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2005/04/11 21:11:56 (permalink)

Top 5 Burgers

I know, this has all been covered before but maybe we can get some new blood this time.

List your Top 5 all-time favorite Burgers anywhere in the US.

1. Kincaid's (Ft. Worth, TX)
2. The Brass Ring (North Palm Beach, FL)
3. McHale's (NYC)
4. JG Melon's (NYC)
5. Louis Lunch (New Haven, CT)

Now, it is your turn....
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    Pwingsx
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    RE: Top 5 Burgers 2005/04/12 01:58:53 (permalink)
    Hard to find good burgers around here:

    Red Robin's Banzai burger, rare
    CB&Pott's Mile Hi Burger, no bun, rare
    Icon Burger, rare (Lafayette, CO)
    Home, rare
    Home, rare
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    lleechef
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    RE: Top 5 Burgers 2005/04/12 02:50:52 (permalink)
    Bob's Bar, Martinsburg, Nebraska. Best burger on the planet!
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    RE: Top 5 Burgers 2005/04/12 07:41:05 (permalink)
    Two Bell's Tavern, Seattle

    Brickyard, Daytona Beach

    Louis' Lunch

    White Hut, West Springfield, Massachusetts
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    chezkatie
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    RE: Top 5 Burgers 2005/04/12 08:21:50 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by wheregreggeats.com

    Two Bell's Tavern, Seattle

    Brickyard, Daytona Beach

    Louis' Lunch

    White Hut, West Springfield, Massachusetts




    I can testify to the fact that the Brickyard serves up one really good hamburger.......had one there just a few days ago.

    The only other place that comes to mind where the hamburgers are terrific is a little place called EW Becks which is located in Sykesville, Maryland. There cannot be a better burger any place.
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    UncleVic
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    RE: Top 5 Burgers 2005/04/12 08:45:43 (permalink)
    Leena Lous - Ada, Mi.
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    cleveland66
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    RE: Top 5 Burgers 2005/04/12 09:49:36 (permalink)
    1. bacon double cheeseburger @ Dyer's-Memphis, TN
    2. cheeseburger w/grilled onions @ Brown's-Nashville, TN
    3. cheeseburger @ Louis Lunch-New Haven, CT
    4. cheeseburger, animal style @ In-N-Out Burger-L.A., CA
    5. The Deathburger, Cory Brown style @ Trenton Street Cafe'-Ruston, LA
    now closed...

    I miss the Deathburger...
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    Michael Hoffman
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    RE: Top 5 Burgers 2005/04/12 10:18:33 (permalink)
    1. Cheeseburger, The Crazy Cow, Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands
    2. My own
    3. Beanyburger at the Gahanna Grill, Gahanna, Ohio
    4. Academyburger, also Gahanna Grill
    5. Danny's, Stratford, Connecticut


    I've never cared much for the hamburgers at Louis Lunch. They aren't half as good as the steak sandwiches there.
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    RE: Top 5 Burgers 2005/04/12 10:36:50 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by Michael Hoffman

    1. Cheeseburger, The Crazy Cow, Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands
    2. My own
    3. Beanyburger at the Gahanna Grill, Gahanna, Ohio
    4. Academyburger, also Gahanna Grill
    5. Danny's, Startford, Connecticut


    I've never cared much for the hamburgers at Louis Lunch. They aren't half as good as the steak sandwiches there.
    Aaaahhh ... At first glance I thought you said "DENNY'S" not "Danny's!" I like Louis' for the rustic nature of the burgers.
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    Michael Hoffman
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    RE: Top 5 Burgers 2005/04/12 10:45:08 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by wheregreggeats.com

    quote:
    Originally posted by Michael Hoffman

    1. Cheeseburger, The Crazy Cow, Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands
    2. My own
    3. Beanyburger at the Gahanna Grill, Gahanna, Ohio
    4. Academyburger, also Gahanna Grill
    5. Danny's, Startford, Connecticut


    I've never cared much for the hamburgers at Louis Lunch. They aren't half as good as the steak sandwiches there.
    Aaaahhh ... At first glance I thought you said "DENNY'S" not "Danny's!" I like Louis' for the rustic nature of the burgers.

    I grew up eating at Louis Lunch. the Lassens are my cousins. I always loved their steak sandwiches, but I never cared for the hamburgers. I could get better hamburgers at the White Tower up the street.
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    mr chips
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    RE: Top 5 Burgers 2005/04/12 11:22:39 (permalink)
    My favorites
    (1) Stanich's World's Greatest Hamburger, Portland, Or
    (2) Burgerville"s Rogue Valley Blue Cheese Burgwe
    (3) Ringside Restaurant Burger, Portland, Or
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    RE: Top 5 Burgers 2005/04/12 11:25:21 (permalink)
    OKaaaaayyyyy,

    But WHY are these your favorites?

