The Cheesecake Factory has over 200 different menu items, several of them burgers. I tried three different options: a classic burger, a Skinnylicious burger, and one topped with deep-fried macaroni and cheese balls and cheese sauce.
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Sea Rocket Bistro's burger may feature a half-pound of 100 percent grass-fed beef, but the main attraction is the bacon jam on top.
Wendy's new Son of Baconator burger is a scaled-down version of their original Baconator, made with two smaller patties, two slices of cheese, and four strips of bacon.
The 'Merica burger from Slater's 50/50 features a 100 percent bacon patty, topped with bacon cheese, "bacon island" dressing a sunny side up egg, and (as if that wasn't enough) two strips of bacon.
In Coronado, Leroy's Kitchen + Lounge has created a flavorful burger made from 100 percent brisket that's ground fresh daily, in house.
The Red Door's brunch burger is one elaborate beast that comes together surprisingly well. Bacon, cheese, LTO, a fried egg, and Hollandaise sauce top a 1/2-pound patty.
Burger King has released two new Whoppers for a limited time only: the Texas BBQ Whopper and the Carolina BBQ Whopper, along with sweet potato fries. Only one of these is worth your time.
Del Taco's burger offerings haven't changed in years, but you can make a few new versions using existing menu items.
American-run burger and steakhouse The Bird claims to make Berlin's highest-quality hamburgers, and seems to have the credentials to back it up. But there's trouble in paradise.
The prime burger at Morton's is no double-cut filet mignon, but at less than half the price, it's a reasonable compromise.
The burger they serve at San Francisco's Park Tavern is the same as the one on the menu across town at Marlowe. Did San Francisco need the same exact burger at different location? Absolutely.
A duck egg, wild boar bacon, and fried shallots top this premium burger from The Lion's Share (with a premium price to match).
Burgermeister occupies a building under the train tracks near U-Bahnhof Schlesisches Tor formerly used as a public restroom. Yeah, don't ask. The point is, now it's a damn fine hamburger restaurant.
Dubious claims of TV fame, bland burgers, and boring fries make for a disappointing experience at BGR The Burger Joint.
Sometimes mini burgers can feel a bit too dainty to satisfy the primal urges of a burger lover. But with the multiple versions on the slider offered at The Sycamore in San Francisco, the result is a chance to a little variety to your dinner.
The three course prix fixe lunch special at Jsix in downtown San Diego is a pretty spectacular value.
Prather Ranch Meat has plenty of reasons to celebrate its own product. Their meat finds its way into some of the best burgers in San Francisco. So we met the opening of American Eatery, a restaurant designed to showcase Prather Ranch's meat, with considerable excitement. And then we had our hopes dashed by a cook who left our burgers on the grill for way too long.
A new burger joint, Bunz, has opened in an unusual location: the on-site restaurant of a Days Hotel in Hotel Circle.
Rally's seasoned fries are tasty when hot, but the burgers? Not so much.
San Francisco's Slow Club serves a consistently tasty hamburger. Which is why I was so surprised to discover they'd switched out their very nice bun...for an English muffin. Turns out they'd simply run out on that day. Disaster averted! But an abject lesson in why we should not overlook the humble hamburger bun.
Hot dog-shaped burgers at The Dog House Diner are surprisingly delicious.
At Hard Rock Cafe, massive 10-ounce burgers are the norm, and each location has their own "Local Legendary" interpretation. The burgers are surprisingly well crafted, though not flawless.
The Jumbaco from Jack in the Box isn't an official menu item, but you can craft your own double taco burger by ordering the Jumbo Deal.
George's Ocean Terrace may have the best view in La Jolla, but the grilled Niman Ranch burger was a bummer.
Grind Brgr Bar imports grass-fed beef from Tasmania, an island off the south-east coast of Australia for their burgers, but the effort isn't really worth it.
Celebrity chef. Hoity-toity restaurant. This can often be the recipe for hamburger disappointment. But at Wayfare Tavern in San Francisco, chef and TV star Tyler Florence delivers a top-tier hamburger. That is, if the hefty price tag doesn't turn your stomach.
The beer and burgers are great at Sublime Ale House, but it's the extensive selection of aiolis that make this North County gastropub really worth a visit.
Deemer's American Grill, a new restaurant in Laguna Niguel, has found a burger formula worth replicating.
Zim's Bar and Grill recently relocated and shortened their menu, with an emphasis on appetizers and burgers. The kitchen opened in August, and with experience and a focused menu on their side, I was hoping for some really good burgers. In reality, they weren't anything special.
Salt. Without it, your precious all-natural grass-fed ground beef is nothing. Nowhere is this more painfully obvious than Dick's Kitchen, a bizarre pastiche of old-school '50s diners, greasy spoons, and upscale sit-down restaurants that works on none of these levels.