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The 25 Hottest Hamburgers in America Right Now

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Here are twenty five 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 (Kuma's Too in Chicago, Slowburger in Portland, Rattlecan in Las Vegas,TAG Burger Bar in Denver), as well as restaurants that offer a wider selection of items in addition to a stellar burger (Au Cheval in Chicago, Hickory Lane in Philly).

Some are fairly straightforward takes on the burger, like the one you'll find at Reynard in Brooklyn, New York, while others can be subject to a slew of variations and options (Five Star in St. Louis, Grill 'Em All in Los Angeles, Mussel & Burger Bar in Louisville). And, of course, there are off-the-menu burgers which are actually really easy to get your hands on (the Mornay-drowned patty at Two Boroughs Larder in Charleston and the basil aioli, crispy onion burger at Boston's Sinclair American Kitchen). For last year's Burger Heatmap, see here. To the full 2013 list:


Any glaring omissions? Please make your nominations in the comments.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Seattle: Sam's Tavern

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1024 e pike st
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 860-4238
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Sam's Tavern has replaced what was formerly Chino's, bringing in a menu of pub food with its gourmet burgers as the headliners. [Photo Credit]

2. Portland: Slowburger

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2329 NE Glisan
Portland, OR 97232
(503) 477-5779
Slow Bar owner Rob Hemmerling has opened this "micro-restaurant" to serve the burgers made famous at his watering hole. The concise menu here features five kinds of burgers, simply labeled by number ("One" features gruyere and onion rings; "Two" with chipotle cheddar and bacon; and "Three" with blue cheese and pancetta), with a vegetarian-friendly and seasonal option also available. [Photo Credit]

3. San Francisco: The Corner Store

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5 Masonic Ave
San Francisco, CA 94118
(415) 749-1093
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This American comfort food spot opened in September and features a burger with bacon jam, aged cheddar, pickled red onion, and garlic aioli. Veteran critic Patricia Unterman really dug it. In a post on the restaurant, she wrote of the burger, "The patty was loosely formed and juicy. The whole added up to a savory, sweet and sour, umami blast, totally satisfying and super fun to eat–not too big, not too small, just right. A towering pile of crisp shoe string fries banished any lingering hunger. What more could anyone want on a cold winter night?" [Photo Credit]

4. San Francisco: Rickybobby

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400 Haight St.
San Francisco, CA 94102
Eater SF editor Allie Pape loves the burger at this newish bistro, since the meat is ground together with bacon and includes mayo, American cheese, and onions. "It's absurdly fucking good," says Pape. [Photo Credit]

5. Los Angeles: Grill 'Em All

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19 E. Main Street
Alhambra, CA 91801
(626) 284-2874
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Grill 'Em All was a food truck until it recently transitioned into a brick-and-mortar space in the Alhambra Renaissance Center. The heavy metal theme remains, as do the wacky burgers. The Dee Snider, for example, is composed of Peanut butter, strawberry jam, bacon, and sriracha; and the Powerslave is layered with brie, bourbon-apple compote, balsamic aioli and greens. [Photo Credit]

6. Los Angeles: U-Mini

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1131 Westwood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90024
(310) 943-8626
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This is a pared down outpost of the popular west coast chain Umami Burger. Here, you can choose from a streamlined menu (patties are smaller), as well as test out burgers that may make it onto the rest of the locations. [Photo Credit]

7. Las Vegas: Rattlecan

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3355 S. Las Vegas Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89109
(702) 414-2220
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This is local chef Sammy Demarco's new restaurant in the Venetian. It's a casual spot with a design emphasis on graffiti and a menu focusing on burgers. The signature version consists of a patty with cheddar cheese, bacon, caramelized onions, pickle, and special sauce. [Photo Credit]

8. Denver: TAG Burger Bar

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1222 Madison Street
Denver, CO 80206
(303) 736-2260
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Chef Troy Guard's burger-centric concept, where you build your own and can choose from a menu of boozey milkshakes. There's also an emphasis on beer, evident in the pairing suggestions next to each burger. [Burger Crush]

9. Dallas: Off-Site Kitchen

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2226 Irving Blvd.
Dallas, TX 75207
(214) 741-2226
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Off-Site Kitchen, one of the best new restaurants of 2012, perhaps does nothing better than their burgers. Take a seat at one of the picnic tables and devour the Locals Only, with mustard, bacon, American cheese, and jalapeño. No mayo. [Photo Credit]

