The burger is the greatest American sandwich of all. Juicy meat, cheese or plain, pickles or just good ol’ lettuce. Whatever way you have it, there’s nothing more satisfying than a bite into a perfect burger.
Considering it’s such an American staple, we’ve scoured every state in the US for the best burgers of the land. From smashed diner patties to gourmet burgers, these are the 50 best burgers in America for 2019.
Kudos to anyone who makes it to the end of the list without slobbering all over the screen…
The burger menu here includes plenty of traditional creations you know and love as well as a few of the Chubbfather’s own twists on the classics. These bad boys are big, juicy and delicious.
Tommy’s burgers have somewhat of a cult following from their fans far and wide, and we can see why. Their pure USDA beef patty is then seasoned with Cajun seasoning and seared to perfection.
This casual burger joint may have a small menu, but when burgers taste as good as these you don’t need to mess with simple perfection. Get the salted Dulce du Leche shake to really go all out for your feast here.
This family-owned restaurant is a popular stopping point from Highway 67 and is known for its juicy, square beef pattys. It’s a classic Drive-In spot where you can expect amazing burgers griddled with oozing American cheese.
BNSD’s fandom is intense, but oh-so deserved. The legendary pop up recently opened up a permanent spot in Silver Lake where the long lines for these smashed beauties show no sign of slowing down. The top tip to remember? Always. Get. Two. When something is this good, one is never enough.
With locations all across the state, this is one burger joint that won’t let you down. Larkburger sources the freshest natural ingredients they can find, and it shows in every tasty bite.
These handcrafted buns of heaven are a classic. We love the signature GoldBurger; a double burger with American cheese, lettuce, onion, pickle and GoldBurger sauce.Go with their recommendation and get the burger cooked medium – perfectly juicy and pink.
This superb gastropub has a modern farm to table dining ethos, and that flows right down to their droolworthy burgers. Their duck fat Angus beef burger is dripping with flavour, and comes with an onion marmalade.
This beautiful sustainable burger joint is all about good vibes and even better food. They use Florida grass-fed beef and Floridian-raised clean proteins for their burgers, which come with a range of toppings.
A stylish American-ingredient focused restaurant, there’s plenty of delicious things to choose from the menu here. But look, you need to come here for one thing; the Bocado burger stack with American cheese and house-made pickles.
Teddy’s is a fantastic 50’s themed burger chain with a simple menu of juicy burgers, fries and shakes. They use only 100% fresh chilled ground chuck (no fillers or binders) and with locations all over, you’ll never miss out.
Hudsons has been flipping lipsmacking burgers since 1907, when this little diner first sprang into life. The menu is small – just hamburger or cheeseburger, with the option to double up – but the burgers are mighty.
You simply have to try the Wolf Burger at this trendy restaurant. With three beef patties, creamy melted American cheese, onion straws, house-made pickles, mayo and a fried egg, it’s an absolute beast.
Feeling super hungry? Get the Triple Newk. It’s a Bacon Cheeseburger made with three quarter pound patties made with locally raised 90% lean grass fed beef, three layers of cheese and three layers of bacon.
This gourmet burger restaurant goes above and beyond when it comes to flavour. From their fresh baked bread, homemade cheese sauces to fresh pressed beef patties, the burgers here are on a whole other level.
An old-school vibe and flavoursome layers of the best beef patties in Kansas make Bomber Burger a real winner. They use 81% lean ground chuck for a lean, meaty, manly burger.
Considering Louisville is apparently the birthplace of the cheeseburger, you know you’re going to get a good one here. At Hole Grale you’ll feast on seasonal, local ingredients, and southern style. Juicy burgers in a pretzel-style.
These droolworthy burgers are absolutely incredible. They make their own buns, pickles and mayo. Not only, they handcut their own fries and make their own onion rings. Delicious.
This cash-only roadside burger paradise is a classic. Get two double cheeseburgers with everything on them (sweet red relish, grilled onions, American cheese, and mustard) for the ultimate experience.
All of the sinfully good burgers at Clark’s are cooked juicy and well done, with always fresh, never frozen, antibiotic-free certified black angus beef on toasted brioche. They also do great Poutine if you’re feeling up to a big feed.
The secret burger at this rustic-chic restaurant is unlike any you’ve tried before. A blend that includes Creekstone Farms brisket, short rib, and beef makes for the juiciest, most tender patty in town. Just remember – there’s limited availability each night, so arrive early.
You can’t go wrong with a delicious burger from Cutter’s. Get the stuffed cheese burger – tender beef full of cheddar & bacon, bleu cheese & green olives, Swiss cheese, mushrooms, grilled onions.
This local landmark created the Jucy Lucy in 1954, when a local customer asked for two hamburger patties with a slice of cheese in the middle. Each “Jucy Lucy” is carefully handmade with the freshest, high-quality beef and filled with the molten hot cheese you can only find here.
Located in the heart of Jackson, Mississippi, Fine & Dandy does classy American diner-style grub. Fine & Dainty is pure indulgence – creamy Burrata cheese, tomato pesto and fresh basil.
Kirby’s Sandwich Shop in Sikeston has been around since 1907, serving up classically great smashed burgers and fries. The menu is small and compact, yet has exactly what you need. Which is a super tasty burger.
