What makes one burger better than the rest? There are ones made with pricey grass-fed ground beef, piled high with luxurious add-ons—and others that stick with the basics and come served in grease-covered paper. Both sides have their die-hard followings. No matter the cut of beef, what truly counts is individuality.
Because it’s not just a piece of meat with condiments between a sliced bun. It’s an American staple. And we’ve got some favorite joints that serve up some exceptional offerings.
These burgers are the ones you go out of your way to get. You’ll wait in line like Chef Dale Talde does for a Shack Burger from Shake Shack, or sit down for the Manly from Umami Burger’s menu that Top Chef winner Ilan Hall can’t live without. You can order some of these burgers at divey old bars, at a drive-thru, or while everybody else ponders what dish to get on the four-star menu.
Here’s where to find 24 of the best hamburgers, cheeseburgers, and veggie burgers in the good ‘ol U S of A.
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