10. Houston: Kenny & Ziggy's Deli

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2327 Post Oak Blvd
Houston, TX 77056
(713) 871-8883
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Houston's best New York-style deli has introduced a new line of burgers featuring 8oz patties of Pat LaFrieda meat. One example is "The Big Reubowski": topped with corned beef, swiss, sauerkraut and Russian dressing. [Photo Credit]

11. New Orleans: Saint Lawrence

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219 N Peters St.
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 525-4111
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Of the many great new restaurants in NOLA, this is the one to go for burgers and hearty food. The patties here are sandwiched between brioche buns, and there's even a turducken burger that is apparently quite good. [Photo Credit]

12. Atlanta: Seven Lamps

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3400 Around Lenox Road
Atlanta, GA 30326
(404) 467-8950
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The burger at Seven Lamps is off the menu, but it's available all the time. It's a little silly, but the onslaught of the briskey/top round patty, caramelized onions, thousand island dressing, pickles, and cheese gratin are well worth it. [Photo Credit]

13. Charleston: Two Boroughs Larder

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186 Coming St
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 637-3722
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Because the owners want to be able to have a dynamic, constantly changing menu, they don't offer their wildly popular burger (two patties on brioche with Nueske's bacon and Mornay) all the time. But four months ago, however, they announced that you could count on getting every Wednesday, while supplies last. [Photo Credit]

14. Louisville: Mussel & Burger Bar

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9200 Taylorsville Rd.
Louisville, KY 40299
(502) 499-7666
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This new bistro from the owners of Guaca Mole features around ten burgers, including their take on the Frita Cubana and a breakfast burger topped with a fried egg and maple syrup aioli. [Photo Credit]

15. St. Louis: Five Star Burgers

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8125 Maryland Ave
Clayton, MO 63105
(314) 720-4350
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Local critic Ian Froeb singles out Five Star as serving STL's most buzzed about burger. You can go with a straightforward option with lettuce, tomato, onion, and pickle or choose something more adventurous, like a patty topped with crispy New Mexico hatch chilies, pepper jack cheese, and green chile mayonnaise. [Photo Credit]

16. Minneapolis: The Blue Door Pub Longfellow

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3448 42nd Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55406
(612) 315-2470
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This is the recently opened Minneapolis location of popular St. Paul pub The Blue Door. Their claim to fame on the food side is the Blucy, a burger stuffed with cheese. They have several variations of it, but the house classic is stuffed with bleu and finely chopped garlic. [Photo Credit]

17. Chicago: Au Cheval

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800 W Randolph St
Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 929-4580
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The burger at neo-diner Au Cheval has become one of the most popular in Chicago: two patties topped with dijon, pickles, onion, and of course, a fried egg. It's sandwiched between a soft bun and served with a knife stuck through it. [Photo Credit]

18. Chicago: Kuma's Too

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666 W. Diversey Pkwy.
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 472 2666
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The blaring heavy metal music and newfangled burgers of Kuma's Corner will, starting Wednesday, also be available at follow-up Kuma's Too. [Photo Credit]

19. Washington, DC: Satellite Room

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2047 9th St NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 506-2496
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This new restaurant is tucked behind DC's famed concert venue the 9:30 and offers the kind of diner food you'd want to eat before or after a gig. There are several burgers on offer, including a make-it-yourself option, but the patty melts are just extraordinary says Eater DC's Missy Frederick. [Photo Credit]

20. Philadelphia: Hickory Lane

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2025 Fairmount Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19130
(215) 769-2420
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Former Rouge chef Matt Zagorski is cooking really nice food at this Fairmount Avenue restaurant. But the burger, as critic Craig Laban will tell you, is the way to go: "10 ounces of custom-ground brisket, filet, and deckle, seared to a cast-iron crisp and then snugged in the embrace of a brioche bun between delicate folds of bibb lettuce and a molten lid of tangy Cabot cheddar. It’s hard to imagine a burger this tasty as a burden. Then again, it’s so good that it’s also become clear: No change of scenery or molecular tricks will ever let Zagorski truly escape. The power of his patty is simply the best reason to visit Hickory Lane." [Photo Credit]

