Essential Hamburgers of America

By Jamie Leach

In-N-Out Burger

In-N-Out has served the same straightforward burger (thin patty, topped with lettuce, tomato, and possibly cheese or onions).

Workingman's Friend

Serves the quintessence of the "smash burger" style prevalent in the Midwest. 

Santa Fe Bite

The burger has a steak-like density, and the hint of Swiss in the cheese blend slightly tames the smokiness of the chilies.

Pie 'n Burger

Pie 'n Burger lunch counter in nearby Pasadena serves "the quintessential version of the Southern California burger.

Matt's Bar

Best of all, Matt's griddle has long only prepared sirloin and fried onions. Its contribution to flavor cannot be overstated.

Its burgers — including cheeseburgers and the McD's-like Quarter Pounder with Cheese — seem "untouched by time.

All-American Drive-In

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