Burger Blitzkrieg

IT’S BURGER TIME!!! Remember this game?

Burger Time

The burger craze of NYC has revved up to fucking high gear by now. It’s a full-on onslaught offensive, the likes of which has not been seen since the German Blitzkrieg.

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You may want to prime your eyeballs with this amazing video too.

Then there’s this masterpiece… If this doesn’t get you into a burger mood then you are not human:

THE SOUP DUMPLING BURGER

On the other hand, if you are like many other burger aficionados, you may be a purist. Ground beef, cheese, buns. Avoid complications.

I may be a bit late to the burger party, but below is a collection of places I’ve dined at for burgers.

Keep in mind when reading these reviews that I tend to favor a potato bun, American cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion and mayo. I almost always go for jalapenos, especially if they are fresh (not pickled), and I will sometimes get bacon. Also, I hate burgers that stack up too high and become unruly to eat. Last, I cut my burgers in half. I hate when I get food on my face, and cutting the burger makes me feel like I am having a neater meal for some weird reason. For a little bit more on what needs to be done to craft the best burger, check out my post called “The Secrets to Crafting a Great Burger.”

Here are my top five restaurant burgers, in no particular order. Note that they are each a bit different in style from the classic American, which I tend to love most:

Here are my top five fast casual burgers, also in no particular order. These are all classic American style burgers:

Here’s another top five for you: steakhouse burgers.

Below is a full alphabetical listing of all the burgers I chowed down on throughout the area:

