The Best Burgers in New York City, Ranked
When in doubt, put an egg on it
Now it’s time for our next mission: We’re on a hunt to find the best burgers in all of New York City. Bring ketchup.
17. THE BISON BURGER AT BAREBURGER
The burgers at this city staple are fully customizable. We’ll take ours with jalapeņo jack cheese, tomato, lettuce and horseradish-dill mayonnaise on a brioche bun. It’s alllll about the bun.
Locations throughout New York City; 212-510-8610 or bareburger.com
16. THE MAC AND CHEESE BURGER FROM THE AINSWORTH
Honestly, this burger probably isn’t the classiest choice on the list, but we can’t say no to anything smothered in cheese. Might want to get some napkins.
122 W. 26th St. (at Seventh Ave.); 212-741-0645 or ainsworthnyc.com
15. BURGER AT SUPERIORITY BURGER
OK, this one is technically vegetarian, but judging by the lines wrapping around the block to try a taste, it definitely deserves a slot.
430 E. Ninth St. (at Ave. A); 212-256-1192 or superiorityburger.com
14. BACON, EGG AND CHEESE BURGER AT WHITMAN'S
Yep, it’s finally socially acceptable to eat a burger for breakfast. Go nuts.
406 E. Ninth St. (at First Ave.); 212-228-8011 or whitmansnyc.com
13. EMMY BURGER FROM EMILY
Chef Emily is known in NYC for her pizza, but one taste of this dry-aged beef, cheddar and pretzel bun and you’ll be waving off slices left and right.
Locations in Clinton Hill and Williamsburg, Brooklyn; 347-844-9588 or pizzalovesemily.com
10. BRONTE BURGER FROM RUBY'S
Keep it simple with ground beef, lettuce, tomato, sweet chili, mayo and cheese, then switch things up with toasted ciabatta bread instead of a bun. Ooo, living on the wild side.
219 Mulberry St. (at Spring St.); 212-925-5755 or rubyscafe.com
9. BISTRO BURGER FROM CORNER BISTRO
No frills, here--just a damn good burger piled high with bacon, lettuce, tomato and American cheese.
Locations in the West Village and Long Island City; 212-242-9502 or cornerbistrony.com
8. SHACKBURGER FROM SHAKE SHACK
Hey, we knew this guy before he was famous. Eat your heart out, In-N-Out.
Multiple locations in New York City; 646-545-4600 or shakeshack.com
7. BACON CHEESEBURGER FROM J.G. MELON
Grab a stool at this divey bar and order your no-frills burger with a side of cottage fries. You’ll thank us later.
1291 Third Ave. (at 74th St.); 212-744-0585 or jgmelonnyc.com
6. BACON CHEESEBURGER AT THE COMMODORE
Free-range Angus beef, melted cheese, raw onion, lettuce, tomatoes and pickle chips? Oh, if you insist.
366 Metropolitan Ave. (at Havemeyer St.), Brooklyn; 718-218-7632
4. HAMBURGER FROM PETER LUGER STEAK HOUSE
OK, the first time you visit this legendary steakhouse, don’t order the burger. But the second time, go for it.
178 Broadway (at Driggs Ave.), Brooklyn; 718-387-7400 or peterluger.com
3. DRY-AGED ANGUS BURGER AT SAXON + PAROLE
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again--everything tastes better with an egg on it. Dry-aged Angus beef is no exception.
316 Bowery (at Bleecker St.); 212-254-0350 or saxonandparole.com
2. THE BLACK LABEL BURGER FROM MINETTA TAVERN
This top-secret recipe features a combo of New York strip, brisket and skirt steak--it’s bathed in clarified butter and topped with caramelized onions, then sandwiched inside a brioche bun. You won’t even miss the cheese. Trust us.
113 Macdougal St. (at Carmine St.); 212-475-3850 or minettatavernny.com
1. CHARGRILLED BURGER AT THE SPOTTED PIG
We’re not trying to start any rumors, but this half-pound burger topped with Roquefort cheese may or may not have ended Taylor Swift’s feud with Kanye. So yeah, it’s good.
314 W. 11th St. (at Greenwich St.); 212-620-0393 or thespottedpig.com