'Chain Reaction' on Serious Eats

Chain Reaction: Waffle House

You may not consider Waffle House a burger place, but I submit that theirs is actually better and a much better bargain than what the clown, the king, and the pigtailed girl are handing out. Hot, steamy, melty, with real grease dripping off of it—this is fast food without everything that makes fast-food cringeworthy. More

Chain Reaction: The Broken Yolk

In San Diego, you should also be able to rely on a locally-born chain to crank out a decent burger. Burgers, beer, and fish tacos are the cornerstones of the local food scene. Admittedly, I didn't roll into The Broken Yolk prepared to be blown away, but I was surprised how royally they botched both burgers. More

Chain Reaction: LongHorn Steakhouse

LongHorn's Black and Bleu burger offers a welcome one-two punch. The rich and creamy melted blue cheese has some serious tang to it, with the beef to hold its own, thanks to LongHorn's 7-pepper seasoning, which completely encrusts the patty and provides a super spicy kick that you'll still feel on your tongue hours later. More

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