  1. 1 2 3 Burger Shot Beer
  2. 4 Charles Prime Rib
  3. 5 Boro Burger
  4. 5 Napkin Burger
  5. 21 Club
  6. 77 West (Bahamas)
  7. Ada’s Place
  8. Ai Fiori
  9. The Ainsworth (Chelsea)
  10. Alfie’s
  11. All American
  12. The Anthony
  13. Antique Bar & Bakery
  14. Bar Boulud
  15. Bar Sardine
  16. Bareburger
  17. Beach Bunnies (Ft. Lauderdale)
  18. Beautique (CLOSED)
  19. The Bedford
  20. Bedford & Co.
  21. Ben & Jack’s (44th Street)
  22. Benjamin Steakhouse (White Plains)
  23. Big Daddy’s
  24. Big Nick’s
  25. Bill’s Bar & Burger
  26. Bistro Pierre Lapin
  27. The Black Derby
  28. Black Iron Burger
  29. Black Tap (SoHo) (Burger Crawl)
  30. Blue Ribbon Federal Grill
  31. Bluebird London NYC
  32. Bo Caphe
  33. Boilermaker
  34. Bonnie’s Grill
  35. Boucherie (Burger Crawl)
  36. Bowery Meat Company
  37. The Breslin
  38. BRGR
  39. Brickyard Gastropub
  40. The Brindle Room
  41. Bully’s Burgers (Hawaii)
  42. Burger & Barrel
  43. Burger & Lobster
  44. Burger Bistro
  45. Burger Fi
  46. Burger Heaven
  47. The Burger Joint
  48. Burger King’s Halloween Whopper
  49. Burgers & Cupcakes (CLOSED)
  50. Burger Shack (Bahamas)
  51. Burke & Wills
  52. BV’s Grill (CLOSED)
  53. Cafe O’Lei (Hawaii)
  54. Caliente Cab
  55. The Cannibal (CLOSED)
  56. The Capital Grill
  57. Charlie Palmer Steak
  58. Charly’s
  59. Chat n Chew
  60. Cheeseburger in Paradise (Hawaii)
  61. Chimichurri Grill (East) (CLOSED)
  62. Chumley’s
  63. Church Street Tavern
  64. Circo
  65. Clarke’s Standard (CLOSED)
  66. The Clocktower
  67. Clover Grill (New Orleans)
  68. Concrete
  69. Corner Bistro
  70. Covina
  71. Cow Pig Bun (Hawaii)
  72. Dag’s Patio Cafe
  73. DB Bistro Moderne
  74. Death Avenue
  75. Delmonico’s
  76. Del Frisco’s Grille
  77. Denny’s
  78. Donohue’s
  79. E’s Bar
  80. Ear Inn
  81. Ed’s Chowder House (CLOSED)
  82. Em
  83. Empire Diner
  84. Empire Steakhouse East
  85. Ethyl’s Alcohol & Food
  86. The Fat Monk (CLOSED)
  87. Five Guys Burger & Fries
  88. Flame
  89. Fuku+
  90. Gebhard’s Beer Culture
  91. Genuine Roadside (CLOSED)
  92. Grazin’ Diner (Hudson, NY)
  93. The Grill
  94. Handcraft Kitchen & Cocktails
  95. The Happiest Hour
  96. Hard Times Sundaes
  97. Harlem Shake
  98. Harold’s Meat + Three
  99. Harry’s
  100. Heartland Brewery
  101. Holy Ground
  102. Hooters (CLOSED)
  103. House of Brews
  104. Houseman
  105. Hudson Eatery
  106. International Wings Factory
  107. The Irish Pub
  108. Iron Bar
  109. Island Burger
  110. Jack’s Sliders & Sushi
  111. Jackson Hole
  112. Jasper’s Taphouse & Kitchen
  113. Jax BBQ
  114. Jeffrey’s Grocery
  115. Jeremy’s Ale House
  116. J.G. Melon
  117. Jimbo’s
  118. Joe’s Bar (CLOSED)
  119. Joe’s Sirloin Burger
  120. Johnny Rocket’s
  121. Jones Wood Foundry
  122. Jonny Panini
  123. Joy Burger Bar
  124. Judge Roy Bean Public House
  125. Kings of Kobe (CLOSED)
  126. Kingside
  127. L & L Drive Inn (Hawaii)
  128. La Frite
  129. La Pecora Bianca
  130. The Lambs Club
  131. Landmarc
  132. Le Cirque
  133. Le Monde
  134. Le Rivage
  135. Little Frog
  136. Louie’s Backyard (Key West)
  137. Lucky’s Famous Burgers
  138. M. Wells
  139. Maialino
  140. The Malt House (West Village)
  141. The Malt House (FiDi)
  142. Manhatta
  143. Manhattan Proper
  144. Massoni
  145. Maysville
  146. McHales
  147. Mel’s Burger Bar
  148. Melt Shop
  149. Mikey’s
  150. Minetta Tavern
  151. Mister Paradise
  152. Montmartre (CLOSED)
  153. Mother Burger
  154. Ms Yoo
  155. Mt Kisco Diner
  156. The National
  157. Nelly Spillane’s
  158. Nevada Smith’s
  159. New York Burger Co.
  160. Nicky’s on the Bay
  161. The Norm
  162. North River Lobster Company
  163. Nusr-Et
  164. NYY Steak (CLOSED)
  165. Old Town
  166. Osteria Morini
  167. Pao de Queijo
  168. Parlor Steakhouse (CLOSED)
  169. The Penrose
  170. Peter Luger Steakhouse (Brooklyn)
  171. Pete’s Tavern
  172. Pier A Harbor House
  173. Pig Beach
  174. Pig Bleecker (CLOSED)
  175. P.J. Carney’s
  176. P.J. Clarke’s
  177. Pomodoro Rosso
  178. Pomona
  179. Porter House (Burger Crawl)
  180. Raoul’s
  181. Redeye Grill
  182. Resto (CLOSED)
  183. Ristorante Morini
  184. Rosie O’Grady’s Saloon
  185. Rothman’s (CLOSED)
  186. Route 66 Cafe
  187. Ruby’s
  188. Salvation Burger
  189. San Matteo Pizza
  190. Schnipper’s Quality Kitchen
  191. Shake Shack
  192. The Shakespeare
  193. Smashburger
  194. The Smith
  195. Smokey Burger
  196. Spiegel
  197. The Spotted Pig
  198. Stagecoach Tavern
  199. Steak n’ Shake (CLOSED)
  200. Stecchino (CLOSED)
  201. Suprema Provisions
  202. Tanner Smith’s
  203. Taproom No.307
  204. Ted’s Montana Grill
  205. Teddy’s Bigger Burger (Hawaii)
  206. Thalia
  207. T.J. Finley’s
  208. T.J.’s Hero Shop
  209. Tuscany Steakhouse
  210. Umami Burger
  211. Vaucluse
  212. The Villager
  213. The Vine
  214. Wahlburger’s (CLOSED)
  215. Warren 77
  216. The Whiskey (Orlando)
  217. White Castle
  218. Whitman’s (at City Kitchen)
  219. Wicked Willy’s
  220. Wm Farmer & Sons (Hudson, NY)
  221. Zeppelin Hall

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