Eater's 38 Essential Burgers Across The Nation
Au Cheval is one of Eater's 38 Essential Burgers Across The Nation.

1. Au Cheval

9.1
800 W Randolph St (at S Halsted St), Chicago, IL
Burger Joint · Fulton Market · 482 tips and reviews

EaterEater: The cheeseburger here may look like a simple, griddled double patty burger, but don't be fooled: this burger is what food writer Francis Lam calls "tremendous work, thin patty diner style magic."

Bernie's Burger Bus is one of Eater's 38 Essential Burgers Across The Nation.

2. Bernie's Burger Bus

Moving Target! (Greater Houston Area), Houston, TX
Burger Joint · 112 tips and reviews

EaterEater: These burgers are served out of an old school bus, and accordingly have names like "The Principal" and "The Bully." All patties are made with a custom Black Angus grind and homemade condiments.

Bocado is one of Eater's 38 Essential Burgers Across The Nation.

3. Bocado

887 Howell Mill Rd NW (8th St NW), Atlanta, GA
New American Restaurant · Marietta Street Artery · 120 tips and reviews

EaterEater: Atlanta food writer Jennifer Zyman: "The Bocado burger stack is McDonald's gone gourmet. Just two house ground patties, gooey American cheese, and a pickle on a buttery and crispy H&F Bread Co. bun."

The Brindle Room is one of Eater's 38 Essential Burgers Across The Nation.

4. The Brindle Room

277 E 10th St (btwn 1st Ave & Avenue A), New York, NY
American Restaurant · East Village · 192 tips and reviews

EaterEater: According to food writer Josh Ozersky, it's the "best new-school burger in America...[it] synthesizes the best of old and new: specialty meat, squishy buns, intense seasoning, and cast-iron searing."

Burgatory is one of Eater's 38 Essential Burgers Across The Nation.

5. Burgatory

8.3
932 Freeport Rd (at Waterworks Mall), Pittsburgh, PA
Burger Joint · 134 tips and reviews

EaterEater: Burgatory makes their patties from a custom all-natural blend of sirloin, chuck, brisket and short rib. The chainlet regularly has long lines, so do check their website's NoWait section before going.

Burger Bar is one of Eater's 38 Essential Burgers Across The Nation.

6. Burger Bar

7.6
3930 Las Vegas Blvd S (in The Shoppes at Mandalay Place), Las Vegas, NV
Burger Joint · 211 tips and reviews

EaterEater: Eatocracy editor Kat Kinsman says, "It's Hubert Keller quality ingredients and preparation, and a rare to the point of bleating patty...haunted my dreams for a goodly long time."

Burger Guys is one of Eater's 38 Essential Burgers Across The Nation.

7. Burger Guys

706 Main St, Houston, TX
Burger Joint · 6 tips and reviews

EaterEater: Eater Houston editor Eric Sandler says, "The Burger Guys success lies in the quality of their ingredients and the creativity of their toppings. That means 100%, hand-formed akahushi burger patties."

Butcher & The Burger is one of Eater's 38 Essential Burgers Across The Nation.

8. Butcher & The Burger

9.1
1021 W Armitage Ave (at Kenmore Ave.), Chicago, IL
Burger Joint · North Side · 108 tips and reviews

EaterEater: Butcher & the Burger has a fully operational butcher shop on premise and is all about customization: choose your meat blend, choose your seasonings, choose your bun, choose your toppings.

The Company Burger is one of Eater's 38 Essential Burgers Across The Nation.

9. The Company Burger

8.8
4600 Freret St. (at Cadiz St.), New Orleans, LA
Burger Joint · Freret · 81 tips and reviews

EaterEater: After working at Atlanta's Holeman & Finch (also on the 38), Adam Biderman headed home to New Orleans. He now makes what Feast Portland's Mike Thelin calls his "favorite burger place."

Craigie on Main is one of Eater's 38 Essential Burgers Across The Nation.

