51 Great Burger Joints by USA Today

Great American Bites

USA TODAY asked some “local experts” in each state plus 1 in the District of Columbia to name one great Burger Joint. The list is below but are these really the Best 51 Burgers in the U.S.?

51 Great Burger Joints

Alabama: Callaghan’s Irish Social Club in Mobile
Alaska: Arctic Roadrunner in Anchorage
Arizona: Diablo Burger in Flagstaff
Arkansas: Cotham’s Mercantile in Scott
California: Umami Burger in Los Angeles
Colorado: Park Burger in Denver
Connecticut: Ted’s Restaurant in Meriden
Delaware: Charcoal Pit in North Wilmington
District of Columbia: Black & Orange
Florida: T-Ray’s Burger Station in Amelia Island
Georgia: Collegiate Grill in Gainesville
Hawaii: Village Burger Kamuela in Waimea
Idaho: Hudson’s in Coeur d’Alene
Illinois: Kuma’s Corner in Chicago’s Avondale
Indiana: Triple XXX Family Restaurant in West Lafayette
Iowa: Django in Des Moines
Kansas: The Cozy Inn in Salina
Kentucky: Tolly-Ho in Lexington
Louisiana: The Judice Inn in Lafayette
Maine: Fat Boy Drive in Brunswick
Maryland: The Abbey Burger Bistro in Baltimore
Massachusetts Local Burger and Fries in Northampton
Michigan: Cottage Bar and Restaurant in Grand Rapids
Minnesota: Casper & Runyon’s Nook in St. Paul
Mississippi: Blow Fly Inn in Gulfport
Missouri: Schindler’s Tavern in New Hamburg
Montana: Wild West Corral (a burger joint still known to locals as Helen’s) in Gardiner
Nebraska: Bob’s Bar in Martinsburg
Nevada: Little Nugget Diner in Reno
New Hampshire: The Barley House in Concord
New Jersey: White Manna in Hackensack
New Mexico: 5 Star Burgers in Taos, Sante Fe and Albuquerque
New York: Tom Wahl’s in Avon
North Carolina: Char-Grill in Raleigh
North Dakota: JL Beers in Fargo
Ohio: Zip’s Cafe in Cincinnati
Oklahoma: Hank’s Hamburgers in Tulsa
Oregon: The Country Cat Heritage Burger in Portland
Pennsylvania: DJ’s Taste of the ’50s in Lancaster
Rhode Island: Stanley’s Famous Hamburgers in Providence
South Carolina: Mac’s Drive-In in Clemson
South Dakota: Nick’s Hamburger Shop in Brookings
Tennessee: Burger Up in Nashville
Texas: Fred’s Texas Cafe in Fort Worth
Utah: Hi-Mountain Drug’s in Kamas
Vermont: The Farmhouse Tap & Grill in Burlington
Virginia: Ray’s to the Third in Arlington
Washington: Pick-Quick Drive In in Fife
West Virginia: Fat Patty’s in Huntington
Wisconsin: Mickey-Lu-Bar-B-Q in Marinette
Wyoming: Moondance Diner in La Barge

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  • Cristina Carrera

    Interesting. Have you ever tried any of these, Burger Beast? I’ve never heard of the Florida pick.

    • I heard of the Florida pick last time USA Today put out a list like this and it was the same choice.