The burger is the most classic American food, and everyone has their own way of making them. You got the thick, juicy patty; the thin, crisp patty; the jalapeño cheddar-infused patty (my grandmas’ recipe); and countless others.
I think it’s fair to rule out one particular burger: McDonalds. They make a quick, easy, and cheap burger, but it lacks quality—and to be frank—taste. In my humble opinion, I would go for the spicy chicken sandwich at McDonalds, or a good old fashioned chicken tender.
An ode to all of my Midwest people: Culvers. Culvers has a very honorable burger. Nothing too out of the ordinary but nothing disappointing either. What makes Culvers a standout is what they add on their burgers. They dress them in cheese curds, pickles, cheese, onion, tomato and lettuce. A beautiful hodgepodge of the Midwest in a burger.
A shout out to my West Coasites: In-N-Out. The restaurant has been following the same burger recipe since 1948. Outdated? Kinda. Delicious? Hell, yeah. I have to admit, the fries at In-N-Out are akin to cardboard, but they make a mean strawberry milkshake and burger. A must is getting the burger animal style, which is a simple assortment of chopped up pickles and Thousand Island dressing. It is mouth-wateringly delicious.
Now, my personal favorite—and I might be a bit biased because they originated in my hometown—is Shake Shack. I love the deliciousness of the thin patty with a beautifully plump buttered bun on top.
At the end of the day, my key takeaway about burgers is that I’ve never had a bad one. Yeah, it might not be the best one, but is there really such a thing as an all-around bad burger?