4505 burger
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SAN FRANCISCO, CA

4505 Burgers & BBQ

AU CHEVAL BURGER
Kari Skaflen/Hogsalt
CHICAGO, IL

Au Cheval

brindle room burger
Flickr/bionicgrrrl
New York, NY

Brindle Room

chez fonfon burger
Chez FonFon
BIRMINGHAM, AL

Chez FonFon

company burger nola
Alejandro De Los Rios/Thrillist
NEW ORLEANS, LA

The Company Burger

cozy inn
Max Craddock-Iselin/Thrillist
SALINA, KS

The Cozy Inn

duke's grocery
Laura Hayes/Thrillist
WASHINGTON, DC

Duke's Grocery

five bistro burger
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ST. LOUIS, MO

Five Bistro

OUR WAY BURGER
The Gallows
BOSTON, MA

The Gallows

UNDERBELLY BURGER
Julie Soefer Photography/Thrillist
HOUSTON, TX

The Hay Merchant

holeman & finch burger
Holeman & Finch
husk burger
Husk Restaurant
CHARLESTON, SC

Husk

avocado burger Kua 'Aina
Flickr/Ari Helminen
HONOLULU, HI

Kua 'Aina

la bete burger seattle
Chona Kasinger/Thrillist
SEATTLE, WA

La Bete

lamar lounge burger
Courtesy of Lamar Lounge
OXFORD, MS

Lamar Lounge

the larchmont burger
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LOS ANGELES, CA

The Larchmont

motz's burgers
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DETROIT, MI

Motz's Burgers

nosh portland burger
Nosh Kitchen Bar
PORTLAND, ME

Nosh Kitchen Bar

owen & engine burger
Sean Cooley/Thrillist
CHICAGO, IL

Owen & Engine

nano brew
Nano Brew Cleveland
CLEVELAND, OH

Nano Brew

rippers burger
Andrew Zimmer/Thrillist
QUEENS, NY

Rippers

green chile cheeseburger
Flickr/Marshall Astor
SANTA FE, NM

Santa Fe Bite

SLOW BAR
Andy Kryza/Thrillist
PORTLAND, OR

Slow Bar

solly's grille burger
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MILWAUKEE, WI

Solly's Grille

swift's attic burger
Dan Gentile/Thrillist
AUSTIN, TX

Swift's Attic

TAG BURGER BAR
Adam Larkey Photography/Thrillist
DENVER, CO

TAG Burger Bar

torch burger
Jeff Waraniak/Thrillist
FLINT, MI

The Torch Bar

trick burger
Allison Webber Photography/Thrillist
SAN FRANCISCO, CA

Trick Dog

oklahoma onion burger
Tucker's Onion Burgers
OKLAHOMA CITY, OK

Tucker's Onion Burgers

victory 44 perfect burger
Courtesy of Victory 44
MINNEAPOLIS, MN

Victory 44

village whiskey
Village Whiskey
PHILADELPHIA, PA

Village Whiskey

white hut burger
White Hut, Inc.
WEST SPRINGFIELD, MA

White Hut

hackensack white manna
Zoey Klein/Thrillist
HACKENSACK, NJ

White Manna

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1. 4505 Burgers & BBQ 705 Divisadero, San Francisco, CA 94112

An offshoot of the original 4505 Meats, this burger and 'cue shack is one for the Divis books. This butcher-owned and operated spot takes meat and barbecue seriously, with loaded platters of pulled pork, smoked ribs, and hot sausage, and quarter-pound grass-fed burgers. No matter if your main is in the form of a sandwich or platter, don't overlook the fixin's -- the fried mac & cheese with a hot dog inside is an insanely delicious creation.

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2. Au Cheval 800 W Randolph, Chicago, IL 60607 (West Loop)

This upscale West Loop restaurant is known for its European flair and sophisticated American diner-style eats. Au Cheval usually has a wait out the door at peak dinner hours because it's home to iconic signature items like the fried house-made bologna sandwich and the so-called single burger, which actually comes with two thin patties and is topped with American cheese, house Dijonnaise, pickles, and if you know what's good for you, the optional bacon and fried egg add-ons. The brasserie-like space includes an open kitchen and a bar where local, domestic, and international beers are all on tap.

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3. Brindle Room 277 E 10th St, New York, NY 10009 (East Village)

This East Village gastropub specializes in some of New York's favorite things: American comfort food, small plates, and weekend brunch. While regulars love the Brindle Room for its decadently simple Steakhouse Burger (topped with American cheese and caramelized onions), the specials menu is not to be overlooked.

