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The 19 Hottest Burgers in the US Right Now

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Here are 19 of the most buzzed-about burgers across the United States. What follows is a list of restaurants that have, for the most part, opened over the last twelve months. Among the choices are establishments that focus mainly on burgers (Atomic Burger outside of New Orleans, B&B Burger and Beer in Las Vegas), as well as restaurants that offer a wider selection of items in addition to a stellar burger (Chop Shop in Chicago, Trifecta Tavern in Portland).

Some are fairly straightforward takes on the burger, like the one you'll find at Fog City in San Francisco, while others can be subject to a slew of variations and options (Bohemian Bull in Charleston, Tender Bar & Kitchen in Pittsburgh, The Exchange in Louisville). And, of course, there are off-the-menu burgers which are actually really easy to get your hands on (the "secret" burger at Alden & Harlow in Cambridge, Mass.)

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1. Alden & Harlow

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40 Brattle St
Cambridge, MA 02138
One of Eater's 2013 Most Anticipated Fall Openings, Boston chef Michael Scelfo opened Alden & Harlow actually opened just last week. The burger is a "secret" — although it's listed on their menu — and features eight ounces of their house grind on a house made burger. [Photo]

2. All Purpose

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814 S 2nd St
Milwaukee, WI 53204
(414) 672-6000
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This dressed up pub in Milwaukee's Walker's Point neighborhood gives as much attention to its burger as it does its cocktail program. The thick single patty is dressed simply with pickled onions and a slice of melted Gruyere. [Photo]

3. Anton's Taproom

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1610 Main St
Kansas City, MO 64108
(816) 888-8800
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Anton's grind is made from dry aged steak trimmings, and according to Ulterior Epicure/Kansas City-dweller Bonjwing Lee, the "8-oz. patty is all about texture." It's an intense burger, topped with bleu cheese and caramelized onions. [Photo]

4. Atomic Burger

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3934 Veterans Boulevard
Metairie, LA 70006
(504) 309-7474
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A "craft burger drive-thru," Atomic serves four variations on its classic burger, including mushroom swiss, bacon, and a plain old cheeseburger. [Photo]

5. B&B Burger And Beer

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3355 South Las Vegas Boulevard
Las Vegas, NV 89109
(702) 414-2220
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How does Mario Batali do burgers? His new burger restaurant at the Venetian serves up plenty of options, including the fast food-style Drive-Through burger, the dairy-heavy Royale With Cheese (topped with "Robiola cheese, caramelized onions, grilled Treviso, parmigiano-mascarpone cream"), and a customizable Bar Burger. [Photo]

6. Bohemian Bull

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1531 Folly Road
Charleston, SC 29412
(843) 225-1817
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This Charleston biergarten serves up, ahem, "hand spanked" burgers of a number of varieties. Specialties include a Breakfast Burger (topped with "ketchup, crispy hash browns, medium cooked egg, American cheese, grilled sausage patty and maple syrup") and a Southern Drawl burger (a riff on a barbecue sauce-topped burger). [Photo]

7. Cavatina

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1200 Alta Loma Road
West Hollywood, CA 90069
Michael Schlow's Marquis Burger at the Sunset Marquis in West Hollywood costs a whopping $19 — and by most accounts, it's worth it. The burger is topped with lacy fried onions, cheddar cheese, and a horseradish-pepper sauce. [Photo]

8. CBD Provisions

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1530 Main St
Dallas, TX 75201
(214) 261-4500
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The CBD burger looks simple — it's topped with Texas cheddar and a few pickles — but do not be deceived: Eater Dallas editor Whitney Filloon says, "They use Texas grass-fed beef and, I don't know, some sort of witchcraft. But damn it's delicious." [Photo]

9. Chop Shop

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2033-35 W. North Ave
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 537-4440
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If you're looking for a good burger, why not go straight to the source? Chop Shop has an on-site butcher shop where they make their custom grinds from trimmings. The burger is topped with cheddar, red onions, bacon and their own Chop Shop sauce. [Photo]

10. The Elm

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160 N 12th St
Brooklyn, NY 11249
(718) 218-7500
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The cheeseburger at the Elm comes with Comte cheese and spicy pickles. Eater NY calls it "out of this world." [Photo]

11. The Exchange Pub + Kitchen

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Located across the river from Louisville in New Albany, Indiana, the Exchange serves two types of burgers. Eater Louisville editor Stephen Hacker recommends the Plain Jane — topped with lettuce, tomato, and onions on a pretzel rolls — with an egg added on. [Photo]

12. Fog City

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1300 Battery St
San Francisco, CA 94111
(415) 982-2000
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An iconic diner got a second wind with a recent remodel/relaunch, but their burger is as classic California as it gets and is done in a gourmet fast food style. [Photo]

