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The 10 most insane burgers of 2014 (so far)

Sara Norris

Because we come across too many amazing burgers to commemorate them just once a year, we've rounded up our favorite beefy beauties from the last few months. If this is what 2014 has bestowed on us so far, we feel pretty good about the rest of the burger calendar year.

Jack in the Box Hella-Peno Burger
Jack in the Box

10. Jack in the Box Hella-Peño Burger

Beef + jalapeño slices + jalapeño poppers + taco sauce = a burger born out of a Willie Nelson fever dream.

9. Mail-order Ramen Burgers

The NY sensation was mercifully expanded to the masses for a limited run courtesy of Goldbely back in May. We hope you've received your shipment by now, or else you're in for some truly gnarly meat.

8. Rice Krispies Treat Burger

Not a fan of brioche? Then give yourself the ultimate treat: a burger with Rice Krispies Treats for buns. It's also got a ton of PB and bacon, just to keep your taste buds on their toes.

7. Fajita Burgers

Any helping of seasoned chicken, yellow onion, green bell peppers, queso, and lime is cool by us. But put it between a bun and you have a Tex-Mex innovation for the ages.

Paleo burger
Lee Breslouer

6. Paleo Burger

Yes, that's a burger made with a grain-free bun of almond and coconut flour, with a grass-fed beef patty and a side of baked sweet potato fries. Fit for any CrossFitter.

5. Harissa Tomei Burger

Much like the real Marisa Tomei, this pork belly-and-strawberry harissa beauty stands significantly taller than Joe Pesci, with or without heels.

4. Funnel Cake Burger

Because you should never have to wait in line for a burger and a funnel cake and a ride on the Tilt-A-Whirl (and especially not in that order), Culinary Bro-Down put together this one-stop frankenfood. Enjoy with the bearded lady.

3. Bao-ser's Castle Burger

These guys might slightly resemble White Castle sliders, but the onion soup-braised beef tongue patty, green onion slices, grilled pork belly, rice vinegar pickles, hoisin mayo, and steamed bao buns put them a cut above Harold and Kumar's favorites.

Slater's 50/50 Supreme Nacho Burger
Sara Norris

2. Slater's 50/50 Bracket Burgers

We blindly support anything Slater's 50/50 does, but perhaps their most stunning achievement came this past May, when they ran a bracket of their greatest burger hits. It included this hot mess (in a good way!), the Supreme Nacho Burger.

Epic Meal Time All-American Burger
Courtesy of FYI

1. Epic Meal Time All American Burger

Even though they're Canadians, the Epic Meal Time team graciously put together this 1ft-tall, 18in-wide monster in tribute to 'Merica for the 4th of July. It mashed together everything from ribs to a deep-dish pizza, and made the Statue of Liberty shed a single, rusty tear.

And if you need even more burger recommendations, you should check out our list of the 33 best ones in the country.

Kristin Hunt is a food/drink staff writer for Thrillist, and doesn't know which of these she wants to eat first. Follow her to indecision at @kristin_hunt.