Flashback Friday: Rach’s Trip to Morocco

“There was so much to love about my journey in Morocco: The food was scrumptious, the people were friendly and I even got to ride a camel! I brought my camera everywhere I went so I could share my favorite family memories with you,”  Rachael Ray.


“In my family, we celebrate milestone birthdays with a shared experience. It makes the most memorable gift, whether you’re on a shoestring budget or have limitless money to spend. When my sister Maria’s 50th birthday was approaching, there was no question about where we’d go: Morocco. That’s me and my sister, Maria. To me, riding a camel felt like riding a bumpy sofa!”


 ”You can find some beautiful things at wonderful prices, like these handmade metal lamps.”

“My photo tip? Don’t center your travel buddy (yup, that’s John!) or a landmark. It’s a more interesting shot if it’s a bit off-kilter.”

Burger Battle Royale: The Best Restaurant Burgers in the United States

Burger Battle Royale

There are burgers… and then there are restaurant burgers: those over-the-top concoctions built for maximum wow and deliciousness. To find the best of this special breed, we tapped the country’s top chefs— all recent regional winners of prestigious James Beard Awards—to share the burgers they devour most on their home turf. Then we tracked down the recipes, cooked up a storm and cast our votes. The result: Our (slightly simplified) recipe for the best burger in America, plus 51 more of the coolest, craziest, most crave-worthy burgers to ever grace a bun— and how you can make your own burgers better!

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52 Burgers in the United States You Gotta Try

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Burger Battle Royale: Best of the West

BurgerBattle_Chef Matt Molina



of Osteria Mozza, Los Angeles, CA

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Chef Matt Molina’s Top 5 Favorite Burgers in the West

1. CHOPPED SIRLOIN Jar, Los Angeles, CA 

Open-face, so it’s a definite knife-and-forker, with fried egg and green-pepper sauce.

Chopped Sirloin Burger

Photo by Charles Masters


2. THE PIKEY BURGER The Pikey, Los Angeles, CA  

Chargrilled beef, aged cheddar, tomato and worcestershire aioli.

Pikey Burger

Photo by Rose P. via Yelp


3. NUMBER ONE BURGER 25 Degrees at the Roosevelt Hotel, Los Angeles, CA  

Buttery crescenza and gorgonzola cheeses on a bacon burger.

25 Degrees Burger

Photo via #25degreesHollywood on


4. ULTIMELT BURGER Go Burger, Los Angeles, CA  An upscale twist on the patty melt with bacon and a special sauce between two grilled cheese sandwiches.

Ultimelt Burger

Photo by Fiona H. via Yelp


5. THE PUG BURGER The Hungry Cat, Hollywood, CA

Organic Niman Ranch beef with house- smoked bacon, avocado and Danish blue cheese on a brioche bun.

The Pub Burger

Photo by Michael K. via Yelp



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Burger Battle Royale: Best of the Mid-Atlantic

BurgerBattle_Chef Maricel Presilla



of Cucharamama and Zafra, Hoboken, NJ

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Maricel Presilla’s Top 5 Favorite Burgers in the Mid-Atlantic 

1. SUR BURGER Cucharamama, Hoboken, NJ 

A Portuguese roll soaks up the spicy juice from this chorizo-studded burger.

Sur Burger

2. CHEESEBURGER SLIDER White Manna, Hackensack, NJ

Okay, it’s not a restaurant. It’s a tiny diner specializing in sirloin patties topped with griddled onions and molten cheese on a potato bun.

Double Cheese Sliders

Photo by NYC Food Guy via Yelp

3. “THE ONE” Next Door, Montclair, NJ  

Duck fat–enriched beef, caramelized onions and white cheddar on a fluffy brioche bun.

The One

Photo by Eugene O. via Yelp

4. BRAISED SHORT RIB BURGER Christopher’s at the Heldrich Hotel, New Brunswick, NJ 

A short-rib patty with roasted-tomato mayo served on a Texas toast bun.

5. PALENA CHEESEBURGER Palena Cafe, Washington, DC  

Melted Italian cheese infused with truffles and garlic mayo.

Palena Cheeseburger

Photo by Norry H. via Yelp

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Burger Battle Royale: Best of the South

BurgerBattle_Chef Chris Hastings



of Hot and Hot Fish Club, Birmingham, AL

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Chris Hastings’ Top 5 Favorite Burgers in the South

1. WILLIS BURGER Shindigs Catering, Birmingham, AL  

Arugula, blue cheese and sweet-spicy mostarda on a big beef patty.

Willis Burger


2. BOURÉ BURGER Bouré, Oxford, MS  

A juicy patty with fried pickles, blue cheese and spicy “comeback” sauce.

Boure Burger

Photo by Greg M. via Yelp


3. PORT OF CALL BURGER Port of Call, New Orleans, LA 

A super freshly ground half-pounder.

Port of Call Burger

Photo by Samantha H. via Yelp



Named for food writer John T. Edge; topped with cheddar-and-pepper spread.


5. GREEN CHILE CHEESEBURGER The Little Donkey, Homewood, AL

Pasture-raised beef, melted cheese and roasted poblanos in a tortilla.

Green Chilie Burger

Photo via The Little Donkey


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Flashback Friday: Rach’s Tuscan Vacation

Italy is the place where I feel most at home when I’m not at home. John and I were married in Tuscany, and every year we go back for a long weekend with our family and close friends. Then we take a week for just the two of us to celebrate our anniversary.


Written by Rachael Ray



I love to go to markets when I travel. That’s how you get to know the people, the food and the personality of the region. It’s also the most fun and affordable way to eat during the day.

