FLASH: The burger ia America’s quintessential comfort food and is enjoyed in an endless number of ways.
Burgers are the most democratic of foods. The best burger in any city might be in the dankest of dive bars, or in the fanciest of restaurants.
Finding the 1s that matter can take one all through a city, and helps to understand a city’s geography, its class structure, its views on race and politics.
A really good burger is not fast food, it is real whole food with best ingredients, nothing is processed, processed food is poison.
Most conventionally raised cattle are fattened up with a heavy diet of grains in large feedlots known as Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs). Besides being a pretty nasty place to live, CAFOs lead to beef with a lower nutrition content than that which comes from cows on a plant-based diet.
Grass-fed meat boasts higher levels of Vitamins A and E as well as Potassium, Iron, and Zinc, with less fat than its grain-fed counterpart. While any kind of beef can be a healthful addition to a balanced diet, the slightly more costly choice of grass-fed beef is well worth it.
Praised for both its taste and nutrition, here are what I believe to be the Top 5 in the USA (click on the links for pictures and directions), as follows:
|Mooburger: Brooklyn, NY |
The New York City spot is not your typical burger joint; with rustic salvaged wood tables and quirky hanging lights, you might expect the open-kitchen restaurant to turn out more high-class cuisine.
But with a menu that features almost every kind of meat patty (bison, elk, ostrich, chicken, and classic beef) — all Organic and local when possible Mooburger produces the sort of eclectic fare you might expect from a fine-dining experience, proudly calling itself as “a burger place with a twist.”
With chef Marc Anthony Bynum of “Chopped” fame (he won the Food Network reality show not once, but 2X) working behind the counter, the Court Street restaurant won’t disappoint. Worldly options like a Bahn Mi burger (chicken, pickled daikon, carron, onion, cilanto, lettuce, and lemon aioli), the Nova Scotia (smoked salmon, mustard crème fraiche, wilted spinach, and the Huevos Rancheros (refried beans, pico de gallo, guacamole, sour cream, fried egg) are just as good as their All American with “Moo” sauce.
Pono Burger: Santa Monica, Ca
This Organic foodie-paradise sticks to its California roots, using only local farmer’s market ingredients to make their handcrafted burgers “the right way.”
Although Pono Burger only has 2 meat options – grass-fed beef from family-owned Eel River Ranch in Huboldt County or a free-range, antibiotic-free turkey patty, their creative culinary combinations have landedthem on the pages of Food & Wine, Thrillist, and SHAPE Magazine, to name a few.
Try mouthwatering combinations like the Piku “Fig” Burger (drunken caramelized fig jam, brie cheese, bacon, hazelnuts, arugula, balsamic vinaigrette) or “build your own burger” from their tempting list of toppings.
Butcher & The Burger: Chicago, IL
As the name suggests, this shop incorporates an old fashioned butcher and “vintage meat locker for the highest quality beef, seafood, fowl, pork, and game that the city has to offer.
When you order a burger at B&B, they blend your choice of all-natural seasonings, form a patty, and char broil a custom—built meal right in front of you on their Chicago-built Emberglo grill.
You can even choose from their homemade patties, meatballs, and loafs to take away and cook at home.
Burger Lounge, California
This is a chain restaurant with locations all over California, Burger Lounge is a lot more than your typical fast-food joint. It grew from the concept that “a hamburger should not only taste great, it should also utilize healthy ingredients produced in a sustainable environment.” And the business has certainly lived up to those expectations; using only grass-fed beef and the best local produce, Burger Lounge represents the belief that “less is more” for burgers that taste great and make you feel good, too.
Their signature burger is made from 100% American grass-fed, single source beef, Organic cheese, grilled or raw onions, lettuce, tomatoes, and house-made thousand island dressing on their Organic wheat and white flour bun is simplicity at its best…and tastiest.
The Oak: Seattle, WA
The Oak is located in Beacon Hill, this bar and burger joint is a stand-out among Seattle locals for a surprisingly scrumptious selection of delicious pub grub, like vegan-friendly entrees and exceptional French fries. But their grass-fed Painted Hills burgers are the main point of pride at this neighborhood hot-spot.
The Oak has offerings for every kind of eater, offering gluten-free buns and imaginative meatless options.
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