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The Meat Hook burger at Threes Brewing.
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The 24 Juiciest, Beefiest Burgers in NYC

From the simple Joe Junior diner burger to 7th Street Burger’s take on a smash burger

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The Meat Hook burger at Threes Brewing.
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Yes, there’s reason to believe the hamburger as we know it may have been invented in New York City in the 1820s, named after a North Sea port and sold as street food to German sailors along the docks around Chambers Street. By midcentury, it was a staple of Delmonico’s and other fancy places. So it’s no surprise that New York City is a hamburger town, and the city loves to eat them whether expensive or budget friendly — in every part of town. Some options on this list are NYC icons, while other newfangled ones have become must-tries. From the simple Joe Junior diner burger to the trendy smash burgers at 7th Street Burger, here are the ones we recommend ordering.

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1. Jackson Hole

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6935 Astoria Blvd N
East Elmhurst, NY 11370
(718) 204-7070
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Named after a ski destination in Wyoming, Jackson Hole is a streamlined chrome diner just west of LaGuardia Airport founded in 1972, replacing a restaurant previously called Airline Diner, which opened soon after the airport opened in 1939. Jackson Hole was one of the pioneers of the metal-dome style of burger, in which especially thick patties are cooked under a metal bowl to ensure even cooking.

An open-faced burger topped with cheese on a white plate.
Jackson Hole’s metal-dome style burger.
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2. Burger Joint

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119 W 56th St
New York, NY 10019
(212) 708-7414
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This boutique burger spot with additional branches in Brooklyn and Brazil is hidden behind a curtain in the Thompson Central Park New York hotel. The original opened in 2002, serving flame grilled burgers with the works — lettuce, tomato, onion, pickles, mustard, mayo, ketchup — to droves of hungry tourists and New Yorkers.

A cheeseburger with lettuce, tomato, onion, and pickle in a to-go wrapper
Burger Joint
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3. P.J. Clarke's

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915 3rd Ave
New York, NY 10022
(212) 317-1616
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Nat King Cole dubbed the bacon cheeseburger at P.J. Clarke's “the Cadillac of burgers” back in the 1950s. It has remained the bar's signature dish and one of NYC's most famous hamburgers. Nowadays, there are falafel, lamb, and wagyu variations of the burger, as well.

A tall cheeseburger and side of fries sit on a table with a checkered tablecloth
P.J. Clarke’s burger has been popular for years.
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4. White Mana Diner

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470 Tonnele Ave
Jersey City, NJ 07307
(201) 963-1441

Looking like a space ship that landed by a nest of highway overpasses long ago, this spot has been located in Jersey City since 1946. White Mana’s building started off as a minor attraction at the 1936 World's Fair in Flushing, Queens. It serves classic sliders with cheese and pickles, small enough that you can eat two or three at its curving Formica counter. It was once open 24/7, but hours are now 8 a.m. to 11 p.m daily.

A thin cheeseburger sits on top of a cupcake wrapper, with a stack of pickles on its bun
White Mana
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5. Donovan's Pub

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57-24 Roosevelt Ave.
Woodside, NY 11377
(718) 429-9339
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In Woodside, Queens, find the quintessential pub-style burger in the quintessential Irish pub. The half-pound, loosely packed burger is cooked in a steak broiler to a nice char on the outside, making for a slightly smoky flavor, and served with tomato slices and lettuce on the side, as is conventional. The place dates back to 1966.

An open-faced burger, lettuce and tomato, and thick-cut wedge fries sit on a plate
The half-pound burger at Donovan’s Pub.
Nick Solares/Eater NY

6. Shake Shack

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11 Madison Ave
New York, NY 10010
(212) 889-6600
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Danny Meyer's Shake Shack, which started off as a seasonal hamburger stand in Madison Square Park, has grown into an international chain. It has also arguably defined the new New York style of burger: griddle-cooked, American cheese-topped patties served on potato rolls, greasy as hell but delicious.

A griddle-cooked patty sits between two thin potato rolls over a bed of french fries.
The classic Shake Shack burger.
Nick Solares/Eater NY

7. Union Square Cafe

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101 E 19th St
New York, NY 10003
(212) 243-4020
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Longtime fans of Union Square Cafe often like to trade stories about how they miss the restaurant’s original location on East 16th Street. But one dish that brings back the nostalgia in the new location a few blocks away is the burger. A hefty patty is draped with bacon and slathered in an herb aioli. It’s not a trendy smash burger but it’s also not over-the-top with foie gras or gold leaf. This lunchtime burger also comes with rosemary shoestring fries, which also makes for an idyllic pairing with a mid-day martini.

