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 TIM CUSHMAN
of O Ya, Boston, MA
Find out more about this James Beard award-winning chef atjamesbeard.org.
Tim Cushman’s Top 5 Favorite Burgers in the Northeast
1. SPICY TUNA BURGER Parish Cafe, Boston, MA
Fresh tuna seared and slathered with soy glaze and sriracha-spiked mayo.
2. NEPTUNE BURGER Neptune Oyster Bar, Boston, MA
Fried oysters, garlic mayonnaise and relish top this beefy burger.
3. BURGER MY WAY Deep Ellum, Boston, MA
Smoked tomato aioli, bacon-onion jam, aged cheddar and homemade pickles.
4. APOCALYPSE NOW BURGER Nosh Kitchen Bar, Portland, ME
Crispy pork belly, foie gras, cherry jam and mayo.
5. PORK TONKATSU BURGER O Ya, Boston, MA
Breaded pork patty with sake-braised pork butt, seared foie gras, shiso cabbage slaw and a sweet-savory sauce.