Gallery: Favorite Burger Photos of 2012

Cheeseburger from Mojo Bicycle Cafe
Cheeseburger from Mojo Bicycle Cafe

Cheeseburger topped with cheddar, tomato, homemade fridge pickles, caramelized onions, and charred padron aioli on a homemade smoked marrow brioche bun from Mojo Bicycle Cafe in San Francisco.

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[Photograph: Wes Rowe]

Cheeseburger from Adair's Saloon
Cheeseburger from Adair's Saloon

Cheeseburger topped with iceberg lettuce, tomato, pickle, and raw onion from Adair's Saloon in Dallas.

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[Photograph: J. Kenji López-Alt]

Oak-Fired Prime Steak Burger from Bourbon Steak
Oak-Fired Prime Steak Burger from Bourbon Steak

Oak-Fired Prime Steak Burger topped with Cabot white cheddar, red wine braised shallots, shredded lettuce, and "secret sauce" from Bourbon Steak in Washington, D.C.

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[Photograph: Brian Oh]

Griddle Action at Bill's Bar and Burger
Griddle Action at Bill's Bar and Burger

Smashing a burger patty at Bill's Bar and Burger in New York City.

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[Photograph: Robyn Lee]

Flying Cheeseburger from Doods Foods
Flying Cheeseburger from Doods Foods

The Flying Cheeseburger—a double-patty burger with cheese, bacon, grilled onions, and creamy chipotle "Doods Sauce"—from Doods Foods in San Diego.

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[Photograph: Erin Jackson]

Wrapping a Steakburger
Wrapping a Steakburger

Steakburger from Steak 'n Shake Signature in New York City.

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[Photograph: J. Kenji López-Alt]

Merchant Burger from Seed Kitchen & Bar
Merchant Burger from Seed Kitchen & Bar

The Merchant Burger topped with white cheddar, caramelized onions, oven-dried cherry tomatoes, and Merc Sauce from Seed Kitchen & Bar in Marietta, Georgia.

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[Photograph: Todd Brock]

Street Burger from Street
Street Burger from Street

Street Burger with golden tomato, sweet Gem lettuce, Cabot white cheddar, and yuzu kosho mayo from Street in Los Angeles.

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[Photograph: Damon Gambuto]

Quadruple Chili Cheeseburger
Quadruple Chili Cheeseburger

Quadruple Chili Cheeseburger topped with pepperjack cheese, roasted green chilis, and pickled jalapeños on a bun swiped with chipotle mayonnaise.

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[Photograph: J. Kenji López-Alt]

Bubbly, Melted Cheese
Bubbly, Melted Cheese

Cheeseburger from Sublime Ale House in San Diego.

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[Photograph: Erin Jackson]