New York City's Best Burgers

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Best Burger in NYC?

Few things are more American than a burger - a simple meat patty between pieces of bread. And now served all over the world. But few places create a more satisfying burger than in NYC. Here are some of our favourites.

Shake Shack

Shake Shack found its humble beginnings as a hot dog cart inside Madison Square Park in 2001 and has now become a favourite fast-food burger all over the USA, and beyond. There are so few places in the world where you can get a burger this good for under $10.

The meat is always tender and flavourful (thanks to world famous meat purveyor Pat LaFrieda) but maintains a little crisp on the outside while the tomato, onion and lettuce are always fresh and juicy. The original location always has a line but if you venture further out to the downtown or uptown locations the lines are usually a little shorter. This is always one of the Yank's first stops when returning back to NYC!

JG Melon

JG Melon is a solid choice for those looking to get a cheap but tasty burger in a small, laid back restaurant. It's a classic simple burger and usually makes it into everyone's top NYC burger lists. It's not trying too hard like some places that put truffles, foie gras, lobster on top of the burger.

It sticks to the basics and executes them perfectly every time. Prime meal times are always busy but if you go at a slightly off hour then you will likely be seated right away. And it's one of the few places that will have as many locals as there are tourists.

The Spotted Pig

The Spotted Pig is another restaurant that's a favorite of locals as well as tourists so it'll be a long wait if you don't make reservations. A reliable way to get a table is to show up early for dinner, put your name down and give your phone number, then have a few drinks at a bar nearby for a couple hours.

When they finally call you'll be ready to eat the burger and don't forget to try their Devils on Horseback while you're there. Chef April Bloomfield does all things well and her interpretation of a burger is worthy contender for best burger in NYC.

The Burger Joint

The Burger Joint in Le Parker Meridien hotel. Using high quality Nebraskan Black Angus shoulder, in the perfect 80/20 ratio, The Burger Joint has expanded into multiple restaurants over the years.

These burgers are grilled over flame, not a grilltop like many of the others on this list, and the toppings are simple and classic - ask for the "The Works."

These are the burgers every 'flame broiled' Burger King burger wishes it could be.

Peter Luger's Steakhouse

Yes, they are famous for their steaks - and rightfully so. But lesser known is that they make an amazing burger. Possibly one of the best deals for a burger in NYC where some folks are charging $25+ for a burger.

Keep in mind that they only serve the burgers at lunch and that they only accept cash (and debit card). So bring lots of cash and your appetite to try one of NYC's best burgers from one of the world's best steakhouses.

Lure

What's a seafood restaurant doing on a list of best burgers? Well since it won the NYC Wine and Food Festival burger competition FIVE times it definitely deserves a try. Supposedly an homage to In-N-Out, it has far outstripped the original inspiration. Though Yank still has a soft spot for In-N-Out since he lived in CA for a couple years and still maintains it's the best $4 burger money can buy.

Chef Capon was so successful with the burger he actually opened up a dedicated burger restaurant Burger and Barrel but with arguably mixed results. If you want to be sure you've tried one of the contenders for Best Burger in NYC then make sure to stop by this SOHO restaurant.

Louis' Lunch

Okay, this one is not in NYC but in New Haven, CT - a good hour from the city. But since it can lay claim to the birthplace of the hamburger it's worth a visit. It grills the patties in a vertical broiler and then sticks the medium rare patty between two slices of white bread - just like when it was first created in 1900. You can ask for onion, tomato, cheese - but don't ask for ketchup. And make sure to bring cash.

While not the Manc's favourite burger, for the history alone it's worth a trip to Connecticut. Unfortunately the quality varies quite a bit from burger to burger, our guess being that the bottom burgers that absorb more of the grilled fat end up tastier and juicier while the top burgers get a bit dried out and end up being less flavorful. Regardless, it's still a solid burger and interesting to see how the burger has evolved since the original.

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