The Burger Bucket List: 25 Burgers You Need To Try

A decent burger isn’t hard to find. Stumble into any restaurant that serves typical American food, and it would be bizarre not to see a handful of burger options. Finding an amazing burger, however, isn’t that simple. Here are 25 worth sinking your teeth into at least once in your life. Consider this your Burger Bucketlist.

1. Luger Burger

Peter Luger Steakhouse – Brooklyn, NY

It takes a mighty burger for us not to order a steak at Peter Luger Steakhouse, and this is that burger. Served until 3:45pm daily, the Luger Burger features extra thick bacon (not an understatement) and more than a half pound of beef.
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2. Le Pigeon Burger

Le Pigeon – Portland, OR

The grilled Le Pigeon Burger has a nice, smoky flavor that is enhanced with each topping. Gabriel Rucker layers it with Tillamook white cheddar, lettuce slaw, and pickled onions along with some ketchup, mayo, and mustard. The ciabatta bun is also tremendous.
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3. Double Animal Style

In-N-Out Burger – Multiple Locations

Order this one off the secret menu that’s not-so-secret at all. Leveling up to “Animal Style” will give you added pickles, extra spread with grilled onions, and they’ll fry some mustard onto your patties.
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4. The Original Burger

Louis’ Lunch – New Haven, CT

Forget all the insane toppings and avant-garde techniques being used elsewhere, this is the way the burger was supposed to be. The place claims to have invented and served the first hamburger sandwich in the US back in 1900, and they send them out just the same way today as they did back then.
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5. Whiskey King Burger

Village Whiskey – Philadelphia, PA

Jose Garces serves up this $26 plate of insanity over at Village Whiskey in Philly. It’s topped with maple bourbon glazed cipollini, bleu cheese, bacon, and a bit of foie gras. Sweet, fatty, and decadent.
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6. The Company Burger

The Company Burger – New Orleans, LA

With dozens of awards under its greasy belt, The Company Burger from the joint of the same name is a must eat if you’re in New Orleans. Two patties and tons of flavor.
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7. Chargrilled Burger with Roquefort Cheese

The Spotted Pig – New York, NY

The tanginess of the cheese and the absolutely perfect bun make this, not only one of the best burgers in New York, but one of the best in the whole country.
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8. Dyer’s Deep-Fried Burger

Dyer’s Burgers – Memphis, TN

Fried in the same grease since 1912 (seriously), every burger from Dyer’s is like biting into a meaty piece of history. Each fried-up burger is served with mustard, onion, and pickles, and worth any impending health problems.
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9. The Lola Burger

B Spot – Multiple locations, OH

Hovering somewhere between a McDonald’s breakfast sandwich and gourmet hamburger, Michael Symon’s creation is flat-out delicious. With a runny egg, some spicy ketchup, and a bit of bacon, it’s good anytime of day.
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10. Cheeseburger

Au Cheval – Chicago, IL

Just remember that a single is a double and a double is a triple at Chicago’s Au Cheval. Outside of that, the burger is fairly straightforward, but damn amazing. Easily one of the best in the country.
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11. Raw Steak Tartare Burger

Flip Burger – Atlanta, GA

We’d trust Richard Blais to cook us up just about anything, and among his glorious plethora of burgers at Flip Burger, is one that shines just a tad brighter than the rest. The Raw Steak Tartare is obviously a bit different from your everyday hamburger, but the fried egg and smoky mayo just make it incredible. Like a steak tartare appetizer on a bun.
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12. The Original Burger

Umami Burger – Multiple Locations

The wonderful savoriness that is “umami” is delivered perfectly in The Original Burger from Umami Burger. The chain makes its pride and joy with a parmesan crisp, roasted tomato, shiitake mushrooms, and more additions to give the burger a luxurious mouthfeel.
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13. Buckhorn Burger

Buckhorn Tavern – San Antonio, NM

It’s the green chile that makes this burger so damn tasty. It’s been featured on Food Network and numerous other places for good reason.
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14. Cheeseburger

White Manna – Hackensack, NJ

The folks at White Manna have been churning out insanely delicious burgers for the better part of a century. Each gets steamed so the cheese melts right around the patty. They’re on the smaller side, somewhere between a burger and a slider, so feel free to order yourself up a half-dozen.
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15. Double Patty Cheeseburger

Holeman & Finch – Atlanta, GA

Any place that announces “it’s burger time” is clearly a spot for a good burger. Only 24 of these mouth-watering numbers are made a night, so make sure you get there early if you want to get your greasy hands on one (you want to get your greasy hands on one).
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  • branimal

    Did you seriously leave off the Jucy Lucy from Matt’s in Mpls?

  • Chris

    I know you guys are USA based but if you make it over the border any time soon Holy Chuck in Toronto Ontario will give you a burger worthy of this list (try the duck one).

  • GoLocalApps

    the content for #4 & 5 are the same.

  • CRS

    As a native Atlanta who’s been to Flip several times, as well as better burger joints in the city, Farm Burger, Grindhouse, I can say I’m not surprised that the most overrated place ended up on your list.

  • JH3

    Denny’s Beer Barrel Pub?

  • Brandon

    Slaters 50/50 burger is worth being on this list. If anyone wants a great burger check them out in Southern California locatons

  • micmoren

    In San Antonio, NM, about a block down from the Buckhorn is the Owl Bar and Cafe. They have an equally delicious burger. Both joints feature the tasty New Mexico green chile!

  • micmoren

    I would also suggest you try Burger Bar, Hubert Keller’s buger joint. I have been to the one in Las Vegas and found the choice of ingredients, from the meat, to the bread, to the toppings amazing. The buffalo burger was one of the juciest I have ever had.

  • Adam

    You forgot the “Cheddar Cheesy” at Chris Madrid’s in San Antonio, Texas, served on a bar tray, and the “dork” (duck and pork) burger at Lunchbox Labratory in Seattle, Washington.

  • I ate them all, now listen….

    WTF, no Cuban Frita from Miami? I Second Green Chile Cheese Burger from NM as well as the taco burgers from blake’s burgers in albuquerque

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  • jonathan

    double from Wendy’s — no frills, tastes good, always consistent, can get anywhere. it has a lot going for it.

  • Ian Wendt

    Kudos for getting the Buckhorn in there. And while the Owl Bar down the street from Buckhorn used to be good it is a pale imitation of its prior glory.

  • JK

    Was the Apple Pan in LA even considered? Best burger, best pie, best ambiance….

  • JRG

    Meers in Oklahoma for using their own Longhorn cattle.

  • Bratista

    You can’t get kobe beef in the US. Japan does not export it and even if they did, that burger would cost you, at the very least, hundreds of dollars. I f***ing hate seeing meat in the US described as “kobe beef”. It’s not. It’s just a way to pump up the price.