questionswhat is your favorite burger?

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Make your own, bigger and better.

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in-n-out double double no tomato, extra lettuce & a side of spread.

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@coolphilip04: i take it you prefer at home vs. eating out? burger-wise, at least.

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@rlapid2112: Burger-wise yes and most steaks can be made better at home. I like to infuse my burgers with more spices and being able to choose how lean my beef is.

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@coolphilip04: i definitely agree on steaks. i have yet to find a rib-eye at a restaurant that is better than what i grill

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@rlapid2112: Agreed.

As far as burgers go for making what I consider my favorite I use the following:

80/20 Beef
Tabasco sauce
Burger seasoning (Weber "Gourmet" Burger Seasoning is what I use.)
Caesar Dressing

Take your ground beef, mix the Caesar, Tabasco and burger seasoning into it. It gives it a really interesting flavor and you almost don't need condiments. Be sure to put bacon on it, though.

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5 Guys. No contest.

And yes, I have had In-n-Out burgers and love them too, but 5 Guys rules.

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@coolphilip04: wow, i am going to your next burger-fest! i will definitely give that a try!

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@durkzilla: i just discovered they're in vegas. i will go!

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Best burger conversations always make me a little sad inside. There was a true hole in the wall place in Arlington, tx called Jim's burgers. If there was anything everyone in Arlington could agree on, it was that it was the best burger place that existed. Unfortunately when they 'cleaned up' the area in preparation for the stadium, it was one of the first establishments to lose its lease and be removed. I'm not sure why but they never reopened.

I've had five guys, smashburger, in and out, etc... they are all pretty great places, at least 90 - 95% on flavor if you ask me, but nothing could compare to the now gone jim's burgers. Five guys is probably my favorite of the three. There is, however, another place around town called patty shack that mixes in fresh ingredients into the meat such as peppers and onions, I'd take that one above the other three any day.

I like at home burgers, but I've still not mastered the grill / seasoning to produce tastier burgers than those places.

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I went to a butcher and told him what I was looking for. In the end he ground the meat for me, infused it with what I wanted (also available there), shaped it into patties for me, then he packaged it all up for me to use. While he was doing that I did my other shopping. When I picked it up he thanked me and refused a tip. That is what I call service.

If you are still reading this they were amazing. It was a blend of beef and lamb patties. Infused with cracked pepper, Gorgonzola, and herbs.

I forgot Back years ago I was at Fort Campbell and found this place in neighboring Hopkinsville, KY http://www.urbanspoon.com/r/183/1006363/restaurant/Kentucky/Ferrells-Snappy-Service-Hopkinsville

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@xarous: that sounds like some 4-legged heaven, nom nom!

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My mom's famous Italian burgers...ground beef with shredded Mozzarella cheese and diced dry salami. Throw them on the grill and while you're waiting everyone takes turns cranking the ice cream maker.

The only restaurant where I'll order a burger is EJ Phair, a local brewpub. They make the most amazing bacon cheeseburger with a side of garlic fries. (My husband swears by Nations but I'm not a fan.)

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@rlapid2112: It was tasty. Thinking back I should have thrown some guanciale on it too.

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Homemade on the grill.
Ground chuck mixed with salt, pepper and garlic and formed into patties just under an inch thickness. Throw a slice or two of extra sharp cheddar about a minute or two before the burgers are done. Put between two halves of a lightly toasted homemade sour dough bun with lettuce, thinly sliced red onion, tomato slices seasoned with salt & pepper and the kicker: a Ortega green chili sliced open. If the bun is a little dry or the tomatoes aren't too juicy, I'll add mayo. My son likes to add a scoop of homemade guacamole, but it turns into a challenge to eat.

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@gut funk: Oh wow. I went to school in Arlington for 4 years and have never heard of it. Wish I did now. I tried burger box and it was ehh.

I like Braums and Five Guys.

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Another vote for Five Guys. Definitely the place I go if I don't want to make my own.

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looks like 5 guys takes the going-out burger vote!

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@rlapid2112: Locally Fat Daddy's in Raleigh. It's kinda like Fudruckers, but better and it was around for YEARS before I ever heard of a Fudruckers*.

As far as chains go, 5 Guys. But I do wish we had In-And-Out on the East Coast. I've had them a few times and they're really good. But not like 5 Guys.

And for making them at home, I found Alton Brown's Burger of the Gods to be an absolutely transformative experience:

-Video:
- -Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e_Lj-ZSVvWI
- -Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2gip89zEyiM

-Recipe: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/alton-brown/burger-of-the-gods-recipe/index.html

I've made them both on cast iron as he did on the show and on the grill. Either way it's a wonderful thing. Not enough characters left to describe them properly, but my mouth is watering just thinking about them.

*Any time my mother ever tried to say that she'd stop, think to be sure to say it correctly, only to accidentally say rudfu...

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@anotherhiggins: i've even heard of a knock-off (right phrase?) store called Thudpuckers.

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Homemade burger is the only way to go.

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I went to a 5 guys once. I wasn't especially impressed. The burger itself was good, certainly better than typical fast food, but the bun was weak, leading to a messy eating experience.

The best burger I've ever had in a restaurant is one from Michael Symon's B-Spot restaurant (http://www.bspotburgers.com/menu/) in Woodmere, OH. I don't go there very often because every time I do I spend $20+ on lunch just for me.

If I'm cooking one at home, bacon grease is the way to go.

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Try Red Robin's burgers. They're fantastic, especially the mushroom swiss. Although husband and son always order the whiskey river burger. Grease/juice running down your arm.