21. Philadelphia: Spot Gourmet

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Arch St.
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Since opening last February, the SPOT food cart on 33rd and Arch has been slammed with folks at lunch who line up for Josh Kim's killer burgers. The signature here is a top sirloin patty with cheddar cheese, bacon, coleslaw, and a house sauce. There's weirder stuff available, too. [Photo Credit]

22. New York City: The Library at The Public

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425 Lafayette Street
New York, NY 10003
(212) 539-8777
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Trust Andrew Carmellini to bring you a burger that'll really hit the spot. At his new restaurant in the Public Theater, he's devised a 50/50 mix of brisket and chuck. Eater NY reports that "the meat is moist and pleasantly funky. It comes topped with bacon, cheddar, and caramelized onions." [Photo Credit]

23. New York City: Reynard at Wythe Hotel

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80 Wythe Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11211
(718) 460-8000
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Brooklyn restaurateur Andrew Tarlow strikes again with Reynard, the restaurant within the hot and very pleasant Wythe Hotel. The burger here is smokey and satisfying and comes topped with caramelized onions, Gruyere, and mustard on the side. [Photo Credit]

24. Boston: Tasty Burger

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40 JFK St
Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 425-4444
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The popular Tasty Burger has crossed the Charles River and opened a Cambridge location. This newest Tasty Burger spans two stories and is meant to evoke the Tasty Sandwich Shop, the little diner which reigned supreme here for over 80 years until closing in 1997. [Photo Credit]

25. Boston: The Sinclair American Kitchen

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52 Church Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
Celebrated local chef Michael Schlow handles the restaurant component of this neat new rock club. The excellent Sinclair Burger features basil aioli, crispy onin, and a secret sauce. [Photo Credit]

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1. Seattle: Sam's Tavern

1024 e pike st, Seattle, WA 98122
Sam's Tavern has replaced what was formerly Chino's, bringing in a menu of pub food with its gourmet burgers as the headliners. [Photo Credit]
1024 e pike st
Seattle, WA 98122

2. Portland: Slowburger

2329 NE Glisan, Portland, OR 97232
Slow Bar owner Rob Hemmerling has opened this "micro-restaurant" to serve the burgers made famous at his watering hole. The concise menu here features five kinds of burgers, simply labeled by number ("One" features gruyere and onion rings; "Two" with chipotle cheddar and bacon; and "Three" with blue cheese and pancetta), with a vegetarian-friendly and seasonal option also available. [Photo Credit]
2329 NE Glisan
Portland, OR 97232

3. San Francisco: The Corner Store

5 Masonic Ave, San Francisco, CA 94118
This American comfort food spot opened in September and features a burger with bacon jam, aged cheddar, pickled red onion, and garlic aioli. Veteran critic Patricia Unterman really dug it. In a post on the restaurant, she wrote of the burger, "The patty was loosely formed and juicy. The whole added up to a savory, sweet and sour, umami blast, totally satisfying and super fun to eat–not too big, not too small, just right. A towering pile of crisp shoe string fries banished any lingering hunger. What more could anyone want on a cold winter night?" [Photo Credit]
5 Masonic Ave
San Francisco, CA 94118

4. San Francisco: Rickybobby

400 Haight St., San Francisco, CA 94102
Eater SF editor Allie Pape loves the burger at this newish bistro, since the meat is ground together with bacon and includes mayo, American cheese, and onions. "It's absurdly fucking good," says Pape. [Photo Credit]
400 Haight St.
San Francisco, CA 94102

5. Los Angeles: Grill 'Em All

19 E. Main Street, Alhambra, CA 91801
Grill 'Em All was a food truck until it recently transitioned into a brick-and-mortar space in the Alhambra Renaissance Center. The heavy metal theme remains, as do the wacky burgers. The Dee Snider, for example, is composed of Peanut butter, strawberry jam, bacon, and sriracha; and the Powerslave is layered with brie, bourbon-apple compote, balsamic aioli and greens. [Photo Credit]
19 E. Main Street
Alhambra, CA 91801

6. Los Angeles: U-Mini

1131 Westwood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90024
This is a pared down outpost of the popular west coast chain Umami Burger. Here, you can choose from a streamlined menu (patties are smaller), as well as test out burgers that may make it onto the rest of the locations. [Photo Credit]
1131 Westwood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90024

