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Jun 15, 2009 06:32 AM

NYC's Burger of the Month (BOTM) Club and

BOTM was on the Today Show this weekend (clip here):

Their website's here:

I'm a burger lover WITHOUT an Excel spreadsheet to track my preferences, but love a rare burger on a freshly made bun or great toast. There's been ongoing talk on my local board as to what constitutes the best burger in Connecticut. I think there's room for lots of variations.

Here's BOTM's take on the perfect burger:


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  1. Fascinating site and the links are awesome. I was actually salivating as I looked at the pictures and read the descriptions. This video (they linked) is fun!
    I love a rare burger, too, so I am very picky about where I will order one that way. They must grind their own, in-house, each day, for me to be comfortable with eating it.
    BTW, I do Excel spreadsheets for chili; both red and green...

    1. Very unreliable. Went to their #9 (Black Iron Burger) the other day and was underwhelmed. Some (like Peter Lugers and Donovan's) are no-brainers but farther down the list? Also, there is little contempt for twenty dollar plus burgers which in my opinion should be a separate obscene category.

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      1. re: Flaco

        $20+ dollar burgers indeed belong in a separate obscene category!

        1. re: Flaco

          That gets it into the steak's price point (I don't know what it means, but jfood and others in the industry throw the term around).
          I usually balk at $20+ for a steak since I can buy premium steak for two (for less), if I cook it myself, which I consider a simple task.
          I might pay up to $10 if it were fancy-smantzy, comes with fries or a side and if served by a topless waitress. Would that be considered obscene?

          1. re: Flaco

            The burger at the "21" Club is now $30. Their little trick with the tarragon butter pat in the middle I can replicate at home for less.

            1. re: Flaco

              I agree. I went to their #8 pick, Genesis and thought what were they thinking?

            2. This list reads like something out of a (boring) guide book safe and predictable. Big yawn. It also seems overly complicated with their 'pick' system.

              Have to agree about $20 plus burgers they should have a special category.

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              1. re: Withnail42

                I'll bet you a dollar to a donut that even with their elaborate rules about what constitutes a real hamburger that they are eating fancy schmantzy, dolled-up burgers on the sly.