What's not to love about a classic burger? Sometimes there's nothing better than a juicy patty on a warmly toasted bun topped with melted cheese, lettuce, tomato and tasty condiments. Here are 14 All-American burgers that'll make you wish it was barbecue season already:
1. BURGER DU NORD - Cafe du Nord (San Francisco)
The burger at Cafe du Nord is as classic as the restaurant -- which has been serving San Francisco almost continuously since 1907 -- with sharp cheddar, lettuce, pickles and secret sauce plus a side of fries.
2. SINK BURGER - Sink Swim (Chicago)
Sink Swim puts its own spin on the traditional burger, drizzling its housemade "Sink Sauce" over a double patty with American cheese and onion rings.
3. THE PCB - Plan Check (Los Angeles)
At Plan Check, the PCB (Plan Check Burger) comes with delicious toppings -- Americanized dashi cheese, ketchup leather, schmaltz onions and mixed pickles -- on a perfect "crunch" bun.
4. SECRET BURGER - Alden & Harlow (Boston)
Alden & Harlow's Burger -- offered with limited availability -- is made with an 80z Creekstone patty, a house-made roll and "your faith" in the chef. The burger remains a mystery until you take the first bite, but it looks darn good to us!
5. MASON PACIFIC BURGER - Mason Pacific (San Francisco)
Mason Pacific delivers a juicy patty on a pretzel bun with smoked tomato and pickled red onion, plus optional gourmet toppings such as mushroom confit, white cheddar, egg and gorgonzola.
6. WHITE LABEL BURGER - Ai Fiori (New York)
Ai Fiori's White Label Burger -- an eight-ounce LaFrieda prime patty served with bacon marmalade, slices of white American cheese, McClure's pickles and a side of pommes dauphines (crisp potato puffs)-- is the epitome of a power lunch.
7. CHEESEBURGER - Sunny Spot (Los Angeles)
Sunny Spot's cheeseburger -- with American cheese, crispy buttermilk onions, tomato, housemade pickles and fancy sauce -- is a great dish to enjoy hand in hand with its Caribbean style side dishes like avocado mash, salt and pepper fries, and rice and beans.
8. CHEESEBURGER - Alta CA (San Francisco)
A perfect fit for the restaurant's European-influenced American menu, Alta CA's burger comes with cheddar cheese and bacon on a sesame bun with a side of crisp potatoes in garlic oil.
9. WOLF BURGER - Edi & the Wolf (New York)
A delicious lunch to cozy up to with an Austrian beer, the Wolf Burger at Edi & the Wolf is prepared with the restaurant's signature Pat LaFrieda blend, gruyere and both grilled and crispy onions, with egg and bacon offered as additions.
10. GEMINI BURGER - Gemini Bistro (Chicago)
A staple on its modern American menu, Gemini Bistro dishes out a prime beef with its applewood bacon cheeseburger on a homemade bun with a side of fries.
11. LA PUENTE BACKYARD ORIGINAL - Cerveteca (Los Angeles)
The perfect complement to their fantastic beer selection, Cerveteca's burger can be ordered with a beef, turkey or veggie patty and is garnished with red leaf, tomato, grilled or fried onion, housemade "not so secret sauce" and a choice of pimiento or cheddar cheese.
12. LANDMARC HAMBURGER - Landmarc (New York)
Landmarc offers standout cheeses to top off its hamburgers or chicken burgers -- American, gruyere, blue, cheddar, mozzarella and smoked mozzarella are all on hand -- to make yours ooze with delight.
13. FOG CITY BURGER & FRIES - Fog City (San Francisco)
A reimagined version of a historic destination, Fog City delivers food that strikes that same traditional yet updated balance, featuring a burger topped with smoked tomato aioli, housemade American cheese, tomato, onion and dill pickle on a brioche bun.
14. BURGER DIANE - Dudley Market (Los Angeles)
Dudley Market's Burger Diane, a lunchtime favorite, is a gourmet take on a classic dish, prepared with gruyere, melted onions, mushrooms, pickles and Dijon.