This quirky burger joint does big burgers that are also big on flavour. The Huckleberry burger is a modern class. Chow down on Huckleberry Hatch chili barbecue sauce, bacon, goat cheese, roasted red pepper mayo, arugula and served on a Grains of Montana bun.
Continuously voted Omaha’s best burger, we’re going to officially crown Stella’s Bar and Grill as the best burger in the whole state. Their legendary Stellanator challenge is extreme: 6 burger patties, 6 fried eggs, 6 pieces of cheese, 12 pieces of bacon, fried onions, peanut butter… the list goes on.
This place is a must during any visit to Reno Tahoe. Their beef comes from a local butcher shop and is out-of-this-world. Try The Moo, The Cluck, and The Oink. A burger topped with a chicken breast, pastrami, bacon, onion rings and cheese.
This historic diner dishes up comfort food until late at night, so you can pretty much always get your Gilleys fix. The freshly grilled burgers and soft buns are so good that you could eat one 7 days a week – and look, we wouldn’t judge you.
White Manna’s burgers are famous, serving up their yummy sliders alongside shakes and crinkle cut fries since 1946. A New Jersey institution, order as many sliders as your belly can handle.
The classic New Mexico green chile cheeseburger is a work of art, so you can’t visit here without trying one. Boxcar’s version with New Mexico hatch green chile and melted cheddar cheese is the best of the best.
This cult-hit burger, the Emmy, is hands down the best burger in the whole of New York. The dry age beef comes with caramelized onion, and Grafton cheddar, on a pretzel bun with cornichon & fries. Just be warned; it always sells out, so come early if you want any chance of tasting this.
Soft, floury and juicy burgers are the name of the game at Al’s, and you’ll never leave here unsatisfied. They only use the best local ingredients, and every day there’s a tasty special created by their mad scientist of the grill, Al.
Sickies Garage Burgers and Brews’ has an endless menu of outrageous Supercharged and Turbocharged burgers, each one tastier than the last. Kobe beef and creative toppings will win you over. These are burgers like you’ve never known.
Over 130 years after the hamburger was invented, two award-winning pitmasters found a better way to cook them. And so, these hickory-smoked burgers became the staple of an amazing burger chain. Wash it down with a shake.
These guys are always busy for a reason: their delicious fresh ground beef is all-natural and hormone free, ethically produced by regional growers. Tucker’s has four convenient locations in OK, so you won’t have to go too far your fix.
This stylish hangout is a Jack of all trades, but it’s their premium meaty burger that you should focus on. Perfectly charred and crispy, with two patties, pimento cheese and aioli, on a house-made brioche bun.
A local fave, KQ Burger dishes out inventive burgers, freshly cut fries, and fried chicken sandwiches with seasonal toppings. Get the Classic: cheddar, KQ sauce, roasted red onions, and add on some local mushrooms for an extra flavour boost.
Harry’s Philosophy is simple: The highest quality ingredients: 100% pure Hereford beef, fresh local produce = incredible taste and satisfaction. With an ethos like that, there’s nothing less than perfection.
This no-frills dive bar has a loyal local following who come for sports and the divine burgers. Craving a burger that’s off-menu? No problem! They welcome “build your own” combinations, so you can go wild.
The burgers at this charming “mom and pop” joint are BIG. Big on flavour, big on portions and big on tender, juicy meat. Make it a double if you’re feeling like a real feast.
Burgers come dripping with flavoursome juice – the dream. As well as legendary burger, they also have an impressive selection of German wurst and bier, as well as an old-school soda fountain serving ice cream sodas.
There’s a reason why these burgers taste so unbelievably good. Bubba’s Texas Burger Shack has been serving Houston’s finest Buffalo burgers for over 30 years. Yep, prime, grass-fed Buffalo. You can taste the goodness in every mouthful.
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This upscale restaurant’s gourmet burger pushes all the right buttons. Their HSL Burger is a thing of beauty, with American cheese, pickle red cabbage and tomato jam with salt and vinegar fries.
Inspired by flavours from around the globe, the restaurant at ArtsRiot performance venue consistently impresses. It’s the burger though, that we’re suckers for. Get triple patties only if you can handle the beef.
Basic Burger does exactly what its name suggests: burgers, done basic, yet perfect. Just the way they should be. Great beef, crisp veggies, fantastic buns, and their Basic sauce for that special twist.
8oz Burger & Co has become a local favorite for burger lovers’ in the Seattle area and you’ll soon see why once you’ve taken a chunk out of their sustainably sourced beef burger. There’s over 16 burgers to choose from.
This lovely little eatery in Wheeling has SO many delectable burgers on the menu to choose from. Golden brown buns, crumbly tender beef and toppings including poutine and a blue cheese and pear.
North Avenue Grill has all you could ever want from a diner and more. Like, insanely juicy and tasty burgers stuffed with gooey cheese and crispy onions. Friendly service is the cherry on top.
This cosy gastropub in Lander dishes out devilishly delicious burgers. The burgers are big enough to fill even the hungriest of bellies, yet still perfectly sized that you can fit a bite in your mouth in one go. Perfection? You betcha.