Food & Wine Rates The Best Burger In Every State


It’s time for another national burger rating and this time it comes from the folks at Food & Wine. With so many choices and variations possible, they decided to focus their ratings of the best burger in each state with the meat in the burger, concentrating on high-quality beef prepared correctly on a great bun. Here are some of their findings.

  • Arizona: Harvey’s Wineburger in Phoenix– started business in the 1950s and prepares their burgers with Bordeaux cooking wine, fresh-ground beef and crisp vegetables.
  • California: Zuni Café in San Francisco– in business for over 40 years featuring a burger made with long-salted grass-fed chuck, chargrilled and served on toasted rosemary foccacia topped with pickled onions and zucchini, all house-made.
  • Florida: El Mago de las Fritas in Miami– features a Cuban burger which is a beef and pork blend seasoned with pepper, paprika and cumin served on a Cuban roll and topped with onions and potato matchsticks.
  • Georgia: NFA Burgers in Dunwoody (Atlanta suburb)– grilled top-notch Angus beef served with pickles, mustard, house secret sauce and cheese on a soft roll.
  • Illinois: Top Notch Beefburgers in Chicago– opened in 1942 on the South Side and is famous for a classic patty melt stuffed between slices of buttery rye with grilled onions and American cheese.
  • Iowa: B&B Grocery in Des Moines– known for the Quadzilla which is more than a pound of grilled beef split into four patties and topped with mustard, ketchup, lettuce, tomato, onions and American cheese on a bun straight from the griddle.
  • Louisiana: Judice Inn in Lafayette– freshly ground beef with Cajun-style spices and served with house tomato-based special sauce, shredded lettuce and a slab of raw onion on the side. No ketchup or fries available here!
  • Massachusetts: Craigie on Main in Cambridge– grass-fed local beef, Vermont cheddar cheese, lettuce, red onions and housemade ketchup on a roll from Clear Flour Bakery which is one of Food & Wine’s 100 best bakeries in the U.S.
  • Nevada: Bazaar Meat in Las Vegas– the patty is a 50/50 blend of wagyu short rib and brisket topped with shredded iceberg lettuce and melty pub cheese on a house-baked bun.
  • New York: Peter Luger in Brooklyn– it’s an iconic steakhouse but the burger is a half-pound of dry aged prime meat that’s served medium rare on a sesame bun with raw onion. Very simple and very effective, according to their guests.

See the full list from Food & WineHERE.


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