4505 Burgers & BBQ
Alejandro De Los Rios/Thrillist
The Company Burger
The Cozy Inn
Julie Soefer Photography/Thrillist
The Hay Merchant
Courtesy of Lamar Lounge
Owen & Engine
Adam Larkey Photography/Thrillist
TAG Burger Bar
The Torch Bar
Allison Webber Photography/Thrillist
Courtesy of Victory 44
1. 4505 Burgers & BBQ705 Divisadero, San Francisco
2. Au Cheval800 W Randolph, Chicago
3. Brindle Room277 E 10th St, New York
4. Chez Fonfon2007 Highland Ave S, Birmingham
5. The Company Burger4600 Freret St, New Orleans
6. The Cozy Inn108 N 7th St, Salina
7. Duke's Grocery1513 17th St NW, Washington
8. Five Bistro5100 Daggett, St Louis
9. The Gallows1395 Washington St, Boston
10. The Hay Merchant / Underbelly1100 Westheimer Rd, Houston
11. Holeman & Finch Public House2277 Peachtree Rd NE, Atlanta
12. Husk76 Queen St, Charleston
13. Kua'Aina1200 Ala Moana Blvd, Honolulu
14. La Bete1802 Bellevue Ave, Seattle
15. Lamar Lounge1309 N Lamar Blvd., Oxford
16. The Larchmont5750 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles
17. Motz's Burgers7216 W Fort St, Detroit
18. Owen & Engine2700 N Western Ave, Chicago
19. Nano Brew Cleveland1859 W 25th St, Cleveland
20. Nosh Kitchen Bar551 Congress St, Portland
21. RippersBeach 86th St Boardwalk, New York
22. Santa Fe Bite311 Old Santa Fe Trail, Santa Fe
23. Slow Bar533 SE Grand AVE, Portland
24. Solly's Grille4629 N Port Washington Rd, Milwaukee
25. Swift's Attic315 Congress Ave, Austin
26. TAG Burger Bar1222 Madison St, Denver
27. The Torch Bar and Grill522 Buckham Aly, Flint
28. Trick Dog3010 20th St, San Francisco
29. Tucker's Onion Burgers324 NW 23rd St, Oklahoma City
30. Victory 442203 44th Ave N, Minneapolis
31. Village Whiskey118 S 20th St, Philadelphia
32. White Hut280 Memorial Ave, West Springfield
33. White Manna Hamburgers358 River St, Hackensack
Stemming from the original 4505 Meats, this burger and 'cue shack is one for the Divis books. Get any burger Big Mac-style (which ensures fried mac 'n cheese on top), or any bit of baby back ribs or succulent brisket, then post up out back on the outdoor patio!
Au Cheval is one sparkling spoon. Like, it's your grandma's sterling silver soup ladle. With an open kitchen and a bar hugging it, this European-flared diner-style grubspot is doling out impressive meals and Chicagoans are lapping it up.
Brindle Room is the pride of the East Village's American-style resto sect. It has an extensive menu, but it's possible that no one has ever not ordered the burger. Seriously. Get the burger.
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.
These guys take their burgers seriously. Translation: the pickles and mayo are homemade, the twin patties in the Company Burger weigh a grand total of 6.5oz, and you leave feeling full and satisfied, after washing it all down with one of Company's American brews on tap, of course.
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.
Get these East London-style, monster sandwiches in Dupont.
Five Bistro is a nice restaurant -- one of the best in St. Louis -- but their burger isn't the fancified stuff of pretentious eateries. It's just 100% grass-fed chuck, house-made bun, some peppery greens, and whichever house-made condiments you want.
Named, rather morbidly, after the 17th century Washington St pub, this watering hole/comfort foodery is decked out in all wood walls and ceilings, serving up favorites like smoke roasted pork w/fried green tomatoes alongside cask ale and a solid beer selection.
The Hay Merchant and Underbelly share a space on Wesheimer, bringing you badass collections of craft brews (Hay Merchant) and seasonal shared plates made from farmers market produce, fresh seafood, and locally-raised meats.
Every night at 10p, Holeman & Finch begins serving their classic burger -- but they only make roughly 24 of them (we wish this were a sick joke). The burger isn't even listed on the menu. You just have to know. This amount of care and concern for a burger only means one thing: devour and don't look back.
Sean Brock's original ode to all things Southern continues to show-off the simple ingredients of his region, cooked in delicious ways by the James Beard award winning chef.
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.
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.
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.
The Larchmont is poised to present a new take on Californian farm-to-table cuisine in this two-story craftsman style structure.
Simple, delicious burgers and a friendly crew behind the counter are what make Motz's a must-visit spot for a legendary Detroit slider.
Named partly for the owner's nephew and partly for the four cask engines pouring small-batch beers, O&E's a 60-seat Anglopub covered wall to wall in dark wood & leather and serving flavors from all corners of the Isles, from England, to Scotland, to Ireland.
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.
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.
The sole option at the 86th St pavilion, Rippers is from the folks at Roberta's and the Meat Hook (who're supplying the proteins), and backs up its slogan of "Titties & Beer" with Summery cans of Sweet Action and…burgers (?) like the double-decker Hardbody (cheese, 'kraut, jalapeno...), a juice/smoothie bar pumping out the avo/coconut water/cuke/agave Dreamcatcher, and live music.
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.
Eastside classic Slow Bar offers many menu favorites from the legendary Slow Burger to creative 'tails like the Tijuana Speed Ball, which's got Hornitos Tequila, Kahlua, Baileys Irish Cream, and cold brewed espresso.
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.
On the second floor of the historic Swift's Premium Food Co. building, the appropriately named Swift's Attic serves up farm-to-table, American-style tapas. The artistic plates hold their own against an equally impressive display of local craft brews and a liquor ice tap. Yes, this enables instantaneous cold liquor at your disposal.
TAG's burgers are fully customizable, from the meat and bun (or lack thereof) all the way on down to each individual topping. Paired with the awesome selection of draft beers, adventurous souls are pretty much guaranteed to never have the same meal twice.
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.
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.
Oklahoma's burger style came out of the Depression, when onions and meat were grilled together, amping up the burger's heft. Tucker's is a beautiful mess of hot meat, grilled onions, oozing cheese, and spicy peppers.
Victory 44's burger earns its "Perfect Burger" name thanks to a patty of 80% ground beef/20% pork belly. Topped with American cheese, pickles, and bacon and sandwiched between a toasted brioche-esque bun, it really is damn near perfect.
Village Whiskey is an American gastropub in Philly's Central City West neighborhood, though one glance at their drinks menu, its seems more like a bustling city of whiskey and bourbon. When the bar's scotch isn't sprouting new hairs on your chest, enjoy top-shelf bar snacks masterminded by acclaimed Chef Jose Garces.
Who wouldn't be in the mood for a double cheeseburger, fried onions? One of the best in the country at that? Right. No one. Go get in on the White Hut experience and grab yourself one.
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.