The 50 best burgers in America, by state

The eternal question: Was the hamburger invented in Germany or America?

The verdict is still out, but here's one thing we do know: The U.S. is home to a million different kinds of delicious burgers, from basic patties with lettuce and tomato...to a concoction with pineapple and peanut butter we're kind of scared to try.

Here, the best burgers in all 50 states. Bring your elastic-waist pants:

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ALABAMA: VICKI’S LUNCH VAN

OK, the original van has retired and this shop is more of a lunch stand, but it still serves some of the tastiest no-frills burgers ever, slathered with mayo, ketchup, mustard and cheese.

2520 Fairground Rd. (at Crestview St.), Montgomery; yelp

ALASKA: TOMMY’S BURGER STOP

Shhh, the secret to the deliciousness is the Cajun seasoning added to each patty before it’s cooked. 

1106 W. 29th Pl. (at Spenard Rd.), Anchorage; 907-561-5656 ortommysburgerstop.com

ARIZONA: DIABLO BURGER

As guilt-free as a big, sloppy burger gets: It’s made from 100 percent local, range-raised, antibiotic-free and hormone-free beef from the sustainability-thinking Diablo Trust ranches. 

Locations in Flagstaff and Tucson; 520-882-2007 or diabloburger.com


 

ARKANSAS: C-J’S BUTCHER BOY BURGERS

The secret to this juicy burger that doesn't skimp on toppings is that they grind their beef on site every day. The retro '50s décor isn't too shabby, either. 

2803 N Arkansas Ave, Russellville; 479-968-2300 or yelp

CALIFORNIA: FATHER’S OFFICE

This heavenly creation made with dry-aged beef, arugula, Gruyère cheese and a bacon-onion compote is like eating French onion soup in burger form. Word to the wise: Do not ask for ketchup here; they’ll laugh you away. 

Locations in Los Angeles and Santa Monica; 310-736-2224 or fathersoffice.com

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COLORADO: CHERRY CRICKET

You’re the boss at this build-your-own-burger joint--you could even top your patty with grilled pineapple and peanut butter. (But, um, we wouldn’t recommend it.) 

2651 E. Second Ave. (at Clayton St.), Denver; 303-322-7666 or cherrycricket.com

CONNECTICUT: LOUIS’ LUNCH

We’re obsessed with the amazing burgers at Plan B Burger Bar, but we’ve gotta give a shout-out to Louis’ Lunch, the first-ever restaurant to serve hamburgers in the U.S. (They’re still super old-school, so if you want ketchup or mustard, you’re out of luck.)

261-263 Crown St. (at College St.), New Haven; 203-562-5507 or louislunch.com


 

DELAWARE: THE CHARCOAL PIT

How amazing are these diner-style burgers? Just ask Obama.

Locations in North Wilmington and Prices Corner; 302-998-8853 or charcoalpit.net


 

FLORIDA: CHARM CITY BURGER COMPANY

Ready for the most epic breakfast ever? Sink your teeth into the Big Sloppy, served with double meat, double cheese, double bacon, a hash brown and a fried egg.

1136 E. Hillsboro Blvd. (at SE 12th Ave.), Deerfield Beach; 954-531-0300 or charmcityburgers.com

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GEORGIA: ANN’S SNACK BAR

Live a little and order the Ghetto Burger, a double cheeseburger topped with chili, bacon, grilled onions, ketchup and mustard on a toasted bun. Then take a nap.

1615 Memorial Dr. SE (at Wyman St. SE), Atlanta; 404-687-9207 or yelp

HAWAII: W & M BAR-B-Q BURGER

Before you hit the beach, grab a Royal B.B.Q. Burger with lettuce, tomato, onions and cheese. (But like your mom always says, eat it at least an hour before you go swimming.)

3104 Waialae Ave. (at Third Ave.), Honolulu; 808-734-3350 or yelp

IDAHO: THE SAVAGE GRILL

Breaking news: You can get the Savage Burger with a side of tots. When in Idaho…eat potatoes. 

907 Mulkey St. (at Union Ave.), Salmon; 208-756-2062 or yelp


 

ILLINOIS: AU CHEVAL

This trendy Chicago diner actually slips a third patty onto the double cheeseburger to achieve optimum cheese-to-meat ratios. Thanks, guys.

800 W. Randolph St. (N. Halsted St.), Chicago; 312-929-4580 or auchevalchicago.com

INDIANA: THE WORKINGMAN’S FRIEND

Double cheeseburger + onion rings = a match made in burger heaven.

234 N. Belmont Ave. (at Turner Ave.), Indianapolis; 217-636-2067 or yelp

IOWA: THE CIDER HOUSE

Local farm-raised beef is seasoned with dry farmhouse cider to create this epic plate of deliciousness.

102 N. Second St. (at W. Broadway Ave.), Fairfield; 641-980-0423 or jeffersoncountyciderhouse.com

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KANSAS: JOHNNY’S TAVERN

Mmm, we’ll take a Dodge City Burger with bacon, barbecue sauce, cheddar and onion rings.