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4. Chez Fonfon 2007 Highland Ave S, Birmingham, AL 35205

Chez Fonfon may be a classic French bistro, but it plates an All-American caliber burger, topped with Comte, lettuce, cornichons, and a tomato slice.

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5. The Company Burger 4600 Freret St, New Orleans, LA 70115 (Uptown)

The Company Burger takes its burgers very seriously. Translation: the pickles and mayo are homemade, and the twin patties in the house burger weigh a grand total of 6.5oz. You'll leave feeling full and satisfied, after washing it all down with one of Company's American brews on tap, of course.

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6. The Cozy Inn 108 N 7th St, Salina, KS 67401

Cozy has been in Salina since 1922, serving up sliders. There are rules. First off, no fries. Second, you’re getting sliders. And no, they don’t come with cheese. They are tiny, and they are littered with cooked onions, but you're not even going to care.

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7. Duke's Grocery 1513 17th St NW, Washington, DC 20036 (Dupont Circle)

You're in for some monster sandwiches and burgers at this bi-level East London-inspired spot in Dupont. Take the Proper Burger, for example, which is stacked with two griddled patties and topped with a list of flavorful ingredients that includes smoked Gouda, charred red onions, and a Thai sweet chili sauce. Beyond the Proper, their chalkboard menu offers an array of tasty dishes -- from curries to homemade pastas -- that are all made from scratch in their cozy kitchen. The laid-back neighborhood-pub vibe lets you kick back while you sip on a craft brew or cocktail.

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8. Five Bistro 5100 Daggett, St Louis, MO 63110

Five Bistro feels like a mix between a low-ceilinged, fine dining establishment and your gramma’s kitchen; it cares less about what it looks like and more about what its putting in front of you. The menu offers beautifully plated options like a garden-fresh chilled gazpacho, a juicy, grass-fed burger, and the beloved charcuterie board to trump all charcuterie boards (pickled local veggies, caramelized peach jam, artisan cheese, and fresh meats). The catch is you never know what is on the menu because it changes daily based on what is seasonally and locally available … plus they do most things in-house like making pasta and bread, butchering, gardening, pickling, and even making condiments. They also have a stellar list of local St. Louis Brews.

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9. The Gallows 1395 Washington St, Boston, MA 02118 (South End)

Although its name is morbid, this South End spot is anything but. Rowdy groups flock in numbers for classic and craft cocktails, drafts, and a small sampling of wine. Those who aren't taking advantage of the dinner menu full of poutine plates that are near impossible to finish yourself, smokey bbq ribs, and the best burgers in Boston are at a severe loss, but so long as they aren't summoning spirits with the Ouija board on the back wall, we suppose it's ok.

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10. The Hay Merchant / Underbelly 1100 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77006 (Montrose)

A joint venture, The Hay Merchant and Underbelly operate separately but are attached via a butchering room that’s fit to hold a whole hog, a cow, and other large, meat-bearing animals. Hay Merchant, a craft beer bar, boasts 75 draft beers that range in style from cask-conditioned American porters to sour and funky wild ales. Underbelly, the more upscale of the two, is a restaurant and wine bar serving up juicy burgers and meats, like roasted pig’s head and smoked brisket. No matter how adventurous your palate, consider pairing your dish with one of the aged barleywines on tap.

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11. Holeman & Finch Public House 2277 Peachtree Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30309 (Buckhead)

Let's be honest: you're coming to this contemporary gastropub for the famous Holeman & Finch cheeseburger, which, you should know, is now permanently on the menu, day and night (it used to be a secret of which only the lucky few knew, exclusively served when the clock struck 10pm). One of the best in the country, it's a double patty on a house-made bun with melty cheese, pickles, onions, and a side of fries. They have other quality dishes like shrimp & grits and lamb sweetbreads, but seriously, order the burger.

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12. Husk 76 Queen St, Charleston, SC 29401

Headed by two-time James Beard award-winning chef Sean Brock, Husk's menu is unique not only because of its interesting takes on Southern favorites, but also because the menu changes twice a day. Housed in an historic 1800s Charleston mansion, the environs themselves are enough to make you lick your lips: the interior reads more like a stately residential home than a restaurant serving honey-lacquered duck with pickled blueberries and rabbit-pimento loafs. Long waits can be avoided at the adjacent and more casual The Bar at Husk, standing apart in a brick warehouse. In addition to a stunning list of some 50 bourbons, including its own barrel of the coveted Pappy Van Winkle, a seat at the more casual bar increases your odds of scoring the must-order, iconic Husk burger: two 100% chuck patties infused with Benton’s bacon, and griddled with onions shaved onto the patty before being topped with American cheese, bread & butter pickles, and Brock's own special sauce.

