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

Smoky bacon burger
Charles Masters
6. Vie Burger

Chef Paul Virant grills his dry-aged beef burger over a wood fire to give it an extra smoky flavor, then tops it with bacon, aged Wisconsin cheddar, parmesan-spiked aioli and homemade bread-and-butter pickles.

Restaurant: Vie in Western Springs, IL

Region: Great Lakes

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