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I tried the growing cult-favorite California chain that makes the 'best burger in America' — here's the verdict

Business Insider Logo By Irene Jiang of Business Insider | Slide 1 of 27: 
  
    Habit
    Burger Grill was voted 
    America's best regional fast-food chain by USA Today
    readers in a 2019 survey.
  
  It has a loyal following and is growing at breakneck speed,
  nearly doubling its locations in the last three years.
  
  I visited a Habit Burger Grill in Teterboro, New Jersey, to
  try the so-called best-tasting burger in America.
  
  While I was impressed by some of the food I tried, the famous
  Charburger didn't live up to its reputation.
  
  
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  I hadn't heard of Habit Burger Grill until I stumbled across
  
  the name in an article on underrated fast-food chains.

  Apparently, the California-based burger chain I'd never heard of
  has earned numerous accolades and a diehard fan following. It was
  even voted the best regional fast-food chain in a 2019
  USA Today reader's survey.

  Habit's Charburger was voted 
  the best-tasting burger in America in 2014, and the chain
  continues to rank as 
  one of America's favorite restaurants, according to Consumer
  Reports.

  It's also growing at breakneck speed.

  
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  I tried the signature burgers from 5 major fast-food chains, and
  the winner was obvious
  

  Founded in 1969, Habit Burger Grill has increased its number of
  locations by over 60% in the last two years. From 
  172 restaurants in 2017 to 278 locations
  worldwide in 2019, Habit is continuing its rapid growth with
  
  another 35 restaurants opening in 2019.

  Lots of those new locations are outside of Habit's native
  California. The chain now has locations in 13 states and six
  restaurants in China. 

  I decided to visit the Habit Burger Grill in Teterboro, New
  Jersey, to see what all the fuss was about, as well as to try the
  so-called best-tasting burger in America:

  • Habit Burger Grill was voted America's best regional fast-food chain by USA Today readers in a 2019 survey.
  • It has a loyal following and is growing at breakneck speed, nearly doubling its locations in the last three years.
  • I visited a Habit Burger Grill in Teterboro, New Jersey, to try the so-called best-tasting burger in America.

I hadn't heard of Habit Burger Grill until I stumbled across the name in an article on underrated fast-food chains.

Apparently, the California-based burger chain I'd never heard of has earned numerous accolades and a diehard fan following. It was even voted the best regional fast-food chain in a 2019 USA Today reader's survey.

Habit's Charburger was voted the best-tasting burger in America in 2014, and the chain continues to rank as one of America's favorite restaurants, according to Consumer Reports.

It's also growing at breakneck speed. 

Founded in 1969, Habit Burger Grill has increased its number of locations by over 60% in the last two years. From 172 restaurants in 2017 to 278 locations worldwide in 2019, Habit is continuing its rapid growth with another 35 restaurants opening in 2019.

Lots of those new locations are outside of Habit's native California. The chain now has locations in 13 states and six restaurants in China.

I decided to visit the Habit Burger Grill in Teterboro, New Jersey, to see what all the fuss was about, as well as to try the so-called best-tasting burger in America.

Click through the slideshow above to read my review of Habit Burger Grill. 

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