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Best Burger

New York City

From humble options at bars like JG Melon to fancy patties at steakhouses such as Keens and Peter Luger, NYC is a burger town. And for the first time in Zagat history, we’re ranking the city's best, based on your votes. The results may surprise you: Longtime favorite Corner Bistro did not make the list, Burger Joint is not No. 1 and Cali newcomer Umami Burger snuck its way into the top 10. Check out the full results.

Ratings are out of 30. Key to ratings

Hamburgers are rated in three categories — flavor, ingredients and value — on a 30-point scale.

26–30Extraordinary to perfection
21–25Very good to excellent
16–20Good to very good
11–15Fair to good
0–10Poor to fair

Ratings have been rounded to the nearest whole number, but the top burger rankings are calculated using the non-rounded scores.

  • Overall
  • Flavor
  • Value
  • Ingred.
  • Ingredients
  • Peter Luger

    Luger-Burger

    • 24
    • 26
    • 18
    • 26
    #1

    Made from chopped-up dry-aged steak, this no-frills patty from the iconic Brooklyn steakhouse is “the crème de la crème of burgers” ($12.95) according to one voter. The humble patty wins over diners with simple high-quality ingredients. And you must order it with cheese and the legendary bacon. Read more about Peter Luger on Zagat.

    peterluger.com

  • Burger Joint

    Cheeseburger

    • 23
    • 24
    • 23
    • 22
    #2

    The “addictive” patty ($7.81) doesn’t need bells and whistles — it’s straight-up delicious. Served on a paper plate, the always-juicy ground beef is topped with “the works” (ketchup, mustard, pickles, lettuce, tomato, onion, mayo). What started as a secret burger shack in Midtown’s Parker Meridien Hotel now boasts a sit-down Village location too. Read more about Burger Joint on Zagat.

    www.burgerjointny.com

  • Minetta Tavern

    Black Label Burger

    • 22
    • 26
    • 15
    • 26
    #3

    “The most expensive hamburger I ever ate — and the best one.” If you can get past the $27 price tag, the Black Label burger at Keith McNally’s revamp of the classic Village tavern is one of the city’s best. The secret is a perfectly seasoned combination of dry-aged beef cuts topped with caramelized onions, seared on the plancha. Read more about Minetta Tavern on Zagat.

    www.minettatavernny.com

  • Burger & Barrel

    Bash Style Burger

    • 22
    • 24
    • 17
    • 24
    #4

    “There's certainly a reason that this burger is crowned No. 1 at the NYCWFF Burger Bash every year,” says one voter, and we can’t help but echo the sentiment. Josh Capon’s award-winning burger ($16) takes a perfectly seasoned patty and tops it with a magical combo of onion and bacon jam, American cheese, special sauce and pickles. Read more about Burger & Barrel on Zagat.

    www.burgerandbarrel.com

  • The Spotted Pig

    Chargrilled Burger with Roquefort Cheese

    • 22
    • 24
    • 16
    • 25
    #5

    “Oh wait! Is that Jay-Z in the corner of the bar?!” You might spot a celebrity or two at this Village gastropub, but the chargrilled burger ($21) is a star in its own right. Topped with an unconscionable amount of Roquefort cheese, the aggressively seasoned patty is served with thin rosemary fries. Read more about The Spotted Pig on Zagat.

    thespottedpig.com

  • Umami Burger

    The Original

    • 22
    • 24
    • 17
    • 23
    #6

    This California import is quickly winning over East Coasters after expanding here last year with its emphasis on the namesake “fifth taste.” The original burger ($12) combines shiitake mushrooms, roasted tomatoes and caramelized onions and tops it with a Parmesan crisp and homemade ketchup, resulting in “drool-worthy” flavor and aroma. Read more about Umami Burger on Zagat.

    www.umami.com/umami-burger

  • Dumont Burger

    Dumont Burger

    • 21
    • 23
    • 18
    • 23
    #7

    A hefty portion of juicy beef is what makes the burger ($14) at this Brooklyn pioneer a standout. Topped with red onion, Boston lettuce and housemade pickles on grilled brioche, this well-seasoned patty is “worth the wait,” say loyal followers. Read more about Dumont Burger on Zagat.

    www.dumontburger.com

  • Shake Shack

    ShackBurger

    • 21
    • 22
    • 20
    • 21
    #8

    One of the first fast-casual joints to emphasize high-quality ingredients, Danny Meyer’s now world-famous chain is “always on the money.” The classic burger ($4.75), a combo of high-quality beef topped with Shack sauce, lettuce and tomato, still has fans lined up around Madison Square Park 10 years later. Read more about Shake Shack on Zagat.

    www.shakeshack.com

  • Keens Steakhouse

    Hamburger

    • 21
    • 23
    • 16
    • 23
    #9

    The burger ($18.50) at this famed steakhouse is made from trim scraps from prime cuts of steak ground to perfection, creating a superbly juicy patty. It’s simply topped with melted cheese (Swiss, cheddar or blue), lettuce, tomato and red onion. “Classy place. Classy food.” That just about sums it up. Read more about Keens Steakhouse on Zagat.

    www.keens.com

  • JG Melon

    Cheeseburger

    • 20
    • 22
    • 19
    • 20
    #10

    “This is New York's cheeseburger,” one voter remarks of this quintessential NYC bar burger. Topped with melted American cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion and pickle, it has a loyal following of die-hard fans. And at $11, it’s one of the best deals running on the Upper East Side. Read more about JG Melon on Zagat.

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Ratings are out of 30. Key to ratings

Hamburgers are rated in three categories — flavor, ingredients and value — on a 30-point scale.

26–30Extraordinary to perfection
21–25Very good to excellent
16–20Good to very good
11–15Fair to good
0–10Poor to fair

Ratings have been rounded to the nearest whole number, but the top burger rankings are calculated using the non-rounded scores.

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