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5 Burgers We’d Jump In the Car For Right Now

Features & Advice | Rich Thomaselli | June 23, 2016

5 Burgers We’d Jump In the Car For Right Now

PHOTO: The Double Cheeseburger at Au Cheval. (photo courtesy of Au Cheval)

What would you do for one of the country’s best burgers?

There’s a whole subculture out there of foodies who travel just for that reason alone, to sample the nation’s — and the world’s — best cuisine.

For now, we’ll stick with the All-American hamburger (or cheeseburger) and, through diligent research and a couple of taste tests of our own, here are a few we’d definitely travel for.

(In no particular order)

The Secret Burger
Alden & Harlow
Cambridge, Mass.

Not far from Harvard University lies this funky place with some decidedly different menu items, including Egg and Fava Bean Raviolo, Shaved Porcini and Duck Tongue Salad, and The Secret Burger. What’s so secret about it? Well, the special, house-made sauce, for one. But this bad boy is so good that they only make 40 or so a night. Not kidding — be there when they open the doors at 5 p.m. or by 6-6:30 you’re out of luck.

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The Double Cheeseburger
Au Cheval

The restaurant might have a fancy name but this menu item couldn’t be any simpler or straightforward. Yet it’s also something of a misnomer because the Double Cheeseburger actually has three beef patties, cheddar cheese and maple-glazed bacon and the restaurant’s homemade “Dijonnaise.” Wanna get fancy? Add Au Cheval’s signature fried egg.

The Smash
The Neon Pig
Tupelo, Miss.

Part cafe, part butcher shop, the lure of this burger is the butcher shop part. The chefs combine aged filet, sirloin, ribeye, New York strip and bacon all ground together. Served on a ciabatta bun with more bacon, cheddar cheese, pickles, pickled onion, and hoisin and comeback sauces, it might be the best thing you’ve ever had for 10 bucks.

The Hubcap Decker
Hubcap Grill

A thing of beauty, except for the calories. So don’t look. Just indulge. The Hubcap Decker is two fresh-ground burger patties seared to perfection, with American and Swiss cheeses, lettuce, pickles, onions, and a special sauce. Oh, and this being Texas, there’s a piece of Texas toast in the middle of those two burgers as well.

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Shake Shack
New York City

Thank goodness there are numerous locations of this quick-stop shack — literally — in New York because people will wait in line for an hour just to grab a couple of ShackBurgers. These are 100 percent all natural Angus beef, and while that’s not very different from a lot of other places, Shake Shack has a proprietary (read: secret) mix that just forces people to wait in that line. Yeah, it’s worth it.

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