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.
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.