The Best and the Worst Burgers (My List)Posted by Alex Leynes on Tuesday, February 10th, 2009
Tags for this Article: California, cheese, Dick's Drive In, fast food culture, Five Guys, hamburger, In-n-Out, philadelphia, Seattle, Splitz, The Counter
Anybody who knows me, knows that I love food — particularly hamburgers. So after being prodded and poked here is my list of favourite burgers. As a side note my criteria is based around the idea of the original drive-in burger places where simplicity and taste reign over calorie crunching. Also, I’m not a big fan of “monster” burgers and sliders are o.k., but only as an appetizer. Enough talk, here’s the list.
In-n-Out (Various Locations California, Nevada, Arizona)
Why you should eat there: Locally sourced ingredients, independently owned, extremely affordable and of course the “secret menu”.
My recommendation: “100×100?. Just kidding, a Double Double “Animal Style” will satisfy any burger fiend.
Dick’s Drive-in (Seattle, WA)
Why you should eat there: Locally sourced ingredients, fast service, burgers in the truest sense of the word, simple menu. Another bonus is that Wallingford location is just off of the I-5 in Seattle.
My recommendation: The Deluxe (2 beef patties, 2 slices of cheese, mayonnaise/relish)
The Counter Burger (California)
Why should eat there: This is my exception to my “drive-in rule” because of organic high quality ingredients, custom burgers, large menu, options galore, great atmosphere.
My recommendation: Custom burger (whole wheat bun, ancho chile mayo, micro-greens, beef patty, feta cheese, roasted red pepper, & carrot strings)
Red Mill Burgers (Seattle, WA)
Why you should eat there: Extremely tasty burgers, nice portions, a menu to appease even the most discerning aficionados.
My Recommendation: Double Bacon Deluxe w/ Cheese
Five Guys Burgers and Fries (Philadelphia,PA, Washington DC)
Why you should eat there: Simple menu, burgers are all doubles (2x patties), free peanuts while you wait, handmade patties.
My Recommendation: The Cheeseburger (remember it’s a double).
And the bad…
White Castle (US East Coast): Sliders (more bun than meat, steamed, pointless)
Carl’s Jr. (California): Seven dollar burger (Microwaved patty, dry burger, uninspired experience)
Do note for you Vancouverites, I have not listed a single burger joint in the ‘Good’ list because to be honest I haven’t found a burger that I’m crazy about (Modern Burger, meh) nor offer anything really unique. But if pressed I’d recommend Red Onion on West 41st or I could be persuaded to grabbing a burger at the Splitz on Main street.
Agree? Disagree? Suggestions are always welcome.