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I like Red Robins burgers but when I want a good burger fast I go for five guys. They are popping up more here in st louis.

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Five guys and backyard burgers are my favorite.

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@oheifearnain: Oooooh, Backyard Burgers are awesome. I forgot about them.

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@oheifearnain: Backyard Burgers, a bit far, but will remember for when I am in Kansas or Texas (freinds' wedding, not sure whose home state it will be)

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Guilty pleasure - Up in the Midwest we have Rally's with cheap fast food burgers that are awesome for the price. I think they are called Checker's in the South.

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@eojoob: we used to have Rally's on the left-coast. i actually liked their chicken sammiches

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Duffy's Cherry Cricket in Denver. Add bacon, egg, cajun seasoning, grilled onions (pretty please), and maybe some smoked cheddar. Or whatever else you want. Nom!

H Burger Co, also in Denver, is a close second, but they have a milkshake that tastes like Cocoa Puffs and incorporates liquid nitrogen.

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If you're going fast food, try Culver's. Started in Wisconsin - so of course they know cheese - with really excellent burgers done quick for not much money.

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@gatzby: is 'Round The Corner still around?

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The Burger Master down the street from me is the best in my book, followed by In-N-Out, and then by Dick's!

Red Robin and the other fast food junk houses all suck it.

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There is a place in Holland, MI called Goog's Pub and Grub that has 25 different burgers on their menu. anything from bleu cheese to peanut butter to a fried egg to onion rings goes on top. My favorites are the Phoenix (pepperjack, jalapeno mayo, bacon, and lettuce) or their bacon bbq cheeseburger (topped with onion rings). I don't think I would be able to make a better hamburger at home.

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Tommy's in LA is great - but it's mostly for the chiliburger, not a plain burger. Still, when I moved away it was the one place I really missed.

When I lived in New Orleans pre-Katrina there was a chain called Buds Broiler who cooked their burgers on charcoal. Fantastic burgers. Nothing fancy, just great burgers, plus unlike most fast food places they served beer.

I haven't tried 5 guys - they opened one near me recently. I'll have to go there.

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In Reno, NV there is a small strip casino called The Nugget. The Little Nugget Diner has a burger called The Awful Awful Burger. It can't be beat!

http://www.urbanspoon.com/r/266/1344712/restaurant/Little-Nugget-Diner-Reno

One of many quotes about the place...: "Dirty crowded and lines from hell. Didn't phase me. The food is just that good."

BTW - The burger (3/4 pound +) and fries (about 1 pound!) is $6.50 as of 04/06/2011.

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@rlapid2112: There's a Rally's in Los Angeles, I discovered it last year and I'm definitely a fan. Best burger, I don't know, but it's good.

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@akrasian: they call it a chili size, right?

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@rlapid2112: Not related to The Golden Nugget in Vegas or John Ascuaga's Nugget in Sparks, NV. [JA's Nugget in Sparks does have their version of the Awful Awful - but there is hands-down NO comparison. JA's AA is basically a bad rendition of a double-patty Big Mac]

http://j.mp/hNGHAw [click for ElGoog's StreetView of 'The Nugget']

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@rlapid2112 : No, they just call them Tommy burgers. You pick it up and eat it normally. Usually when I see something called a chilisize you use a knife and fork

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@akrasian: Damn your eyes. This is one of the very few things I miss about Hell-Ay.

http://www.originaltommys.com/shackonwheelsflyer.pdf (SoCal people can even have Tommy's visit them)

Easily the best burger on the planet, and there's nothing like eating something that messy, standing up at the side of the shack, with friends. It's fine dining at its best.

http://www.originaltommys.com/ (loaded with flash crap, but for those of you that wanted a closer look).

There's lots of imitators around; crazy spellings (like Tomy's and Tomboy's) and attempts to cash in on the name. The original place was sometimes a rough area when it was new, but it seems a bit cleaned up (I used street view).

[Edit] I just looked at the flash. You can see a Tommyburger being made, in all its glory. Some things are worth pulling up a flash-enabled browser.

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@akrasian & @shrdlu: i thought the Tommy's in vegas were copies. flash content proved me wrong.

now, which first 5 guys or Tommy's?

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@lparsons42: Culvers burgers are the best "fast-food" burgers i've ever had. It's a shame they haven't made it to Oklahoma yet >.<. I've been craving it since my trip to Wisconsin last summer.

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@rlapid2112: I thought I'd been plain, but here it goes, in plain English. Tommy's is the best burger you can ever possibly have. No contest.

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Hands down, The Port O'Call on Esplanade in New Orleans! I get there about once a year, and have dreams of it the rest of the time...

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@rlapid2112: 'Round The Corner is gone, but the original owners have founded Good Times Burgers and Frozen Custard, which has branches in Colorado, Idaho, North Dakota, and Wyoming.

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I prefer my own BBQ burgers. I dice up Cheese, crumbled up bacon, and diced up jalapeno and mix it into the burger and then throw it on the grill. You can also do this with Portobelo mushrooms and swish cheese or any other combo you can think of.

But with fast food its definitely The Jack in the Box Ultimate Burger!

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I gotta throw my vote in for McDonalds value burger! Warmed to perfection under those heat lamps till the bun is nice and hard and the "All Beef Pattie" is heavenly... not like those burgers that drip with juice and get all over your clothes!

Seriously though the best burger I have ever had was a little mom and pop joint on the outskirts of Corbin Ky... They grilled the buns and the burgers were so greasy they wrapped them in wax paper. You had to eat them holding them away from you to keep somewhat clean. I know each burger took a few years off my life but well worth it!