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Union Square Cafe’s burger.
Giada Poloni

8. The Happiest Hour

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121 W 10th St
New York, NY 10011
(212) 243-2827
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The Happiest Hour burger manages to combine the best of both In-N-Out Burger and Shake Shack. Two beef patties, American cheese, lettuce, tomato, pickles, confit onions, and a special sauce that’s similar to Russian dressing — only with mustard to temper the sweetness — are stacked on a potato bun. It’s a messy endeavor, and be prepared to brave a loud space.

A burger with two beef patties, American cheese, lettuce, tomato, pickles, confit onions, and special sauce
The Happiest burger from the Happiest Hour.
Nick Solares/Eater NY

9. Joe Junior

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167 3rd Ave
New York, NY 10003
(212) 473-5150

Joe Junior has been serving the quintessential diner burger since the mid 1970s, well seared on both sides and mega flavorful. Some burger experts have dubbed it as one of the best hamburgers on earth.

A beef patty sits on a burger beside a side of diner fries, tomatoes, and iceberg lettuce
Joe Junior’s diner favorite.
Nick Solares/Eater NY

10. Oscar's Place

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466 Hudson St
New York, NY 10013
(212) 741-6479
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Patronized mainly by locals and rarely noted by outsiders, this West Village favorite produces an admirable loaded bacon cheeseburger of the bistro sort. If you’re a fan of crisp bacon, American cheese (other cheeses also available), and a patty of good beef that’s bigger than it needs to be, this could be your new destination — with a tiny premises, but lots of outdoor seating.

In the foreground a giant burger with top bun not affixed, showing yellow cheese and piled up bacon.
A bacon cheeseburger at Oscar’s Place.
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11. Minetta Tavern

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113 Macdougal St
New York, NY 10012
(212) 475-3850
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NYC's love of the hamburger reached a fever pitch when Minetta Tavern unleashed the Black Label burger on an unsuspecting city in 2009. With a custom dry-aged rib steak blend, the Black Label represents the zenith of classic hamburger architecture — no truffles, no foie gras, not even cheese. Just beef, onions, and bun.

The Minetta Tavern burger, called “The Black Label” is just beef, onions, and bun on a plate.
Minetta Tavern’s Black Label burger.
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12. Burgers by Honest Chops

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99 Macdougal St
New York, NY 10012
(212) 677-2110
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Honest Chops — which runs a restaurant in Greenwich Village and a butchery in the East Village — serves halal burgers and pays extra attention to the sourcing of its meats. Its lamb burgers are some of the best in the city. But there are standout beef burgers, too, topped with a house-made lemon aioli.

A close-up picture of a burger with tomato and iceberg lettuce.
A burger from Burgers By Honest Chops.
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13. Paul's Da Burger Joint

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131 2nd Ave
New York, NY 10003
(212) 529-3033
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This East Village mainstay has been serving fat, juicy burgers since 1989. The style is similar to that of Jackson Hole, where a metal dome is placed over the burger while it's on the flattop, to speed up cooking due to the size of each patty. Here, there are a multitude of topping combinations to choose from — bacon, fried egg, jalapeños, etc. — but it's best to take the simplest route.

An open-faced cheeseburger rests on a plate, topped with bacon
There are plenty of topping options at Paul’s.
Nick Solares/Eater NY

14. 7th Street Burger

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91 E 7th St
New York, NY 10009
(646) 490-6797
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Emboldened by the pandemic and a vibrant burger scene in Los Angeles, smash burgers are taking off in New York City right now. Leading the pack is 7th Street Burger, an East Village burger shop consisting of little more than a counter for ordering and a few outdoor tables. Its simple, smashed patties are buttery, charred, and cheesy all at once, overflowing with sauce from their Martin’s Potato Roll buns. Despite their size — small enough to fit in one’s palm — the rich burgers here can constitute a full meal.