    What makes a burger stand out from the crowd for you?
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    RE: Top 5 Burgers 2005/04/12 11:53:33 (permalink)
    1. Ted's, Meriden, CT
    2. Charlie Beinlich's, Northbrook, IL
    3. Louis Lunch, New Haven, CT
    4. Goldyburgers, Forest Park, IL
    5. Crabill's, Urbana, OH
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    RE: Top 5 Burgers 2005/04/12 12:08:59 (permalink)

    1. Hinkle's Hamburgers, Bloomington, IN
    2. Carl's Townhouse, Chillicothe, OH
    3. Thurman's, Columbus, OH
    4. Sumburger, Chillicothe, OH
    5. Stan's, Columbus, OH

    Hey Michael - What is the academy burger at Gahana Grill? I've had the Beanie Burger (cole slaw and bacon) but not the Academy.
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    RE: Top 5 Burgers 2005/04/12 12:12:43 (permalink)
    Cheeseburger on a Widoff's bulkie, Ralph's, Wormtown MA

    Mama Burger, Val's Burgers, Hayward CA

    Joe's Hamburger Sandwich, Original Joe's, San Francisco CA (only on Fridays when they fire up the char-broiler for lunch)

    I can't think of any others, as i am damn picky.



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    Michael Hoffman
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    RE: Top 5 Burgers 2005/04/12 12:46:00 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by hatteras04


    1. Hinkle's Hamburgers, Bloomington, IN
    2. Carl's Townhouse, Chillicothe, OH
    3. Thurman's, Columbus, OH
    4. Sumburger, Chillicothe, OH
    5. Stan's, Columbus, OH

    Hey Michael - What is the academy burger at Gahana Grill? I've had the Beanie Burger (cole slaw and bacon) but not the Academy.

    The Academy is the Beanie without the slaw. I prefer it that way. Both have grilled onions and bacon.
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    RE: Top 5 Burgers 2005/04/12 13:04:15 (permalink)
    Rocky's Burger Bus - Calgary Alberta
    Vortex - Atlanta
    Copper Monkey - Gainesville, FL
    Big Hoss Burger - Scott's in Bixby, OK
    Stamps Superburger - Jackson, MS
    ( These are not in any particular order)
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    RE: Top 5 Burgers 2005/04/12 13:22:21 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by hatteras04


    1. Hinkle's Hamburgers, Bloomington, IN
    2. Carl's Townhouse, Chillicothe, OH
    3. Thurman's, Columbus, OH
    4. Sumburger, Chillicothe, OH
    5. Stan's, Columbus, OH

    Hey Michael - What is the academy burger at Gahana Grill? I've had the Beanie Burger (cole slaw and bacon) but not the Academy.


    I strongly agree on the Sumburger. I stopped there a few weeks ago with my daughter & grandchildren on the way to West Virginia. My grandson especially liked placing our order over the telephone that was in the booth.
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    RE: Top 5 Burgers 2005/04/12 13:59:56 (permalink)
    1. town topic-KC Mo.
    That's it. It's the only one I really crave. We used to sit at the counter at 4:00 in the morning (bars close at 3:00 in KC) and watch the grill man use an ice cream scoop to make up the next day's fresh ground burgers.
    he'd scoop, put a square of wax paper, then repeat till he had towers of meat balls
    ready to smash out on the grill, of course with onions.
    Double cheeseburger with/ coupled with 2 eggs over easy-play the"Tommy" pinball machine while you're waiting. Perfection.
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    RE: Top 5 Burgers 2005/04/12 14:55:09 (permalink)
    In no order of preference:
    1. Town Topic - Kansas City, Mo, nothing like it
    2. The Brasserie - NYC, the best fries and buns
    3. Restaurant Vincent - Minneapolis, not the least expensive, but one of the best I've had in MPLS or anyother higher end restaurant
    4. Tommy's - LA, just right after an evening of Lazarium at the Griffith Park Observatory
    5. Johnny C's - Raytown/ KC - I'm not sure if it's in Raytown or Kansas City, it's too close to both lines to tell. Great sweet potato fries
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    RE: Top 5 Burgers 2005/04/12 18:04:49 (permalink)
    *Not necessarily in this order but depends on what I'm in the mood for:

    1. Ollie Burger from Ollie's Trolley (Spicy!);
    2. Cheeseburger with everything from Wilson's pool hall in Versailles KY (accompanied by onion rings);
    3. Cheeseburger with everything from G.D. Ritzy's;
    4. Drumrollll I hate to say it but "Big Mac";
    5. Any burger from my grill with fresh cold onions, lettuce, tomatoes, spices, ketchup, mustard, and cheese..........ah!

