The hamblogger

Illustration by Mark Stivers

Local burger enthusiast Rodney Blackwell is on the hunt for the perfect burger. His website Burger Junkies ( features copious reviews of burgers—all accompanied by photography and a unique five-factor rating system (juiciness, bun, flavor, value and the X factor—or as Blackwell calls it, the “B Factor”). One of the endearing qualities of the website is the variety of burgers the writer reviews, which includes fast-food chains as well as local gourmet hot spots (Mulvaney's Building & Loan, Ella Dining Room & Bar, Selland's Market-Cafe). For more burger blogging, follow Burger Junkies on Facebook (, Twitter ( and Instagram (, where you'll find burger-related news and numerous photos. Blackwell is also the founder of the Sacramento Burger Battle (, which recently announced the date of its second annual event, September 18, which also happens to be National Cheeseburger Day.