Color me skeptical but reading through this list of the Best Burgers in the US from Food and Wine brought to mind the old P.T. Barnum quote, "There's a sucker born every minute." I don't want to be too snarky on a Friday morning but let's take a look at some of the prices you'll pay for some of these burgers.
In San Francisco the Zuni Cafe offers a burger topped not with pickles but with thin cut zucchini strips pickled in cider vinegar, mustard seeds and tumeric sandwiched between a Brioche bun and asks 15 dollars. I guess cider vinegar costs a lot in San Francisco. And zucchini! wow, there's an endangered vegetable.
At New York City's Minetta Tavern the Black Label burger topped with carmalized onions will cost you 26 dollars.
It looks like using a Brioche bun is a way to make things sound fancy enough to add a few dollars to the cost.
But not all on this list are as expensive as the first two mentioned but all are over ten dollars except the venerable, coveted, In N Out Burger from California. So many people long for one of these restaurants near them and while they are on this list, the burgers only cost 3 dollars. It also seems like the more important the city the higher the price for a "best burger" goes. New York and San Francisco, looking at you.
Give us Midwesterners an In N Out Burger place, please.
And in the St. Louis metro area I can't think of any burger that can top the one you can get at Collinsville's Sandwich Shop on Main Street. A longtime favorite, the Sandwich Shop (not Shoppe, the extra p and e would mean higher prices) has burgers which are formed loosely packed so that each bite is tender and well seasoned. Fried on the grill it comes hot and delicious. Not expensive either. Too many burger places take a large chunck of beef and toughen it up by densely packing it, making it an unpleasant chew.