The best burgers in NYC

From classic cheeseburgers and smashed stacks to unconventional favorites, these are the best burgers in NYC.

Photograph: Courtesy Paul Wagtouicz

Sun's out, bun's out, since we're talking the best burgers you can get in Gotham. We take our patties very seriously so prepare yourselves for our bucket list of burgers you can start eating your way through. We've got late-night diners, BBQ restaurants and NYC steakhouses all on the list with creations spanning from simple and cheeseless to towering with toppings (even one of the best veggie burgers made the cut).  Take a gander at our selection and see if your favorites made the list.

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Black Label Burger at Minetta Tavern

Yes, it’s really 33 bucks, and yes, it’s cheeseless. But it's still our favorite, what with nine succulent ounces of prime-grade, dry-aged rib eye, skirt steak and brisket from carne king Pat LaFrieda to distract you. If that’s not enough, the caramelized-to-a-melt onions and seeded Balthazar brioche should seal the deal. $33.

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Greenwich Village

The Emmy Burger at Emily Pizza

Though it’s a stellar pizza joint, the best thing on the menu may just be the burger. Made with a dry-aged beef patty on a pretzel bun with caramelized onions, cheddar and a heavenly concoction called Emmy sauce, this burger deserves all the hype, and then some. ($27)

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Clinton Hill

Double ShackBurger at Shake Shack

Debuting as a Madison Square Park hot-dog cart in 2004, Shake Shack has evolved into an internation burger powerhouse. Thin patties of a proprietary Pat LaFrieda blend (brisket, chuck and short rib) are shellacked with tangy ShackSauce and American cheese before getting nestled in a griddled potato bun for a classed-up classic. $8.09.

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Le Big Matt at Emmy Squared

Matt and Emily Hyland managed to follow up their Emmy Burger with another noteworthy creation, this time at their Detroit-style pizza spot in Williamsburg. Le Big Matt takes a double-stack of Pat Lafrieda beef patties and tops it with American cheese, greens and pickles. It gives you those nostalgic fast food-vibes, but classed-up (especially with the side serving of waffle fries). $25.

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Cheeseburger at J.G. Melon

It’s an oldie but def a goody: The corner tavern has been flipping some of the best burgers in town since 1972. Griddled diner-style on a flattop, the eight-ounce, medium-rare beaut is served open-faced with melted American cheese on a lightly toasted bun with the classic fixings. $12.50.

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Lenox Hill

‘21’ Burger at 21 Club

The 21 Club may seem a little stuffy with a dress code requiring men wear jackets or the dated decor of miniature planes and sports memorabilia hanging from the ceiling but it's sure worth going for the ‘21’ Burger: A massive, perfectly-cooked patty is served in a fluffy brioche bun with pickled relish and fries. $36.

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Midtown West

Luger Burger at Peter Luger


A steakhouse landmark, Peter Luger knows as thing or two about beef. So it's no surprise that they make a killer burger, stacking over 1/2-pound of beef on a bun. While you can add American cheese or a thick slice of bacon, we're perfectly happy with keeping it simple, especiall when it tastes so good. $14.95.

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The Classic Cheeseburger at Donovan’s Pub

Classic is right. Both this Irish-accented corner bar and its burger have been Queens fixtures since 1966, and the sandwich is as refreshingly no-fuss as the rest of the wood-paneled joint. The charbroiled half-pounder is humbly topped with lettuce and tomato. All that's missing is a pint of Guinness. $10.95.

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USC Burger at Union Square Cafe


While Union Square Cafe has gone through a reboot, luckily their burger has not. A juicy blend of shortrib and brisket is cooked to a perfect medium-rare and covered in cheddar and bacon. With a balance of smoke, tang and, well, beefiness, this burger is clear choice for your next power lunch. $29.

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American Cheeseburger at 4 Charles Prime Rib

The NYC-counterpart to the Chicago's famous Au Cheval, 4 Charles Prime Rib offers a near replica of the widely acclaimed burger without a trip to the Windy City. The griddle-smashed patties are crowned with plastic-wrap American cheese and the option to stack on a fried egg or slabs of maple-glazed bacon. $19.95.

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West Village
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Ken M

Sorry, Bareburger beats nearly every burger on this list. Shakeshack? Burger Joint? They're okay, I guess. Another demi-chain you forgot is The Capital Grille. Their Wagyu burger - served only for a couple months a year - is an event worth anticipating. 

Enrique G

Shake shack suckass!!! Basic burger

Edmond V

I don't think that there is anything that I like more than a good burger. I'm going out to NYC in a couple of days, and I'm going to have to try a couple of these places out for sure. I think that the steak burger at Eats looks amazing as well. There is so much meat on that, it's going to be awesome. 

Mark L

Gaelic Burger @ Nelly Spillanes 33rd Street

Harry R

How can Jackson Hole not be there!!!

Randall L

What a joke - minetta follows dram shop?!?!

Dram shop's burger is garbage, worse than a Big Mac at McDonald's.

Timeout, you have no credibility any more. Goodbye.


This is last years list... wheres the winners from this years?