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best Brooklyn burger

First time Chowhound user and Brooklyn visitor coming in for a 48-hour wedding weekend. Looking for the best burger in Brooklyn. Any recommendations? Thanks much!

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  1. Welcome to Chowhound!
    There have been lots of excellent recc. RE: This topic. You should type Brooklyn Burger in the search bar, upper right hand corner of this page. Just be aware of the dates of the postings. I haven't had one in quite some time, but I always enjoyed the Burgers at a Bay Ridge bar/restaurant called Skiinflints 7902 5TH Ave Phone: (718) 745-1116 . Brooklyn is a mecca for all sorts of amazing cuisines, so unless it has to be a burger, consider trying something different. ...
    And have a great visit!

    1. As Tay points out, this topic gets hounded here as often as any. The most recent, comprehensive and up-to-date thread can be found here:

      http://www.chowhound.com/topics/40075...
      Note that Donovan's, Horgan's, and Joe's BestBurger are all in Queens, but Brooklyn gets most of the attention throughout the rest of the discussion.

      Or you could save yourself the trouble and just go to Dumont Burger (Williamsburg) and Stone Park Cafe (Park Slope - order from the bar menu). Two slightly different paths to heaven, but Dumont should cover your complexly savory, brioche-bunned, perfect-pickle fantasies, while Stone Park offers a masterful balance of light, sesame seeded control over fresh, crisp condiments and a buttery ground beef interior. Each of these burgers will run you between 10 and 12 bucks depending on your bacon + cheese inclinations. Beware (or rejoice at) the McDonald's-style fries at Stone Park.

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      1. re: CalJack

        Brooklyn's best burger (and a great value) is at Peter Luger's. But it is only available weekday lunches, so if your "weekend" does not in include Friday or Monday lunchtime , you'll need to go for the second best.

        1. re: CalJack

          Thanks so much for the tips! We'll be trying to steal away for a quick afternoon meal and I think we'll already have eaten pizza. I know we'll have to come back to explore Brooklyn's fine food mecca. I'll be sure to come here first!

            1. re: nyebaby37

              If by "good," you mean "edible"...

              Personally, I haven't yet tried the Dumont burger, but Cocotte's is quite good.

              1. re: Clinton Hiller

                I second the Cocotte burger. Rhythm & Booze in Windsor Terrace also serves a good burger.

              2. re: nyebaby37

                Really, where do they keep it, in the safe? :)

                1. re: inuksuk

                  I live in the neighborhood and eat the burgers all the time. Occasionally, I'll get one that's so-so, but most of the time they're great. That hasn't been your experience?

            2. re: CalJack

              Wowie Zowie! Your delightful descriptions almost made me run to either/both of these places and chow down on their burgers... I mean, "...masterful balance of light, sesame seeded control"?... That's just beyond appealing!.

            3. Peter Luger has an incredible burger on the menu at Lunch only during the week. Very reasonable as well.

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              1. re: Fleur

                The Luger burger is an intimidating slab of awesome, undressed meat. Traditional? Perplexing? Whatever, you'll be full for a fortnight. Simplicity rules with a meaty iron fist, a hearty bun, and a slice of fresh raw onion.

                1. re: Fleur

                  I actually went on a Sunday night and saw people ordering the burger. Maybe things have changed?

                2. Waterfront Ale House on Atlantic between Henry and Clinton. Awesome hunk of burger. Get the fabulous onion rings instead of the weak-sauce fries.

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                  1. re: gangly handful

                    Definitely recommend Waterfront Ale House. They also have various game burgers which can be quite good, but the regular beef burger is top notch.

                    1. re: Mazaev

                      Second Waterfront Ale House. Skinflints on 79th and 5th in Bay Ridge also has a great burger.

                  2. Arthur Schwartz (you love to hate him/ you hate to love him) recently did a column on this subject: http://www.arthurschwartz.com/diary/i... (Well, he veers into Manhattan too.) Where he got the idea from, who can say?

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                    1. re: inuksuk

                      I think this might link more directly with the article you are referring to. http://www.thefoodmaven.com/diary/arc...

                      I agree with him - my burger at Stone Park was nothing to write home about - it was decent, but I too like Bonnie's burgers better. The fries I had at Stone Park were so salty that they were almost inedible - and I like my food salty.

                      I recently had Dumont Burger - I think it was overdone, but I really liked the bun (I think it was ciabatta, not brioche) and enjoyed the burger a lot.

                      Now that I'm closer to Peter Luger's, hopefully I can give it a try...

                    2. Maggie Brown on Myrtle ave in Fort greene has a pretty good burger too. great bloody mary's as well

                      1. The bun at Dumont is brioche unless you order the mini than it's ciabatta. I love their burgers but am looking forward to trying some of the recomendations here

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                        1. re: lolli

                          Oh - okay. I had the mini so you must be right - although I just checked the menu and both say they come on Brioche, so maybe I'm just confused, but it didn't seem like brioche to me.

                          I just ate at Kitchen Delight last night (on 8th near Bedford) and wasn't that impressed with the burger I had. It was really pretty dry - and I didn't have any extra mayo because it says it comes with their French Dressing, but there was barely an on it. That was a Brioche bun and it was a little too bunn-y for my taste.