If you live in the U.S. or are planning a trip to the United States, there are all kinds of sights to see, adventures to be had, dreams to fulfill and, perhaps most importantly, amazing foods to eat! Life is always better when you've got tasty food on your plate and the United States is a dream destination for foodies. You'll find everything from fried foods to raw ingredients creatively joined together to form complicated but astounding flavors. One of the many things the United States is known for is its enormous portions and amazing burgers.
Not all burgers are created equal and no one can agree more than the numerous restaurants scattered across the good ol' U.S. of A. Whether you're new to the country or have been in the United States your entire life, there are plenty of hidden gems that serve the juiciest, tastiest, most delicious burgers you've ever sampled- and they're just waiting for you to give them a try! Some might belong to chain restaurants, while others can only be found at mom and pop type places. Regardless of their humble beginnings, here are the twenty must-try burgers found only in the United States of America:
20 Hog & Hominy's John T. Burger
According to Food & Wine, you should head over to Memphis, Tennessee to the Hog & Hominy. Order the John T. Edge burger, which is a gorgeous beef patty complimented with caramelized onions and shredded lettuce doused in salt and pickle juice.
You might be a little surprised by the unexpected flavors, but it's guaranteed to satisfy!
Just in case you were wondering, John T. Edge is a food writer and Southern Foodways Alliance Director with a special place in his heart for Southern eats. He is also a contributing editor at Garden & Gun and is a columnist for the Oxford American.
19 Tattooed Moose Burger From The Tattooed Moose
Thrillist lists the Tattooed Moose Burger with American cheese as one of America's top one hundred burgers. Head on down to Charleston, South Carolina to try this delicious burger, which is made with fresh local buns, cheese, beef, two kinds of special sauces and finally, it boasts sweet and spicy pickled green tomatoes.
According to Yelp user Kerry C, service is fast and friendly, prices are great, and the food is amazing! To back up her claim, the Tattooed Moose has been featured on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, where host Guy Fieri explains it's got more than just good burgers for its patrons.
18 Christian's Tailgate Country Fried Bacon Burger
The Daily Meal recognizes Christian's Tailgate Bar & Grill's country fried bacon burger as one of the best burgers in the U.S. To find this burger, head to Houston, TX, where every kind of meat combo can be found!
Christian's Tailgate Bar & Grill boasts a country fried bacon burger consisting of a half-pound beef patty covered with mustard and mayonnaise then layered with lettuce, tomato, pickles, onions and country-fried bacon.
The bacon is battered and deep fried to deliver a flavor you'll never forget. As Yelp user Camila G. describes, the burger as "BOMB.COM" and explains it was "cooked to perfection."
17 In-N-Out Cheeseburger From California
These tasty burgers originated in sunny California and a few locations have spilled over into Arizona, Nevada, and Utah, where they were well-received. The menu may be limited, but the burgers are so good you won't even notice! Even Food & Wine recognizes these made-to-order burgers are delicious! The beef originates from Southwest ranches and according to their website, In-N-Out inspects the meat, removes the bones, and grinds the meat into individual patties, which are never frozen or pre-packaged.
The buns are old-fashioned slow-rising sponge dough and the lettuce used is always hand-leafed. In fact, staff can often be seen washing and leafing the lettuce, washing and slicing tomato, and even peeling, cutting, and frying the fries right there in the restaurant!
16 Stanton's City Bites Bacon Cheeseburger
It's time to double-back to Houston, TX, where you can find Stanton's City Bites. This tasty eatery is rooted in humble beginnings as a family-run grocery store.
The owner, Mr. Stanton, raised his family on the second floor of the restaurant, so you know every bite is covered in the love permeating the restaurant's walls.
Their Original Bacon Cheeseburger may sound simple, but its flavor isn't easily beaten! The half-pound patty is grilled with bacon, American cheese, mayo, mustard, lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, and onions to create a tasty yet timeless classic. If you want some good eats, head down to Stanton's City Bites!
15 Cowbell Burger From Cowbell
Down in good 'ol New Orleans, Louisiana, you'll find the one and only Cowbell Burger. This impressive food find starts off with a natural, grass-fed beef patty. The juicy burger is sandwiched between a toasted potato roll and, of course, you can add some gooey melted cheese, too.
Throw in some lettuce, tomato, and onion and you've got yourself what Cowbell calls the "Locally World Famous Cowbell Burger." This tasty meal doesn't end with a simple burger- it also comes with hand-cut french fries and Cowbell's signature ketchup and Agogo sauce. What's in the Agogo sauce? Cowbell will never tell!
