What is on your Burger Bucket List?

Apple Pan Hickory Burger

The Burger Bucket List by Burger Beast has been in full effect for more than ten years. I’ve been able to cross off some spots and immediately replace them with an extensive list I’ve compiled.

I usually add restaurants the minute I find out about them and remove them when I finally visit. This is never-ending, but in a great way. I hope to eventually visit them all cause if I don’t, I won’t be able to live with myself.

Now, the question to you is, what are your ten burger bucket list burgers? What’s that looking like?

Burger Bucket List Map

What are my Burger Bucket List Burgers?

The Apple Pan

Apple Pan Hickory Burger

The minute I take a look at the SteakBurger from the Apple Pan, my mouth starts watering.

The Apple Pan has been on my bucket list for years, but in my defense, I haven’t been to the west coast of the U.S. since 2007.

I’m not sure how much longer I can put off a rendezvous with Apple Pan.

The Apple Pan
10801 W Pico Boulevard
Los Angeles, California

*picture courtesy of Cesar Hernandez

Apple Pan Part 1 with Huell Howser
Apple Pan Part 2 with Huell Howser

Bronco’s Hamburgers

Bronco's Hamburgers and their World Famous Big Bronco

Everything about the WORLD FAMOUS Big Bronco Burger calls out my name in the middle of the night. I mean, what exactly is there not to like?

At over 60 years old, Bronco’s Hamburgers still understands the importance of fresh beef & quality ingredients. I can think of a handful of restaurants that should take a page out of their book.

Bronco’s Hamburgers
4540 Leavenworth Street
Omaha, Nebraska

*picture courtesy of Bronco’s Hamburgers

Crown Burger

Crown Burger in Salt Lake City, Utah

In Utah, the two things I’m looking to eat are burgers topped with pastrami & fry sauce. It is a quarter-pound hamburger patty on a sesame seed bun with fry sauce, lettuce, tomato, and onions, cheese, with lots of hot juicy pastrami

Fry Sauce was popularized by another local Utah burger chain, Arctic Circle.

Crown Burgers
377 E 200 S
Salt Lake City, Utah

*picture courtesy of Jeff Terry

K’s Hamburger Shop

K's Hamburger Shop

Since 1935, K’s Hamburger Shop has been serving burgers from meat ground on-site. Breakfast is served all day which is very attractive to me since that’s my wife’s favorite meal, the whole happy wife thing, you know.

But let’s get back to that burger; it looks great, doesn’t it?

K’s Hamburger Shop
117 E Main St
Troy, Ohio

*picture courtesy of First We Feast

NFA Burger

NFA Burger in Dunwoody, Georgia

I need to come clean here; I’ve eaten NFA Burger a couple of times. The first time was when they participated in my Hamburger House Party.

We partnered at one of his pop-ups a month after that, and I signed a few of my books. I ate two NFA Burgers on that celebratory occasion. Can you blame me if I’d like to eat one in its natural habitat?

NFA Burger
5465 Chamblee Dunwoody Road
Dunwoody, Georgia

*picture courtesy of myself

Owl Bar & Cafe

Owl Bar Cafe Green Chile Cheeseburger

The Green Chile Cheese Burger was birthed at the Owl Bar & Cafe. The Green Chile Cheeseburger is a cheeseburger topped with chopped green chiles or a green chile sauce.

In 1948 at the Owl Bar & Cafe, the scientists from the Manhattan Project were rumored to be enjoying Green Chile Burgers nightly after long days working on the atomic bomb.

Burger List Add-on: Visit the Green Chile Cheeseburger Trail

Owl Bar & Cafe
77 Us Highway 380
Socorro, New Mexico

*picture courtesy of NewMexico.org

Solly’s Grille

Solly's Grille Butter Burger

I’ve eaten a few Butter Burgers in my life, but I’ve never eaten THE Butter Burger from Solly’s Grille. Solly’s are the originators of the Burger Butter in 1936.

It’s simple, knife a giant smear of real-deal butter on the top bun and cover your burger. Then watch as the magic happens.

Solly’s Grille
4629 N. Port Washington Road
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

*picture courtesy of Solly’s Grille

Top Notch Hamburgers

Top Notch Drive-In Burger

Top Notch first came to attention when it appeared in one of my favorite films, Dazed and Confused. In my mind, I’ve visited many times, but it seems the planets have never aligned themselves properly to make this happen.

I will pull right into the drive-in, put my window down, order, and enjoy a burger, fries, and chocolate shake one day.

Top Notch Hamburgers
7525 Burnet Road
Austin, Texas

*picture courtesy of John Sanchez

Top Notch in Dazed & Confused

The Tuckaway Tavern & Butchery

Tuckaway Tavern Cheeseburger

I became acquainted with Chef Bobby Marcotte and his Tuckaway Tavern & Butchery on Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives. Guy Fieri christened him Bobby the Butcher, and I was intrigued with his Carnivore Emporium.

I’m dying to walk into the Butchery portion of the building but even more ecstatic to enjoy a burger made from their freshly ground beef.

The Tuckaway Tavern & Butchery
58 NH-27

Raymond, New Hampshire

*picture courtesy of New Hampshire Made

The Tuckaway Tavern on local TV

White Rose Diner

White Rose Diner Double Cheeseburger

I fell in love with the Jersey Dawg food truck that brought New Jersey-style sliders to Miami a few years back. Along with those delicacies, he introduced me to a slider topped with Taylor Ham (a bologna-esque sliced pork product).

The White Rose Diner in Linden, New Jersey, created the Jersey Burger, adding Taylor Ham to their 3 oz slider.

White Rose Diner
1301 E Elizabeth Avenue
Linden, New Jersey

*picture courtesy of Nick Solares

Nick Solares at White Rose Diner
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  1. Tommy’s Burger Stop, Anchorage Alaska. Continuously wins best burger contests in media. I think business actually went up during the pandemic as all orders had to be to-go (they’re really careful with distancing, masks, etc).

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