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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CHEF CHRIS HASTINGS
of Hot and Hot Fish Club, Birmingham, AL
Find out more about this James Beard award-winning chef at jamesbeard.org.
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.
2. BOURÉ BURGER Bouré, Oxford, MS
A juicy patty with fried pickles, blue cheese and spicy “comeback” sauce.
3. PORT OF CALL BURGER Port of Call, New Orleans, LA
A super freshly ground half-pounder.
4. THE JOHN T. PIMENTO CHEESEBURGER Jim N’ Nicks, Montgomery, AL
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.