Did you know Sunday, May 28th is National Hamburger Day? Sounds like a holiday worth celebrating! Now where to find the best burger worthy of said celebration…
We pinged our ROAM concierge experts across the country and asked them to share their favorite mouth-watering meat sandwiches. The votes are in. Check out our top picks for the Best Burgers across the US.
(WARNING! Do not read if hungry. We don’t want you drooling on your keyboard.)
1. The Five Beer Burger at Tennessee Brew Works. Nashville, TN.
TN Brew Works not only brews some of the best beer in their state-of-the-art taproom, they have AWESOME food! The Five Beer Burger sets itself apart from a large list of great Nashville burgers by featuring 5 types of TN Brew Works beer in the cooking process and using quality locally-sourced ingredients.
The Five Beer Burger consists of a short rib burger, Extra Easy bun, Kenny’s white cheddar, Southern Wit comeback sauce, Basil Ryeman ketchup, Country Roots braised onions and Cutaway pickles. PRO TIP: When they say “optional” to add egg and bacon, you know what the correct choice is. Do it! And order it medium rare.
The short rib patty keeps it really juicy. You can taste right away that this is no frozen burger! Also, the 5 types of house-brewed beer used in the cooking provide extra layers of flavor and complexity. Most importantly, the bun stays intact while the burger itself melts in your mouth- which is always a fine line for a burger to walk. TN Brew Works absolutely has the best burger in Nashville!
Tennessee Brew Works: 809 Ewing Ave Nashville, TN 37203. (615) 436-0050. Photo Credit: ©Laura Roberts.
2. The All-American Buddy Holly Burger (#20) at Hut’s Hamburgers. Austin, TX.
For a burger joint to be open since 1939 and still be known as the best, they have to be doing something right! It is the classic, old-fashioned, all-natural, fresh, never frozen Texas raised beef that keeps ’em coming back. When you bite into the hot, juicy burger you can tell it was made with love (and the freshest ingredients). The #20 comes with “the works!” – mayo, mustard, onions, pickles, lettuce, tomatoes and American cheese.
Hut’s is an iconic Austin treasure located in the heart of downtown off West 6th. Do not miss 2 for 1 Burgers on Wednesday nights!
Hut’s Hamburgers: 807 W. 6th Street, Austin, Texas 78703. (512) 472-0693. Photo credit: Hut’s Hamburgers, Bruce Bilmes & Susan Boyle.
3. Berries & Brie at Grange Hall Burger Bar. Chicago, IL.
It’s pretty ballsy to run a burger bar just a few doors from burger mecca Au Cheval — but, fortunately for us, Grange Hall delivers. Grassfed beef? Check. Brioche bun? Check. Their menu of creative burgers changes, but our recent favorite is the salty-sweet masterpiece called Berries & Brie: arugula, red wine balsamic reduction, melted brie and a slightly tart berry compote. Plus, there are WAFFLE FRIES. In a city with many great tried-and-true burger options, Grange Hall’s fresh, farm-to-table approach really stands out.
Grange Hall Burger Bar: 844 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60607. (312) 491-0844. Photo from Grange Hall’s Facebook Page.
4. The Black Cat Burger at Poe’s Tavern on Sullivan’s Island. Charleston, SC.
A short drive off the peninsula and you’ll land at Sullivan’s Island, a friendly barrier island community. Poe’s Tavern –yes, named for Edgar Allan Poe– is a local hangout that sits just a block off the ocean, so it’s good for both sea breezes and people watching. Dive into the Black Cat — a half pound of freshly ground beef topped with grilled onions, chili, and local pimento cheese. It’s a spooky good burger that would do Edgar proud.
Poe’s Tavern: 2210 Middle St, Sullivan’s Island, SC 29482. (843) 883-0083. Photo courtesy of Poe’s Tavern.
5. The Green Chili Burger at Steuben’s. Denver, CO.
Think of your favorite comfort food. Imagine eating it right now… It tastes better than it ever has before, because you are at Steuben’s! The fried chicken, mac-n-cheese, and lobster roll generate the most press; however, for us the draw is the Green Chili Burger.
There are many bigger, fancier burgers around town, yet this one is our favorite because it is outstanding EVERY TIME. Consistency and Concierge reccos go together like Hanzō steal and an absurdly sharp blade. And with a sample size of 25 + over the years, this burger has and will continue to receive constant vetting!
Steuben’s: 523 East 17th Avenue, Denver, CO 80203. (303) 830-1001. Photo courtesy of Steuben’s.
6. The J-Bar Burger at J-Bar in the Hotel Jerome. Aspen, CO.
The J-Bar, located in the historic Hotel Jerome, is a lively bar that serves pub food and the best burger in town. The hotel was built in the 1880’s and the bar radiates Old West charm. It has hosted ski bums, socialites, cowboys and luminaries including members of the 10th Mountain Division to the late Hunter S. Thompson.