14 The House-Ground Hamburger From Zuni Café
If you want to enjoy this grass-fed beef patty, just head over to San Francisco, CA. According to The Daily Meal, the juicy burger is ground in-house, is medium lean, and arrives at your table served on a gorgeous rosemary focaccia. If that isn't enough to entice your appetite, Zuni Café also adds a healthy layer of aioli.
Want to try a little something special? Add some grilled onions or sliced heirloom tomatoes to this gorgeous burger!
Of course, those aren't your only extra options. Throw in some blue cheese for a zesty flavor- it adds a little bit of color to the burger as well.
13 Bacon Double Cheeseburger From Green Street Grill
If you're a fan of beef and cheese, we've got just the place for you! If you're ever in Boston, MA, take a trip to the Green Street Grill, where they're putting in overtime to produce the juiciest, tastiest, most beautiful double bacon cheeseburger you'll see for miles around!
This behemoth of a burger boasts two four-ounce beef patties seasoned to perfection. Each patty is, of course, drenched in white American cheese. Smoked bacon sets it off and the white buns are slathered with Russian dressing. To top it off, Greet Street Grill offers house-made kettle chips as the perfect salty side.
12 Sam's Tavern's Sammy's 50 Burger
If this picture is making you salivate, fear not, for you are not alone. This perfect burger can be found in Seattle, WA at Sam's Tavern, which just so happens to be the original birthplace of a certain burger chain with a red bird as its mascot. Prior to becoming Red Robin, Sam's Tavern became "Sam's Red Robin" and this particular location reverted to simply "Sam's Tavern." But enough of the history lesson, let's get to the burger!
Sammy's 50 Burger is half Certified Angus beef and half hickory smoked bacon (which we can clearly see in this photo).
It also boasts avocado, buttermilk bacon ranch dressing, Gouda cheese and extra bacon. Sound amazing? That's because it is!
11 Atomic Burger's Atomic Burger
According to Thrillist, the Atomic Burger, from the burger joint of the same name, can be found in New Orleans, Louisiana. It is named for its "explosion of flavor." The patty is soft and squishy on the outside but buttered and toasted where it matters. The patty itself is thin, seasoned to perfection, and served with ooey gooey cheese melted over it!
Toss in some lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, and Atomic Burger's signature A.B. sauce to create a mouth-watering burger straight from the grill! To have a little fun with it, you can always ask for some house-roasted poblano peppers, get the burger in slider form, or ask for caramelized onions.
10 Gott's Roadside's Ahi Burger
Tired of the same old beef patties day in and day out? Head over to Gott's Roadside restaurant in St. Helena, CA. This burger will satisfy your taste buds in ways no beef or chicken patty could ever hope for. This gorgeous burger is served on a toasted egg bun.
The ahi tuna is lightly grilled and served with ginger-wasabi mayonnaise and Asian coleslaw to bring you a taste of the good life.
Food & Wine made this Ahi Burger number 15 of their top burgers- and for good reason! Not only is it gorgeous to look at, it's also flavorful and a nice deviation from the average beef burger.
9 Father's Office The Office Burger
Sometimes we just want to have a good time and enjoy even better food. If you're ever in California near LA with friends who're ready to grab a bite, go straight to Father's Office, where you'll find The Office Burger.
The seemingly innocuous burger boasts a dry-aged beef patty topped with both Gruyère and Maytag blue cheese. Throw in some applewood bacon compote and arugula, and you've got yourself a tasty burger served between two slices of sturdy bread. The flavors are there, the look is appealing, and the ongoing proclamations of Father's Office being the best burger place in LA keep coming in.
8 The Thurmanator From Thurman Café
Ready for a burger that will knock your socks off? Head to Columbus, Ohio for Thurman Café's The Thurmanator!
Appropriately named for its intense flavors and intimidating size, the Thurmonator features two twelve-ounce patties (and if you think you can take it you're more than welcome to request more than the two it comes with)!
Of course, there's also American cheese, bacon, banana peppers, ham, lettuce, mayonnaise, mozzarella cheese, sautéed mushrooms and onions, tomato and a toasted bun. You can have this bad boy served up with fries and a pickle spear and customize with added bacon, extra cheese, jalapeños or an egg. Think you can handle it?
7 The Hickory Burger From The Apple Pan
It's time to head back to sunny California for The Apple Pan's Juicy hickory burger in West Los Angeles. Check out The Apple Pan- this nifty little place is located only 1.2 miles from 20th Century Fox studios, so every now and then you can catch a celebrity stopping in for a quick bite!