13. Ink & Elm

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1577 N. Decatur Road
Atlanta, GA 30307
(678) 244-1541
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Ink & Elm is a restaurant that houses multiple concepts, including a restaurant, lounge, and tavern. The last of which is where you'll find their burger, which is topped by a bewitching concoction they call Velveeta Fondue. [Photo]

14. Porter Ale House

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715 South 1st Ste A
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 291-6299
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The Porter Burger is made from a custom grind of short rib, filet, and hanger, and is topped with triple cream brie (!), pancetta, and kettle chips. And since this is Texas, the buns are branded with a big old Porter "P."[Photo]

15. Rabbit Hole

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920 East Lake Street
Minneapolis, MN 55407
(612) 236-4526
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The Kickstarter-funded Rabbit Hole calls its Korean-influenced burgers "Goobers," short for good burgers. Try the Rebecca (topped with "Buttered Kimchi, Pickled Cucumber, Saamjang Spread, Kimchi Aioli, Perilla Leaf") or an Omma ("Seared Pork Belly, Parmesan, Crispy Onions, Bacon Jalapeño Jam, Lettuce, Tomato, Picked Watermelon Rind").[Photo]

16. Tender Bar + Kitchen

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4300 Butler St
Pittsburgh, PA 15201
(412) 402-9522
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Tender serves their main burger every day, but on Mondays there are three additional options (plus a vegetarian one we'll ignore). There's a standard cheeseburger, a bleu cheese burger, a smoked burger, and mushroom swiss. All pretty classic, but still pretty buzzy. [Photo]

17. Trifecta Tavern and Bakery

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726 SE 6th Ave
Portland, OR 97214
Yes, that is pimento cheese oozing off that double patty burger from Ken Forkish's new combination tavern and bakery. [Photo]

18. Tongue & Cheek

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431 Washington Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(305) 704-2900
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Jamie DeRosa serves a beef cheek burger at his nearly year-old gastropub Tongue & Cheek. Eater Miami editor Ana Heretoiu calls it "ridiculously good." [Photo]

19. Waypoint Public

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3794 30th St
San Diego, CA 92104
(619) 255-8778
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Ex-Top Chef contestant Amanda Baumgarten serves a topping-heavy burger, with an eight ounce patty, "mozzarella, pulled pork, tomatillo salsa, fried egg & spicy pickled vegetables" served between the buns. [Photo]

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1. Alden & Harlow

40 Brattle St, Cambridge, MA 02138
One of Eater's 2013 Most Anticipated Fall Openings, Boston chef Michael Scelfo opened Alden & Harlow actually opened just last week. The burger is a "secret" — although it's listed on their menu — and features eight ounces of their house grind on a house made burger. [Photo]
40 Brattle St
Cambridge, MA 02138

2. All Purpose

814 S 2nd St, Milwaukee, WI 53204
This dressed up pub in Milwaukee's Walker's Point neighborhood gives as much attention to its burger as it does its cocktail program. The thick single patty is dressed simply with pickled onions and a slice of melted Gruyere. [Photo]
814 S 2nd St
Milwaukee, WI 53204

3. Anton's Taproom

1610 Main St, Kansas City, MO 64108
Anton's grind is made from dry aged steak trimmings, and according to Ulterior Epicure/Kansas City-dweller Bonjwing Lee, the "8-oz. patty is all about texture." It's an intense burger, topped with bleu cheese and caramelized onions. [Photo]
1610 Main St
Kansas City, MO 64108

4. Atomic Burger

3934 Veterans Boulevard, Metairie, LA 70006
A "craft burger drive-thru," Atomic serves four variations on its classic burger, including mushroom swiss, bacon, and a plain old cheeseburger. [Photo]
3934 Veterans Boulevard
Metairie, LA 70006

5. B&B Burger And Beer

3355 South Las Vegas Boulevard, Las Vegas, NV 89109
How does Mario Batali do burgers? His new burger restaurant at the Venetian serves up plenty of options, including the fast food-style Drive-Through burger, the dairy-heavy Royale With Cheese (topped with "Robiola cheese, caramelized onions, grilled Treviso, parmigiano-mascarpone cream"), and a customizable Bar Burger. [Photo]
3355 South Las Vegas Boulevard
Las Vegas, NV 89109

6. Bohemian Bull

1531 Folly Road, Charleston, SC 29412
This Charleston biergarten serves up, ahem, "hand spanked" burgers of a number of varieties. Specialties include a Breakfast Burger (topped with "ketchup, crispy hash browns, medium cooked egg, American cheese, grilled sausage patty and maple syrup") and a Southern Drawl burger (a riff on a barbecue sauce-topped burger). [Photo]
1531 Folly Road
Charleston, SC 29412

