America's 15 Best Regional Burgers
Get ready to grab a taste of America, one burger at a time. These top-rated burger recipes are inspired by the taste of a place -- from Seattle to New York, California to Georgia, the Southwest to the Midwest, they feature local flavors in 5-star fashion. They're the best regional burgers in the USA. Did we include your favorite local burger recipes?
What makes a burger Seattle-style? Flannel bun? Uh, no. Micro-brew on the side? Well, probably. How about espresso in the aioli? Yes! Don't knock it, it totally works! Just be careful the sauce doesn't get into your hipster beard. For best results, use Beecher's cheese, Walla Walla onions, Chateau Ste. Michelle red wine, and Starbucks espresso. Cook the burgers in a skillet or outside on the grill, preferably in the rain.
Chef John's Juicy Lucy
"This isn't just any old cheeseburger," explains Chef John. "Depending on whom you talk to, this cheese-stuffed burger is either called a "Juicy Lucy," or a "Jucy Lucy." That's because two restaurants in Minneapolis claim to have invented it, and they spell it differently. Make sure you thoroughly and thoughtfully press the edges of the two patties together to seal in the cheese stuffing, which keeps the meat juicier. Spread your favorite burger sauce over the bun."
Chris' Bay Area Burger
"These burgers are the hit of my town," says GAVEN. "All my friends come over every weekend just for these burgers. With a little bit of basil leaves, and some olive oil, you will drooling all over yourself while you eat these."
"Right from Bayou Sam's Cajun Grill," says JETJOUSTER. "Not your everyday backyard burger, but a true celebration of summer! Serve with Zapp's Cajun Chips Pecos Sweet cantaloupe, and well-chilled Black Diamond watermelon hearts. Enjoy the summer while you can."
Spicy Black Bean and Corn Burgers
Many New Mexicans (in Sante Fe particularly) call their black bean burger the best in America. They are correct! SARAH ROSIE says, "If you cook dried beans in an Instant Pot instead of using canned beans, the patties stay together so much better!"
Tex-Mex Burger with Cajun Mayo
This burger takes Tex-Mex flavors to the Texas-Louisiana border for some Cajun kick. "A jazzy way to spice up the boring basic burger that will tantalize your taste buds," says Sarah Stephan. "Cajun spiced mayonnaise is the perfect complement to these spicy beef burgers."
Aaron's Missouri Burger
Here's how they do it in the Show Me state. "This lean ground beef burger is seasoned to perfection unlike any other burger," says aaron cindi. "It will keep them asking for the recipe."
Grilled Gorgonzola-Basil Burgers
"I tasted these burgers in Athens, Georgia," says Caroline Anne. "They combine fresh basil, Gorgonzola cheese, and garlic, and it's easy enough for a quick and simple dinner. Serve them on toasted sourdough or ciabatta buns."
Grilled Spicy Lamb Burger
Several cities claim to have the best lamb burgers, but our New York-area readers spoke the loudest (and longest) about theirs.So here's to you, Big Apple! "I made some homemade tzatziki yogurt sauce and added a spoonful or two to each grilled pita pocket," says SNOHFLAKE
Almost White Castle Hamburgers
"If you are from the Chicago area, you have heard of White Castle hamburgers," says Frank David. "I believe down south they are Krystal. This is the closest I have come to the real deal. Serve each with American cheese, dill pickle slices, and Dusseldorf mustard. Enjoy!"
"These were born in Inwood, NY, in honor of the farmers market that sells the freshest ingredients every Saturday," says Chester. "It is an alternate version of the All-American favorite. Serve with 'the works' (onions, relish, mustard, ketchup, mayo) on toasted English muffins."
Hawaiian Belly Buster Burgers
Pineapple slices, French-fried onions, bacon, cheese, and bbq sauce get the job done here! "Use a Hawaiian-style thick barbecue sauce if possible," says Steve. "If your sauce is thin, use less in the burger mix so the burgers hold together when grilling."
Sarah's Oklahoma Onion Burger
"Onion burgers are one of America's greatest regional renditions, but be warned--these are diner style, and prepare for those drops of grease, but don't let it scare you," says thedailygourmet. "They're so craveable, you may want to eat a second! You do not want to use anything under an 80/20 fat ratio. If you do, they won't be good."
Big Smokey Burgers
Chipotle peppers, adobo sauce, liquid smoke, Worcestershire sauce, and grill seasoning create a smokey taste sensation. "I created this recipe while trying to recreate the best burger I had ever tasted at a restaurant in the Great Smoky Mountains of North Carolina," says Janine. "My family and I think these burgers are better! They are packed with flavor!"
Sizzling Southwest Burgers
"Taco seasoning, peppers, and pepperjack cheese give ground beef a zesty Southwest boost" says APRILNILS. "Then the patties are served up on buns with sour cream and salsa. A fun twist on barbecued burgers!"