A hand clutches a double cheeseburger from 7th Street Burger, a smash burger restaurant in Manhattan’s East Village neighborhood.
Patties overflow from their potato roll buns at 7th Street Burger.
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15. Nowon

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507 E 6th St
New York, NY 10009
(646) 692-3867
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First offered at the late East Village bar Black Emperor, this simple burger now lives on at chef Jae Lee’s Korean-American restaurant Nowon. Eater critic Ryan Sutton extolled the cheeseburger for its simplicity: a blend of chuck and short rib on a sesame bun with American cheese, kimchi mayo, and a hulking pickle skewered on top. “The level of umami is sublime,” he wrote in 2019.

A cheese burger placed on a white plate with a pattern along the border. The cheese burger is sandwiched in a sesame bun with a giant sliced pickle on top held together by a toothpick.
The Nowon cheeseburger, elegantly topped with a pickle spear.
Katie Harman

16. Balthazar

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80 Spring St
New York, NY 10012
(212) 965-1414
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Balthazar cranks out a pretty amazing burger, and the great ground beef, cooked medium rare and oozing juices, is only one aspect of the picture. From a choice of several cheeses, pick the gruyere — this is a classic brasserie, after all — and slather on plenty of the homemade mayo, reserving some for the fries. These twice-fried spuds are good enough to eat all at once before taking a bite of the burger.

A patty cloaked in white cheese along with mayo and ketchup in separate cups, and the usual vegetable matter.
The Balthazar burger, cloaked in white cheese.
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17. Lekka Burger

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81 Warren St
New York, NY 10007
(646) 678-5367
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While the vegan scene in NYC is flourishing, it can be hard to find meatless burgers that don’t rely on tech-backed products like Impossible Foods or Beyond Meat. Amanda Cohen, known for her vegan fine dining establishment Dirt Candy, is behind this fast-casual burger joint where meatless patties are made from scratch. Eater critic Ryan Sutton gave the establishment, which also serves vegan milkshakes, and cheesy fries, a favorable review, calling Lekka home to some of the “city’s finest burgers.”

A vegan burger at Lekka Burger features lettuce, tomato, and onion on a tan backdrop.
Amanda Cohen’s fast casual burger joint is one of the best spots for meatless grub in the city.
Valeria Pinto

18. Golden Diner

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123 Madison St
New York, NY 10002

The cheeseburger at Momofuku alum Samuel Yoo’s charming Two Bridges diner comes with a crisped, 6-ounce chuck and brisket blend and all the regular toppings like tomato, onions, and lettuce. But there’s also an unusual addition, as well — a mushroom gochujang sauce — that makes this burger spicy, earthy, and utterly electric.

A cheeseburger with three pickles on top, plus fries, on a white plate with a striped lining.
The simple cheeseburger at Golden Diner.
Adam Moussa/Eater NY

19. BK JANI

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679 Grand St
Brooklyn, NY 11211
(347) 460-5110
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The burgers served at this Brooklyn Pakistani restaurant were so popular that owner Sibte Hassan outgrew his original home in Bushwick. He relocated to this expanded space in Williamsburg two weeks before the pandemic, where his fat, juicy patties now live on. The burgers here pack heat, without feeling heavy, and come zhuzhed up with a grilled tomato slice and schmear of mint chutney. There’s additional locations inside Dekalb Market and at the Hugh food hall.

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A burger from BK Jani with spicy fries and tamarind ketchup.
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20. Peter Luger Steak House

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178 Broadway
Brooklyn, NY 11211
(718) 387-7400
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The quintessential New York steakhouse serves a lunch-only burger made from the same prime beef as its legendary dry aged steaks. While Peter Luger dates back to the 19th century, the hamburger first appeared on the menu in the 1990s. There was, however, a chopped steak on the menu since time immemorial.

A burger on a sesame seed bun impaled by a red plastic skewer.
The burger at Peter Luger is served until 3:45 p.m. daily.
Nick Solares/Eater NY

21. Emily

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919 Fulton St
Brooklyn, NY 11238
(347) 844-9588
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When a burger becomes the sleeper hit of a cult-favorite pizza restaurant, you pay attention. Matt Hyland’s so-called Emmy burger at Emily is a dry-aged blend, blanketed in American cheese with a handful of caramelized onions. It’s served on a pretzel roll and makes for a particularly rich rendition of a burger.