If you decide to come taste the hickory burger, know that it's composed of hickory-smoked ground beef on a soft bun and served with mayonnaise and a secret sauce that some reviewers have described as a spiced ketchup. Of course, it also comes with pickles and lettuce, and for those who want some cheese, you can add some Tillamook cheddar melted on the patty for just fifty cents.
6 Craigie on Main's Beef Burger
Ranked as one of Thrillist's top twenty burgers, the Secret Burger from Craigie on Main in Cambridge, MA, is to die for. According to Eater, this perfect burger was created by chef Tony Maws. The bun is a house-made milk-style bun, which is to say it is soft enough to bite into but firm enough to support the weight of the burger and absorb the juices without becoming soggy.
Cooks butter and grill the bun, then add the eight-ounce grass-fed beef patty, which contains brisket, short ribs, sirloin tips, bone marrow, and suet.
Top it with Shelburne farm cheddar cheese and mace ketchup, then mix lettuce and onion in what Maws calls "burger vinaigrette." When they're in season, you can also add sliced tomato. On the side, you can expect red wine vinegar pickles and celery root slaw. Wow!
5 The Mott Burger From Mott Street
In Chicago, Illinois, head over to Mott Street, where you can find Asian-inspired meals and craft cocktails. Thrillist claims it just might be one of the best burgers in the entire United States. The Mott burger features double chuck patties, sweet potato shoestrings, hoisin aioli, pickled jalapeños, dill pickles, miso butter, and American cheese.
The Asian inspiration is clear from the use of sweet potato, hoisin and miso butter, while the American classics of American cheese, chuck patties, and dill pickles remain. Thrillist explains the restaurant doesn't seem like the kind of place you can find a great burger, as the Asian-feel is so strong. In fact, the only way to order this tasty burger is if you sit in the bar area, so plan ahead and prepare for a burger delight!
4 The Ozersky Burger From Knife Dallas
This humble-looking burger can be found in Dallas, Texas at Knife Dallas. It's called The Ozersky Burger, named for food writer Josh Ozersky. This burger lover preferred his burgers simple, so in homage to his preference, the Ozersky Burger was created.
Ozersky's namesake is a simple patty served with American cheese and red onion on a plain white bun.
While other burgers on the impressive menu might be served on English muffins, The Ozersky remains stubbornly simple. What is not simple are all the flavors to be found within that simple patty, leaving all the extra toppings unnecessary. What are the spices used in this standalone burger? The chef will never tell.
3 The Husk Cheeseburger
This gorgeous burger is so beautiful we could stare at this picture all day long, but what good is staring if we can't go and eat it!? It's time for us to head over to Charleston, South Carolina because this beauty is waiting for us to sink our teeth in!
At Husk, they take their cheeseburgers very seriously. Chefs start with a house-made bun toasted to perfection with butter and beef fat. The two patties are actually a blend of chuck and hickory-smoked Bendton's bacon seared on a nonstick griddle and scraped off to ensure the crust is perfect. Top this bad boy with three slices of American cheese, shaved white onions, bread and butter pickles, special sauce, and you can add lettuce and tomato if they're in season. Delicious!
2 The Burger From Raoul's
Raol's can be found in New York, New York. If you think you can enjoy these tasty burgers to your heart's content, you'd be wrong.
According to Thrillist, Raol's only serves twelve of these gorgeous burgers a night for the simple reason that the chef claims he doesn't want Raol's to be known as a burger-only restaurant.
Thrillist explained, "Raol's makes the best non-diner burger in America. The brisket-heavy patty is seared like a steak, giving it a thick crust dotted with peppercorns and salt." It also comes with triple-cream Saint-André cheese, thinly sliced red onions, cornichons, and peppery greens. It's sandwiched between a challah bun that is "squishy and chewy and does not fold in the face of intense moisture." If that description doesn't leave you salivating, nothing will.
1 The Spotted Pig's Chargrilled Burger
You've never had a burger until you've tried the char-grilled burger from The Spotted Pig in New York City. According to The Daily Meal, this is the best burger America has to offer. It may appear simple, but this burger is hiding a symphony of flavors.
Chef and co-owner of The Spotted Pig April Bloomfield created this gorgeous half-pound burger made with prime grilled beef, Roquefort cheese, and a brioche-style bun. It is served with rosemary-scented shoestring fries and just melts in your mouth. According to Yelp User Amy F, it was "The freshest burger w [sic] the stringiest fries."