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Psst! There Are Secret Burgers In The US And We Know Where To Find Them

By now, you’ve probably heard that In-N-Out and Shake Shack are delicious. Duh, right? While we mean no disrespect, they’re by no means the best burgers in America. In fact, some of the country’s best buns fly under the radar, sold at unlisted locations or on secret menus.

But sharing’s caring, so we’ll let you in on a few of the very best cult favourites and tell you where to go to find some of the (secret) best burgers in America.

Burgers Never Say Die in LA

 

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Last year, chef Sean Nee started griddling patties out the back of his apartment complex in the ‘burbs of LA. His makeshift stand would open once a week for lunch on Sundays, when Nee would sell his double cheeseburgers on for just US$5 a pop. It was a true word-of-mouth affair — folks who wanted to go had to email ahead of time for the address and opening hours, then face lines of over two hours to get in.

It didn’t take long for word to spread. One high profile pop-up restaurant appearance and a few months later, Nee signed the lease on a bricks and mortar store in the hipper-than-thou LA suburb of Silver Lake. Burgers Never Say Die set to open in the fall of 2018 – which could be any day now.

Where: Glendale Boulevard in Silver Lake, Los Angeles, California

How much: TBC

Superiority Burger in New York

 

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A vegetarian burger worth writing home about? It can be done. Superiority Burger say that they’re not trying to recreate the taste of meat, but their patties taste remarkably like the real thing – an animal-friendly feat that’s won them a cult following in New York. Be sure to grab a side of the “frizzled onion”.

Where: 430 E 9th St, New York, New York

How much: US$6 (AU$8.50)

The JE Burger At Josephine Estelle in New Orleans

 

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Josephine Estelle doesn’t actually list the JE Burger on their regular dinner menu — it’s a room service item for the Ace Hotel upstairs — but ask for it and they will provide.

The beef patty here is wrapped in a crepe (New Orleans was a French settlement, after all), which comes filled with cheese topped with caramelised onion. It basically tastes like a gourmet Big Mac, which is a high compliment.

Where: 600 Carondelet St, New Orleans, Louisiana

How much: US$14 (AU$19.80)

The Mikey Burger at One Bedford in Brooklyn

The Mikey Burger at One Beford is one of the best burgers in America.

The Mikey Burger at One Beford, Brooklyn. Image: One Bedford / Facebook

Just opposite McCarren Park in the coolest part of Brooklyn is One Bedford, a cosy bar and the site of one of the best burgers in America. There’s a few on the menu, but you’ll want to go for The Mikey — short rib beef, Swiss cheese, Bordelaise sauce and caramelised onions on a potato bun.

They’ll ask you how you want your meat cooked, the correct answer is medium rare.

Where: 1 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn, New York

How much: US$16 (AU$22.60)

Hopdoddy Burger Bar in Austin

 

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Lines stretch around the block for Hopdoddy, Austin’s favourite burger by a country mile.

The burger joint – which has four locations in the Texan capital of cool, as well as a smattering of stores in California, Tennessee, Colorado and Arizona – is giving the big burger chains a run for their money with fresh, expertly-prepared fast food.

There’s a few burgers on the menu to choose from, but to do it right you’ll want to grab the Primetime Burger, which will convince you that brie belongs on burgers and that all aioli should be truffle-flavoured.

Where: Austin, Texas and beyond

How much: US$12.50 (AU$17.70) for the Primetime Burger

Fancy a burg a little closer to home? Here are the top 10 burgers in Australia and where to get them.

(Lead image: Burgers Never Say Die / Facebook)