The cross-section of a dry-aged burger, blanketed in American and a handful of caramelized onions.
Emily’s pretzel bun burger.
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22. Threes Brewing

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333 Douglass St
Brooklyn, NY 11217
(718) 522-2110
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Some very good grass-fed meat goes into the classic fast food-style patty at Threes Brewing, considering it’s created by butcher shop the Meat Hook. Finished simply with American cheese, a special sauce, pickles, and onions, this burger is a study in simplicity that lets the beef shine. It’s best enjoyed on a sunny day in this Gowanus brewery alongside a beer made on-site.

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The burger available at Threes Brewing.
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23. Victor

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285 Nevins St
Brooklyn, NY 11217
(347) 889-6588
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Nearly everything on the menu benefits in some way from the black-domed, wood-burning oven at Victor’s, a new place a bun’s throw from the Gowanus Canal. It has quickly become a neighborhood hangout, where patrons sit in the open air and enjoy this burger, the patty of which is juicy and cooked perfectly to order. A smoky taste prevails, along with the flavors of comte cheese, caramelized onions, and a green relish incorporating whole grain mustard and cornichons.

A burger cut in half with a puffy brioche bun and green relish, with aioli and fries in the background.
Le burger at Victor.
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24. Duffy's Tavern

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650 Forest Ave.
Staten Island, NY
(718) 447-9276

Named after a radio serial broadcast in the 1940s, this old-school Irish pub happens to serve a half-pound burger that is consistently voted the best burger on Staten Island, with cheese melting top and bottom. They’re served on a toasted English muffin with a profuse haystack of waffle fries.

A cheeseburger with exposed top and waffle fries on the side.
This cheeseburger is served on an English muffin.
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1. Jackson Hole

6935 Astoria Blvd N, East Elmhurst, NY 11370
An open-faced burger topped with cheese on a white plate.
Jackson Hole’s metal-dome style burger.
Nick Solares/Eater NY

Named after a ski destination in Wyoming, Jackson Hole is a streamlined chrome diner just west of LaGuardia Airport founded in 1972, replacing a restaurant previously called Airline Diner, which opened soon after the airport opened in 1939. Jackson Hole was one of the pioneers of the metal-dome style of burger, in which especially thick patties are cooked under a metal bowl to ensure even cooking.

6935 Astoria Blvd N
East Elmhurst, NY 11370

2. Burger Joint

119 W 56th St, New York, NY 10019
A cheeseburger with lettuce, tomato, onion, and pickle in a to-go wrapper
Burger Joint
Nick Solares/Eater NY

This boutique burger spot with additional branches in Brooklyn and Brazil is hidden behind a curtain in the Thompson Central Park New York hotel. The original opened in 2002, serving flame grilled burgers with the works — lettuce, tomato, onion, pickles, mustard, mayo, ketchup — to droves of hungry tourists and New Yorkers.

119 W 56th St
New York, NY 10019

3. P.J. Clarke's

915 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10022
A tall cheeseburger and side of fries sit on a table with a checkered tablecloth
P.J. Clarke’s burger has been popular for years.
Nick Solares/Eater NY

Nat King Cole dubbed the bacon cheeseburger at P.J. Clarke's “the Cadillac of burgers” back in the 1950s. It has remained the bar's signature dish and one of NYC's most famous hamburgers. Nowadays, there are falafel, lamb, and wagyu variations of the burger, as well.

915 3rd Ave
New York, NY 10022

4. White Mana Diner

470 Tonnele Ave, Jersey City, NJ 07307
A thin cheeseburger sits on top of a cupcake wrapper, with a stack of pickles on its bun
White Mana
Nick Solares/Eater NY

Looking like a space ship that landed by a nest of highway overpasses long ago, this spot has been located in Jersey City since 1946. White Mana’s building started off as a minor attraction at the 1936 World's Fair in Flushing, Queens. It serves classic sliders with cheese and pickles, small enough that you can eat two or three at its curving Formica counter. It was once open 24/7, but hours are now 8 a.m. to 11 p.m daily.

