Maryland recently got on the fast-casual burger bandwagon with the opening of Shake Shack and Smashburger. While those places are all well and good (read: delicious), it's not like Maryland was hurting for fine burger options before they got here. Here's a look at the finest Maryland-born burgers around, from the mom-and-pops and dives to the farm-to-tables and bistros that're cooking up juicy and satisfying beef masterpieces.
Cambridge is a town usually reserved for a stopover on the way to the beach, but The High Spot will make you want to stick around. This cozy gastropub is in a bustling part of town near coffee shops and museums -- and only a couple of blocks from the water. When the weather agrees, the outside tables are filled with locals drinking beer with their dogs at their feet. Naturally, seafood is king here (try the Buffalo fried oysters), but be sure to try the duck fat burger. Ground beef from nearby Simmons Center Market is seared in duck fat, then topped with exotic mushrooms, smoked bacon, Gruyère cheese, and a fried duck egg. The mammoth creation is served open-face on a grilled bun with lettuce, tomato, and red onion. A fork and knife would be a wise idea.