Slideshow: 15 of the Best-Looking Burgers We've Eaten So Far in 2013

Peter Luger, Brooklyn (NYC)
Peter Luger, Brooklyn (NYC)

"Luger is a haven to the art of dry-aged meat, straddling the Orthodox South Williamsburg and the hipster-ridden North. While dinners are booked months in advance, lunch is a simpler proposition. The burger, served daily until 3:45 p.m., is exactly what you would expect from Luger: a study in simplicity." —Noah Arenstein, AHT contributor

Peter Luger review »

78 Broadway, Brooklyn NY 11211 (map); 718-387-7400; peterluger.com

[Photograph: Robyn Lee]

Marietta, Brooklyn (NYC)
Marietta, Brooklyn (NYC)

"About half of the meat is smoked short rib, which lends buttery, powerfully smoky, nearly porcine flavors to the grind. That's a lot to take in for a $7 burger, perhaps a little more than you may wish to handle, but no one can accuse it of being dull." —Max Falkowitz, Serious Eats New York Editor

Marietta review »

78 Broadway, Brooklyn NY 11211 (map); 718-387-7400; peterluger.com

[Photograph: Max Falkowitz]

The Odeon, NYC
The Odeon, NYC

"The patty was exceptionally beefy, with a pronounced grill flavor. I could find few complaints about the beef, and even fewer about the well-toasted, barely sweet bun holding everything together. The bibb lettuce, red onions, and tomato proved as fresh as I could hope for without interfering with the beef and bacon." —Noah Arenstein, AHT contributor

The Odeon review »

145 West Broadway New York, NY 10013 (map); 212-708-7414; theodeonrestaurant.com

[Photograph: Robyn Lee]

HB Burger, Midtown (NYC)
HB Burger, Midtown (NYC)

"Let's get straight to the point: the Steakhouse Burger ($16.95 with fries) is a fantastic burger and a fantastic deal. There are not too many places in the city that you can get a burger made with dry-aged beef period, let alone for only $16.95 with fries included." —J. Kenji Lopez-Alt, Serious Eats Chief Creative Officer

HB Burger review »

Multiple locations, including 127 West 43rd St New York 10036 (map); 212-575-5848; hbburger.com

[Photograph: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt]

two8two Bar & Burger, Brooklyn (NYC)
two8two Bar & Burger, Brooklyn (NYC)

"The meat hits first with a flavorful punch of a well-seasoned flattop-given crust, followed by more complex beefy notes from the high quality blend. Next, the onions, cheese, and mayo cut through the patty's flavor; this tangy trio tends to make even the weakest burgers palatable and here they enhance an already great base. Finally, the toasted potato roll delivers a buttery finish, like icing on the burger cake." —Sam Levison, New York contributor

two8two Bar & Burger review »

282 Atlantic Ave., Brooklyn NY 11201 (map); 718-596-2282; two8twoburger.com

[Photograph: Sam Levison]

Seven Lamps, Atlanta
Seven Lamps, Atlanta

"The 50/50 Burger ($10) is technically not on the menu at Seven Lamps, but it's prominently showcased on the restaurant's website, and your server will almost certainly bring it to your attention during a rundown of the daily specials. Judging by how many I saw walk out of the open kitchen during my recent lunch visit, the 50/50 Burger may not technically qualify as a secret at all." —Todd Brock, Atlanta contributor

Seven Lamps review »

3400 Around Lenox Road #217, Atlanta GA 30326 (map); 404-467-8950; sevenlampsatl.com

[Photograph: Todd Brock]

Naked Lunch, San Francisco
Naked Lunch, San Francisco

"The burger is gorgeous. The pillowy soft bun squishes nicely around the meat and is very giving with each bite while having just enough crust to keep it from getting soggy." —Wes Rowe, San Francisco contributor

Naked Lunch review »

504 Broadway, San Francisco CA 94133 (map); 415-577-4951; nakedlunchsf.com

[Photograph: Wes Rowe]

Hopscotch, Oakland
Hopscotch, Oakland

"The First Base Burger ($14) is a seven-ounce blend of scrap from high quality rib eye and chuck roll, with some beef tongue thrown in for good measure. It's ground in-house each day, hand-formed, and seasoned with salt and pepper." —Lauren Sloss, San Francisco correspondent

Hopscotch review »

1915 San Pablo Ave., Oakland CA 94612 (map); 510-788-6217; hopscotchoakland.com

[Photograph: Wes Rowe]

Dear Mom, San Francisco
Dear Mom, San Francisco

"My first bite was dominated by the generous portions of relish and sharp cheddar, but those flavors were soon replaced by the beefiness of the well charred and salted patty. The exceptionally juicy burger left me with the dilemma of having to choose between setting it down between each bite to keep it from dripping on my clothes, or eating like I normally would and risk getting covered in burger juice." —Wes Rowe, San Francisco contributor

Dear Mom review »

2700 16th Street, San Francisco CA 94110 (map); 415-787-3354; dearmomsf.com

[Photograph: Wes Rowe]

Skeptical Chymist, Scottsdale
Skeptical Chymist, Scottsdale

"The beef itself isn't stellar, but the grilling on my mid-rare patty was spot on. The patty was full of juice and had a full serving of salt to bring out the flavor. Add to that a nice crust and you've got a nearly perfectly grilled burger." —Damon Gambuto, Los Angeles contributor

Skeptical Chymist review »

15688 North Pima Rd., Scottsdale AZ 85260 (map); 480-609-8677; skepticalchymist.com

[Photograph: Damon Gambuto]

The Wright Bar, Phoenix
The Wright Bar, Phoenix

"The loosely-formed Angus beef gets a nice speckling of char from the grill while remaining moist and juicy inside. It has a classically beefy flavor: rich and fatty, with just the right amount of seasoning." —Erin Jackson, Contributing Editor, AHT/San Diego Contributor

The Wright Bar review »

2400 East Missouri Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 850161 (map); 602-381-7632; arizonabiltmore.com

[Photograph: Erin Jackson]

Beach Tree, Kona HI
Beach Tree, Kona HI

"The B.I. Burger starts with a very straightforward eight ounces of grass-fed chuck. This isn't a purely grass-fed blend since the cattle, like most cattle, is finished with corn. This is, for my taste, the right call as that corn feed adds fat and depth of flavor to the burger. The toppings are, like the patty, straightforward. The lettuce, tomato, red onion, pickle, and cheddar are classic and satisfying." —Damon Gambuto, Los Angeles contributor

Beach Tree review »

72-100 Ka'upulehu Drive, Kailua-Kona HI 96740 (map); 323-667-1839; fourseasons.com

[Photograph: Damon Gambuto]