What do we grill on the most American of holidays? Burgers. They are the quintessential American food, often consumed in fast food fashion. But a really great hamburger should be savored, preferably with a side of fries or onion rings. We’ve picked five that are worth traveling to…and worth slowing down for. And if you’re planning a trip to one of these destinations, skip the hassle of shipping luggage – use our Bags VIP luggage delivery service and head to a great restaurant the moment you land.
1. Holeman & Finch Public House | Atlanta, GA
This Buckhead public house prepares 24 double patty cheeseburgers each day, and quickly serves them at 10:00 each evening to those who have reserved theirs during normal table service. A bullhorn announces, “It’s burger time!” and frenzy ensues. The patties are a mixture of grass-fed chuck and brisket and topped with American cheese, pickles, onions, and homemade ketchup served on a house-baked bun. Your best bet to nab one is to come to Holeman & Finch’s Sunday brunch, where the prized burgers are served in abundance. >> Visit their website
2. The Spotted Pig | New York City, NY
Locally sourced, seasonal British & Italian dishes are on the menu at this West Village gastropub. The Michelin-starred restaurant, owned by Jay-Z and Bono, among others, is manned by celebrity chef April Bloomfield. The star of the menu is the chargrilled burger with Roquefort cheese and shoestring fries. >> Visit their website
3. The Father’s Office | Los Angeles, CA
The Office Burger’s shape is different from a traditional hamburger – longer and flatter – and it’s served on a sub sandwich-type roll, with caramelized onions, bacon, arugula, an applewood-bacon compote, and both Gruyère and Maytag Blue cheeses. Ketchup lovers beware, however; the condiment is not welcome at The Father’s office. >> Visit their website
4. Perini Ranch Steakhouse | Buffalo Gap, TX
Ten miles from Abilene, the Perini Ranch Steakhouse is located on Tom Perini’s family ranch. For more than thirty years, it has served as home to what many consider the best chuck wagon-style food in America. The steakhouse half-pound burger is topped with Cheddar or provolone cheese, grilled mushrooms, green chiles, and onions. >> Visit their website
5. Ray’s to the Third | Alexandria, VA
Ray’s to the Third in Rosslyn serves steak cuts aged in-house, hand-trimmed, ground fresh all day, and loosely hand-formed. Clever, upscale toppings include seared foie gras, roasted bone marrow, and grilled onions and mushrooms sautéed in sherry and Cognac. Their Hell-Burgers (as they are known) are so famous that a pin-board near the front door asking, “Where in the world did you come from to get your Hell-Burger?” is crowded with pins from all over the world. >> Visit their website
What burger would you add to this list? Share your favorites below!