470 Tonnele Ave
Jersey City, NJ 07307

5. Donovan's Pub

57-24 Roosevelt Ave., Woodside, NY 11377
An open-faced burger, lettuce and tomato, and thick-cut wedge fries sit on a plate
The half-pound burger at Donovan’s Pub.
Nick Solares/Eater NY

In Woodside, Queens, find the quintessential pub-style burger in the quintessential Irish pub. The half-pound, loosely packed burger is cooked in a steak broiler to a nice char on the outside, making for a slightly smoky flavor, and served with tomato slices and lettuce on the side, as is conventional. The place dates back to 1966.

57-24 Roosevelt Ave.
Woodside, NY 11377

6. Shake Shack

11 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10010
A griddle-cooked patty sits between two thin potato rolls over a bed of french fries.
The classic Shake Shack burger.
Nick Solares/Eater NY

Danny Meyer's Shake Shack, which started off as a seasonal hamburger stand in Madison Square Park, has grown into an international chain. It has also arguably defined the new New York style of burger: griddle-cooked, American cheese-topped patties served on potato rolls, greasy as hell but delicious.

11 Madison Ave
New York, NY 10010

7. Union Square Cafe

101 E 19th St, New York, NY 10003
Read Review |
A hamburger being held with two hands.
Union Square Cafe’s burger.
Giada Poloni

Longtime fans of Union Square Cafe often like to trade stories about how they miss the restaurant’s original location on East 16th Street. But one dish that brings back the nostalgia in the new location a few blocks away is the burger. A hefty patty is draped with bacon and slathered in an herb aioli. It’s not a trendy smash burger but it’s also not over-the-top with foie gras or gold leaf. This lunchtime burger also comes with rosemary shoestring fries, which also makes for an idyllic pairing with a mid-day martini.

101 E 19th St
New York, NY 10003

8. The Happiest Hour

121 W 10th St, New York, NY 10011
A burger with two beef patties, American cheese, lettuce, tomato, pickles, confit onions, and special sauce
The Happiest burger from the Happiest Hour.
Nick Solares/Eater NY

The Happiest Hour burger manages to combine the best of both In-N-Out Burger and Shake Shack. Two beef patties, American cheese, lettuce, tomato, pickles, confit onions, and a special sauce that’s similar to Russian dressing — only with mustard to temper the sweetness — are stacked on a potato bun. It’s a messy endeavor, and be prepared to brave a loud space.

121 W 10th St
New York, NY 10011

9. Joe Junior

167 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10003
A beef patty sits on a burger beside a side of diner fries, tomatoes, and iceberg lettuce
Joe Junior’s diner favorite.
Nick Solares/Eater NY

Joe Junior has been serving the quintessential diner burger since the mid 1970s, well seared on both sides and mega flavorful. Some burger experts have dubbed it as one of the best hamburgers on earth.

167 3rd Ave
New York, NY 10003

10. Oscar's Place

466 Hudson St, New York, NY 10013
In the foreground a giant burger with top bun not affixed, showing yellow cheese and piled up bacon.
A bacon cheeseburger at Oscar’s Place.
Robert Sietsema/Eater NY

Patronized mainly by locals and rarely noted by outsiders, this West Village favorite produces an admirable loaded bacon cheeseburger of the bistro sort. If you’re a fan of crisp bacon, American cheese (other cheeses also available), and a patty of good beef that’s bigger than it needs to be, this could be your new destination — with a tiny premises, but lots of outdoor seating.

466 Hudson St
New York, NY 10013

11. Minetta Tavern

113 Macdougal St, New York, NY 10012
The Minetta Tavern burger, called “The Black Label” is just beef, onions, and bun on a plate.
Minetta Tavern’s Black Label burger.
Nick Solares/Eater NY

NYC's love of the hamburger reached a fever pitch when Minetta Tavern unleashed the Black Label burger on an unsuspecting city in 2009. With a custom dry-aged rib steak blend, the Black Label represents the zenith of classic hamburger architecture — no truffles, no foie gras, not even cheese. Just beef, onions, and bun.

113 Macdougal St
New York, NY 10012

12. Burgers by Honest Chops

99 Macdougal St, New York, NY 10012
A close-up picture of a burger with tomato and iceberg lettuce.
A burger from Burgers By Honest Chops.
Robert Sietsema/Eater NY

Honest Chops — which runs a restaurant in Greenwich Village and a butchery in the East Village — serves halal burgers and pays extra attention to the sourcing of its meats. Its lamb burgers are some of the best in the city. But there are standout beef burgers, too, topped with a house-made lemon aioli.