The J-Bar Burger is freshly made from 7X Colorado beef served on a brioche roll with onion, pickle, and thousand island dressing. Additional toppings offered are cheese, bacon, braised onions, mushroom duxelles, crushed avocado, fried shishito peppers, fried egg, and lobster salad!
J-Bar: 330 East Main Street, Aspen, CO 81611. (855) 331-7213. Photo courtesy of the Hotel Jerome.
7. The SpOt Burger at SpOt Gourmet Burgers. Philadelphia, PA.
We discovered SpOt Burgers several years ago at a neighborhood food festival. The long line at their food truck testified to the incredibly juicy burger- tastier than the vast majority of the acclaimed, and much pricier, top burgers in the city. In 2016 we were beyond excited when owner Josh Kim chose Brewerytown, near the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Philadelphia Zoo, as their first brick and mortar location.
All their burgers are freshly ground and perfectly cooked. The signature SpOt burger features hickory smoked bacon, cheddar, pickles, coleslaw and special sauce. Yum!
Other Favorites include: the Charlie Brown, the Santa Fe and the Umami.
SpOt Gourmet Burgers: 2821 W Girard Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19130. (267) 930-7370. Photo by Rachel Wisniewski.
8. The Blue ‘Shroom burger at The Vortex. Atlanta, GA.
The Vortex proclaims that their burgers are a ‘like an orgy for your tastebuds’. We considered using just that tagline to describe the burger, but we decided to go more in depth. (Ba da, ting!) #1. Mouth orgy. #2. The burgers are HUGE!! (There’s just too many puns to be made, so we’ll stop).
They have a number of awesome burgers, but the Blue ‘Shroom is King. It’s topped with a delicious blue cheese spread, a pile of sauteed mushrooms and bacon. Can’t forget the lettuce, tomato, onion and pickle. The Vortex is unique because of the size of their burgers, the nostalgic look of the restaurant and it’s rock ‘n’ roll vibe. Plus the Laughing Skull comedy club is connected so you can get your eat and laugh on. Perfect combo!
The Vortex: 878 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta, GA 30309. (404) 688-1828. Photo courtesy of the Vortex.
9. The Original 5 Napkin at Five Napkin Burger. New York, NY.
Their signature burger is the 100% Angus chuck with fragrant gruyere cheese, piled high with sweet caramelized onions and a touch of rosemary aioli on a massive white bun. This beefy sensation is seasoned to perfection and when you take a hearty bite, the aromatic fixin juices flow down your mouth and chin. Delicious! Guess why they call it 5 Napkin Burger?
5 Napkin Burger is not your typical fast food burger joint, but rather a local neighborhood restaurant with a full bar specializing in juicy monster-sized Angus sandwiches. Pro tip: don’t forget to make a reservation!
5 Napkin Burger: 4 locations in New York. Photo courtesy of 5 Napkin Burger.
10. The Bourbon Steak Burger at Wit and Wisdom. Baltimore, MD.
If you like your burger with a glass of wine, do not miss the Bourbon Steak Burger! An all beef patty layered with Cabot clothbound cheddar and a secret sauce. Talk about ooey gooey goodness! Wit and Wisdom is a Michael Mina concept within the Four Seasons Hotel offering upscale tavern food with an eastern seaboard influence. Plus you can’t beat the beautiful views of Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. This tasty burger is a must try in Baltimore.
Wit and Wisdom: 200 International Dr, Baltimore, MD, 21202. (410) 223-1456.
11. The Bistro Burger at Faubourg Bistro. New Orleans, LA.
The Bistro Burger from Faubourg Bistro is the only burger we’ll even consider. The ingredients are so fresh and the burger has a grilled taste and feel. The bun used is a house-made pretzel bun; which is what puts it over the top as the best burger in New Orleans. The bun holds up to the juicy burger and doesn’t disintegrate halfway through like the typical white bread bun. Delicious!
Bonus: They deliver! When you need a burger but you don’t want to get out of your jammies, Faubourg Bistro has tried and true delivery service. They’re always fast and efficient, and they’ll deliver anywhere in the French Quarter and Marigny.
Faubourg Bistro: 700 Burgundy Street New Orleans, LA 70116. (504) 439-5842.
12. The Standard plus the “Stand-Ins” at The Stand Burgers and Tacos. Phoenix, AZ.
The Stand is more so a “stand” than a traditional sit-down restaurant, but the burgers are unbeatable! Their offerings are simple, “The Standard” – house ground beef, crisp leaf lettuce, fresh sliced tomato, fresh sliced onion, kosher dill pickles and homemade stand sauce. Then they offer three extra “Stand-Ins” – Thick cut bacon, butter caramelized onions, or roasted jalapeno peppers, as well as gluten-free buns.
