There's nothing more American than a delicious, juicy hamburger. Whether you love smothering your burger with all the toppings or you're a purist who wants the best, most succulent, high-quality beef patty you can find, there's something incredibly satisfying about finding your ideal hamburger and enjoying every last bite. If you're on a mission to find that paragon of burgers, here are ten places you need to try. Try not to drool as you read about the delicious hamburgers at each of these spots.
Memphis is world-famous for Beale Street and blues. It's full of hot summer days and even hotter nights spent out at dive bars enjoying the sultry sounds of jazz, R&B, and country music all mingled together. Add one more thing Memphis is famous for to this list - the Soul Burger at Earnestine and Hazel's, a "juke joint" sometimes called the most haunted bar in America. It's worth an encounter with a ghost to try this classic diner-style burger cooked up fresh and hot each night over a flattop grill. Don't forget a slice of American cheese.
If you're craving a burger but also feeling the need for a more upscale dining experience, order the Spruce Burger at the famed San Francisco restaurant of the same name. Spruce opened in 2007 to widespread acclaim and has a coveted Michelin star. Almost 80% of the produce selected by Chef Mark Sullivan comes from a nearby ranch. The Spruce Burger is emblematic of this fresh California style with a blend of brisket, short rib, and sirloin on a housemade English muffin bun.
When visiting New Orleans, there's no shortage of delicious food to choose. Hot gumbo, tasty po' boys, powdered sugar-sprinkled beignets, sky-high muffalettas... and this amazing burger, the LPG Cheeseburger at La Petite Grocery on Magazine Street. This delectable little burger features pickles made fresh in house, onion marmalade, spicy arugula, whole grain mustard, garlicky aioli, and smoky Gruyere on a soft brioche bun.
The next time you find yourself in our nation's capital, enjoy a visit to Bourbon Steak in Georgetown and order the delicious Oak-Fired Prime Steak Burger. It's one of five burgers on the menu, but the only one made with beef. And what delicious beef it is - a special, freshly-ground blend of short rib, brisket, and chuck cooked over a wood-burning grill. The sesame seed bun and Cabot white cheddar perfectly complement the delicious patty.
From the crisp, buttery bun to the gooey rivulets of expertly melted sharp Cheddar cheese, the cheeseburger at Saint Dinette in Saint Paul, Minnesota is a feast for the eyes as well as the taste buds. This burger features two griddled patties charred to deliciousness perfectly offset by the vinegary tang of housemade pickles.
The Big Apple is home to many delicious burgers, but one of the best is the meaty Black Label Burger at Minetta Tavern. It features thick patties with a blend of dry-aged rib eye, skirt steak, brisket, and short rib. Add a topping of sweet caramelized onions and a bun from the famous Balthazar Bakery, and you have a pretty mouth-watering combination to enjoy.
It's well-understood that the rarity of an object can make it seem more precious. In the case of the Atlanta eatery Holeman & Finch, however, their Double Cheeseburger actually is both rare and precious. Expectant diners must be prepared because only 24 burgers are made each evening, ready at 10 p.m. on the dot. It features a delicious blend of grass-fed chuck and brisket topped with melty American cheese, onions, pickles, and housemade ketchup.
Eggs on burgers can be a bit polarizing. If you don't know how you feel about them yet, don't make a decision unless you first try the Kuma Burger at Kuma's Corner in Chicago. The Kuma Burger features smoky bacon, sharp Cheddar, crisp lettuce, juicy tomato, fragrant onion, and that delectable fried egg on top.
Skip the clam chowder on your next visit to Boston. Try the Bacon Double Cheeseburger at Green Street Grill instead. It features two all-beef patties, smoked bacon, cheddar cheese, fresh lettuce, tomato, and onion, all topped with tangy Russian dressing. Served with crunchy housemade kettle chips, this burger is the perfect way to relax after a busy day sightseeing around Cambridge.
Take a break from the bustle of Houston, Texas. Venture about thirty miles south towards the Gulf of Mexico and Kemah, the home of Tookie's Hamburgers and More. Tookie's has been in business for over 30 years serving up supersized all-beef patties accented with fresh, locally-grown produce. Recently restored after suffering damage from Hurricane Ike, Tookie's also features fun, kitschy 70's decor and a laid-back, seaside vibe ideal to promote the enjoyment of your delicious hamburger.