We make no plans whatsoever. Mostly, we walk around all day, trying to get in enough activity to keep up with how much delicious food you’re eating! (A lot.) But I always end up trying to feed all my Tuscan friends so I can cook at the villa as much as possible.


More related links:

Rachael and John’s Italian Wedding

The Little Italy’s of America

Italian-American 30-Minute Meals

Burger Battle Royale: Best of the Northeast

BurgerBattle_Chef Tim Cushman



of O Ya, Boston, MA

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Tim Cushman’s Top 5 Favorite Burgers in the Northeast

1. SPICY TUNA BURGER Parish Cafe, Boston, MA  

Fresh tuna seared and slathered with soy glaze and sriracha-spiked mayo.

Spicy Tuna Burger

Photo by Charles Masters


2. NEPTUNE BURGER Neptune Oyster Bar, Boston, MA  

Fried oysters, garlic mayonnaise and relish top this beefy burger.

Neptune Burger

Photo by Citysearch Boston via Foodspotting


3. BURGER MY WAY Deep Ellum, Boston, MA 

Smoked tomato aioli, bacon-onion jam, aged cheddar and homemade pickles.


Photo by Elena A. via Yelp


4. APOCALYPSE NOW BURGER Nosh Kitchen Bar, Portland, ME  

Crispy pork belly, foie gras, cherry jam and mayo.

Apocalypse Now Burger

Photo by Erik T. via Yelp



Breaded pork patty with sake-braised pork butt, seared foie gras, shiso cabbage slaw and a sweet-savory sauce.

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Burger Battle Royale: Best of the Southeast

BurgerBattle_Chef Linton Hopkins



of Holeman & Finch, Public House, Atlanta, GA

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Linton Hopkin’s Top 4 Favorite Burgers in the Southeast


1. DOUBLE CHEESEBURGER Holeman & Finch Public House, Atlanta, GA  

A double stack with red onion, American cheese, homemade ketchup, mustard and bread-and-butter pickles.

Double Cheeseburger


2. HUSK CHEESEBURGER Husk, Charleston, SC  

Two slim bacon-infused patties with sliced onions, melted American cheese and tangy sauce on a benne-seed bun.

Husk Cheeseburger

Photo by Byron Magedanz via Foodspotting


3. 50/50 BURGER Seven Lamps, Atlanta, GA

Grassfed pancetta burger with cheddar cheese, onions, pickles and thousand island dressing.

50/50 Burger

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4. TENNESSEE STACK The Oak Bar at the Hermitage Hotel, Nashville, TN

Pepper jelly, sweet onions and hot mustard on a double burger.

BurgerBattle_Chef Hugh Acheson




of Five & Ten and The National, Athens, GA
and Empire State South, Atlanta, GA

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Hugh Acheson’s Top 5 Favorite Burgers in the Southeast


1. BOCADO BURGER STACK Bocado, Atlanta, GA  

Two juicy beef patties band together with melted American cheese and homemade pickles.

Bocado Burger

Photo by Charles Masters




3. APACHE-STYLE DOUBLE BURGER Grind House Killer Burgers, Atlanta, GA  

A griddled patty on a potato bun with pepper jack, grilled onions and roasted New Mexico green chiles.

Apache-Style Burger

Photo by Adrienne L. via Yelp


4. GRASSFED BEEF BURGER Farm 255, Athens, GA  

Topped with Tennessee cheddar, bread-and-butter pickles, chicken-liver mousse and dijon mustard.


Photo by Sean P. via Foodspotting


5. CHEESEBURGER ADD Drug Store, Athens, GA  Small, simple cheeseburgers with crinkle-cut fries and ketchup and mustard on the side.


Photo by Hank R. via Yelp

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Burger Battle Royale: Best of the Northwest

BurgerBattle_Chef Gabe Rucker





of Le Pigeon, Portland, OR

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Gabe Rucker’s Top 5 Favorite Burgers in the Northwest


1. SLOWBURGER Slow Bar, Portland, OR  

Melted gruyère, butter lettuce, pickle relish and beer-battered onion rings.


Photo by Charles Masters


2. HALIBUT FISHWICH Matt’s in the Market, Seattle, WA  

Fried fish patty, bacon, pickled peppers and tartar sauce on a brioche bun.

Halibut Fishwich

Photo by Elise G. via Yelp


3. PALEY’S BURGER Paley’s Place, Portland, OR  

Ground-to-order patty with homemade pickles, mustard aioli and ketchup.

Paley's Burger

Photo via


4. BIWA HAMBURGER Biwa, Portland, OR  

Colossal beef patty topped with roast pork and spicy kimchi mayo.

Biwa Burger

Photo by @T21D0 via Foodspotting


5. LAMB BURGER Broder, Portland, OR  

Mint-and-cumin lamb burger with herbed goat cheese and pickled onions.

Lamb Burger

Photo via


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Burger Battle Royale: Best of the Great Lakes

BurgerBattle_Chef Bruce Sherman



of North Pond, Chicago, IL

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Bruce Sherman’s Top 4 Favorite Burgers in the Great Lakes region


1. VIE BURGER Vie, Western Springs, IL  

A 21-day dry-aged beef patty grilled over a wood fire with aged Wisconsin cheddar, homemade pickles, bacon and tempura mushrooms on the side.

Vie Burger

2. JAMBURGER Jam, Chicago, IL  

Two beef patties paired with mild local butterkase cheese, a fried egg and smoked tomato sauce.


Photo via


 A double stack tricked out with griddled onions and homemade pimento cheese on a squishy steamed bun.

Pimento Cheese Burger

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4. DOUBLE CHAR BURGER Edzo’s, Evanston, IL  

Hand-ground chuck grilled with cheddar, mushrooms, bacon and onions.

Double Char Burger

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