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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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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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