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

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