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!
Categories: Every Day Scoop, Food, Travel | Tags: Bruce Sherman, Burger Battle Royale, Burgers, Chris Hastings, Dan Kluger, Gabe Rucker, Hugh Acheson, James Beard, James Beard Foundation, Linton Hopkins, Maricel Presila, Matt Molina, Paul Qui, Tim Cushman, Tory Miller
CHEF PAUL QUI
formerly of Uchiko, Austin, TX
Find out more about this James Beard award-winning chef at jamesbeard.org.
Paul Qui’s Top 5 Favorite Burgers in the Southwest
1. PRIMETIME BURGER Hopdoddy Burger Bar, Austin, TX
American kobe beef, brie, truffle aioli, arugula, caramelized onions and steak sauce on a homemade bun.
2. “BOWLING ALLEY BURGER” Swift’s Attic, Austin, TX
Fontina, grilled onions and special sauce.
3. CHEESEBURGER Parkside, Austin, TX
Old-school American cheeseburger on a homemade bun.
4. BACON AVOCADO BURGER 24 Diner, Austin, TX
Charred poblanos and avocado with smoky aioli.
5. THE ROYALE WITH CHEESE Justine’s, Austin, TX
Hand-ground angus burger with house-made mayo on a ciabatta roll.
Get the entire “Burger Battle Royale” story here