No. 2—Cheeseburger at Au Cheval
Bon Appétit calls the cheeseburger at AuCheval in Chicago "the perfect griddle burger," and The Daily Meal once again highlights the beauty of its simplicity. The cheeseburger is made of two (or three) patties topped with cheddar cheese, Dijonnaise and pickles, along with fries "fried in lard." YES! The restaurant also serves gluten-free and dairy-free menus, so you can have the burger without the bun, or the burger without the cheese, but you can still have lard-fried fries ... YES! Bottom line, writes The Daily Meal, "just about everything about this burger is perfect."
No. 1—Black Label burger at Minetta Tavern
How do you become named the best burger in America, a continent full of burger connoisseurs, burger chefs, backyard grill masters? The Minetta Tavern in New York has cracked the code, according to The Daily Meal, which calls its Black Label burger "the stuff of legend."
First, the restaurant dry ages the beef for six to seven weeks. The beef is a blend of four different cuts—short rib, skirt, brisket and rib-eye. It is seasoned and cooked in clarified butter, topped with caramelized onions and served on its own sesame seed bun which is unlike anything surrounding a Big Mac. But the Black Label comes with a big price: $28. Worth it? Reviewer George T. wrote on Yelp, "Say what you will, my two cents is that the BLACK LABEL burger is the best there is, irrespective of price, age, gender, sexual or religious orientation."
(For the full list of 101 burgers from The Daily Meal, click here)\
TheDaily Meal tells CNBC it did not include chains like In-N-Out on its bestburger list. However, earlier this year it ranted In-N-Out #2 for Best Chain(um, who is better?) and #1 as "regional chain they wish was national."