George Motz's 25 Essential US Burgers Checklist Slideshow

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Bobcat Bite (Santa Fe, NM)
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On the menu at Bobcat Bite since 1953, this nine-ounce, naturally raised, antibiotic and hormone free beef patty is topped with green chile and covered with a blanket of melted white Cheddar. 

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Flickr - uberculture

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Louis' Lunch (New Haven, Conn.)
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Pronounced “LEW-EEZ”, Louis’ Lunch has been serving this burger since 1895. The meat is freshly ground every day and placed on top of white toast with some added tomato and onions to create a mouth-watering burger (if you ask).

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Flickr/Ethan Prater

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Matt's Bar (Minneapolis, Minn.)
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Matt’s Bar’s Juicy Lucy will burn you if you’re not careful. This burger is made up of two patties crimped together with a slice of cheese in the middle. Fear the Cheese!

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Flickr - twodolla

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Pie 'N Burger (Pasadena, Calif.)
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The quarter-pound patties at Pie’N Burger are served topped with a homemade Thousand Island dressing and Kraft mayo, the same way they have been served for more than 35 years. 

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Flickr/LWY

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The Plaza Tavern (Madison, Wis.)
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There are only a few select people who know what makes the secret creamy, tangy sauce that makes the burger at the Plaza Tavern & Grill so great. 

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Flickr - ibm4381

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Triple XXX Family Restaurant (West Lafayette, Ind.)
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Don’t call the burgers at Triple XXX “cheeseburgers.” Triple XXX serves chop steaks and milkshakes 24-hours-a day. 

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Flickr/jeffwilcox

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White Manna Hamburgers (Hackensack, NJ)
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Sliders are served at the vintage diner, White Manna, in Hackensack, NJ. 

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Flickr/scardey_kat

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Workingman's Friend (Indianapolis, Ind.)
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The most popular thing on the menu at Workingman’s Friend, established in 1919, is no doubt the double cheeseburger that’s smashed to thin perfection. 

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Flickr - neyugnd

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The Apple Pan (Los Angeles, Calif.)
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The LA burger shack, Apple Pan, serves only two burgers, the “Steakburger” or the “Hickory Burger,” both served in wax-paper, no plate. 

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Flickr /conbon33

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El Mago de las Fritas (Miami, Fla.)
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There is cheese for the gringos, but El Mago’s standard toppings include: ketchup, sautéed onions, and lastly, potato sticks. Not the greasy, canned variety. Not even shoestring fries. But tiny ethereal wisps that can best be described as a potato bird’s nest.

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Gutter Gourmet