7. Las Vegas: Rattlecan

3355 S. Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109
This is local chef Sammy Demarco's new restaurant in the Venetian. It's a casual spot with a design emphasis on graffiti and a menu focusing on burgers. The signature version consists of a patty with cheddar cheese, bacon, caramelized onions, pickle, and special sauce. [Photo Credit]
3355 S. Las Vegas Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89109

8. Denver: TAG Burger Bar

1222 Madison Street, Denver, CO 80206
Chef Troy Guard's burger-centric concept, where you build your own and can choose from a menu of boozey milkshakes. There's also an emphasis on beer, evident in the pairing suggestions next to each burger. [Burger Crush]
1222 Madison Street
Denver, CO 80206

9. Dallas: Off-Site Kitchen

2226 Irving Blvd., Dallas, TX 75207
Off-Site Kitchen, one of the best new restaurants of 2012, perhaps does nothing better than their burgers. Take a seat at one of the picnic tables and devour the Locals Only, with mustard, bacon, American cheese, and jalapeño. No mayo. [Photo Credit]
2226 Irving Blvd.
Dallas, TX 75207

10. Houston: Kenny & Ziggy's Deli

2327 Post Oak Blvd, Houston, TX 77056
Houston's best New York-style deli has introduced a new line of burgers featuring 8oz patties of Pat LaFrieda meat. One example is "The Big Reubowski": topped with corned beef, swiss, sauerkraut and Russian dressing. [Photo Credit]
2327 Post Oak Blvd
Houston, TX 77056

11. New Orleans: Saint Lawrence

219 N Peters St., New Orleans, LA 70130
Of the many great new restaurants in NOLA, this is the one to go for burgers and hearty food. The patties here are sandwiched between brioche buns, and there's even a turducken burger that is apparently quite good. [Photo Credit]
219 N Peters St.
New Orleans, LA 70130

12. Atlanta: Seven Lamps

3400 Around Lenox Road, Atlanta, GA 30326
The burger at Seven Lamps is off the menu, but it's available all the time. It's a little silly, but the onslaught of the briskey/top round patty, caramelized onions, thousand island dressing, pickles, and cheese gratin are well worth it. [Photo Credit]
3400 Around Lenox Road
Atlanta, GA 30326

13. Charleston: Two Boroughs Larder

186 Coming St, Charleston, SC 29403
Because the owners want to be able to have a dynamic, constantly changing menu, they don't offer their wildly popular burger (two patties on brioche with Nueske's bacon and Mornay) all the time. But four months ago, however, they announced that you could count on getting every Wednesday, while supplies last. [Photo Credit]
186 Coming St
Charleston, SC 29403

14. Louisville: Mussel & Burger Bar

9200 Taylorsville Rd., Louisville, KY 40299
This new bistro from the owners of Guaca Mole features around ten burgers, including their take on the Frita Cubana and a breakfast burger topped with a fried egg and maple syrup aioli. [Photo Credit]
9200 Taylorsville Rd.
Louisville, KY 40299

15. St. Louis: Five Star Burgers

8125 Maryland Ave, Clayton, MO 63105
Local critic Ian Froeb singles out Five Star as serving STL's most buzzed about burger. You can go with a straightforward option with lettuce, tomato, onion, and pickle or choose something more adventurous, like a patty topped with crispy New Mexico hatch chilies, pepper jack cheese, and green chile mayonnaise. [Photo Credit]
8125 Maryland Ave
Clayton, MO 63105

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16. Minneapolis: The Blue Door Pub Longfellow

3448 42nd Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55406
This is the recently opened Minneapolis location of popular St. Paul pub The Blue Door. Their claim to fame on the food side is the Blucy, a burger stuffed with cheese. They have several variations of it, but the house classic is stuffed with bleu and finely chopped garlic. [Photo Credit]
3448 42nd Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55406

17. Chicago: Au Cheval

800 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60607
The burger at neo-diner Au Cheval has become one of the most popular in Chicago: two patties topped with dijon, pickles, onion, and of course, a fried egg. It's sandwiched between a soft bun and served with a knife stuck through it. [Photo Credit]
800 W Randolph St
Chicago, IL 60607

18. Chicago: Kuma's Too

666 W. Diversey Pkwy., Chicago, IL 60657
The blaring heavy metal music and newfangled burgers of Kuma's Corner will, starting Wednesday, also be available at follow-up Kuma's Too. [Photo Credit]
666 W. Diversey Pkwy.
Chicago, IL 60657

19. Washington, DC: Satellite Room

2047 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001