The Stand stands by one thing: today’s burgers for today’s guests! They grind their beef each day and make everything from scratch to deliver the freshest possible burgers. They are a neighborhood favorite because they deliver their very best to every guest, whether you’re coming through the door or their late night drive-thru!
Not to take away from the main dish, but they serve up some killer additions to your burger- hand cut fries, hands spun shakes and homemade drinks. Definitely THE best burger in Phoenix.
The Stand Burgers and Tacos: 3538 E. Indian School Road Phoenix, AZ 85018. (602) 314-5259. Photo courtesy of The Stand Burgers & Tacos.
13. The California Burgito at the Balboa Bar & Grill. San Diego, CA.
This no fuss, unassuming neighborhood beer and whiskey bar has the best burger in San Diego. The burgers are legendary… and made by food wizards. San Diego prides itself on being the point of origin for a SoCal Mexi-delicacy known as “The California Burrito” – Carne Asada, french fries, cheese, sour cream (don’t forget the guac!!) and The Balboa’s signature creation takes the hometown fav to a whole new level.
The Balboa Bar & Grill: 1863 Fifth Ave, San Diego, CA 92101. (619) 955-8525. Photo courtesy of the Balboa’s Facebook page.
14. Red Mill Deluxe w/ Cheese at Red Mill Burgers. Seattle, Washington.
Where is the best burger? It’s a bit of a loaded question. A burger is one of the hardest things for a restaurant to get wrong. The ingredients themselves make for a pretty delicious concoction no matter who is preparing it. But for a restaurant to make a consistently exceptional burger, one that stands out above the rest over the years, takes some skill.
One of the biggest factors in determining the best burger relies on what beverage you want to accompany said burger. It’s usually one of two options, burger and a beer or burger and a milkshake. Two different burger experiences that usually take place in two very different types of establishments. In Seattle, the best burger and a shake belongs to
Red Mill Burgers.
This burger place gets you your burger quickly. It only offers burgers/sandwiches, fried sides, soda and milkshakes. Great creative burger options are on the menus but go with their classic Red Mill Deluxe with Cheese on your first trip. Don’t forget the chocolate malt.
Red Mill Burgers: two Seattle locations. Photo from Red Mill’s Facebook page.
15. Sam’s Double Cheeseburger at Sam’s Pizza and Burgers. San Francisco, CA.
Sams Pizza and Burgers is a tiny hole-in-the-wall spot in North Beach on Broadway that has been serving San Francisco since 1966. At Sam’s, go for the cheeseburger – or the double cheeseburger if you’re hungry! Imagine a flavorful, juicy beef patty with fresh veggies, perfectly melted cheese, sandwiched between a fresh, lightly toasted sesame bun. The best part is that they cook the patty right there in the window on a cast iron grill which makes for the most mouthwatering flavor. If you add fries or onion rings to your meal, you can guarantee they are going to come out crispy golden brown with that perfect bit of crunch.
Sam opened this spot and eventually, his nephew Mike took over. They are known for their amazing food and warm hospitality. Sadly Mike passed away last year, but Sam and Mike’s legend lives on. They serve late into the night (even though Google says 2am they stay open until 3-4am). The old school charm can’t be beat, they even operate with an old school cash register! (Credit cards are accepted too.)
Once you’ve had Sam’s, you’ll start dreaming about it.
Sam’s Pizza and Burgers: 618 Broadway, San Francisco, CA 94133. (415) 391-1539. Photo from Sam’s Facebook page.
16. The Burger at The Golden State.
The Golden State is a great neighborhood spot located in the heart of LA. Not only does this local gem produce one of the best burgers in town, but they also offer one of the most unique and exciting craft beer lists in the city.
Simply named; The Burger is a melt-in-your-mouth patty of Harris ranch beef, Fiscalini Farm cheddar, bacon, arugula, aioli and curry ketchup. If you consider yourself a burger aficionado, we promise you won’t be disappointed.
Golden State: 426 N. Fairfax, Los Angeles, CA 90036. (323) 782-8331. Photo courtesy of Golden State.
17. The Bacon Jam Burger at Cow Pig Bun. Maui.
Cow Pig Bun is kind of like a burger speakeasy. It’s tucked away in a somewhat hidden location at the Maui Research & Technology Park in Kihei, and it feels like you’ve been transported to a trendy gastropub in Brooklyn. The burgers are bomb. Plus they offer a wide bourbon, rye, whiskey, and scotch selection and signature cocktails.
The Bacon Jam Burger is a perfectly cooked 80/20 burger patty topped with blue cheese, pickled onion, and bourbon bacon jam piled high on a toasty, buttery brioche bun with a side of homemade crispy chicharrones. It is the epitome of Cow meets Pig meets Bun.
Cow Pig Bun: 535 Lipoa Parkway, Suite 100, Kihei, Hawaii 96753. (808) 875-8100.
BIG THANKS to the incredible concierges who ate many burgers in order to write this article.