Andrew Zimmern may have an adventurous appetite, but when it comes to burgers, he likes 'em plain and simple. Find out his top 5 favorites in Minneapolis.
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Nadia G. may be best known for cracking wise and cooking up a storm in a candy-colored kitchen, but the host and creator of Nadia G's Bitchin' Kitchen (now in its third season on the Cooking Channel) is also a big burger fan. We asked for her top five picks in her hometown of Montreal.
We talked to 20 New York City chefs to get the scoop on their favorite burgers in the city. Click through the slideshow to see them all, or check out the full list here.
Born and raised in Ottawa, Canada, Hugh Acheson has made a name for himself as a true American chef. He went straight for the heart—and gullet—of our country's food scene: the South. The Top Chef judge has won two James Beard awards, one for his cookbook A New Turn in the South, and one for Best Chef Southeast, and he is the chef/partner of the Athens, Georgia, restaurants Five and Ten and The National, as well as the Atlanta restaurant Empire State South. Here are four of his favorite burgers in his hometown of Athens.
Jason McLeod is San Diego's first Michelin-starred chef, but he's not above naming In-N-Out's Double-Double (Animal Style) as his go-to burger. When he's not scarfing down mustard-grilled patties, he loves a good, classic burger on a top-notch bun, preferably topped with some unique pickles. Read on for his top five burger picks in San Diego.
When James Beard award-winning chef Michael Solomonov isn't testing our kosher hamburger recipes, he has no problem scarfing down a good bacon cheeseburger in his hometown. Here are five of his favorite burgers in Philadelphia.
As executive chef of Michael Mina's Bourbon Steak in Georgetown, Adam Sobel is responsible for no less than five burgers on the menu. Interestingly, only one of those involves beef, but boy, is it a beef burger (think brisket, short rib, and chuck, blended and cooked over a wood fire, then brushed with red wine butter). Since we're fans of Adam's burger, we asked him for his top five favorite burgers in the capital.
Austin-based, James Beard-nominated chef Bryce Gilmore of Barley Swine is spreading the gospel of organic, ethical—and delicious—food. The young chef was kind enough to share five delicious burgers that he deems worthy of his city's standards.
James Beard Award-winning Atlanta chef Linton Hopkins has captivated reviewers and satiated Southerners with his gastropub Holeman & Finch—and its limited-edition burger, served only after 10 p.m. each night (and during Sunday brunch). He's passionate about food, about Atlanta, and about burgers: He's said a good cheeseburger is one of his ideal meals. Read on for Linton's top five burgers in Georgia's capital.
Boston native Kenny Bowers has been a fixture of the Dallas food scene for so long—going on 20 years—he's practically a true Texan. The chef's Frisco burger joint has received rave reviews and shows no signs of slowing. Kenny is in Dallas to stay, and after taking his top five tour, you just might be convinced to stick around, too.
Mission Bowling Club's Anthony Myint is known for many things—as a pioneer in the charitable restaurant business, a cookbook author, and an influential chef—but his burger might just be his crowning achievement. He's a little shy about its $14 price tag (only $10 at happy hour!), so when we asked for his top five burgers in the city, he named a range.
You'd be hard-pressed to find a Bostonian with something negative to say after tasting chef Tony Maws' burger at Craigie on Main, featuring a big, grass-fed patty, ground up with bone marrow and charred on a plancha. The burgers Tony loves in his home city are the ones that strike a nostalgic chord in the chef's heart and palate, burgers that taste of his childhood and a time long-past—burgers so nostalgic, in fact, that one of them is sadly just a memory. Here are Tony's top five burgers in Boston.
David Myers knows a thing or two about burgers. After cutting his teeth working at a three Michelin-starred restaurant in France, then under Daniel Boulud, he set out to bring his own creation to Los Angeles. It took years of training and a rumored 11 tries to get Comme Ça's version just right, by treating it like a steak, but David says it's really his mom that taught him how to make what The New York Times has deemed a perfect burger (and we agree). Here are his top five burgers in Los Angeles.
Duff Goldman is Baltimore's most badass baker. He's trained with chef Cindy Wolf, wields blowtorches and power tools to decorate his Charm City Cakes creations, and plays bass in a rock band. A new Los Angeles outpost of his bakery and his most recent Food Network show Sugar High have him traveling all over the country, but Duff will always have a place in Charm City, hon. Here are Duff's top five burgers in Baltimore.
When we asked Eddie Lakin, founder and chef of burger joint Edzo's, to share his top five burgers in the city, he selected a sample that represents the ultimate classics as well as some surprising new-school hits. For a multi-napkin extravaganza, check out Eddie Lakin's favorite burgers in Chi-town.
When James Beard award-winning chef Michael Schwartz opened Michael's Genuine Food & Drink in Miami in 2007, he brought traditional American comfort food to a city often associated with Cuban and Caribbean cuisine. The Philadelphia native is blooming in Florida, asserting his influence over the local, seasonal ingredients often passed over by other Sunshine State chefs and using them to create inspiring, accessible food. Here are Michael's top five Miami burgers.
Despite a strong penchant for the Cajun and Southern flavors he's become known for across New Orleans, Louisiana native and James Beard award-winning chef Donald Link is a sucker for the simple, all-American hamburger. In Donald's words, check out five burgers that fit the bill, in no particular order.
With 10+ restaurants and a James Beard award for Best Northwest Chef under his belt, Tom Douglas is a staple of the Seattle dining scene. And if there's one thing Tom does best, it's burgers. Chefs city-wide source their buns from his bakery, Dahlia Bakery, and diners come to his restaurants Palace Kitchen and Brave Horse Tavern to experience his elevated renditions of the fast-food classic. Here are Tom's top five Seattle burgers.