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 GABE RUCKER
of Le Pigeon, Portland, OR
Find out more about this James Beard award-winning chef at jamesbeard.org.
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.
2. HALIBUT FISHWICH Matt’s in the Market, Seattle, WA
Fried fish patty, bacon, pickled peppers and tartar sauce on a brioche bun.
3. PALEY’S BURGER Paley’s Place, Portland, OR
Ground-to-order patty with homemade pickles, mustard aioli and ketchup.
4. BIWA HAMBURGER Biwa, Portland, OR
Colossal beef patty topped with roast pork and spicy kimchi mayo.
5. LAMB BURGER Broder, Portland, OR
Mint-and-cumin lamb burger with herbed goat cheese and pickled onions.