Is there anything in this world more delicious than a thick, juicy burger cooked just the way you like it? In short, no — there is not. Fortunately, tasty beef is abundant throughout the United States, as demonstrated by these 50 restaurants that have perfected the art of the hamburger:
Alabama: Vicki's Lunch Van Burger - Birmingham
The classic burger at Vicki's is enough to spawn a cult following in Alabama - and for good reason. Look at the layers on that thing!
Alaska: RLE Hello Burger at Tommy's Burger Stop - Anchorage
Alaska doesn't have too many burger joints, but what they do have? Is Tommy's. And by one look at that burger up there YOU are going to be in a food coma real quick.
Arizona: The Porkster Burger at Rehab Burger Therapy - Phoenix
Slathered in bbq sauce and pulled pork, doubling up on the meat with this burger sounds like the best idea you've had all day.
Arkansas: Classic Burger at David's Burgers - Various Locations
It's classic americana here in Arkansas, but who said simple isn't great? You go back in time to the good ol' fifties with a bite from this classic burger.
California: The Office Burger at Father's Office - Los Angeles
Tucked away in the big city of angels, Father's Office serves food and drinks that'll send you home taxi-side. Don't believe us? Take one look at that burger up there. This isn't your father's office, folks. Except it is? Well...
Colorado: The Roscoe from Crave Real Burgers (Denver, Highlands Ranch, Colorado Springs, & Castle Rock).
No need to adjust your screens: That is indeed a burger inside two fluffy waffles! What else is on this "Crave"-able Roscoe burger (aside from beef, of course)? Bacon, cheddar, fried chicken, fried egg, onion, maple syrup, and powdered sugar. A little extreme? Maybe. Crazy delicious? You betcha.
Connecticut: Louis' Burger at Louis' Lunch - New Haven
Considered the home of the original cheeseburger, here they're still served on toasted bread and with a lot of vintage food love.
Delaware - ANY burger from Restaurant 55
We tried to find a winner, but Restaurant 55 pretty much has a solid burger down pat. Whether you go eggs and bacon on your meat or just hittin' everyone up with a little cheese, you're sure to enjoy a finger lickin' good meal.
Florida - The Donut Burger at Brook's Gourmet Burger and Dogs - Naples
You really can't go wrong with a burger squeezed between TWO donuts and topped with bacon and cheese. Brook's wins this one hands freakin' down.
Georgia: The Chili Burger at The Varsity - Atlanta
The Varsity in Atlanta is styled after an old drive in and is truly a place of legends for locals and tourists alike. Whether you're looking for the chili burger (YUM) or a simple cheeseburger to drip all that awesome grease down your forearms, this is the place.
Hawaii: Teddy's Original Burger at Teddy's Bigger Burgers - Various Locations
Ask for the special sauce (no, they won't tell you what's in it) and get the garlic butter fries. We rest our case.
Idaho: Big Jud's Burger at Big Jud's - Various Locations
These burgers are, well - big. That little guy up there has great taste, but a REAL tiny head when it comes to that burger. Good luck, buddy! We'll see ya soon.
Illinois: The Ott Burger from Ott's Drive-In (Rantoul).
If a restaurant has been in business for over half a century, there's a pretty good chance that they're doing something right. A prime example of this is Ott's Drive-In in Rantoul and they're aptly named Ott Burger. #perfection
Indiana: The “Settle for Less Ugly” Elk Quarter Pound at Bub's Burgers & Ice Cream (Carmel, Zionsville, & Bloomington).
What this quarter-pound burger lacks in looks, it makes up for with freshly ground elk meat, cheese, and veggies. This tasty burger also has an important lesson to teach: Don't judge a book (or venison) by its cover!
Iowa: Das Kraut at The Cider House (Fairfield).
What better way to pay homage to our German ancestors than by sinking our teeth into local farm raised beef, sauerkraut, grilled pineapple, swiss cheese, and spicy mustard?
Kansas: The Classic at The Burger Stand at The Casbah (Lawrence).
Real Kobe beef, Vermont white cheddar cheese, and an assortment of fresh greens... you can never go wrong with a "Classic"!
Kentucky: Bacon Burger at Ollie's Trolley (Louisville).
Hop aboard the Trolley for a juicy bacon cheeseburger with Ollie Sauce! YUM!
Louisiana: The Company Burger at The Company Burger (New Orleans).
Let's just say there's a reason why The Company Burger (comprised of two patties, two slices of cheese, homemade bread and butter pickles, and red onions) has won dozens of awards...
Maine: Wicked Good at Wild Willy's Burgers (York).
