Lounge Signature Burger
Burger Lounge (address and info)
The high standards of this "lounge" earn it our nod: the buns are baked fresh each day by La Madre Bakery and the hormone- and chemical-free meats come daily from Gippsland Fresh. Even the dessert (petoula, an Albanian donut) is made fresh-to-order from a family recipe. But before you get to sweets, order the signature burger, which features a beef patty stuffed with havarti and basted with balsamic glaze.
The Ari Gold
Patty & Bun (address and info)
Patty & Bun took the top prize at London Burger Bash in 2013 and placed the next year -- which is all the more impressive, since it didn't open a permanent location until 2012. The insane lines outside that flagship shop have already spurred two more locations, and people clamor just as hard around the food truck (named Shirley). The burger to beat is the Ari Gold, which piles cheese, lettuce, pickled onions, tomato, ketchup, and an addictive house mayo atop a patty that's a blend of ground chuck and 35-day-aged, grass-fed Aberdeen Angus beef. Best of all? It won't start yelling at you about Vinny's Aquaman salary on the first (or any) bite.