I love a great burger. Juicy, perfectly cooked medium rare prime beef oozing with flavor, layered with cheese, topped with ‘special sauce’ and sandwiched between a bun…this is when food takes me to my happy place. I will go out of my way for a great burger, alter my route to try a new burger place and I'll spend big bucks for the perfect burger. Apparently I am not alone. In 2012, Americans consumed 14 billion of hamburgers and the average American consumes 100 Burgers a year. I don’t think I come anywhere close to that. Although I wouldn’t mind trying. Today’s list is completely subjective, based on nothing more than my own burger experience and my research is on going. These burgers may be found outside the island of Manhattan but that’s where I’ve concentrated my list since that’s where I eat the bulk of my burgers. There’s a wide price range: 3.99 is my basement. My absolute favorite “Classic” Burger is 4.35. In Part 2, the Gourmet Burgers, most of my picks come in around $15.00 and the list tops out with an over the top burger at $32.00, but wait till you read what’s in it before balking
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