Published on July 1st, 2013 | by Andrew Garcia


5 Best Burgers in the United States

We love burgers. We love them in New York, we love them in Washington D.C., we love them in Hawaii, but where or where could the best burger be?

The following is a list of the top 10 burgers in the United States. You will have a hard time convincing yourself to not get a burger for lunch after reading this, but probably none will measure up to these rock star burgers.


The Blake


Flagstaff Arizona is home to some of the most liberal people in Arizona, beautiful desert scenery, a rich history of Pioneer and Native Americans, but you’ve completely blown your visit if you do not stop at the Diablo Burger. Diablo Burger pleases your enviro-friendly side with antibiotic free, open range-raised, hormone-free, grass-fed beef that is gathered from a ranch 40 miles down the road.



The Blake is their masterpiece. With flavorful and fiery oven-roasted green chile, magical hatch chile mayo and cheddar that is actually sharp. All of this goes on a homemade English muffin with DB branded on the side. Each bite drips with the white mayo and cheese for smooth texture, and the chiles give the burger excellent chewiness. The burger is cooked to a succulent medium rare that oozes juices onto your plate that you can wipe up with some fries.


Single or a Double or Get Out!


If you find yourself in Idaho, we’re sorry. You can at least console this cultural desert with one of the best burgers in the United States. Hudson’s in Coeur d’Alene is a simple walk up burger joint that order at the counter, wait, eat then get on with your life. None of this fancy table service for them, and it seems to work since they have been open since 1907.



They keep their burgers simple as well. You can get either a single or a double which is hand-formed and thrown on the grill right in front of you. You can watch them slice the pickle disk for your burger, toss on onions and don’t forget to ask for the homemade hot sauce that is a perfect mix of smoky and spicy.


Maryland Make Your Own Burger


Baltimore is known for its high crime rate, Super Bowl winners the Ravens and the Abbey Burger Bistro. Whoever says Maryland is for crabs, hasn’t tried the make-your-own burger at Abbey Burger Bistro. We may catch crabs, but after you try the burger and a boozy Baltimore’s Berger cookie milkshake your perspective may change of what Baltimore is all about.


You can have a patty made from Black Angus beef, bison, lamb, ostrich, turkey or the infamous meat of the week. Each type of meat the chef has studies to be able to prepare it to a state of perfection. You can get your burger on bread, English, muffin, toast, pita or a bun. Make sure to either try some Maryland crab dip or the spicy and tangy habenero pickles are starts on their list of over 40 toppings you can choose from.


Gourmet Burgers in Las Vegas



You may know celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay from his show hell kitchens and his hilarious one liners like “this beef is so undercooked it started to eat the salad”. You may not know is that Ramsay can actually walk the walk of being a chef, not just talk the talk on cable television. One of his crowning jewels is his burger joint at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. Now just to be clear, about every burger in this place is exceptional, as it should be given the over-pricing of the burger. We understand the high prices of a meal on the Las Vegas strip, so the prices of these burgers are even high for that. It is truly a gourmet, out of this world you are paying for though. Just be ready to open your wallet, which is something that one becomes accustomed to doing when traveling in Vegas.


Price aside, we recommend the chanterelle mushrooms, arugula and figgy-onion jam burger. The burger is always perfectly cooked, but not as juicy as we like. This spectacular wood-fuel charred flavor of the burger, really makes it stand out from other burgers. The mushrooms and arugula are buttered to perfection. The figgy-onion jam gives it a slightly sweet touch to balance out this perfectly savory burger.


Dublin Comes to New Hampshire

The Barley house is located across the Concord Capital where lawyers, politicians and well-to-dos go to be seen, plot, etc. We will not hold that against the restaurant. The food is great, the prices are reasonable and the joint has a comfortable vibe with happy regular customers. More importantly than all that background noise, The Barley House serves one of the best burgers in the country.


The Dublin Burger is a burger for the burger lover. Covered with a distinctive whiskey gravy, flavorful blue cheese, smoky chipotle ketchup and artery clogging deep fried onions, you may find yourself falling in love. Order it medium-rare for maximum flavor and juiciness that matches perfect to the spicy and crispy peppercorn char. Anything above medium-rare for this burger should be considered a crime! They’ll cook it how you want it though.

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19 Responses to 5 Best Burgers in the United States

  1. Josh says:

    You sir have no class! If you actually had a Huddy burger in Idaho then you would know that a drunken six-year-old could make the same burger of equal quality. Hudson’s is popular and that is all. A Gentleman you say? Hah, sounds more like an arrogant boob. I cannot believe you heralded Hudson Hamburgers over Nosworthy’s or SCRUDs. You are the one who walks the cultural desert, not Idahoans.

    • Andrew says:

      SCRUDs is a hipster joint that lacks high-end quality at the fundamental level. Yeah, they’re able to throw a ton of ingredients together and end up with something good, but if you strip it down to a simple burger like a Hudson Hamburger it just doesn’t compare.

  2. Cameron H says:

    If you are sorry to have found yourself in Idaho, that’s fine by me. More fun for the rest of us!

