It’s grilling season, and that means that across the country, people’s minds turn to burgers. One of the staples of American popular cuisine, thousands of iterations can be found in the 50 states; the simple recipe allows for a great deal of creativity from the chef, and when done properly, there are few foods more delicious.
But what exactly defines the perfect burger? According to Pat LaFrieda, butcher extraordinaire and the creator of the meat blends that have gone into some of the most heralded burgers served in America today, including Shake Shack’s Shack Burger and the legendary Black Label burger served at New York’s Minetta Tavern, “The perfect burger, in my view, is one that satisfies what I am hungry for at that moment.” It taps into our love of customizing a dish to our personal preference, as you can add just about whatever tickles your fancy and even specify how you’d like it cooked (though we’re of the mind that anything past medium rare is pretty much a food sin).
We’ve tackled the task of ranking the country’s best twice before, and just like last year, we’re looking to identify the top 101 burgers in America. So, we turn to you, our Daily Meal readers, to tell us: Where do you go for your favorite burger? What about it has made you so smitten? Consider yourself a burger aficionado, or know someone who is? Send us credentials for a chance to be a part of the panel of Burger Experts who will vote to decide this year's list. You can comment on the story below, or send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org to weigh in with your suggestion(s). Thanks in advance for your advice, and happy grilling!