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13. Kua'Aina 1200 Ala Moana Blvd, Honolulu, HI 96814

This legendary burger shop throws half an avocado on its burger, and the way the natural creaminess blends with the grilled onions and meat that puts the burger over the top.

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14. La Bete 1802 Bellevue Ave, Seattle, WA 98122 (Capitol Hill)

Opened in the old Chez Gaudy space by two gastro-whizzes who met working for Ethan Stowell, and go by superhero-ish nicknames like The Vapor (the former Licorous chef), and The Beastmaster (the former Lark sous), this 40-seater's serving up adventurous French-inspired eats.

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15. Lamar Lounge 1309 N Lamar Blvd., Oxford, MS 38655

Since John Currence bought the spot, he's added pit-smoked, whole hog BBQ to the menu, but the OG star stayed the same: the Lamar burger is simple and delicious. Top it with pimento cheese for spicy, Southern flavor.

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16. The Larchmont 5750 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038

The Larchmont is poised to present a new take on Californian farm-to-table cuisine in this two-story craftsman style structure.

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17. Motz's Burgers 7208 W Fort St, Detroit, MI 48209

Motz’s is an American short-order joint that can only be described as a burger-slinging shack in the middle of nowhere. Motz’s is the home of the original Detroit slider, and almost exclusively serves sliders, specialty burgers (beef, salmon, veggie, and grilled chicken), and sides like chili cheese fries, onion rings, and jalapeño poppers. It keeps its impressively long, greasy history alive with fresh patties cooked to order on a griddle just behind the stainless steel diner counter. Sitting upon our retro, chrome diner thrones we sunk our teeth into the double cheeseburger slider cooked medium for optimal tenderness making every mouth-filling bite alive with the combinations of salty beef, gooey cheddar, and soft, sweet onions along with the crunch of fresh fixings. Pro tip: Motz's is cash only, so hit the ATM first.

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18. Owen & Engine 2700 N Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60647 (Logan Square)

The term "gastropub" is thrown around loosely in the business of restaurant writing, but Owen & Engine truly fits the bill. The upscale British pub in Logan Square has a Bib Gourmand from the Michelin guide, so it might be better than many that are actually in England. The menu includes snacks and small plates like Scotch eggs and beef carpaccio, plus a selection of entrées that includes one of the best burgers in town. The extensive draft list is constantly changing but features IPAs, Belgian ale, stout, and more.

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19. Nano Brew Cleveland 1859 W 25th St, Cleveland, OH 44113

This Ohio City haunt boasts 24 taps and gets its name from their crazy one-barrel brewing process, which creates one-of-a-kind, pub-exclusive beers.

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20. Nosh Kitchen Bar 551 Congress St, Portland, ME 04101

Nosh doles out the best bites in comfort food to Portland diners. You want crispy cheese curds with pretzel breading? They can do that. One of the best cheeseburgers in the Northeast? They got that too.

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21. Rippers Beach 86th St Boardwalk, New York, NY 11693 (Queens)

The Meat Hook's Brent Young is behind Rippers, an oceanfront shack at Beach 86th Street that's known for its spring break vibes and snack bar menu. Thanks to Young's ground beef expertise, Rippers' burgers consistently rank among New York's best -- the soft and juicy patties are available in a few varieties, but you should probably go big with the double-decker Hard Body and a side of cheese fries.

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22. Santa Fe Bite 311 Old Santa Fe Trail, Santa Fe, NM 87501

The original Bobcat Bite closed after a dispute between the owners and their landlords, but their reincarnation as Sante Fe Bite fulfills all your delicious, green chile burger cravings just as well as the OG. Located inside Garrett’s Desert Inn on Old Santa Fe Trail, this casual spot with a patio also serves Tex-Mex eats, shakes and local beers, but you're really coming for the burgers. Whole boneless chuck and sirloin is ground fresh in house every day, and the green chiles have the perfect amount of smoky heat.

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23. Slow Bar 533 SE Grand AVE, Portland, OR 97214 (Se Portland)

Onion ring-topped burgers. Crispy fries drowning in melted cheese. Smoked bacon and onion wood-fired pizza -- the upscale branding and polished interior of this East Portland hangout might have you believing it's a snooty bistro, but what this place really delves out is glutenous American favorites. While menu items like ahi tuna salad and white wine fondue keep this place's image intact, most know to go straight for the house burger or bbq pork sandwich with their specialty cocktail.

