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:

Here are my top five fast casual burgers, also in no particular order:

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

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