In a special Village Voice Media collaborative project for Memorial Day Weekend, we're taking a look at some of the most epic, juicy burgers in this gallery of coast-to-coast burger porn. So, from Village Voice Media's thirteen papers, from OC Weekly to the Miami New Times, we present: burgers across America.
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Where: BBQ Smash Burger, Uneeda Burger
Seattle's Uneeda Burger
is located in the old Uneeda Auto Repair shop and offers up a variety of burgers crafted of all-natural Painted Hills Beef - or for the more discerning palate, Whidbey Island Crescent Harbor 100% Wagyu (Kobe) grass-fed beef. This one here's the BBQ Smash, a delicious concoction of charred onions, bacon, cheddar and bbq sauce. Read more on Seattle Weekly: Do You Uneeda Burger
Source: Los Angeles
Where: The Hole in the Wall
Los Angeles patty-lovers crowd the Hole In The Wall Burger Joint at lunchtime. They come for the perfect burgers, the freshly cooked fries and, most of all, the pretzel buns.
Read more in LA Weekly's 30 Days of Burgers
Source: Los Angeles
Where: The Cardiac Burger, The Bucket
The Bucket in Los Angeles is probably most (in)famous for its Cardiac Burger. A heap of greasy onions and mushrooms piled atop bacon, grilled ham and two massive 1/2-pound beef patties.
Read more on the LA Weekly: 30 Days of Burgers
Source: San Francisco
The Juicy Lucy, served up at Maverick in San Francisco's Mission District, comes served with a slice of smoked gouda in the middle of the patty. This ain't no orange-cheese-injected hot dog, this is quality. Maverick's chef de cuisine, Matt Brimer, topped himself by topping the Lucy with a slow-cooked egg yolk, sauce gribriche, and watercress. Read more on Maverick's massive burger at SF Weekly.
Source: Orange County
Where: The Soul Burger, The Memphis Cafe
The Soul Burger, $9.50 with fries or salad: I don't know how much "soul" the Soul Burger has, but the combination of pepper jack cheese and chipotle sauce makes this burger. Don't get me wrong, the meat on this hearty burger is tasty, but the bit of spice makes this a definite must-try. Memphis is a mellow OC gem that most people know for music and happy hour, but it has a solid menu, top to bottom. The burger was a recommendation from a friend--and well-worth the price.
Read more on the OC Weekly: Top 5 Cheeseburgers for Less Than $5
Source: Orange County
Where: The 50/50, Slaters 5050
The 50/50, $9.95: If you like burgers, chances are you also like bacon. Bacon on burgers is most always a welcomed addition. What about bacon combined with the beef, making for a flavor-filled patty? Yeah, absolutely worth kicking that vegetarian phase you've pursued while trying to impress some man or woman. Just don't make it a regular part of the diet because cholesterol numbers aren't supposed to match the distance you drive a golf ball.
Read more in OC Weekly's Top 5 Cheeseburgers for Less Than $5
Phoenix New Times
Where: The Lodge
What's better than a burger? Try a burger sandwiched between two grilled cheese...sandwiches! The Lodge in Scottsdale, Arizona has such a burger and they called it The Sasquatch. Eat this burger and you won't get a free T-shirt or your picture on some sort of wall of fame. No, you'll get the satisfaction that you are a man; a man who is very, very full.
Read more on Phoenix New Times: Big Ass Burger Battle.
Where: Park Burger
The menu at Park Burger is rife with heart-stoppingly good combinations, most of which are sure to send your cholesterol right through the roof. And while we're grateful when a companion snags bites of the ham-Swiss-and-egg laden Croque burger or the Chilango, topped with jalapeños, guac and cheddar, we have a hard time sharing the Royal with anyone, no matter how nicely we're asked. For the Royal, the burger is topped with caramelized onions, blue cheese and bacon; we add an egg for good measure. More Mile High burger action: Read more: Denver Westword's Five Best Burgers
Where: The Stodg Burger at the Porch
We're in love. Freshly buttered bun, aged cheddar, a fried egg and bacon. In many ways, it's a perfect comfort food, and in other ways a heart-attack. The Porch in Dallas, TX has mastered the art of burger porn. Pair it with their fries--which have that glorious fresh potatoe-y flavor, and you've got about four great meals. Oh--the bun is buttered with foie gras.Read more in Dallas Observer's Best Excuse for a Heart Attack
Where: Maple & Motor
This isn't a burger with foie gras, or special mayonnaise. It's a simple, fresh, grill-seared burger with a tower of lettuce, tomato and onion. The right amount of everything. Last we checked, the Maple & Motor burger was a six-napkin operation, with relish, ketchup and mustard and real cheddar. A true cheeseburger. Read how the burger was made on Dallas Observer's City of Ate