Yes, there are a lot of great burgers out there. Yes, some of them aren’t on this list. But here are six I can think of that are worth a pilgrimage (and never disappoint).

By Andrew Zimmern
Updated March 31, 2015

Travail Kitchen and Amusements

4154 W. Broadway, Robbinsdale, MN; 763-535-1131 or
First, take pounds and pounds of sirloin steak. Trim and roast it until the fat is rendered and the solids have browned. Cool and paddle the fat into your aged ground blend of chuck and other cuts. Grill and place on brioche bun. It’s seriously insane.

JG Melon

1291 3rd Ave., New York City; 212-744-0585.
My favorite bar burger, bar none. All the fancy stuff can come and go, but this is the burger I grew up on, and it holds a special place in my heart. Order it with cottage fries and spinach salad on the side.

Bobcat Bite

418 Old Las Vegas Highway, Santa Fe, NM; 505-983-5319 or
An ancient roadside institution. Aged grass-fed beef purchased from the same farm for generations, griddled, served big and thick and juicy with green chiles if you want ’em. I think this is one for the record books.

The Le Tub Saloon

1100 N. Ocean Dr., Hollywood, FL; 954-921-9425 or
Food writer Alan Richman’s favorite, and worth the trip. It’s a dump to be sure, but the grilled sirloin burger has some impressive heft and flavor. It is indeed a masterpiece, with a flawless soft, sweet bun.

The Counter

2901 Ocean Park Blvd., Santa Monica, CA; 310-399-8383 or various locations,
I think it’s got the best flavor and best overall meaty heft of any burger in California, and yes, I know what that means. I love this sucker. And just for the record, I eat my burgers plain.

Minetta Tavern

113 MacDougal St., New York City; 212-475-3850 or
The Black Label Burger is perfect and rich and fulfilling in a way that can’t be beat. Pat LaFrieda’s meat blend, the Minetta style and cooked exactly right every time. Crusty, juicy and rare—every time.

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