If America has a national sandwich, it’s the hamburger.
George Motz, noted host of Travel Channel’s ‘Burger Land,’ and author of ‘Hamburger America’ (and producer of a film by the same name) guides us through this varied landscape and provides us with a short list of truly notable burger establishments from across the country
Motz says there are a few key components to any great burger, but the most important is that it’s made of freshly ground, single-source beef. He’s also especially fond of shining a light on classic spots that frequently go unmentioned in gourmet top tens. “When you walk into a burger restaurant, and all they’re talking about is their beef blend or how much they love their butcher, you know you’re in the right place,” he says. In that spirit, here are 18 dining spots that Motz says make burgers that deserve special recognition – some classic, some exotic, some bizarre, all delicious – and that should be on any devotees burger bucket list.
Check out the list HERE.
Two Boroughs Burger, Two Boroughs Larder (Charleston, South Carolina)
Like Halley’s Comet, a Two Boroughs burger ($11) is a rare thing of beauty. If you’re lucky enough to score one – just 24 are made every Wednesday, and only after 5 p.m. – you will achieve a kind of Motz-ian burger bliss. The main event here, which is cooked in a black-steel pan, is made from two five-ounce patties of local beef, ground with a proprietary spice blend, topped with slices of Nueske’s bacon, a drippy Mornay cheese sauce, and an ever-changing special pickle, all on an artisanal benne-seed bun. Once, when Motz brought in about six people and nearly decimated that night’s supply, he found his burger topped with a kale-kimchi combo as that night’s pickle option. He won’t stop talking about it to this day. “The people who make these are burger savants,” he says.
Two Boroughs Larder
186 Coming St. Charleston, SC