  3. Shelley says:

    I’m a North Idaho Native, and Hudsons has one of the best burgers I’ve ever had anywhere. But, Andrew Garcia…Until you’ve lived the fresh mountain air, grown up with beautiful mountains, and enjoyed all of the wildlife, then don’t apologize to people for “ending up in Idaho”!!

    • DJ says:

      who is Andrew Garcia anyway?
      I googled him and dozens of “Andrew Garcias” came up.
      I googled Hudsons Hamburgers and one listing came up.

      Just sayin………

  4. Brittany says:

    Andrew Garcia- What a jerk!! There was absolutely no need to slam Idaho like that. Your attempt at humor failed, and instead you came across as rude. It was unnecessary.

    A proud and cultured Idahoan

  5. Bill Dobner says:

    Hudson’s burgers are outstanding. A big part of the Hudson’s experience is the “elbow-to-elbow” atmosphere and the wait in line to get one of the few coveted stools at the counter.

  6. I don’t need to add to the comments above about the Idaho bashing, I can see many others have already beat me to that 🙂

    What I can say is that Hudson’s burgers are as popular as they are because of their history and the experience of bellying up to the counter. Personally not a fan…I don’t find that a burger made from the same ingredients I can get at the local grocery store beats a specialty made burger on buns they make in house or with ingredients I probably wouldn’t think to add myself.

    It is also interesting that every other place on the list has a burger that is different from anything you would probably get anywhere else, but of all the places you could have chosen in Coeur d’Alene (or surrounding area) you pick Hudson’s. Maybe in your rush to escape Idaho you didn’t bother to really look around. That is Ok…those of us that live here and the visitors who appreciate us, will always take the time, so you don’t have to.

  7. Pay Riley says:

    Huddys is good but how in the world did you not mention Nosworthys???

  8. Pat Riley says:

    Oh come on now!!!! What about Nosworthys??? Way BETTER!

    • Kris says:

      Get off your high horse about Hudson’s I’ve lived in the area for 19 years, I never went there until last year. I hadn’t been to Scruds, I hadn’t been to Nosworthy’s, I had not even been to Bardenay’s. But you know what? I thought Hudson’s was OK at bets, nothing pleased me about their food, I didn’t leave satisfied, I ate a chunk of barely seasoned beef with “love”. Every single one of my other three aforementioned places makes a better burger, hands down. Don’t get me wrong, there is nothing WRONG with Hudson’s, I have nothing AGAINST them, but when the best an article such as this can say is that it’s basically a get in get out get on with it place. What’s that mean. I feel like a good burger is the one you see in your dreams, and quiet frankly I’d sooner dream of a dbl bacon from Paul Bunyan’s just down the road the I would a burger from Hudson’s, and it’s cheaper to boot.

  9. Kris says:

    That reply wasn’t the person it was intended for -.- I’m in agreeance with Pat here

  10. Mike says:

    Well, Huddies are hand-formed beef right there in-front-of-your-eyes. I’ve traveled extensively.. had burgers everywhere… and for what they do, Hudson’s burgers are well deserving of being in any top 5 or 10 list.

  11. Rose says:

    I was excited to see Hudson’s on this list since I’ve been eating burgers there for over 35 years and love the whole experience from bellying up to the bar to decorating my burger with spicy ketchup… at first. Disappointed the author felt the need to insult the entire state of Idaho like all the natives are a bunch of ignorant neanderthals with all the class and panache of a monkey flinging poo. Methinks the ElucidGent needs to shine a little light on his manners.

  12. TonyS says:

    and Idaho doesn’t want you either sir! keep your “culture” to yourself.

  13. DJ says:

    I am torn when reading this……on one hand I think Andrew Garcia has great taste because he can appreciate the simple elegance of a flat iron seared patty, with toppings that compliment that aforementioned, delicious, beefy goodness and not cover it up just as Hudson’s perfectly executes.
    But, when he says that Idaho is a cultural desert and also implies that the only reason you would be in Idaho is because you were somehow forced there by some unfortunate twist of fate, I have to say that this comment TOTALLY discredits his point of view.
    Nice choices on your burgers here Andrew. Stick to evaluating food and not communities and you will do just fine!

  14. js says:

    Now I’m fascinated by the idea of this Idaho burger, but rednecks make me lose my appetite…

  15. Wayne T says:

    Sounds like there are critics of Huddy’s that haven’t been past Sonic!

  16. Ron B says:

    When I first moved to Idaho, I heard so much about Hudson’s so as a new person I had to try it. I didn’t like it. So I thought to myself, I can do better than this burger, people said no way, they are the best. So I started ARBC Catering and tried to make the Best burger I could. I hand form each 6-6.2 oz patty. And use my own blend of cheese. Not a single slice of fake American cheese. And in 2009 I beat Hudson’s for having the Best Burger in N. Idaho. The next year and since then the voting has changed and I think corrupted. But to this day, I am the only person to beat Hudson’s for Best Burger in N. Idaho as voted in The Best of North Idaho. This is in the Coeur d’Alene Press yearly voting on all kinds of different categories. So I think the people that believe Hudson’s has the best burgers, haven’t tried mine. I operate out of a mobile catering truck where I cook each burger to order, among other food items.

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