15 Outrageous Cheeseburgers that Actually Exist
What’s more American than a burger? Biting into a juicy, cheesy, soul-satisfying burger is one of life’s most delicious simple pleasures. And lucky for us, our great country has no shortage of mouthwatering burger options.
In honor of National Cheeseburger Day, we’ve rounded up 15 of our favorite tempting—and awesomely over-the-top—burgers from across the nation. We dare you not to drool.
Los Angeles, CA
This new burger joint in LA mashes up different flavors (Korean, Japanese, Mexican, and California) in their menu of monstrous burgers. And you can upgrade any order to “meatzza” style, swapping the top bun for a cheesy pepperoni pizza—a move that’s made Meatzilla an instant social sensation.
New York City & Hoboken, NJ
NYC/NJ’s quintessential sports bar The Ainsworth boasts dozens of flat screen TVs, an always-bustling crowd of bros, and beer-friendly pub grub. Their ever-so popular behemoth burger smothers a beef patty and deep fried mac ’n’ cheese patty with an overflowing amount of creamy mac ’n’ cheese. Pure #InstaGold.
Huntington Beach, CA
This skate-themed burger chain hailing from Orange County, CA, grindz out some of the most mouthwatering meaty creations we’ve ever seen. Case in point: the Grinderz bomb diggity Bird’s Nest, which layers jalapeño-stuffed beef with avocado, cheese, tomato, french fries, and a runny fried egg resting inside a crispy onion ring.
The secret’s out at Lock & Key Social Drinkery and Kitchen. Known for their off-menu items (like a black bun pastrami burger and quesadilla-topped ribeye), the chill gastropub recently debuted a secret Elote Burger—inspired by the popular Mexican street food dish—topped with heaps of fire-roasted corn, chipotle adobo, cotija cheese, cream cheese, scallions, mayo, and Flamin’ Hot Cheetos for some crunchy heat.
Grill ‘Em All
This “heavy metal club house” rocks a rotating burger menu packed with surprising ingredients like hot dogs, peanut butter & jelly, and chicken pot pie filling. And forget about boring buns—you can order Grill ‘Em All sandwiches between fluffy Belgian waffles (like this cheeseburger with bacon, crispy fried chicken, and a fried egg) or two grilled cheese sandwiches.
Newport Beach & other CA locations
Think you have what it takes to tackle a massive 3.5-pound burger? Ruby’s Diner is challenging ambitious eaters to devour this towering Stack Attack (along with French fries and a milkshake) at their 8 California locations. Sounds like a job fit for the Foodgōd.
Locations across California & Texas
Burger, bacon, and beer bar chainlet Slater’s 50/50 is well-known for their inspired monthly specials like this Totcho burger: a carne asada-infused beef patty piled high with marinated thick cut bacon, taco seasoned tater tots, guacamole, nacho cheese with chorizo, fresh jalapeño slices, and cilantro sour cream. Totcho average burger.
Multiple locations around Miami
Miami’s Latin-inspired burger and kebab spot is acclaimed for their super-tasty Toston Burger. Pincho Factory serves high-quality, classic cheeseburgers nestled between two flattened fried sweet plantains. And the result is glorious.
db Bistro Moderne
Miami, New York City & Singapore
Celebrity chef Daniel Boulud created this decadent signature burger at db Bistro Moderne in 2001, and it’s still stuffing crowds the world over. Served on a homemade parmesan bun slathered with oven-roasted tomato confit, the Original db Burger features ground prime rib stuffed with red wine-braised short ribs, foie gras, and preserved black truffles. Ooh la la!
Silver Grill Cafe
Fort Collins, CO
Donut burgers have made their rounds on the ’gram, but Silver Grill Cafe is stepping up the sweet-savory game with their new lunch special: a 1/2-pound grilled burger topped with caramelized red onions, candied pecans, blue cheese crumbles, mayo, and bacon—all sandwiched between their famous cinnamon roll. We’ll roll with that.
San Francisco, CA
Chef Hubert Keller has certainly put his creative stamp on the world of luxe burgers—from a foie gras and truffle version to a $5,000 Fleur Burger served with Champagne. At Burger Bar in San Fran, the Remixed Rossini Burger is a braised short rib-stuffed Kobe beef patty topped with a whole lobster tail, truffle sauce, and black truffle shavings on an onion bun. Skinny fries included. Skinny jeans? Probably not happening.
Piedmont Park’s no-fuss burger joint has mastered the art of stuffed sandwiches. The Nook packs big beef patties with the craziest ingredients—from savory shrimp ’n’ grits to this Southern Comfort specialty with homemade fried bacon mac ’n’ cheese. There’s spicy potato chips on there, too. Because why not?
Callahan’s Hot Dogs
This New Jersey food truck and storefront slings more than just great hot dogs. Callahan’s most Insta-famous offering is their award-winning Stuffed Truffle Gouda Mac N’ Cheese Ball Burger—a hearty sphere of umami richness that straight up explodes when you bite into it.
Little Leaf Tea
Little Leaf Tea is putting an Asian twist on the all-American ramen burger. Their special, sunny side up egg-topped cheeseburger is sandwiched between crispy, seasoned Japanese ramen “buns.” There’s a limited number of these bad boys each day, so arrive early if you want to snag one. And don’t skip the kimchi fries with gochujung and sriracha aioli.
320 Market Cafe
Swarthmore & Media, PA
Family-owned 320 Market Cafe showcases all the autumn flavors in their far-from-basic seasonal specialty: a juicy cheddar burger with smoky bacon, honey crisp apple slices, and gooey caramel sandwiched between freshly made apple cider donuts. And now we’re ready for fall.
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