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The 38 Essential Burgers Across the Country

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It's a good time for hamburgers in the US. In recent years, a burger renaissance has taken place across the country as restaurants amp up beef quality and tinker with custom blends. New chains have popped up and high-end restaurants are taking a chance on a dish that is almost the definition of quick and casual. It seems only right that hamburgers would be the focus of Eater National's first-ever 38, a list of essential restaurants the local sites have been doing for years. Ladies and gentlemen, presenting the Eater National Burger 38, the 38 essential hamburger restaurants across the country.

There are thousands of decent-to-excellent hamburgers across the country, and getting the list down to mere 38 was not an easy task. So to start, the list was limited to new classics; decades-old landmarks were not considered. (That is, with the exception of In-N-Out. More on that in the map.) Much like the 38 Essential Restaurants lists on the local sites, the list has been tailored to allow for both geographic diversity and a variety of burger styles. The Burger 38 focuses on beef hamburgers: things like fries, shakes, and ambiance are nice but were not dealbreakers.

After composing a longlist of likely candidates, Eater consulted with a panel of curators consisting of television hosts, book authors, magazine editors, food writers of all stripes, current and former Eater editors, and other folks who are simply well-traveled burger fans. They didn't agree on everything. In fact, more often than not, they disagreed on everything. When there was a general consensus on a restaurant, it either made the list or was vetoed. In other cases, the most passionate voices won out. Either way, true fans of the art form vouched for the burgers below.

If the panel couldn't always agree on which restaurants to include in the 38, Eater certainly doesn't expect you to do so. Take a deep breath and air your grievances in the comments.

Special thanks to all of those who helped inform this list: Andrew Zimmern, George Motz, Lockhart Steele, Kat Kinsman, Rachel Khong, Francis Lam, Josh Ozersky, Zach Brooks, Mike Thelin, Ben Leventhal, Amber Ambrose, Jennifer Zyman, Ari Bendersky, Allecia Vermillion, Lauren Hendrick, Kyle Nabilcy, Hannah Sayle, and current Eater editors.

And now, without further ado and in alphabetical order, the Eater National Burger 38.


· Eater's 38 Essential Burgers Across the Nation [Foursquare]
· All Hamburger Coverage on Eater [-E-]
· All Burger Week 2013 Coverage on Eater [-E-]

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Au Cheval

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800 W Randolph St
Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 929-4580
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2. Bernie's Burger Bus

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Moving Target!
Houston, TX 77004
(281) 386-2447
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3. Bocado

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887 Howell Mill Rd
Atlanta, GA 30318
(404) 815-1399
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4. The Brindle Room

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277 E 10th St.
New York, NY 10009
(212) 529-9702
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5. Burgatory

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932 Freeport Rd
Pittsburgh, PA 15215
(412) 781-1456
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6. Burger Bar

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3930 Las Vegas Blvd S
Las Vegas, NV 89119
(702) 632-9394
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7. Burger Guys

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706 Main Street
Houston, TX 77002
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8. Butcher & The Burger

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1021 W Armitage Ave
Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 697-3735
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9. The Company Burger

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4600 Freret St.
New Orleans, LA 70115
(504) 267-0320
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10. Craigie on Main

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853 Main St
Cambridge, MA 02139
(617) 497-5511
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11. Edzo's Burger Shop

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1571 Sherman Ave.
Evanston, IL 60201
(847) 864-3396
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12. The Golden State

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426 N Fairfax Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 782-8331
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13. Good Dog Bar & Restaurant

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224 S 15th St
Philadelphia, PA 19102
(215) 985-9600
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14. The Grape

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2808 Greenville Ave.
Dallas, TX 75206
(214) 828-1981
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15. The Grind

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3961 E Camelback Rd
Phoenix, AZ 85018
(602) 954-7463
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16. Grüner

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527 SW 12th Ave
Portland, OR 97205
(503) 241-7163
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17. Holeman & Finch Public House

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2277 Peachtree Rd. NE
Atlanta, GA 30309
(404) 948-1175
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18. Hungry Cat

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1555 N Vine St
Los Angeles, CA 90028
(323) 462-2155
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19. Husk

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76 Queen St
Charleston, SC 29401
(843) 577-2500
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20. In-N-Out Burger

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2114 E Foothill Blvd
Pasadena, CA 91107
(800) 786-1000
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21. Kuma's Corner

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2900 West Belmont Ave.
Chicago, IL 60618
(773) 604-8769
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22. Latin House Burger & Taco Bar

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9565 SW 72 ST
Miami, FL 33173
(786) 564-5683
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23. Lure Fishbar

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142 Mercer St.
New York, NY 10012
(212) 431-7676
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24. Ma’ono Fried Chicken & Whisky

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4437 California Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98116
(206) 935-1075
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25. Michael's Genuine Food & Drink

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130 NE 40th St.
Miami, FL 33137
(305) 573-5550
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26. Minetta Tavern

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113 MacDougal St.
New York, NY 10012
(212) 475-3850
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27. Mission Bowling Club

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3176 17th St.
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 863-2695
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28. Nopa

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560 Divisadero St.
San Francisco, CA 94117
(415) 864-8643
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29. The Old Fashioned

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23 N Pinckney St.
Madison, WI 53703
(608) 310-4545
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30. Off the Hoof Burgers

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Hwy 70
Arlington, TN
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31. Off-Site Kitchen

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2226 Irving Blvd.
Dallas, TX 75207
(214) 741-2226
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32. P. Terry's

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404 S. Lamar Blvd.
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 473-2217
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33. Palena

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3529 Connecticut Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20008
(202) 537-9250
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34. Park Burger

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1890 S Pearl
Denver, CO 80210
(720) 242-9951
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35. Shake Shack

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11 Madison Ave
New York, NY 10010
(212) 889-6600
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36. Skillet Diner

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1400 E Union St.
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 420-7297
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37. The Spotted Pig

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314 W 11th St
New York, NY 10014
(212) 620-0393
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38. Victory 44

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2203 44th Ave N
Minneapolis, MN 55412
(612) 588-2228
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1. Au Cheval

800 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60607
[Photo: Au Cheval / Facebook]
800 W Randolph St
Chicago, IL 60607

2. Bernie's Burger Bus

Moving Target!, Houston, TX 77004
[Photo: Bernie's / Facebook]
Moving Target!
Houston, TX 77004

3. Bocado

887 Howell Mill Rd, Atlanta, GA 30318
[Photo: Bocado / Facebook]
887 Howell Mill Rd
Atlanta, GA 30318

4. The Brindle Room

277 E 10th St., New York, NY 10009
[Photo: Brindle Room / Facebook]
277 E 10th St.
New York, NY 10009

5. Burgatory

932 Freeport Rd, Pittsburgh, PA 15215
[Photo: Burgatory / Facebook]
932 Freeport Rd
Pittsburgh, PA 15215

6. Burger Bar

3930 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89119
[Photo: Burger Bar / Facebook]
3930 Las Vegas Blvd S
Las Vegas, NV 89119

7. Burger Guys

706 Main Street, Houston, TX 77002
[Photo: Burger Guys / Facebook]
706 Main Street
Houston, TX 77002

8. Butcher & The Burger

1021 W Armitage Ave, Chicago, IL 60614