10. Craigie on Main

853 Main St (Bishop Allen), Cambridge, MA
New American Restaurant · 144 tips and reviews

EaterEater: Each night, Craigie on Main serves less than twenty of their off-menu burgers, which are made from a custom blend of three different cuts of meat, beef bone marrow and suet.

Edzo's Burger Shop is one of Eater's 38 Essential Burgers Across The Nation.

11. Edzo's Burger Shop

7.7
1571 Sherman Ave (btwn Davis St & Grove St), Evanston, IL
Burger Joint · 95 tips and reviews

EaterEater: According to burgerexpert and host of Burger Land George Motz, "Eddie Lakin is pretty passionate about burgers and got it right when he opened. Old school feel, new school quality."

The Golden State is one of Eater's 38 Essential Burgers Across The Nation.

12. The Golden State

426 N Fairfax Ave (btwn Rosewood & Oakwood Ave), Los Angeles, CA
Burger Joint · Mid-City West · 123 tips and reviews

EaterEater: Even the burger is made to celebrate the foods of Cali: California beef cooked to order, California cheese, topped with bacon and arugula. The burger itself is char-grilled and served on brioche.

Good Dog Bar & Restaurant is one of Eater's 38 Essential Burgers Across The Nation.

13. Good Dog Bar & Restaurant

8.6
224 S 15th St (btwn Walnut & Locust Sts), Philadelphia, PA
Bar · Avenue of the Arts South · 169 tips and reviews

EaterEater: The burger is a riff on the Juicy Lucy-style cheeseburger; that is, the cheese (Roquefort) is inside the patty. It's so good that Philadelphia restaurant critic Craig LaBan wrote a song about it.

The Grape is one of Eater's 38 Essential Burgers Across The Nation.

14. The Grape

2808 Greenville Ave (btwn Goodwin Ave. & Vickery Blvd.), Dallas, TX
American Restaurant · 49 tips and reviews

EaterEater: The famous Classic Cheeseburger is only served during Sunday brunch and on Monday evenings, but that's enough to have earned it a cult following.

The Grind is one of Eater's 38 Essential Burgers Across The Nation.

15. The Grind

3961 E Camelback Rd (at 40th St), Phoenix, AZ
Burger Joint · Camelback East · 74 tips and reviews

EaterEater: The secret to the burgers is their coal-fired ovens: their website says they're "the first restaurant in the United States to utilize custom coal-fired ovens that cook at over 1,000 degrees."

Grüner is one of Eater's 38 Essential Burgers Across The Nation.

16. Grüner

527 SW 12th Ave (btw Alder & Washington St), Portland, OR
German Restaurant · 58 tips and reviews

EaterEater: Eater PDX editor Erin DeJesus calls this "the juiciest, best burger" in Portland. The "hambürger" is topped with cheese, bread-and-butter pickles, Nueske's bacon, arugula, and house-made ketchup.

17. Holeman & Finch Public House

8.3
2277 Peachtree Rd NE (near Peachtree Memorial Dr.), Atlanta, GA
Gastropub · Peachtree Hills · 214 tips and reviews

EaterEater: There was not a more-endorsed burger in the Eater 38. Eater co-founder Ben Leventhal says,"This idea that a restaurant would only serve 24 burgers and only every night at 10 PM? Stone cold genius."

Hungry Cat is one of Eater's 38 Essential Burgers Across The Nation.

18. Hungry Cat

1555 Vine St (at Sunset Blvd), Los Angeles, CA
Seafood Restaurant · Central Hollywood · 80 tips and reviews

EaterEater: Lucky Peach managing editor Rachel Khong: "The pug burger [Ed: yes, "pug," not "pub"] is a California-y tower of thin bun, fat patty, avocado, bacon, red onion, bleu cheese, and more."

Husk is one of Eater's 38 Essential Burgers Across The Nation.

19. Husk

8.6
76 Queen St (btwn Meeting & King St), Charleston, SC
Southern Food Restaurant · Downtown Charleston · 265 tips and reviews

EaterEater: Infamously blended with bacon (see a full rundown on what this entails), the burger at Sean Brock's Husk in Charleston is a pilgrimage to be made by any burger fanatic.