With Certified Angus Beef, sauteed onions, mushrooms, and two different types of cheeses, this burger definitely lives up to its name!
Maryland: Bacon Cheeseburger at Burger Brothers (Towson).
These brothers sure do know their way around a burger... Add an extra patty and cheese to your bacon cheeseburger for twice the deliciousness!
Massachusetts: Secret Burger at Alden & Harlow (Cambridge).
The guys at Alden & Harlow would love to tell you what's in their incredible burger, but it's kind of a Secret...
Michigan: Famous Original Sliders at Motz's Burgers (Detroit).
What these Sliders lack in size, they make up for in taste. (Which explains why Motz's has been flipping up their famous beef since 1929!)
Minnesota: Jucy Lucy at Matt's Bar (Minneapolis).
I Love Lucy: two perfectly seasoned hamburger patties with a slice of cheese in the middle.
Mississippi: Smash Burger at Neon Pig Cafe (Tupelo).
You haven't tasted fresh until you've tried the famous Smash Burger, which is comprised of aged filet, sirloin, bacon, and ribeye all locally grown and mixed together in store. Top it with bacon bits, cheese, pickles, and two different sauces and you have the best burger you'll ever try!
Missouri: The World's Fair Burger at The Sub Zero Vodka Bar (St. Louis).
This bar has plenty of amazing burgers to choose from (and a huge vodka list), but you've got to get a taste of this St. Louis classic. The World's Fair Burger combines two black Angus beef patties, bacon, jalapeno cheese sauce, roasted bell peppers and onions on a fresh pretzel bun.
Montana: Blackened Sabbath Burger at Burger Dive (Billings).
This award-winning burger in Billings comes with a blackened patty, topped with a beer battered onion ring, bacon, garlic-basil mayo and goat cheese. It'll leave your mouth watering for days.
Nebraska: 1809 Burger at Honest Abe Burgers (Lincoln).
There's nothing more American than a burger at this restaurant themed after our 16th president, Abraham Lincoln. You've definitely got to try this burger named after his birth year, featuring a 6-ounce patty, smoked gouda, pickled apples, applewood bacon and honey mayo.
Nevada: The Nom Nom Burger at Holstein's Burgers (Las Vegas).
Why enjoy a burger with chips on the side when they taste even more delicious combined? This brilliant option in Vegas takes it to a whole new level with a Kobe beef patty, melted cheddar cheese, Thousand Island Dressing and crunchy potato chips right in the middle.
New Hampshire: The "Whole Tuckin Farm Burger" at The Tuckaway Tavern & Butchery (Raymond).
Hopefully you're hungry, because this beast will leave you full for days. The massive burger features a thick angus patty, fried chicken, smoky bacon, tuck sauce, and melted cheese. Try it with a side of fries if you think you'll have room.
New Jersey: The Ghostface Killer at Left Bank Burger Bar (Jersey City).
Between the espresso-rubbed patty, ghost pepper jam, smoked Gouda, red onion and mustard BBQ sauce, this specialty burger will definitely leave your mouth watering. They have all kinds of all-natural options on the menu here, plus beers and shakes to pair with.
New Mexico: Sante Fe Burger at Sante Fe Bite (Sante Fe).
From the makers of the world famous Sante Fe green chile cheeseburgers, this option is a must try next time you're in the downtown area. Their iconic burgers and a side of homemade chips make for one unforgettable lunch.
New York: The Chargrilled Burger at The Spotted Pig (New York City).
One bite of this infamous burger made with Roquefort Cheese and you'll be in complete heaven. The popular gastropub in West Village also makes some amazing shoestring fries and unique cocktails to pair on the side.
North Carolina: The Diablo Burger at Hops Burger Bar (Greensboro).
This fiery meal in Greensboro definitely has a kick to it unlike any other burger you'll ever try. It's made with fresh guacamole, bacon, grilled onions, pepper jack and jalapenos that may just leave you sweating.
North Dakota: Eggstraordinary Burger at Sickies Burger (Fargo & Bismarck).
If you've ever been hungry for breakfast and lunch at the same time, this signature combo is just for you. Try their Eggstraordinary Burger, topped with a fried egg, bacon and melted cheese.
Ohio: Thurman Burger at The Thurman Cafe (Columbus).
Next time you're in the German Village area in Columbus, stop by and get a taste of this classic option. It comes overloaded with ham, mushrooms & onions, two types of cheese, lettuce, tomato, pickle, banana peppers and mayo. If you're hungry for even more, they also have a famous (but nearly impossible) Thurminator challenge with two 12-ounce burgers & a variety of toppings.
Oklahoma: Mother Tucker Burger at Tucker's Onion Burgers (Oklahoma City).
