Kevin Alexander and Liz Childers made the list, but I’m guessing they didn’t travel to all 50 states to actually try the burgers on the list, or those that didn’t make the list.
This was not just a list compiled from other lists which were compiled from other lists until you’ve reached the end of the Internet. If we didn’t eat it personally, one of our other National Food/Drink editors or City editors or contributing writers did. We tried to show our work whenever possible, and give credit to others in the running.
So, a bunch of friends and friends of friends made a list of burger joints from around the good old U.S. of A. New York’s finest?
The burger: The Steakhouse Burger
Don’t confuse Brindle Room’s burger with the massively thick, often flavorless patties that usually have that steakhouse label. This one is relatively thin and has deckle — that tasty edge of fat on the ribeye — ground into the patty. And while the patty cooks in the cast-iron skillet, that fat melts, infusing the whole damn thing with buttery rich flavor. Add American, then add caramelized onions, and then ask for extra napkins because, well, did you read how that fat infuses the patty?
In the East Village, good, juicy, big, but not expensive considering it’s New York.