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24. Solly's Grille 4629 N Port Washington Rd, Milwaukee, WI 53212

From afar it might just seem like you're getting a classic diner-style griddled burger with 1/3lb worth of sirloin, some melty American cheese, and stewed onions. But what's that pooling on the plate? Oh, it's melted butter. Because Solly's, a Wisconsin institution opened in 1936, slathers it on at the end.

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25. Swift's Attic 315 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701 (Downtown)

Located the second floor of the historic (and now defunct grocery store) Swift's Premium Food Co. building on Congress Avenue, the appropriately named Swift's Attic serves up eclectic small plates and creative cocktails for hipstered out Austinites. Among a brunch Bloody Mar bar and generous daily happy hour deals, Swift's offers sophisticated meats, seafood, snacks, and cocktails. Must trys are Korean BBQ flank steak, squid "fries," and the Pop Rocks charred edamame.

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26. TAG Burger Bar 1222 Madison St, Denver, CO 80206 (Congress Park)

From acclaimed Denver Restaurateur Troy Guard, TAG Burger Bar is a neighborhood bar and grill with high-quality, inventive burgers, craft beers, and elevated New American food. Customize your own burger and mac and cheese -- build on the base (a1/3lb burger and pasta with cheese sauce and Goldfish-Cheez-it topping), with proteins, veggies, and various sauces. With 20 craft beers and seemingly endless burger and mac options, you may never have the same meal twice.

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27. The Torch Bar and Grill 522 Buckham Aly, Flint, MI 48502

Tucked away in an alley beyond the brick streets that used to mark the glory of downtown Flint, the cavernous Torch bar is the common ground between the blue-collar workers of old Flint and the younger folks fighting for its revival.

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28. Trick Dog 3010 20th St, San Francisco, CA 94110 (The Mission)

Brought to you by The Bon Vivants, Trick Dog in The Mission's a marble- and steel-adorned cocktailery serving drinks from a Pantone-inspired menu with names from favorite song titles, along with bar bites like beer nuts, pickles, and cracklins.

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29. Tucker's Onion Burgers 324 NW 23rd St, Oklahoma City, OK 73103

If you've ever noticed that Oklahoma's got a very specific way with burgers, that's because the state's style stuck around since the Great Depression, when onions and meat were grilled together to amp up the burger's heft, hence, the beloved "Onion Burger." The sleek '50s joint known as Tucker's is the master of these burgers and creates one dilapidated mess on a griddle, so you don't know where the angus beef ends and where the chewy, caramelized onion begins.

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30. Victory 44 2203 44th Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55412

Victory 44's is well known around the Twin Cities for its signature burger, which earns its "Perfect Burger" name with a ground beef patty with a just enough pork belly. Topped with American cheese, pickles, and bacon and sandwiched between a toasted brioche-esque bun, it really is damn near perfect. You can order one year-round despite the rest of the menu's seasonal rotation of chicken and pasta dishes like squash farotto.

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31. Village Whiskey 118 S 20th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103 (Center City West)

Village Whiskey is an American gastropub vision of James Beard Award-winning Chef Jose Garces. Standing proudly on a bustling corner of Rittenhouse, this old-school pub with a masculine air does two things best: Burgers and Whiskey. Together. There are a few bar snacks and entrees on the menu alongside a full raw bar, but what the people really want from this place is the simple yet entirely indulgent All-American Burger with (of course) whiskey-cured bacon to match their 200+ bottle selection of whiskeys and prohibition-era cocktails.

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32. White Hut 280 Memorial Ave, West Springfield, MA 01103

Who wouldn't be in the mood for a double cheeseburger with fried onions? And one of the best in the country at that? Right. No one. At White Hut, you'll find a delicious & simplistic version of the classic diner burger that's thin and griddled. The Hut offers a variety of classic fixings, but the burgers are so tasty, it's good enough without lettuce, tomato, etc. So if you're in West Springfield, go get in on the White Hut experience and grab yourself one.

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33. White Manna Hamburgers 358 River St, Hackensack, NJ 07601

White Manna has been flipping smashed sliders with sliced onions and radiant orange cheese to crowds since '46. The burger's potato roll sits atop all that deliciousness as it cooks on the flat top, allowing it to warm up while taking on the flavors of the meat, onions, and cheese, and it's a burger that'll never go out of style.