The Best Burgers in America

There are burgers and then there are restaurant burgers: those over-the-top concoctions built for maximum wow and deliciousness. 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.

Compiled by Sarah Karnasiewicz, Photography by Charles Masters

Restaurant Burgers
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Burger Bun-anza

After we tracked down the recipes of our James Beard Award winning chefs' favorite burgers, we cooked up a storm and cast our votes. The result: Our (slightly simplified) recipe for the best burger in America plus 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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