Tucker's burgers are made from the highest quality Angus Beef available and other delicious ingredients. Try the Mother Tucker, a one pound behemoth with onions and a vast selection of toppings.
Oregon: The Buffalo Bill Burger at Cornucopia (Eugene)
Cornucopia is a popular spot for students at the University of Oregon, and also for any visitors lucky enough to be taken to the best spot in the state for juicy burgers. The Buffalo Bill Burger is a great bet, piled high with bacon, BBQ sauce, and onion rings.
Pennsylvania: Collin's Orangutan at Winghart's Burger & Whiskey Bar (Pittsburgh).
Winghart's is a household name for anyone who lives in Pittsburgh. They are famous for their burgers and amazing wings. One of their most popular burgers is Collin's Orangutan, which has grilled apples, gouda cheese, a chicken sausage patty, carmelized onion, and bacon.
Rhode Island: Blackie's Breakfast Burger at Blackie's Bulldog Tavern (Lincoln).
Who doesn't love a good breakfast? Who doesn't love a good burger? Who wouldn't love the two of them in one place? The Breakfast Burger at Blackie's is just this. It's topped with a fried egg, bacon, cheese, and maple mayo.
South Carolina: The Burger of the Day at Poe's Tavern (Sullivan's Island).
Maybe you think choosing a "burger of the day" as the state's best burger is a cop-out, but you might change your mind once you hear what incredible combinations the fine people of Poe's Tavern come up with. For example, this one has shrimp and grits. And of course, Poe's menu includes a variety of creative burgers on permanent rotation that take their names from Poe's short stories, such as The Sleeper and Annabel Lee.
South Dakota: The Hot Granny at Black Hills Burger & Bun (Custer).
This is a dining experience you aren't likely to forget. The Hot Granny includes cream cheese, bacon, fresh jalapenos, and a sweet & spicy jalapeno sauce. YUM!
Tennessee: The Big Daddie from Mid City Grill - Johnson City
Loaded with enough hot and spicy toppings to set your tongue on fire and get that nose running, the Big Daddie has a solid dollip of hot 'n ready cheese on top you'll dream about.
Texas: Baby Got Mac Burger at Rodeo Goat (Dallas).
The Baby Got Mac Burger will not leave you hungry. It piles fried mac and cheese, Dr. Pepper brined short rib, and red wine ketchup atop a not-to-be-forgotten beef patty.
Utah: The Crown Burger at Crown Burger (Salt Lake City, Layton, and Sandy).
Crown Burger is a Utah staple, with five locations within Salt Lake City, and two others in Layton and Sandy. The famous Crown Burger is topped with pastrami, lettuce, tomato, onion, cheese, and thousand island dressing. If you find yourself craving something else, though, chances are you'll find it on the massive menu that includes over 100 items.
Vermont: The Basic Training Burger at Prohibition Pig (Waterbury).
One of the coolest things about Prohibition Pig is their constantly rotating selection of special burgers. This one includes two beef patties, Cabot cheddar, ketchup, mustard, and pickles. All of their delicious burgers are topped by the iconic pickle spear.
Virginia: The Nino at 80/20 Burger Bar (Norfolk).
The Nino burger includes pulled pork pibil, jack cheese, and green onion crema. Check out that side of mac and cheese... Oh yeah. All of the meats served at 80/20 are sourced from local farms, and with live music and great beer, you'll have difficulty finding a reason not to visit.
Washington: The Zip Royale at Zippy's Giant Burgers (Seattle).
Zippy's has plenty of mouthwatering specialty burgers on the menu, but there's nothing quite like one of their classic burgers with double the meat and cheese - also known as a Zip Royale. It comes topped with bacon, pickles, tomatoes, Zippy's secret sauce, and huge 1/3-pound patties.
West Virginia: The Roasted Jalapeno Burger at Avenue Eats (Wheeling).
If you like your burgers with a bit of kick to them, then definitely try the Jalapeno Burger from Avenue Eats. It comes on a kaiser bun with bacon, homemade cheese sauce, and of course, roasted jalapenos.
Wisconsin: The Cheesehead Burger at Solly's Grille (Glendale).
Wisconsin does burgers the right way: with lots and lots of butter. One of the best butter burgers in the state is the Cheesehead Burger at Solly's Grille. Solly's, which has been open since 1936, has been featured on the Food Channel.
Wyoming: The Sophisticated Slue at The Bird (Jackson).
Wyoming? More like Wy-yum-ing. (Ok, I'll leave now.) This amazing burger is adorned with gruyere, shoestring onions, and a poached egg— and it's one of many delicious choices at The Bird in Jackson.
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