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

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