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

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