    Unfortunately for me, the nearest Ollie's Trolley is in Louisville KY and the G.D. Ritzy's in Lexington KY is long gone.

    Andrea
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    RE: Top 5 Burgers 2005/04/12 19:29:14 (permalink)
    1. Come Back Inn Melrose Park Il Now closed
    2. Kincaids, Ft. worth Tx
    3. The Original Billy Goat Tavern Chicago (its the total experience)
    4 Lefty's Addison Tx (Lunch Only)
    5. Hambuger Heaven Elmhurst, Il.
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    RE: Top 5 Burgers 2005/04/12 19:49:21 (permalink)
    1. Thr Farmer Burger, from one of the Farmer Boy Stands in the Inland Empire of SoCal. Love the thick Avocado slices on it (along with everything else)!

    2. The Double Bacon Cheeseburger- Also from one of the Farmer Boy stands. Must have a Side of Huge Onion Rings and Squash Spears to go with the Burgers.

    3 a 4x4 from In N Out.

    4. A Double Bacon ButterBurger (Jumbo) from our local Culver's in Corydon, Indiana...Although I tend to choose the Pork Tenderloin Sandwich lately.

    5. Currently vacant. TBA Later.
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    RE: Top 5 Burgers 2005/04/12 20:38:30 (permalink)
    1. Billy Ray's Restaraunt-Prestonsburg, KY.
    2.My friend Ethel McKenzies hamburger-Katyfriend Branch-Prestonsburg, KY.
    3.Red Light Diner-Prestonsburg, Kentucky.
    4.My own- Medium well. Mustard & onions only
    5.Have to think about this one!!
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    RE: Top 5 Burgers 2005/04/14 03:44:44 (permalink)
    Lawanda, I like the Rimgside burger because it is quality meat grilled to orger(it is about the onlt place I can get a rare burger), I like Standish"s WGH because the cook it fresh, it has every topping I could want, and the atmosphere is wonderful(see review on the Oregon section of this website), I like Bugerville's Rogue Valley blue cheese because the Blue cheese is fresh and the burger is from hormon e free norhtwest cattle and it is tasty.
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    RE: Top 5 Burgers 2005/04/15 22:45:30 (permalink)
    2 of the best burgers on Long Island in Suffolk county are
    1) Howards Cafe south/west corner sunrise highway and waverly ave Patchogue
    2) J&Rs steak house Rte 25a Rocky Point...Not the Stony Brook location
    there are plenty of other places that put out a great bar burger but these 2 stand out to me........
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    RE: Top 5 Burgers 2005/04/15 23:45:27 (permalink)
    Ted's - Meriden, CT
    The Apple Pan - LA, CA
    Solly's Grille - Glendale, WI
    Bobcat Bite - Santa Fe, NM
    Shake Shack - NYC
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    RE: Top 5 Burgers 2005/04/15 23:52:00 (permalink)
    Tommys Hamburgers in LA
    In and Out in LA
    White Castles anywhere
    Krystals in the south
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    RE: Top 5 Burgers 2005/04/16 00:01:02 (permalink)
    Lavanda, Good question.
    A good burger needs to be cooked through (these days, unless you watch the meat processed from start to finish) but still be juicy. For me it needs to be grilled and preferably have a slightly smokey taste (cover the grill for the last few minutes).
    Salt and peppered heavily before cooking and unlike a good steak, you might hit it with just a small shake of garlic, onion powder, oregano, etc. . . whatevere you prefer. But always remember, good beef, even ground up beef is a wonderful thing to taste, so don't lose the taste with spices and herbs.
    Also, you gotta have a good bun. . . maybe some fresh onion, tomato and lettuce, or maybe not.
    If you want to mix a bunch of things into your burger, make meatloaf.
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    RE: Top 5 Burgers 2005/04/16 01:33:22 (permalink)
    I can' really come up with a top five...there's my top two and a dozen or so also-rans...

    1) Any Burger at McGuires Irish Pub in Pensacola, FL
    These guys age their own prime beef in-house and grind the scraps from steaks to make hamburgers. If you understand the difference between choice and prime beef, you know what I am talking about. Truly awe-inspiring burgers. If you enjoy the effects of alcohol :), don't miss the house drink, the Irish Wake. They squeeze fresh oranges directly into a quart-sized mason jar, add enough Barcardi 151 to get Jackie Gleason cross-eyed, and then add a splash of blue curacao to make it nice and green. Awesome.

    2) My backyard
    An oversized patty of the best beef I can get charred at the highest temperature my trusty Weber can produce. Fresh crusty roll, crisp lettuce and ripe tomatoes, and whatever condiments and accroutements my friends desire.

    I'm too far from Pensacola now (Lyme, CT). I think I better fire up the grill...

    Dave
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