In-N-Out Burger is one of Eater's 38 Essential Burgers Across The Nation.

20. In-N-Out Burger

9.0
13850 Francisquito Ave. (at Vineland Ave), Baldwin Park, CA
Fast Food Restaurant · 54 tips and reviews

EaterEater: A controversial pick for this list, some panelists firmly believe it's overrated, and it's technically too old to be included. But, how can you have a burger list without In-N-Out?

Kuma's Corner is one of Eater's 38 Essential Burgers Across The Nation.

21. Kuma's Corner

8.9
2900 W Belmont Ave (at Francisco Ave), Chicago, IL
Burger Joint · Northwest Side · 417 tips and reviews

EaterEater: Big fat burgers from a popular, insanely loud metal bar, that is divisive in terms of ambience. Former Eater Chicago editor Ari Bendersky says it would be "blasphemous" to leave it off the list.

Latin House Sunset is one of Eater's 38 Essential Burgers Across The Nation.

22. Latin House Sunset

7.7
9565 SW 72nd St, Miami, FL
Burger Joint · 64 tips and reviews

EaterEater: According to Burger Land host George Motz, owner Michell "Chef M" Sanchez is "a genius with burgers." The Mad Love burger is big and juicy and the other option is the cheese-swathed Original.

Lure Fishbar is one of Eater's 38 Essential Burgers Across The Nation.

23. Lure Fishbar

8.9
142 Mercer St (at Prince St), New York, NY
Seafood Restaurant · SoHo · 402 tips and reviews

EaterEater: Eater co-founder Ben Leventhal: "80-20 blend, special sauce, shredded lettuce, tomato, yellow American cheese, brioche bun. When we close our eyes and imagine the burger of our dreams, this is it."

Ma’ono Fried Chicken & Whisky is one of Eater's 38 Essential Burgers Across The Nation.

24. Ma’ono Fried Chicken & Whisky

4437 California Ave SW (btwn Genesee & Oregon), Seattle, WA
Fried Chicken Joint · West Seattle · 90 tips and reviews

EaterEater: The Spring Hill burger (named after the original concept) is smoked ground chuck, bacon, a custom American cheese, lettuce and a special sauce (obviously) between two English muffins.

Michael's Genuine Food & Drink is one of Eater's 38 Essential Burgers Across The Nation.

25. Michael's Genuine Food & Drink

8.8
130 NE 40th St, Miami, FL
American Restaurant · Design District · 299 tips and reviews

EaterEater: Michael Schwartz serves up a Black Angus burger on a brioche bun, with optional house-smoked bacon. He has been serving at South Beach Wine and Food Festival's Burger Bash for years — and he's won.

Minetta Tavern is one of Eater's 38 Essential Burgers Across The Nation.

26. Minetta Tavern

8.9
113 Macdougal St (at Minetta Ln), New York, NY
American Restaurant · Greenwich Village · 621 tips and reviews

EaterEater: On the famous Black Label burger, Lockhart Steele: "At the high end, my personal favorite. Flavor overwhelms each time it is visited anew." Andrew Zimmern: "One of my top 10." Any questions?

Mission Bowling Club is one of Eater's 38 Essential Burgers Across The Nation.

27. Mission Bowling Club

8.5
3176 17th St (btwn S Van Ness & Shotwell), San Francisco, CA
Bowling Alley · Mission District · 137 tips and reviews

EaterEater: Lucky Peach Managing Editor Rachel Khong: "Reasons why this burger is the best: the patty is granulated, the buns have their tops cut off to perfect bun-to-ratio size."

Nopa is one of Eater's 38 Essential Burgers Across The Nation.

28. Nopa

9.2
560 Divisadero St (at Hayes St), San Francisco, CA
New American Restaurant · Alamo Square · 557 tips and reviews

EaterEater: Grassfed beef on a brioche bun, with optional cheese. (You want the cheese.) Eater SF editor Allie Pape says, "Nopa is my favorite white-napkin burger by a mile." Bonus? It's served til 1:00AM.

