Signature Burger: Cheeseburger.
Even superstar chef Thomas Keller is a fan of the West Coast chain - and with good reason. The cooked-to-order burgers are made from Harris Ranch beef and served with hand-cut fries. For a messier, more indulgent experience, order your burger "Animal Style" for extra sauce and chopped grilled onions. in-n-out.com
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Signature Burger: Black Label Burger (topped with caramelized onions).
Minetta Tavern's excellent burgers use a beef blend - dry-aged rib eye, skirt steak, brisket and short rib-from famed purveyor Pat La Frieda, and buns from Balthazar Bakery. minettatavernny.com
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Signature Burger: Burger.
Star chef Linton Hopkins announces "burger time"- 10 p.m.-with the ringing of two bull horns; that's when two dozen grass-fed beef burgers are up for grabs and consistently sold out within minutes. The burgers are also available on the Sunday brunch menu. holeman-finch.com
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Signature Burger: Basic Beef Burger (served in a brioche bun).
There's no sign, yet dedicated fans-a certain president included-come here for the freshly ground burgers with and complimentary toppings like grilled onions and mushrooms sauteed in sherry and Cognac.
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Signature Burger: Beefburger.
Star chef Tony Maws adds bone marrow and dehydrated miso to his Bar Burger, and cooks it in a low heat CVap oven, followed by a quick char on the plancha. craigieonmain.com
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Signature Burger: House-ground hamburger (served in a grilled rosemary focaccia).
Instead of traditional cucumber pickles, legendary chef-owner Judy Rodgers accents her burgers with thin-cut zucchini strips pickled in apple cider vinegar, mustard seeds and turmeric. zunicafe.com
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Signature Burger: The Original Burger (prepared with a combination of chuck and sirloin beef).
Many restaurants claim to be the birthplace of the hamburger. Louis' Lunch, in New Haven, Connecticut, since 1900, is a leading contender. The meaty hand-shaped patties are grilled on antique cast-iron broilers over an open flame. louislunch.com
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Signature Burger: Dyer's Cheeseburger.
The legendary patties here are pounded thin before they're cooked in a cast-iron skillet filled with grease for a deliciously crisp exterior. dyersonbeale.com
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Signature Burger: Custom House Burger (short rib, sirloin and ground pork patty topped with aged cheddar cheese and shaved onion, served in a sourdough brioche bun).
The "Custom House Burger" - available only on the lunch and bar menu-comes with house-made steak sauce. customhouse.cc
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Signature Burger: Black Angus Burger (served in a brioche bun).
An optional topping for star chef Michael Schwartz's Harris Ranch Black Angus beef burger: house-smoked bacon. michaelsgenuine.com
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Signature Burger: Spotted Pig Burger.
When the Pig opened in 2004, it was known mostly for its celebrity owners-Jay-Z and Mario Batali, to name two. Now April Bloomfield is famous in her own right for her excellent gastropub menu, which includes an excellent burger made with brisket, rump and chuck, topped with Roquefort cheese. thespottedpig.com
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Signature Burger: Ahi Burger (seared Ahi tuna burger topped with ginger-wasabi mayonnaise and Asian slaw, served in a toasted egg bun).
Brothers Joel and Duncan Gott's witty, reimagined '50s diner recently changed its name from Taylor's Refresher, but it's still the undisputed favorite for comfort cravings-especially burgers. gottsroadside.com
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Signature Burger: Farm Burger (topped with Grafton smoked white cheddar cheese, caramelized onions and a special house sauce).
This farm-to-table burger spot grinds its grass-fed, dry-aged and locally sourced meat daily. The "build it" option includes unexpected toppings like cured lardo, oxtail marmalade and roasted bone marrow. farmburger.net
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Signature Burger: The Office Burger (dry-aged beef patty topped with Gruyere cheese, Maytag blue cheese, arugula and applewood-bacon compote).
Sang Yoon's noodle bar Lukshon might be getting a ton of buzz, but the provocative chef first made his name with his dry-aged beef burgers. Among the finest in the country, they justify the strict no-ketchup policy. The 36 craft beers on tap change seasonally. fathersoffice.com
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Signature Burger: Bacon Cheeseburger.
Chef Joey Campanaro gets his beef from famed Manhattan purveyor Pat LaFrieda and tops each burger with pickles from Gus, but the buns are house-baked, with just a hint of molasses. thelittleowlnyc.com
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Signature Burger: Palena Cheeseburger (Kobe beef patty topped with Sottocenere al Tartufo truffled cheese and garlic mayonnaise, served in a house-baked roll).
Former White House chef Frank Ruta's much-lauded burgers can be had in the boisterous front room. palenarestaurant.com
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Signature Burger: Steamed Cheeseburger (prepared with Vermont cheddar).
Ted's has been serving its steamed burgers-a regional specialty-since 1959. tedsrestaurant.com
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Signature Burger: Miller's Cheeseburger.
The popular no-frills burgers here have been served since the late 1940s. millersbar.com
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Signature Burger: HBG Burger (fresh-ground Meyer Natural Angus beef patty topped with Alexander Valley Gourmet pickles, served in a toasted Costeaux Bakery sourdough bun; roasted garlic mayonnaise on the side).
For his terrific burger, star chef Douglas Keane uses a 70-30 lean-to-fat ground beef ratio. healdsburgbarandgrill.com
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Signature Burger: Bacon Double Cheeseburger (beef patty with cheddar cheese, smoked bacon and Russian Dressing in a white bun).
A superb accompaniment to the burgers: house-made kettle chips. greenstreetgrill.com
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Signature Burger: ShackBurger (Black Angus beef patty topped with American cheese, tomato, lettuce, and "Shack Sauce," served in a grilled potato bun).
Uber restaurateur Danny Meyer's beloved mini empire has a cult following among Gotham burger geeks. Must-order items include the ShackBurger (served with American cheese, tomato, lettuce, and "Shack Sauce" in an old-fashioned wax paper wrapper) and a "hand-spun" chocolate-and-peanut-butter custard shake. shakeshacknyc.com
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Signature Burger: Ranch Burger (topped with mushrooms, onions, green chiles and choice of cheddar or provolone cheese).
Self-taught cowboy cook Tom Perini masters the art of open-flame cooking using mesquite coals at his hay barn turned steakhouse, smack in the middle of the state. periniranch.com
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Signature Burger: Cheeseburger (topped with onions, served in a soft bun).
This old-school diner has built its reputation on heavenly sliders piled high with thin-cut onions. It's been using the same butcher for the past 50 years.
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Signature Burger: Duchamp Havarti Cheeseburger (topped with Havarti cheese and tomato remoulade, served in a dill roll).
Chef Michael Taus' burger comes on a dill roll prepared from his Czechoslovakian grandmother's recipe. duchamp-chicago.com
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Signature Burger: Luger Burger (served with raw onions and house-made steak sauce, served in a sesame bun).
The broiled "Luger Burger"-prepared with a porterhouse and prime chuck blend-at this legendary steakhouse is served only during lunch. peterluger.com
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