Locations throughout Kansas; 785-842-0377 or johnnystavern.com

KENTUCKY: PROOF ON MAIN

Go for the bison burger, piled high with shredded lettuce and apricot-laced jezebel sauce. Just try it.

702 W. Main St. (at N. Seventh St.), Louisville; 502-217-6360 or proofonmain.com

LOUISIANA: THE COMPANY BURGER

This masterpiece made with house-ground brisket and chuck is, hands down, the best burger in New Orleans, if not the entire state.

Two locations in New Orleans; 504-309-9422 or thecompanyburger.com

MAINE: HARMON’S LUNCH

These tasty burgers are dished up without lettuce, tomato or mayo but don't fret—there's a reason why this joint has been a local favorite since 1960. 

144 Gray Rd, Falmouth; 207-797-9857 or yelp


 

MARYLAND: THE ABBEY BURGER BISTRO

When we’re in Balti, we’re ordering the Bistro Burger, made with Roseda Farm beef and topped with cheddar, bacon and a gooey sunny-side-up egg.

Locations in Baltimore and Ocean City; 443-453-9698 or abbeyburgerbistro.com

MASSACHUSETTS: EASTERN STANDARD

Make sure you lift your pinky while eating this burger because it’s fancy, like chuck, brisket and rib lifter fancy. 

528 Commonwealth Ave. (at Newbury St.), Boston; 617-532-9100 or easternstandardboston.com

MICHIGAN: THE BROWN BEAR

You haven’t lived until you’ve ordered the Bear Burger Supreme, featuring a pound of beef, ham, peppers, mushrooms, cheese, tomato and onions. You just haven’t. 

Locations in Shelby and Pentwater; 231-861-5014 or yelp

MINNESOTA: REVIVAL

We’re not saying this burger made the list because it comes with a side of hush puppies, but it certainly doesn’t hurt.

4257 Nicollet Ave. S. (at W. 43rd St.); 612-345-4516 or revivalmpls.com


 

MISSISSIPPI: PHILLIPS GROCERY

This old-school joint was originally a saloon, but it became a grocery store (that also serves delicious burgers) in 1919. Go for the cheeseburger and jalapeño corn nuggets.

Locations in Holly Springs and Oxford; 662-236-5951 or yelp

MISSOURI: FIVE STAR BURGERS

We think we have a crush on the Gateway Burger, with smoked bacon, cheddar, onion rings and homemade barbecue sauce. (Is it weird to have a crush on a burger? Yes? Too bad.)

Multiple locations in Missouri; 314-720-4350 or 5starburgersstl.com

MONTANA: SLIPPERY OTTER PUB

Come for the elk burger, stay for the crinkle-cut sweet potato fries.

139 N. Canyon St. (at Firehole Ave.), West Yellowstone; 406-646-7050 or yelp

NEBRASKA: STELLA’S BAR & GRILL

You miiiight want to split the decadent pastrami burger--with five slices of brined meat on an already towering burger with Swiss cheese, mustard and lettuce--with a buddy.

106 Galvin Rd. S. (at Power Dr.), Bellevue; 402-291-6088 or stellasbarandgrill.com

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NEVADA: HOLSTEINS SHAKES AND BUNS

This gourmet burger is cooked to perfection, then topped with aged goat milk cheddar, garlic aioli, tomato confit and applewood-smoked thick-cut bacon.

3708 S. Las Vegas Blvd. (at W. Harmon Ave.), Las Vegas; 702-698-7940 or holsteinsburgers.com

NEW HAMPSHIRE: WILD WILLY’S BURGERS

Hickory-smoked bacon? Cheddar? Pickles? Zesty barbecue sauce? We’re naming our first child Willy.

Multiple locations in Rochester; 603-332-1193 or wildwillysburgers.com

NEW JERSEY: ARTHUR’S TAVERN

OK, you might not want to eat this for breakfast every day, but this ooey-gooey burger with homemade corned beef hash, bacon and fried eggs is a must-try.

700 Speedwell Ave. (at Franklin Pl.), Morris Plains; 973-455-9705 or arthurstavern.com


 

NEW MEXICO: SPARKY’S

The green chile cheeseburger at this low-key spot is so famous, burger fans travel from all over the country to try a bite. 

115 Franklin St. (at W. Hall St.), Hatch; 575-267-4222 or sparkysburgers.com

NEW YORK: THE SPOTTED PIG

There’s tons of competition for the greatest burger in NYC (we still love you, Minetta Tavern), but even Shake Shack’s head chef Mark Rosati agrees--the Spotted Pig’s chargrilled masterpiece is where it’s at.

314 W. 11th St. (at Greenwich St.); 212-620-0393 or thespottedpig.com

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NORTH CAROLINA: JOHNSON’S DRIVE-IN

This old-school fast-food joint has been serving burgers and fries to locals for the last 70 years--and the prices are so low, you’ll think you’re still in 1946.

1520 E. 11th St. (at E. Raleigh St.), Siler City or yelp

NORTH DAKOTA: SICKIES GARAGE BURGERS & BREWS

Yes, that’s an eggs Benedict burger with a side of tots. No, we’re not sharing.

