The hamburger is arguably America's favorite food and burger-aficionados are fiercely opinionated about what makes a good burger.
Whether it's the consistency of the bun, the quality of the meat, or the condiment-to-meat ratio, people have very strong opinions on what makes a great burger and which places serve the best burgers.
From Atlanta to New York to San Francisco and the Bay Area and beyond, and from upscale eateries to greasy burger joints, here are the most succulent, flavorful, mouth-watering hamburgers near you.
Zagat ranks restaurants on a 30-point scale based on food, decór, and service. Ratings of 26 to 30 are considered "extraordinary to perfection," according to the company.
ATLANTA AREA: Vortex Bar & Grill
Vortex is famous for its succulent burgers and its wide selection of beer. The restaurant is biker-friendly with an alternative and wacky vibe.
BALTIMORE AREA: Linwoods
This sophisticated modern American restaurant in Owings Mills serves great burgers from the restaurant's open grill. The dining room is modern and elegant and the staff is attentive.
BOSTON AREA: Mr. Bartley's
Mr. Bartley's is famous for its enormous, reasonably priced burgers and milkshakes served in a casual setting with communal tables.
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