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#33 Cheeseburger with Grilled Onions
West Springfield, MA
A simple yet delicious burger, that has made this list three years in a row. The slow-cooked fried onions make the burger. Nobody comes close to White Hut in this regard.
There’s a reason diner-styled patties, mixed with melted American cheese and topped with grilled onions have been around for so long.
#31 Double Onion Burger with Cheese
Tucker’s Onion Burgers
Oklahoma City, OK
While griddled onions topping burgers are normal, OK’s style cooks beef and onion all together so the flavors infuse every bite.
#30 The Swine Burger
When you mix smoked pork shoulder into the patty with brisket and short rib and cap it with the requisite American, tomato, lettuce, and, of course, house-made bacon, and then add a special sauce, you could re-sell fast-food tacos on your menu and there wouldn’t be anything to complain about.
#29 Original Solly Cheeseburger
Any establishment that has been around since 1936, and uses 30 pounds of butter is poised to impress.
#28 Green Chile Burger
Santa Fe Bite
Santa Fe, NM
You’d be hard-pressed to find a more perfect example of a green-chile cheeseburger.
Red Mill Burgers
While this isn’t a fancy establishment, they make a burger exactly how it should be made. The real attraction here is the ‘Mill Sauce’.
Pig Trail Bypass Country Cafe
A convenience store in the middle of nowhere, which offers a half-pound burger. This burger alone is worth the trek to the isolated spot.
#25 Hamburger with Cheese
Pie N’ Burger
The diner’s been crafting the same burger recipe since it opened in ‘63 and it’s as simple as you’d expect: choose a hamburger, turkey, or veggie, add cheese, and watch as they top the griddled patty with a flood of house-made Thousand Island, pickles, and lettuce.
#24 The ‘Burger’
A simple blend of hand-packed brisket, ribeye, and ground sirloin alongside American cheese. There’s nothing wrong with a classic if you can do it right.
#23 The Famous Smash
Neon Pig Cafe
The luster here is that the burger joint also doubles as a high-end butcher shop. All of their patties are ground in-house.
#22 Cheeseburger with American and Caramelized Onions
Mission serves up a thick, hearty burger that boasts legendary carmelized onions and a secret ‘Mission Sauce’.
#21 The Drugstore Burger
The Lodge at Torrey Pines
La Jolla, CA
The Drugstore Burger is a 7oz thin, griddled ground chuck with chopped onion, shredded lettuce, pickles, tomato, and a sesame seed bun. It’s like a diner burger, if your diner was run by a top-level chef.
#20 Two (or Three) Palace Burgers
Rarely does a restaurant nail sliders – but if you visit here, prepare to gorge.
#19 The Avocado Hamburger
This legendary burger is one of Obama’s favorites. Regardless of whether you agree with his political opinions, the man knows how to eat.
#18 The Velveeta Burger
Siler City, NC
While Johnson’s Drive-In is only open for four hours a day, five days a week, a line starts forming long before the 10am open time.
#17 The Cheeseburger
Husk Charleston, SC
Chef Sean Brock best explains his famous burger in this amazing video.
#16 “THE” Burger
Holeman & Finch Public House
This burger is best described by Thrillist’s Kevin Alexander: “The best way to explain how much I love this burger, which hits our list for a third year, is to say that I took a picture of it and then made a custom cell phone case with said picture so that anytime I have my phone (which is most of the time), I can stare at that double layer of thin patties and slightly melting American and bread & butter pickles.”
#15 The John T. Edge Burger
The Holding Pen at Hog & Hominy
If you’re wanting to try this burger (Inspire and created by the famous John T. Edge), you’ll have to stand in line behind the restaurant’s back porch dive bar.
#14 The Cheeseburger, Loaded
Everything you need to know about this burger can be found on a sign at the establishment. It reads “You don’t get it your way. You take it my way, or you don’t get the damn thing”.
#13 The Classic Cheeseburger
Don’t let the name fool you, every ingredient is carefully added in the process of making this burger. From the in-house cured pepper bacon to the locally made bun, this burger is anything but a basic classic cheeseburger.
#12 The Cheeseburger
Gilley’s PM Lunch
Gilley’s might have one of the bettwe names on this list (the PM Lunch comes from the fact that it used to sell burgers to folks working the night shift), and unquestionably one of the best burgers in the Granite State. This is all thanks to Steve Kennedy’s super-thin, griddled patties seared with just the right amount of peppery bite.
#11 The Emmy Burger
New York, NY
Because ‘Emily’ is actually a pizzeria, they only offer about 25 burgers a night. If you’re lucky enough to get your hands on one, make sure to order an Emmy Burger on a pretzel bun.
The Cozy Inn
Unlike many burger joints across the United States, The Cozy Inn doesn’t offer a super-customizable burger. They’ve perfected keeping it simple, and offer a truly delicious burger because of it.
#9 The Counter Burger
The 24 seat, 700 square foot restaurant is known for having the perfect ‘diner burger’. Owner Debbie Davis uses all-natural grass fed beef, and uses unique sourdough buns which are only available locally.
#8 The Single
The Company Burger
New Orleans, LA
The gem here is ‘The Single’. Make sure for your first time you don’t add egg or bacon (at tempting as it might be), and stick to the basics.
#7 The American Burger
San Francisco, CA
Don’t bother adding mushrooms, jalapeños, avocado, or even bacon. Just appreciate the thin Five Dot Ranch patties, the sesame seed bun, the pickle, crispy onions, American cheese, and “Causwells sauce,” which makes this thing taste like a fancified Animal Style In-N-Out Double Double in the best possible way.
#6 Sebastian’s Steakhouse Burger with American
The Brindle Room
New York, NY
Chef Jeremy Spector blends deckle and aged beef trimmings into his patties. The combination of funk from the trimmings and infusion of flavor from the fatty deckle that melts throughout the burger means this actually might just be the most flavorful burger you’ll ever taste.
#5 The Bachi Burger
Las Vegas, NV
One of the more unique burger spots in the country, all Bachi burgers have a vague Asian influence. They still manage to incorporate delicious caramelized bacon, however.
#4 The Diner Burger
Everything you’d want on a classic-type burger – except caramelized onions, but you can sub those in.
#3 Single with an Egg
This burger has recently been named by The Food Network as the best burger in America. It’s famous enough to plan an entire trip around getting to eat it.
#2 The Secret Burger
Alden & Harlow
Alden & Harlow only make around 40 burgers a day. Because they begin selling dinner around 5:00, they’re normally sold out by 6:00. Every. Single. Day. If you want to try their ‘Secret Burger’ you’ll have to show up early on a Monday just to have a shot to order one.
#1 The Best Damn Grass Fed Cheeseburger
4505 Burgers & BBQ
San Francisco, CA
For the third straight year, Ryan Farr’s ‘Best Damn’ cheeseburger remains at the top the list. The quarter-pound patty melds perfectly with its Gruyere and secret sauce, and rests upon a homemade sesame and scallion bun.