7. Cavatina

1200 Alta Loma Road, West Hollywood, CA 90069
Michael Schlow's Marquis Burger at the Sunset Marquis in West Hollywood costs a whopping $19 — and by most accounts, it's worth it. The burger is topped with lacy fried onions, cheddar cheese, and a horseradish-pepper sauce. [Photo]
1200 Alta Loma Road
West Hollywood, CA 90069

8. CBD Provisions

1530 Main St, Dallas, TX 75201
The CBD burger looks simple — it's topped with Texas cheddar and a few pickles — but do not be deceived: Eater Dallas editor Whitney Filloon says, "They use Texas grass-fed beef and, I don't know, some sort of witchcraft. But damn it's delicious." [Photo]
1530 Main St
Dallas, TX 75201

9. Chop Shop

2033-35 W. North Ave, Chicago, IL 60622
If you're looking for a good burger, why not go straight to the source? Chop Shop has an on-site butcher shop where they make their custom grinds from trimmings. The burger is topped with cheddar, red onions, bacon and their own Chop Shop sauce. [Photo]
2033-35 W. North Ave
Chicago, IL 60622

10. The Elm

160 N 12th St, Brooklyn, NY 11249
The cheeseburger at the Elm comes with Comte cheese and spicy pickles. Eater NY calls it "out of this world." [Photo]
160 N 12th St
Brooklyn, NY 11249

11. The Exchange Pub + Kitchen

New Albany, IN 47150
Located across the river from Louisville in New Albany, Indiana, the Exchange serves two types of burgers. Eater Louisville editor Stephen Hacker recommends the Plain Jane — topped with lettuce, tomato, and onions on a pretzel rolls — with an egg added on. [Photo]

12. Fog City

1300 Battery St, San Francisco, CA 94111
An iconic diner got a second wind with a recent remodel/relaunch, but their burger is as classic California as it gets and is done in a gourmet fast food style. [Photo]
1300 Battery St
San Francisco, CA 94111

13. Ink & Elm

1577 N. Decatur Road, Atlanta, GA 30307
Ink & Elm is a restaurant that houses multiple concepts, including a restaurant, lounge, and tavern. The last of which is where you'll find their burger, which is topped by a bewitching concoction they call Velveeta Fondue. [Photo]
1577 N. Decatur Road
Atlanta, GA 30307

14. Porter Ale House

715 South 1st Ste A, Austin, TX 78704
The Porter Burger is made from a custom grind of short rib, filet, and hanger, and is topped with triple cream brie (!), pancetta, and kettle chips. And since this is Texas, the buns are branded with a big old Porter "P."[Photo]
715 South 1st Ste A
Austin, TX 78704

15. Rabbit Hole

920 East Lake Street, Minneapolis, MN 55407
The Kickstarter-funded Rabbit Hole calls its Korean-influenced burgers "Goobers," short for good burgers. Try the Rebecca (topped with "Buttered Kimchi, Pickled Cucumber, Saamjang Spread, Kimchi Aioli, Perilla Leaf") or an Omma ("Seared Pork Belly, Parmesan, Crispy Onions, Bacon Jalapeño Jam, Lettuce, Tomato, Picked Watermelon Rind").[Photo]
920 East Lake Street
Minneapolis, MN 55407

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16. Tender Bar + Kitchen

4300 Butler St, Pittsburgh, PA 15201
Tender serves their main burger every day, but on Mondays there are three additional options (plus a vegetarian one we'll ignore). There's a standard cheeseburger, a bleu cheese burger, a smoked burger, and mushroom swiss. All pretty classic, but still pretty buzzy. [Photo]
4300 Butler St
Pittsburgh, PA 15201

17. Trifecta Tavern and Bakery

726 SE 6th Ave, Portland, OR 97214
Yes, that is pimento cheese oozing off that double patty burger from Ken Forkish's new combination tavern and bakery. [Photo]
726 SE 6th Ave
Portland, OR 97214

18. Tongue & Cheek

431 Washington Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139
Jamie DeRosa serves a beef cheek burger at his nearly year-old gastropub Tongue & Cheek. Eater Miami editor Ana Heretoiu calls it "ridiculously good." [Photo]
431 Washington Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33139

19. Waypoint Public

3794 30th St, San Diego, CA 92104
Ex-Top Chef contestant Amanda Baumgarten serves a topping-heavy burger, with an eight ounce patty, "mozzarella, pulled pork, tomatillo salsa, fried egg & spicy pickled vegetables" served between the buns. [Photo]
3794 30th St
San Diego, CA 92104

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