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The Daily Meal Picks Its 40 Best Burgers

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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’s slideshow here. As always, feel free to disagree: I like your burger better, too.

The Thurman only makes it in at No. 40 despite two beef patties, grilled onions, lettuce, tomato, sautéed mushrooms, pickles, jalapeño slices, mayonnaise, a half-pound of sliced ham, and mozzarella and American cheeses.


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

The Gott’s Roadside cheeseburger: simple, delicious.

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

Edzo’s Griddled Burger: Choice chuck ground in-house daily.

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

2 Responses to The Daily Meal Picks Its 40 Best Burgers

  1. Mr Bad Example

    Nice to see Jim-Denny’s Superburger get it’s props…it’s the best burger I’ve ever had in 54 years of burger scarfing…and the place can’t be beat-it’s a 9 seat counter in what was once a trailer-it’s been in the same place since the 1930’s, and has been using the same grillin all that time. Their hours are limited these days, but if you’re in Sacramento, take the time to find them-they’re a couple of blocks away from true downtown, but right across the street from the 16th and I Street light rail station.

  2. Bruce

    Burgers-N-Beans in Milford, Delaware has a 2-Patty Chili Cheeseburger. Made with Fresh ground beef, never frozen, cooked to order using the smash burger method. They place it on a lightly buttered, lightly toasted Potato Kaiser Roll…… simply Melts In Your Mouth…. “Voted Best Burger In Their County” first year open. Not a franchise.