GQ article: "20 best burgers in America"
Article from GQ:
Here are the 20 best burgers in America
20. Hamburger Sandwich
New Haven, CT
19. Our Famous Burger
Sidetrack Bar and Grill
Poag Mahone's Carvery and Ale House
17. Double Bacon Deluxe with Cheese
Red Mill Burgers
16. Hamburger & Fries
15. Build Your Own Burger
J. G. Melon
New York City
11. Grilled Bistro Burger
Bistro Don Giovanni
10. Number Five
Burger Joint, le Parker Meridien Hotel
New York City
7. Buckhorn Burger
San Antonio, NM
6. California Burger
5. Kobe Sliders
4. Rouge Burger
3. Not Just a Burger
Spiced Pear Restaurant at the Chanler Hotel
2. Luger Burger
Peter Luger Steak House
1. Sirloin Burger
Any magazine article...especially if it is from a magazine that does not focus on the subject of said article must be disregarded. How many times have you seen an article in a men's Magazine about "what women really want" and as a woman your like ummm what? or an article about men in a women's magazine about "What your man really means when he says..." Ummm that is so not what I mean. What degree of research do you think went into this article, actually probably a lot for someone who doesn't cover food but still I don't know why anyone is shocked. Look at Yahoos 10 greatest movies of all time list or anything by a non-niche publication on a niche subject. I'm not saying your outcry is misplaced. I just say consider the source. :)
Curious. We like Red Mill very much but the burger they have selected as "best" wouldn't have been my pick. Honestly unless you are a growing 11+ year old boy, I doubt you can finish it. Maybe they were selecting based on size? Anyrate I think the regular Red Mill burger is pretty darn good.
And I don't get the selection of Houstons in LA either, not when there is 25 Degrees in the competition. That was one of our our favorites when we lived in LA.
My vote for best burger I have ever had is at The Flea Market in Kansas City, edge of Westport. The California burger at Houston's is very good also but I haven't seen it on the menu in San Francisco for my last several visits.
Now that prices for a lot of burgers has topped $12 minimum (and don't even get me started on add ons - like cheese - starting at $1) my viewing of the sandwich has changed. I never thought of it as a luxury item and didn't actually want to. If I'm spending $25 to eat, I'm not looking for a burger and fries. For me, the best burgers seem to go with plastic baskets, paper napkins, condiment bars and tee shirts or at the least, rolled up sleeves.
I wonder how this list would compare to a similar one from the burger-centric blog "A Hamburger Today" (aht.seriouseats.com) They do seem to concentrate on the NY/NJ/CT area, but certainly have posts from all over.
I don't think they'd disagree with the inclusion of "White Manna", but I'd think they'd be pretty exercised over the exclusion of "Shake Shack". Think I'll go ask them...
Imagine being the person who had to eat a burger at every place in the country that serves 'em, in order to come up with this list.
We, on the other hand, can't even come up with a consensus on the Best Burger in (say) Los Angeles, despite new threads on that topic every few days!
Just to add my 2 cents...while I haven't had the burgers at most of these places, one of the best burgers I've had was at Palena in Washington, DC.
It has top quality meat and very little in terms of topping (meaning it doesn't need to have all the piled on crap to be delicious) but it does include a perfect coat of homemade truffle oil mayo which is heavenly.
If you are looking for the best burger in DC this is certainly it!
It's nice to see New Haven get a mention, although I was never a fan of Louis' Lunch. They claim to have invented hamburgers. They grill them on a vertical contraption which makes the ones on top greasless, the ones on the bottom greasy. You are only allowed to have them on white bread with ketchup (I think, or maybe only mayonnaise) or else you get yelled at.
I always liked the burgers fried in butter over at Yankee Doodle better (with a donut split and fried in butter afterwards).
I posted in another thread about my most gluttonous day ever- lunch at Peter Lugers in Brooklyn, dinner at Barclay Prime.
As you can imagine, there were alot of great flavors, most of them cow related. The best thing I ate were the sliders at Barclay Prime. The porterhouse at Lugers was ridiculously good, as was the strip at BP. But those sliders....mmmm....
When did this list come out. It seems that they do one every six months or so. Will say:
Haven't been to the Counter. But other than Oprah's 'blessing' have not heard anything too favorable about the place
Lugers is way over rated.
Burger joint is good. But it's all prefab even the casual look of the place. Food is all processed frozen stuff anyone can get at Cosco.
J.G. Mellons should be much higher on the list (their fries could be much better.).
Lugers is not over rated, the bacon cheeseburger is awesome. One of my favorite lunches is a Luger burger with well done fries( fried in tallow) and an ice cold mug of Beck's. What is overrated is Le Tub. Last year I went out of my way on a trip to Florida and could not have been more disappointed. It was way to big, poorly cooked and not very tasty. No sear on the outside, just not that good. It came on a lousy roll with bad underfried frozen fries.The view was terrific.
I can't believe it either. At minimum it should have included Father's Office over the Counter.
I also can't believe that the list only has 2 burgers from Los Angeles, which is burger central. It's a very east coast centric list, come to think of it. Of the 20, 8 are from New England.