3431 Fiechtner Dr. S. (at 13th Ave. S.), Fargo; 701-478-7425 or sickiesnd.com

OHIO: KEWPEE BURGER

Founded in 1923, this burger institution is the second-ever fast-food chain in the U.S. (White Castle was the first). Wendy’s founder Dave Thomas ate here as a kid and loved it so much, he decided to go into the burger business. So try a bite of history.

111 N. Elizabeth St. (at E. Market St.), Lima; 419-228-1778 or kewpeehamburgers.com/locations-hours

OKLAHOMA: TUCKER’S ONION BURGERS

Ever had an Oklahoma Onion Burger? They were popularized during the Great Depression, when beef was combined with onions so restaurants could make more burgers with less meat. Now it’s a tasty local tradition you have to try.

Three locations in Oklahoma City; 405-609-2333 or tuckersonionburgers.com

OREGON: PILOT BUTTE DRIVE-IN

This throwback drive-in has all sorts of classic diner fare, but we’re partial to the 18-ounce burger piled with mayo, lettuce, tomatoes, pickles and onions on a handmade bun.

Two locations in Bend; 541-323-3272 or pilotbuttedrivein.com

PENNSYLVANIA: VILLAGE WHISKEY

This is yolk porn at its finest. Oh, but if you’re not in the mood for an egg, you can also get it topped with horseradish crab salad. #yesplease

118 S. 20th St. (at Sansom St.); 215-665-1088 or philadelphia.villagewhiskey.com

RHODE ISLAND: HARRY’S BAR AND BURGER

It’s all about the sliders at this Providence favorite. You’re looking at the M.O.A.B. (short for “Mother of All Burgers,”) with cheese, bacon, mushrooms and fried onion strings.

Two locations in Providence; 401-228-7437 or harrysbarburger.com

SOUTH CAROLINA: NU-WAY RESTAURANT & LOUNGE

This charmingly divey spot is home to the Redneck Cheeseburger, drenched in a secret pimento cheese sauce. We could never stay mad at you, cheese…

373 E. Kennedy St. (at Chestnut St.); 864-582-9685 or facebook

SOUTH DAKOTA: BLACK HILLS BURGER & BUN CO.

In addition to the classics, this low-key restaurant features a rotating (and always offbeat) burger of the week--Pork Thai Burger with peanut sauce, anyone? 

441 Mt. Rushmore Rd. (at N. Fifth St.), Custer; 605-673-3411 or blackhillsburgerandbun.com

TENNESSEE: BURGER REPUBLIC

If a Jalapeño Popper Burger is wrong, then we don’t wanna be right.

Multiple locations in Nashville; 615-915-1943 or burgerrepublic.com

TEXAS: CHESTER’S

It’s all about perfecting the basics at Chester’s…and then smothering them in chili.

Multiple locations in San Antonio; 210-490-5400 or chestershamburgers.com

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UTAH: LUCKY 13

Tip: Try to resist ordering the Breath Enhancer on a date. (It’s topped with chunks of garlic.)

135 1300 S. (at Jefferson St.), Salt Lake City; 801-487-4418 or lucky13slc.com

VERMONT: WORTHY BURGER

We’re not worthy of this cute little grass-fed patty with all the fixin’s! But we will definitely order one.

56 Rainbow St. (at Park St.), South Royalton; 802-763-2575 or worthyvermont.com

WASHINGTON: PALACE KITCHEN

With half a pound of hand-ground Oregon county chuck and a bun from Seattle’s Dahlia Bakery, the Palace Burger Royale is definitely worthy of its name.

2030 Fifth Ave. (at Lenora St.), Seattle; 206-448-2001 or tomdouglas.com

WASHINGTON: PALACE KITCHEN

With half a pound of hand-ground Oregon county chuck and a bun from Seattle’s Dahlia Bakery, the Palace Burger Royale is definitely worthy of its name.

2030 Fifth Ave. (at Lenora St.), Seattle; 206-448-2001 or tomdouglas.com


 

WASHINGTON, D.C.: FIVE GUYS

Before this chain popped up all over the U.S., it was a tiny family business in nearby Arlington. Keep the Cajun-style fries coming, guys.

Ten locations in Washington, D.C.; 202-223-2737 or fiveguys.com

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WEST VIRGINIA: AVENUE EATS

Hey, don’t knock the Brie and Grilled Pear Burger until you’ve tried it.

1201 Valley-View Ave. (at Washington Ave.), Wheeling; 304-905-8300 or avenueeats.com

WISCONSIN: KROLL’S EAST

No trip to Wisconsin is complete without a butter burger (yep, that’s a burger with a bun drenched in butter), and this Green Bay institution is the spot to get 'em.

1658 Main St. (at Deckner Ave.), Green Bay; 920-468-4422 or krollseast.com

WYOMING: THE BIRD

Which burger is the best at this Jackson Hole hot spot? With names like Ghetto on a Good Day, Filthy Harry and Polish Lawn-Mower, you really can’t go wrong.

4125 US-89 (at Pub Pl.), Jackson; 307-732-2473 or thebirdinjh.com

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