The best burgers in NYC

The quest for the perfect burger is on! Eat your way though the city's most beloved patties.

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Like the Subway Series, the large-soda ban and Anthony Weiner’s fitness for office, the topic of best burger in NYC can fuel furious debate among New Yorkers, fans staking out their affinity with impassioned fervor. In a diverse landscape of patty melts, double doubles, fancy chef creations and more, there’s a burger out there for every diner, whether you grew up eating at a bistro in France or an In-N-Out in California. Gotham restaurants have been putting a fancy spin on the humble sandwich since the iconic ‘21’ Club put out its duck-fat “haute” version in the 1950s (see Hamburger history for more fascinating trivia). In recent years, we’ve seen the meteoric ascent of Shake Shack, the weirdest burgers popping up in New York restaurants and a slew of new burgers tricked out with primo ingredients. Taste your way through our lists to decide on your favorite.

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NYC restaurants push boundaries with Gotham’s weirdest burgers, adding black caviar, peanut butter and more. More best burger articles Fried eggs and bacon just aren’t cutting it as burger toppings anymore, so patty slingers are letting their imaginations run wild. Glazed doughnuts? Fried mac and cheese? Ramen? Those are a few of the oddball ingredients crowning New York City’s weirdest burgers.RECOMMENDED: All of NYC's best burgers The joint: Sun Noodle at SmorgasburgThe bizarro twist: Fried ramenLast week, crowds lined up for the city's latest outré creation: Keizo Shimamoto's head-scratching Ramen Burger, a shoyu-glazed beef patty tucked inside two pan-fried ramen “buns” with arugula and scallions.The joint: Whitman’sThe bizarro twist: Peanut butter and baconThis East Village spot is best known for its Juicy Lucy—a Midwestern specialty featuring oozing cheese in its core—but it’s the PB&B Burger that makes us cock an eyebrow.The joint: Burger BistroThe bizarro twist: Glazed doughnutAs if a cheeseburger topped with a fried egg and crumbled bacon weren’t gout-baiting enough, this gut-busting combo also features doughnut halves in place of a bun. The joint: GO BurgerThe bizarro twist: Macaroni and cheeseLike a elementary-schooler’s wildest dream, a massive disc of fried cheesy macaroni crowns a beef patty covered in caramelized onions for the Mac and Cheeseburger.The joint: Korzo HausThe bizarro twist: Pork neck, sauerkraut, caraway seeds, juniper berries, Slovakian che

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Hamburger history

The burger is ingrained in American history. From its state-fair origins to today’s big-ticket numbers, sink your teeth into the history of the meaty sandwich. More best burger articles As with any icon, the history of the hamburger is a long and sordid tale, from the minced meat that Mongol horsemen gnawed on during conquests to the iconic patty’s much-contested state-fair beginnings. Like most American foods, the burger has immigrant roots—meaty prototypes sailed over from Germany in the mid–19th century. But it became the sandwich we know and love today through all-American innovation. Dig into the archives and brush up on your hamburger history.RECOMMENDED: All of NYC's best burgers 1200s  The earliest burger ancestor is invented (modern historians surmise) by Mongol horsemen, who stash raw meat under their saddles while wreaking havoc across Asia. Postride, the pounded meat is tender enough for the cavalry to eat raw.1747  A hamburger prototype—called Hamburg sausage—crops up in the pages of Hannah Glasse’s English cookbook, The Art of Cookery, Made Plain and Easy. The recipe calls for minced beef seasoned with suet, pepper, cloves, nutmeg, garlic, wine vinegar, bay salt, red wine and rum, smoked for a week in a chimney.  1802  The Oxford English Dictionary defines the Hamburg steak as a “hard slab of salted, minced beef, often slightly smoked, mixed with onions and bread crumbs.” 1829  The first documented patent for a mechanical meat cutter is granted to someone

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Todd S
Todd S

The Best Burger is not on your list - it's Peter Lugers.  Except no one goes for the burger and it's only available at lunch.  So go for the steak, and order the burger as an appetizer.  It will arrive cut into four quarters and share it, before eating your steak.  Think outside the menu.