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

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