we just so happened to be cooking were grown. The cows, ducks and sheep were fed grass to produce the best milk and meat. We aren't all vegetarians or vegans, but eating meat that has been taken care of properly prior to death is important as well. The senator and fellow councilman were there to spread knowledge on this topic and show that things out of the norm for most people can still be tasty.

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