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The 101 best burgers in America

The Daily Meal Logo By Dan Myers of The Daily Meal | Slide 1 of 102: Is there any food more quintessentially American than the burger? The simple sandwich — and yes a burger is a sandwich — of ground beef on a bun has thousands of variations, and when done properly, there are few foods more delicious.If you’ve eaten your fair share of burgers, then you probably already know that there are a few different varieties out there: There are the inch-or-so-thick patties that drip juice down your arm; there are fast food-style burgers, thin patties cooked on a griddle that (ideally) get an ample crust; and finally, there are the high-end models with high price tags that raise the humble burger to fine-dining status.Though these burger styles have their differences, there are a few qualities the best burgers in America will share: high-quality beef, proper seasoning, well-proportioned components and an overall attention to detail that many would call “making it with love.” These are burgers that, try as you might, just can’t be replicated in your home kitchen.In order to compile our ranking of the 101 best burgers in America, we assembled a list of hundreds of beloved burgers from all across the country and compiled them into a survey (To keep the playing field even, we only considered beef burgers and excluded offerings from large chains.). We then asked a panel of noted writers, journalists, bloggers and culinary authorities from across the country to vote for their favorites, and these are the ones that came out on top.

The 101 Best Burgers in America

Is there any food more quintessentially American than the burger? The simple sandwich — and yes a burger is a sandwich — of ground beef on a bun has thousands of variations, and when done properly, there are few foods more delicious.

If you’ve eaten your fair share of burgers, then you probably already know that there are a few different varieties out there: There are the inch-or-so-thick patties that drip juice down your arm; there are fast food-style burgers, thin patties cooked on a griddle that (ideally) get an ample crust; and finally, there are the high-end models with high price tags that raise the humble burger to fine-dining status.

Though these burger styles have their differences, there are a few qualities the best burgers in America will share: high-quality beef, proper seasoning, well-proportioned components and an overall attention to detail that many would call “making it with love.” These are burgers that, try as you might, just can’t be replicated in your home kitchen.

In order to compile our ranking of the 101 best burgers in America, we assembled a list of hundreds of beloved burgers from all across the country and compiled them into a survey (To keep the playing field even, we only considered beef burgers and excluded offerings from large chains.). We then asked a panel of noted writers, journalists, bloggers and culinary authorities from across the country to vote for their favorites, and these are the ones that came out on top.

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