I ate a burger today. Actually, it was a double cheeseburger. I was alone. No one who knew me was anywhere close. I thought it was a good idea at the time. I once went 17 consecutive years during which I ate at least one hamburger a day, sometimes 3 or 4. (I am sure that some of you out there have borne witness to all or part of that streak.) Here are some of my favorite burgers. What are yours?

  • Bar Boulud London, Mandarin Oriental Hotel, London: Piggie Burger with BBQ Pulled Pork, Bibb Lettuce, Green Chili Mayonnaise, Cheddar Bun, Red Cabbage Slaw;
  • Burger Joint at Le Parker Meredien, 119 W. 56th Street, NYC: The basics, no frills, grilled to perfection;
  • Bay Burger, 1742 Bridgehampton-Sag Harbor Turnpike, Sag Harbor: Freshly baked homemade buns, in-house freshly ground beef, Tater Tots, homemade ice cream;
  • White Castle, a neighborhood somewhere in the Mid-Atlantic or Midwestern United States nowhere near you: 8-12 sliders with onion rings best eaten after 2am, my favorite location was in Newark, NJ in the 1980’s on my way home from work/play; and
  • Steak n’ Shake, road trip stop in the Southern or Midwestern United States: all this thinking about burgers has made me crave a shake!
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17 Responses to Burgers

  1. Phyllis C. Annunziato says:

    The reason you love burgers so much is because when I was pregnat with you all I could afford was chopped meat, hence burgers in all ways possible!

  2. Stealthmommy says:

    In Charlottesville we have Five Guys and Steak’n’Shake, but really the best burgers are at our house, owing in no small part to the quality of the bacon.

  3. George Powlick says:

    Growing up in LA, you almost can’t help but be a big fan of In-n-Out, and I am! But, I routinely find that East coasters and Europeans just don’t think they’re any good.

  4. skiddiddle gittel says:

    Taby’s in Oyster bay makes the BEST turkey burger to be had.

  5. Dawn Margolis says:

    Just opened on 3rd avenue and 36th street …. BAREBURGER. If you are more adventurous they have the classics but they pride themselves on the ELK, LAMB, BISON & OSTRICH.

  6. Andy says:

    Need to try Five Napkin Burger in NYC

  7. I agree about Bar Boulud! Amazing burger!

  8. John Lowrey says:

    IN-N-OUT and Five Guys, in the fast food category. McDonald’s next to Celebrity Lanes in Denver (the first McD’s in Denver) when I was 6 years old — I thought I died and went to heaven….

  9. a man who knows his burgers!

  10. Matthew Yellin says:

    Have you tried an in~n~ out burger?

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