The Burger Bucket List: 25 Burgers You Need To Try

16. Kobe Burger

The Burger Stand – Lawrence & Topeka, KS

You can’t go wrong with any of the burgers at The Burger Stand, but our choice for the best would be the Kobe Burger. It’s not just the Kobe beef that makes it, it’s the truffle butter and pickled red onion.
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17. Black Label Burger

Minetta Tavern – New York, NY

The ribeye and other meat used in forming the patty of the Black Label Burger at Minetta Tavern give the humble hamburger a high-class makeover. Complete with caramelized onions and a sweet bun, the Black Label Burger might just be the best burger you ever eat.
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18. Steamed Cheeseburger

Ted’s Restaurant – Meriden, CT

Ted’s has been serving up their famous steamed burgers since 1959 and they’ve been covered by just about every food publication since they started. The burger is steamed along with the cheddar cheese that is scooped on top.
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19. Primetime Burger

Hopdoddy Burger Bar – Austin & Dallas, TX and Scottsdale, AZ

There are a lot of great burgers at Hopdoddy, but none of them can touch the decadence of the Primetime Burger. Made from amazingly fatty Texas Akaushi beef, each burger is exceedingly rich. That richness is only increased by the addition of brie, truffle aioli, and caramelized onions. It’s like coating your mouth in velvet.
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20. Kuma Burger

Kuma’s Corner – Chicago, IL

Not enough burgers are served with a fried egg on them. One of the standouts that is, is at Kuma’s Corner in Chicago. Enjoy one or two of their famous Kuma Burgers with some heavy metal blasting in the background.
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21. Sirloin Burger

Le Tub Saloon – Hollywood, FL

If you’re looking for a burger that’s the complete opposite of a tiny slider, here you go. The famous Sirloin Burger at Le Tub Saloon will fill you up real good. The 13 ounce burger is charbroiled perfection.
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22. The Doh! Nut Burger

PYT – Philadelphia, PA

If we can steer off the standard burger path for just a second here, you’ll find a savory and sweet number that is worth checking out. Among the myriad of odd burgers PYT serves up, there’s one we simply can’t get enough of. The Doh! Nut Burger is basically a standard burger served on a glazed doughnut with chocolate covered bacon. Just trust us on this one.
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23. Peanut Butter Bacon Burger

Killer Burger – Portland, OR

You know what, let’s stay on that strange kick, because this burger is oddly tremendous. Killer Burgers is known for this savory and sweet burger that’s unusually brilliant.
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24. Bacon Cheeseburger

Hodad’s – San Diego, CA

Disregard the image of a standard bacon cheeseburger you have in your head, this isn’t one. Instead of strips of bacon, each bacon cheeseburger at Hodad’s has a sort of bacon patty formed from boiled bacon that has been smushed together. Each burger is huge and insanely good.
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25. Hamburger

Zuni’s Cafe – San Francisco, CA

There’s plenty of great food at Zuni’s Cafe, but if there’s one thing we’d order every time, it’s the burger served up on rosemary focaccia. Each burger is house-ground from grass-fed beef and topped with some delicious aioli.
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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.