Food & Drink

The 15 best $10-or-less burgers in NYC

Published On 09/14/2014 Published On 09/14/2014
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1. Fritzl's Lunch Box 173 Irving Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11237 (Bushwick)

From the ravenous mind of owner Dan Ross-Leutwyler, whose bonafides include time at Roberta's, Fatty 'Cue, and The Breslin, FLB is a hidden gem off the Dekalb L stop. This tiny, slender spot seats guests side by side along one wall and in the warmer months has a great little back patio illuminated by Christmas lights at night. This place is best known for its $10 burger with chopped pickles, onions, and special sauce (it's charred miso aioli, shhh) on a toasted sesame bun. The pillowy, beer-battered broccoli is equally delicious, as is the palace fried chicken on a roll. Stop by for brunch to savor unique menu items like the Spicy Crab Cake Omelet and the Morning Beer, which is house-made kombucha with Founders IPA.

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2. Hard Times Sundaes Avenue U, Brooklyn, NY 11234

Andrew Zurica serves some of the best and cheapest burgers out of his truck in Brooklyn. Even though Zurica recommends a single patty, we think the double or triple burgers are the way to go, and both still come in under $10.

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3. Blue Collar Burger 160 Havemeyer St, Williamsburg, NY 11211 (Williamsburg)

Blue Collar is one of Williamsburg’s finest bun-patty-bun options. The best part? They've got tons to eat for under $10!

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4. Shake Shack 11 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10010 (Flatiron)

Long before Shake Shack was an international chain with outposts as far as Dubai, it was a hot dog stand in Madison Square Park. The original location is still in the park, but instead of a roaming cart, it's a large kiosk surrounded by a sea of outdoor tables. There are two lines, an express one reserved for cold orders (that would be the frozen custard and concretes -- get them, they're good) and a regular one for everything else, which includes the signature ShackBurgers, crinkle-cut fries, and flat-top hot dogs.

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5. Steak 'n Shake 1695 Broadway, New York, NY 10010 (Midtown West)

Because the Midwest's super-high-end slow-casual joints don't really translate to the city, one of their most popular fast-casual ones is making inroads instead, planting a counter-service flagship in Midtown to purvey both "favored originals" (Classic Steakburgers w/ toppings from spicy chipotle to "Wisconsin melted butter") and completely new offerings such as the Signature Steakburger, made from "the top grade of the finest cuts" like Rib Eye and NY Strip.

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6. Genuine Roadside 600 11th Ave, New York, NY 10036 (Hells Kitchen)

Everyone knows the best part of road trips is the diner grub, and Genuine Roadside capitalizes on this shameless indulgence with classic American fare done up with a gourmet twist. Come in for spicy smokehouse burgers, shrimp tacos, and vanilla bean ice cream sandwiches, and -- if you're not driving -- pair your meal with a cold beer or specialty cocktail.

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7. Shopsin's General Store 120 Essex St, New York, NY 10002 (Lower East Side)

Not only can you eat the best breakfast in New York here, but we'd go so far to say that Shopsin's has some of the best breakfast dishes in America. The tiny Lower East Side diner boasts a 900-item menu filled with things like mac & cheese pancakes and donut sliders...need we say more?

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8. Wilma Jean 345 Smith St, Brooklyn, NY 11231 (Gowanus)

Armed with Southern hospitality, Wilma Jean in Gowanus serves up stackable portions of double cheeseburgers, fried bologna sandwiches, fried pickles, and its signature fried chicken, the latter of which is served atop a potato bun, on a stick, and in half-portions. Run by a husband and wife duo, the counter-service spot is a solid option for brunch, happy hour (its daily beer and wine deals are an added bonus), or for a late dinner, with the kitchen open until 10pm seven days a week.

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9. Chimi Mundo 1550 Mrytle Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11237 (Bushwick)

This Bushwick food truck offers a Dominican-style burger (topped with bacon and hot sauce) for $6.50 that is perfect for late-night dining.

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10. two8two Bar & Burger 282 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11201 (Cobble Hill)

This Cobble Hill bar offers up some of the best burgers in Brooklyn, made with Los Paisanos ground beef, with the option to do double patties or the 9 oz "Pub Burger".

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11. Whitmans 406 E 9th St, New York, NY 10009 (East Village)

Famous for its rendition on the Juicy Lucy -- a burger with a cheese-stuffed meat patty, for you amateur gluttons -- Whitmans delivers on the American Dream with indulgent burgers and rich sides like deep-fried crack kale, fried pickles, and sweet potato fries. The ground-floor counter service is grab-and-go, but the downstairs dining area offers a more intimate and leisurely setting in which to court your peanut butter-bacon burger.

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12. MARK Burger 33 St Marks Place, New York, NY 10003 (East Village)

This modern, subterranean burger den on St. Mark's Place features a chalkboard menu of binge-worthy bar food like in-house ground chuck/short rib/sirloin sliders, cheese fries, and Guinness milkshakes. Outfitted with simple cushioned banquettes/stools and a 20-seat bar made of wooden beams reclaimed from the building, the vibe is casual yet hip. This spot stays open late (til midnight most every night) and is cheap.

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13. Schnipper's 23 East 23rd Street, New York, NY 10010 (Nomad)

Paying particular attention to America's heart(attack)land to make your own middle as big as our country's, the team behind Schnipper's scoured the continent for the best in fast-casual dining, resulting in their second location's Americana-inspired steez backdropping new chompables like a bleu cheese/crispy onion/hickory BBQ/Schnipper Sauce hamburger, a green chile cheese dog w/ roasted poblanos, the Mac & Joe (cheese & sloppy), and a slew of handcrafted shakes.

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14. Ltauha Restaurant 55-50 Myrtle Ave, Ridgewood, NY 11385

This is a great spot to fill your stomache, especiall if you're looking for a burger: for $10, your belly will go home with a massive grilled patty topped with cheddar, tomato, lettuce, and red onions on a brioche bun

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15. Big Smoke Burger 70 7th Ave, New York, NY 10011 (Chelsea)

This Chelsea burger joint builds handcrafted burgs with fresh (never frozen) ground chuck, and loads em up with fresh ingredients, from their classic cheeseburger with Canadian cheddar, to their signature Big Smoke Burger, with horseradish mayo, caramelized onions, smoked cheddar, tomato & lettuce.