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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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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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