The Old Fashioned Tavern & Restaurant is one of Eater's 38 Essential Burgers Across The Nation.

29. The Old Fashioned Tavern & Restaurant

8.8
23 N Pinckney St, Madison, WI
Gastropub · Downtown Madison · 261 tips and reviews

EaterEater: Madison food writer Kyle Nabilcy: "Its thick pub-style burgers, has provided a gateway for a younger generation's appreciation of Wisconsin supper club culture. Mondays are two-for-one burger nights."

Off the Hoof Burgers is one of Eater's 38 Essential Burgers Across The Nation.

30. Off the Hoof Burgers

7.8
12013 U.S. 70, Arlington, TN
Burger Joint · 26 tips and reviews

EaterEater: Pat LaFrieda blends in the middle of Tennessee? Yes: locals in Arlington are buzzing about the Steakburger and local burger blog Best Memphis Burger gave it their first-ever perfect five star review.

Off-Site Kitchen is one of Eater's 38 Essential Burgers Across The Nation.

31. Off-Site Kitchen

331 Singleton Blvd (at Wycliff Ave.), Dallas, TX
Burger Joint · West Dallas · 79 tips and reviews

EaterEater: Don't be deceived by simplicity: the basic order here consists of a quarter pound of house-ground Angus (chuck roll and shoulder), griddled onions, lettuce, tomato pickle and mayo.

P. Terry's Burger Stand is one of Eater's 38 Essential Burgers Across The Nation.

32. P. Terry's Burger Stand

8.4
404 S Lamar Blvd (at Barton Springs Rd.), Austin, TX
Burger Joint · Zilker · 120 tips and reviews

EaterEater: The ethos of this chain is somewhat atypical: small menu, locally-sourced when possible, no freezers, open kitchens, fresh cut french fries, pay above industry average, and no franchising whatsoever.

Palena is one of Eater's 38 Essential Burgers Across The Nation.

33. Palena

3529 Connecticut Ave NW (at Porter St. NW), Washington, D.C.
New American Restaurant · Cleveland Park · 51 tips and reviews

EaterEater: Eater National features editor Amy McKeever: "People have been losing their minds for years over former White House chef Frank Ruta's cheeseburgers at Palena. This burger is a DC experience for sure."

Park Burger is one of Eater's 38 Essential Burgers Across The Nation.

34. Park Burger

8.7
1890 S Pearl St (E Jewell Ave), Denver, CO
Burger Joint · Old South Pearl · 88 tips and reviews

EaterEater: Park Burger is a fast-casual restaurant with two locations, and their thin patty burgers are famous for a crispy crust. They serve them in many, many ways: customized plain or specialty burgers.

Shake Shack is one of Eater's 38 Essential Burgers Across The Nation.

35. Shake Shack

9.1
Madison Square Park (Madison Ave & E 23rd St), New York, NY
Burger Joint · NoMad · 1235 tips and reviews

EaterEater: Zach Brooks of Midtown Lunch says, "Every fast food burger should be salted like this, seared like this, and should come on a Martin’s Potato Roll."

Skillet is one of Eater's 38 Essential Burgers Across The Nation.

36. Skillet

8.3
1400 E Union St, Seattle, WA
Diner · Capitol Hill · 195 tips and reviews

EaterEater: Two words: bacon jam. That's the condiment served on the burger at food truck and now brick-and-mortar Diner. Allecia Vermillion of Seattle Met magazine says it has "become a local classic."

The Spotted Pig is one of Eater's 38 Essential Burgers Across The Nation.

37. The Spotted Pig

314 W 11th St (at Greenwich St), New York, NY
Gastropub · West Village · 838 tips and reviews
Victory 44 is one of Eater's 38 Essential Burgers Across The Nation.

38. Victory 44

2203 44th Ave N (Penn Ave), Minneapolis, MN
Gastropub · Victory · 128 tips and reviews

EaterEater: Nominated by Minneapolis resident, Bizarre Foods host Andrew Zimmern. It is called the Perfect Burger for a reason: blended with frozen butter before being lightly cured, it's a messy, juicy wonder.