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

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