thrillist.com – THESE DAYS IT’S DIFFICULT NOT to find yourself in the general vicinity of an outstanding burger. Americans’ love of all forms of beef between buns has grown so passionate that it seems like every restaurant that opens feels compelled to put a burger on its menu. That’s fantastic and all, but there are times when some $18 chef-driven creation (even if it tastes incredible) just won’t do and you want something crafted in a place that lives and breathes ground meat. In short, you want a burger joint.
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA
Dubbed one of the best burgers in the Los Angeles area by our intrepid burger critic, this little burger shack offers one of those old-school, no-nonsense California burgers served up by its namesake grillmaster, who has spent half a decade flipping deliciously thing and juicy burgers and serving them up with a side of endearingly crotchety attitude. Consider that charming gruffness extra seasoning to go with the flavor on that well-worn flat-top, which imbues those burgers with their buttery greatness. Go with a double stacked with grilled onions, molten American cheese, and a pile of iceberg. Accept no substitutes. And make no substitutions. No sense getting on Bill’s nerves. — Andy Kryza
Portland super chef John Gorham has long been a master of the bistro burger, variations of which have long been fixtures of his beloved Tasty & Sons, Tasty & Alder, and Toro Bravo. So when he announced he was opening up a burgers-only stand in a Downtown food hall last year, expectations were high. Gorham more than delivered, though not in the expected manner. BYH has more in common with a joint like Five Guys than a four-star restaurant, and the world is all the better for it. Loose-ground burgers, fat-and-char-pocked patties come crispy and messy, especially when you get them Carolina burger with chili, slaw, and house-made pickles. Still, the simple double — glued together with American cheese and stacked on a potato roll, as all good things should be — is on its own arguably the best grab-and-go burger in the Pacific Northwest. — AK
Maaaannnnnnn this road trip list just keeps getting longer and longer