When it comes to burgers in Fort Worth, I’ve tasted plenty over the years and have developed some very strong opinions. At the top of my list is the Diablo Burger at Fred’s Texas Café – juicy, salty, and fearlessly spicy, it's a thrilling combination of flavors that amazes me every time I order it. .

Then again, I could probably be persuaded that the Dirty Love Burger at Love Shack’s or the “Project X” burger at Charley’s Old Fashioned Hamburgers are in fact Cowtown's best. 

And on those days when I'm looking for a less gourmet, faster-and-cheaper option, I usually find myself choosing between two excellent chains with Fort Worth outposts: Smashburger and Five Guys.

Of course, others have held equally strong opinions on whose burger rises above the others, which is one of the reason’s the first “Cowgirl Battle of the Burger” sounds like so much fun. The event, hosted by the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame and presented by Fort Worth Texas Magazine, will take place on Friday, June 14, beginning at 6 p.m.

The burgers at M&O Station Grill will be competing in the Cowgirl Battle of the Burger on June 14.

Among the restaurants that will be competing in the on-site cook-off to prove number one are Brownstone, M & O Station Grill, Kincaid’s, Shaw’s Patio Bar and Grill, and Tommy’s, and the much-loved Arlington spot Chop House Burger – with more restaurants to be named later.

Entry to the event is free, and each of the competing vendors will have burgers for purchase. You’ll also be able to buy beer from Rahr & Sons and wine from Times Ten Cellar. Beginning at 7:30 p.m., a panel of judges will consider all of the contenders and settle the eternal Fort Worth burger debate once and for all.

And even if you’re not in the mood for a burger – or, egards, you’re a vegetarian – there will be plenty of family-friendly things to do: including armadillo races, face painting, and roping lessons, as well as musical performances by Luke Wade and No Civilians will perform at 8 p.m. and Dan Roberts at 9 p.m.

As for the burger battle, I don’t know what criteria the judges will be using, but having tasted my fair share of patties over the years, I feel compelled to share my own rules of hamburgering: 1) Toppings are nice, but in the end it’s all about the patty; 2) Never underestimate the importance of the bun – a sweet, house-baked one (like at Dutch’s) can seal the deal, whereas a soggy, store-bought one can ruin everything;  3) Avocado has its place in this world, but never, ever atop a burger.