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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 Southwest

BurgerBattle_Chef Paul Qui


formerly of Uchiko, Austin, TX

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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.

Primetime Burger

Photo by Charles Masters



2. “BOWLING ALLEY BURGER” Swift’s Attic, Austin, TX

Fontina, grilled onions and special sauce.

Bowling Alley Burger

Photo by @Tinerd via Foodspotting



3. CHEESEBURGER Parkside, Austin, TX

Old-school American cheeseburger on a homemade bun.

Rare Cheeseburger

Photo by @JonnyFromTheBlock via Foodspotting



4. BACON AVOCADO BURGER 24 Diner, Austin, TX

Charred poblanos and avocado with smoky aioli.

Bacon Avocado Burger

Photo by @ChrisBoyles via Foodspotting



5. THE ROYALE WITH CHEESE Justine’s, Austin, TX

Hand-ground angus burger with house-made mayo on a ciabatta roll.

The Royale

Photo by Marco C. via yelp



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