99 Macdougal St
New York, NY 10012

13. Paul's Da Burger Joint

131 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003
An open-faced cheeseburger rests on a plate, topped with bacon
There are plenty of topping options at Paul’s.
Nick Solares/Eater NY

This East Village mainstay has been serving fat, juicy burgers since 1989. The style is similar to that of Jackson Hole, where a metal dome is placed over the burger while it's on the flattop, to speed up cooking due to the size of each patty. Here, there are a multitude of topping combinations to choose from — bacon, fried egg, jalapeños, etc. — but it's best to take the simplest route.

131 2nd Ave
New York, NY 10003

14. 7th Street Burger

91 E 7th St, New York, NY 10009
A hand clutches a double cheeseburger from 7th Street Burger, a smash burger restaurant in Manhattan’s East Village neighborhood.
Patties overflow from their potato roll buns at 7th Street Burger.
Luke Fortney/Eater NY

Emboldened by the pandemic and a vibrant burger scene in Los Angeles, smash burgers are taking off in New York City right now. Leading the pack is 7th Street Burger, an East Village burger shop consisting of little more than a counter for ordering and a few outdoor tables. Its simple, smashed patties are buttery, charred, and cheesy all at once, overflowing with sauce from their Martin’s Potato Roll buns. Despite their size — small enough to fit in one’s palm — the rich burgers here can constitute a full meal.

91 E 7th St
New York, NY 10009

15. Nowon

507 E 6th St, New York, NY 10009
A cheese burger placed on a white plate with a pattern along the border. The cheese burger is sandwiched in a sesame bun with a giant sliced pickle on top held together by a toothpick.
The Nowon cheeseburger, elegantly topped with a pickle spear.
Katie Harman

First offered at the late East Village bar Black Emperor, this simple burger now lives on at chef Jae Lee’s Korean-American restaurant Nowon. Eater critic Ryan Sutton extolled the cheeseburger for its simplicity: a blend of chuck and short rib on a sesame bun with American cheese, kimchi mayo, and a hulking pickle skewered on top. “The level of umami is sublime,” he wrote in 2019.

507 E 6th St
New York, NY 10009

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16. Balthazar

80 Spring St, New York, NY 10012
A patty cloaked in white cheese along with mayo and ketchup in separate cups, and the usual vegetable matter.
The Balthazar burger, cloaked in white cheese.
Robert Sietsema/Eater NY

Balthazar cranks out a pretty amazing burger, and the great ground beef, cooked medium rare and oozing juices, is only one aspect of the picture. From a choice of several cheeses, pick the gruyere — this is a classic brasserie, after all — and slather on plenty of the homemade mayo, reserving some for the fries. These twice-fried spuds are good enough to eat all at once before taking a bite of the burger.

80 Spring St
New York, NY 10012

17. Lekka Burger

81 Warren St, New York, NY 10007
A vegan burger at Lekka Burger features lettuce, tomato, and onion on a tan backdrop.
Amanda Cohen’s fast casual burger joint is one of the best spots for meatless grub in the city.
Valeria Pinto

While the vegan scene in NYC is flourishing, it can be hard to find meatless burgers that don’t rely on tech-backed products like Impossible Foods or Beyond Meat. Amanda Cohen, known for her vegan fine dining establishment Dirt Candy, is behind this fast-casual burger joint where meatless patties are made from scratch. Eater critic Ryan Sutton gave the establishment, which also serves vegan milkshakes, and cheesy fries, a favorable review, calling Lekka home to some of the “city’s finest burgers.”

81 Warren St
New York, NY 10007

18. Golden Diner

123 Madison St, New York, NY 10002
A cheeseburger with three pickles on top, plus fries, on a white plate with a striped lining.
The simple cheeseburger at Golden Diner.
Adam Moussa/Eater NY

The cheeseburger at Momofuku alum Samuel Yoo’s charming Two Bridges diner comes with a crisped, 6-ounce chuck and brisket blend and all the regular toppings like tomato, onions, and lettuce. But there’s also an unusual addition, as well — a mushroom gochujang sauce — that makes this burger spicy, earthy, and utterly electric.

123 Madison St
New York, NY 10002

19. BK JANI

679 Grand St, Brooklyn, NY 11211