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2 2014

Ketchup on America’s Best Burger Joints

Burgers are as American as apple pie, so it only made sense for us to round up the most raved about burger joints across the country – uncovering a hidden gem or two – just in time for Independence Day.


From Custer, South Dakota where the burgers are loaded with tempting toppings like cream cheese with sweet and spicy jalapeno sauce, to Naples, Florida where sweet meets savory with a cheddar and bacon-topped patty sandwiched between two glazed donuts, burger enthusiasts will surely be satisfied.


Counting down, these are the top 10 burger joints in the U.S.:


10. Village Burger, Waimea, Hawaii (4.5 out of 5 bubbles on TripAdvisor, 195 reviews)

TripAdvisor traveler photo: Village Burger

TripAdvisor traveler photo: Village Burger

In the Aloha State, this island eatery serves up traditional beef burgers made with locally sourced ingredients. Scrumptious options include the “Big Island” burger and “Kahua Ranch Wagyu” burger, described as “big, rich and bossy.” Travelers can also try a fresh ahi tuna or vegetarian burger. A TripAdvisor reviewer said, “You really can taste the difference with fresh local beef. I am forever spoiled now that I know how a burger can taste.”


9. Casper & Runyon’s Nook, Saint Paul, Minnesota (4.5 out of 5 bubbles on TripAdvisor, 158 reviews)

TripAdvisor traveler photo: Casper and Runyon's Nook

TripAdvisor traveler photo: Casper and Runyon’s Nook

A small spot with big burgers, since 2000 this Twin Cities establishment has been serving up more than 30 enticing beef and bun variations. Meat lovers frequent the Nook for its signature cheese-stuffed burgers – the joint’s take on a recipe native to Minnesota known as the “Juicy Lucy.” A TripAdvisor reviewer said, “It’s the combination of the bun, cheese stuffed and grilled burger with fresh condiments that make this an unbeatable choice.”


8. Big D’s Downtown Dive, Roswell, New Mexico (4.5 out of 5 bubbles on TripAdvisor, 115 reviews)

TripAdvisor traveler photo: Big D's Downtown Dive

TripAdvisor traveler photo: Big D’s Downtown Dive

In the Land of Enchantment, owner and chef, Don Nason, uses garden fresh ingredients to grill up burgers that are out of this world. Hungry customers flock to Big D’s for tantalizing creations like “The Tomahawk,” which is topped with aged cheddar, red chili, and avocado lime mayo. A TripAdvisor reviewer said, “Though unassuming from the outside, the food was fresh, inventive and delicious!”


7. Mussel & Burger Bar, Louisville, Kentucky (4.5 out of 5 bubbles on TripAdvisor, 121 reviews)

TripAdvisor traveler photo: Mussel and Burger Bar

TripAdvisor traveler photo: Mussel and Burger Bar

Since opening in 2013, this upscale eatery has quickly gained notoriety with its mussels and burgers menu – the restaurant’s unique take on surf ‘n’ turf. The restaurant tempts with 13 burgers, from the classic “Good Ole” cheeseburger to the truly luxurious “CEO” that comes topped with Gruyère cheese, truffle aioli, and the option to add foie gras. A TripAdvisor reviewer said, “It was juicy, had a great flavor, and clearly was made with high quality beef.”


6. Brook’s Gourmet Burgers and Dogs, Naples, Florida (4.5 out of 5 bubbles on TripAdvisor, 536 reviews)

TripAdvisor traveler photo: Brook's Gourmet Burgers and Dogs

TripAdvisor traveler photo: Brook’s Gourmet Burgers and Dogs

With a menu boasting outrageous options like the “Donut Burger,” a beef patty wedged between two glazed donuts and topped with cheese and bacon, it’s clear that the creative burger juices have been flowing at this Floridian favorite that also serves delicious Vienna beef hot dogs, deli sandwiches, and creamy milkshakes. A TripAdvisor reviewer said, “It tantalized my taste buds. I didn’t know that hamburgers could be that good!”


5. MEAT Eatery And Taproom, Islamorada, Florida (4.5 out of 5 bubbles on TripAdvisor, 453 reviews)

TripAdvisor traveler photo: MEAT Eatery And Taproom

TripAdvisor traveler photo: MEAT Eatery And Taproom

Located within an unassuming strip mall, this Florida Keys eatery serves up all-American, gourmet fare including baskets of French fries prepared in duck fat, house-made root beer, and mouthwatering burgers sandwiched between fresh buns that are emblazoned with the restaurant’s “MEAT” logo. A TripAdvisor reviewer said, “The burgers were absolutely decadent, and the fries, simply amazing.”


4. Grill-A-Burger, Palm Desert, California (4.5 out of 5 bubbles on TripAdvisor, 187 reviews)

TripAdvisor traveler photo: Grill-A-Burger

TripAdvisor traveler photo: Grill-A-Burger

This tasty haven in the desert claims to have the “best burger under the bun.” Crafted using all-natural beef, menu options include the “Bacon Me Crazy” burger and the “Chili Chili Bang Bang,” topped with chili, melted cheddar cheese, and diced sweet onion. A TripAdvisor reviewer said, “Everything is honestly fresh, their meat is outstanding and their fries are mouthwatering.”


3. Sparky’s, Hatch, New Mexico (4.5 out of 5 bubbles on TripAdvisor, 146 reviews)

TripAdvisor traveler photo: Sparky's

TripAdvisor traveler photo: Sparky’s

Forty miles northwest of Las Cruces, burger enthusiasts can tickle their taste buds as they bite into a green chili cheeseburger made from Hatch’s famous pepper. Guests will also enjoy the joint’s kitschy decor that features a collection of fast-food themed statues. A TripAdvisor reviewer said, “The Hatch Green Chiles – ‘WOW’ words cannot describe the mellow heat and great taste!”


2. Nic’s Grill, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (5 out of 5 bubbles on TripAdvisor, 123 reviews)

TripAdvisor traveler photo: Nic's Grill

TripAdvisor traveler photo: Nic’s Grill

At lunchtime, lines form far outside the door of this 16-seat sensation, where owner and chef Justin ‘Nic’ Nicholas dishes out massive hand-formed patties that are seared before finishing slowly on the griddle, resulting in a burger that’s crispy on the outside with a tender and juicy middle. A TripAdvisor reviewer said, “There’s a line for a reason folks… it’s GREAT!”


1. Black Hills Burger and Bun Co., Custer, South Dakota (5 out of 5 bubbles on TripAdvisor, 247 reviews)

TripAdvisor traveler photo: Black Hills Burger and Bun Co.

TripAdvisor traveler photo: Black Hills Burger and Bun Co.

Crafted using beef that’s ground daily and served atop house-baked buns, this Black Hills eatery serves up blissful burgers from an inventive menu, including “The Hot Granny” – a perfectly cooked beef or bison patty topped with bacon, cream cheese, and sweet and spicy jalapeno sauce. A TripAdvisor reviewer said, “Who would have imagined a burger could take on such an amazing flavor with a great combination of ingredients!”


Lettuce know if your favorite burger joint made the cut in the comments. And if we missed your go-to spot, be sure to tell us why you love it by writing a review on TripAdvisor.

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