40 Best Burgers & Top 10 Chain Burgers in America by The Daily Meal

The Daily Meal just put out their “40 Best Burgers in America” and “Top 10 Chain Burgers in America” lists. Burger & Beer Joint’s Mustang Sally just makes it into the Top 40 at the 38 spot and is the only Florida representative. On the Top 10 Chain Burgers list, excluding In-N-Out (which won’t be in Florida for at least another 50 years), Fatburger (who closed down its 2 South Florida outposts) and Whataburger (only available in Northern Florida) all the other others can be or will be (Bobby’s Burger Palace to open in the Fall) had in Miami. Leave your thoughts on who should have made the list below in the comments area, I’m interested to hear them.

Burger & Beer Joint's Mustang Sally
Burger & Beer Joint’s Mustang Sally

The 40 Best Burgers in America

40) The Thurman Burger, Thurman Café (Columbus, Ohio)
39) Sliders, White Manna (Hackensack, N.J.)
38) Mustang Sally Burger, Burger & Beer Joint (Miami)
37) Le Pigeon Burger, Le Pigeon (Portland, Ore.)
36) JCB Jalapeño Cream Burger, My Brother’s Bar (Denver)
35) Superburger, Jim-Denny’s (Sacramento, Calif.)
34) Cozy Burger, The Cozy Inn (Salina, Kan.)
33) Original Solly Burger, Solly’s Grille (Milwaukee)
32) Steamed Cheeseburger, Ted’s (Meriden, Conn.)
31) Local Grass-Fed Burger, Craigie on Main (Cambridge, Mass.)
30) The Viagra, Mr. Bartley’s Burger Cottage (Cambridge, Mass.)
29) Butter Burger, Lexington Candy Shop (New York City)
28) Sirloin Beef Burger, Sketch Burger (Philadelphia)
27) Double Chili Cheeseburger, The Varsity (Atlanta)
26) Kuma Burger, Kuma’s Corner (Chicago)
25) Country-Fried Bacon Burger, Christian’s (Houston)
24) Bill’s Burger, Becks Prime (Houston)
23) Griddled Burger, Edzo’s (Chicago)
22) Double Winstead, Winstead’s (Kansas City, Mo.)
21) Steak House Burger, Brindle Room (New York City)
20) Bistro Burger, Corner Bistro (New York City)
19) Dick’s Deluxe, Dick’s Drive-In (Seattle)
18) Hell’s Fury Burger, The Vortex (Atlanta)
17) The Original Burger, Louis’ Lunch (New Haven, Conn.)
16) The Father’s Office Burger, Father’s Office (Los Angeles)
15) Luger Burger, Peter Luger (Brooklyn, N.Y.)
14) Hamburger, Perini Ranch Steakhouse (Buffalo Gap, Texas)
13) Hamburger, Zuni Café (San Francisco)
12) Truffled Cheeseburger, Palena Café (Washington, D.C)
11) Cheeseburger, Husk (Charleston, S.C.)
10) Jucy Lucy, Matt’s Bar (Minneapolis)
9) Cheeseburger, Gott’s Roadside (San Francisco)
8) Green Chile Cheeseburger, Bobcat Bite (Santa Fe, N.M.)
7) Half-Pound Niman Ranch Cheeseburger, Mustards Grill (Napa, Calif.)
6) Cheeseburger, Au Cheval (Chicago)
5) Bacon Cheeseburger, The Little Owl (New York City)
4) Big Devil, Ray’s to the Third (Arlington, Va.)
3) Chargrilled Burger, The Spotted Pig (New York City)
2) Black Label Burger, Minetta Tavern (New York City)
1) Double Cheeseburger, Holeman & Finch Public House (Atlanta)

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America’s Top 10 Chain Burgers

#10 Cheeseburger, BurgerFi
#9 Cheeseburger with Everything, Fatburger
#8 Crunchburger, Bobby’s Burger Palace
#7 “The Burger,” BGR: The Burger Joint
#6 Whataburger, Whataburger
#5 Umami Burger, Umami Burger
#4 The Original Double ‘N Cheese, Steak ‘n Shake
#3 Cheeseburger, Five Guys
#2 Double-Double Animal-Style, In-N-Out
#1 Shackburger, Shake Shack

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8 thoughts on “40 Best Burgers & Top 10 Chain Burgers in America by The Daily Meal

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  • February 10, 2014 at 3:59 PM

    I’ve had both ShakeShack and In-n-Out — it is not even close — In-n-Out wins hands down.

    Meat — Double-Double uses two thinner slices and SS uses a single thicker slice. The two slice have lots more caramelized meat, which is what makes the DD taste so darn good.

    California produce vs. New York produce — oh, please, it snows all over NY produce.

    Buns — In-n-Out has white flour buns toasted to perfection. SS has yellow buns made out of potatoes with hinges. Hinges belong on hotdog buns and potatoes belong in Irish cuisine.

    History — In-n-Out has been the best hamburger chain in Cali for over 50 years. SS has been going strong for about 5 years.

    • March 25, 2014 at 12:52 AM

      I agree. INO is the best burger chain PERIOD. Simple menu, secret menu, fantastic freshness. great burger sauce and nothing frozen.

      • May 3, 2017 at 11:54 PM

        I’d rather go down a step; take the 5 Guys burger; and get far superior french fries. In n out fries are like eating cardboard. MacDonald’s fries are better than In n out.

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  • August 16, 2014 at 11:58 PM

    You guys really need to research Gordon’s stoplight drive-in, it is located just south of st.louis missouri, in crystal city, they have been in business since 1948 and it is amazing, they should defiantly be on your list!

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