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 TORY MILLER
of L’Etoile and Graze, Madison, WI
Find out more about this James Beard award-winning chef at jamesbeard.org.
Tory Miller’s Top 5 Favorite Burgers in the Midwest
1. GRAZE BURGER Graze, Madison, WI
Rich, winey caramelized onions and super-rich beef on a squishy bun.
2. BEET AND WALNUT BURGER Graze, Madison, WI
A veggie burger made of ground beets and walnuts topped with cucumbers, tomatoes and dill-flecked yogurt.
3. BRICK BURGER Village Bar, Madison, WI
Thick slices of brick cheese, a cheddar- like local specialty, seasoned salt and a juicy beef patty on a no-frills bun.
4. BOB’S BAD BREATH BURGER Weary Traveler Freehouse, Madison, WI
A garlicky organic burger piled with cream cheese, green goddess dressing and sweet Jamaican Pickapeppa sauce. Don’t forget your mints!
5. LAMBWICH Honeypie, Milwaukee, WI
Ground lamb, local Creama Kasa, a triple- cream-style cheese, and red pepper– oregano oil on a grilled focaccia bun.
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