Every publication and quest-for-the-best blogger has a list of the best burgers in America. The Daily Meal has published its list and I’m reprinting theirs here because they deserve the kudos and attention. Eat/Dine Editor Dan Myers and colleagues Arthur Bovino and Colman Andrews did the homework and the legwork to produce a list that has some surprises accompanied by pick justifications that are sound. They included 40 (rather than just 25) so that some unexpected burgers—such as Cozy Burger at The Cozy Inn in Salina, Kan.—could be included. Yes, that’s list-favorite Holeman & Finch Public House at the bottom in the No. 1 position, but it’s a great burger. No. 40, the Thurman Burger, was new to me and looks darned good, too. See TheDailyMeal.com’s slideshow here. As always, feel free to disagree: I like your burger better, too.
The Thurman Burger, Thurman Café, Columbus, Ohio,
Sliders, White Manna, Hackensack, N.J.
Mustang Sally Burger, Burger & Beer Joint, Miami
Le Pigeon Burger, Le Pigeon, Portland, Ore.
JCB Jalapeño Cream Burger, My Brother’s Bar, Denver
Superburger, Jim-Denny’s, Sacramento, Calif.
Cozy Burger, The Cozy Inn, Salina, Kan.
Original Solly Burger, Solly’s Grille, Milwaukee
Steamed Cheeseburger, Ted’s, Meriden, Conn.
Local Grass-Fed Burger, Craigie on Main, Cambridge, Mass.
The Viagra, Mr. Bartley’s Burger Cottage, Cambridge, Mass.
Butter Burger, Lexington Candy Shop, New York City
Sirloin Beef Burger, Sketch Burger, Philadelphia
Double Chili Cheeseburger, The Varsity, Atlanta
Kuma Burger, Kuma’s Corner, Chicago
Country-Fried Bacon Burger, Christian’s, Houston
Bill’s Burger, Becks Prime, Houston
Griddled Burger, Edzo’s Burger Shop, Chicago
Double Winstead, Winstead’s, Kansas City, Mo.
Steak House Burger, Brindle Room, New York City
Bistro Burger, Corner Bistro, New York City
Dick’s Deluxe, Dick’s Drive-In, Seattle
Hell’s Fury Burger, The Vortex, Atlanta
The Original Burger, Louis’ Lunch, New Haven, Conn.
The Father’s Office Burger, Father’s Office, Los Angeles
Luger Burger, Peter Luger, Brooklyn, N.Y.
Hamburger, Perini Ranch Steakhouse, Buffalo Gap, Texas
Hamburger, Zuni Café, San Francisco
Truffled Cheeseburger, Palena Café, Washington, D.C
Cheeseburger, Husk, Charleston, S.C.
Jucy Lucy, Matt’s Bar, Minneapolis
Cheeseburger, Gott’s Roadside, San Francisco
Green Chile Cheeseburger, Bobcat Bite, Santa Fe, N.M.
Half-Pound Niman Ranch Cheeseburger, Mustards Grill, Napa, Calif.
Cheeseburger, Au Cheval, Chicago
Bacon Cheeseburger, The Little Owl, New York City
Big Devil, Ray’s to the Third, Arlington, Va.
Chargrilled Burger, The Spotted Pig, New York City
Black Label Burger, Minetta Tavern, New York City
Double Cheeseburger, Holeman & Finch Public House, Atlanta