2021’s best cities for burgers named and you may be surprised

Hamburger.
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Who is the burger king? A new survey has broken down the best burgers available in nearly 200 of the biggest cities in the U.S. to find where burger fans should plan their next trip.

“Hamburgers are not only a staple of the American diet — they’re a significant cultural symbol, a part of our national (and regional) identity,” the survey said.

After breaking down customer results from 197 cities in the U.S., the survey by Lawnlove.com found that the 10 best cities to grab a burger are: Washington, D.C.; San Francisco; Pasadena; Chicago; San Diego; Santa Rosa, Calif.; New York City; Orlando, Glendale, Calif.; and Fullerton, Calif.

With six cities in the top 10 and 12 in the top 20, California may be one of the top burger spots in the whole country.

However, not every burger is the same, and the survey knows that, breaking down the best regional burgers and where to get them.

In the Midwest, the place to get a Juicy Lucy, a burger with cheese cooked between two patties, was Minnesota, and the best place to get a Butter Burger, a burger where butter is the main ingredient, was Wisconsin.

In the South, Georgia’s Luther Burger, a burger with bacon and cheese in between glazed donuts instead of burger buns, was highly praised. While the Carolina Burger with chili, slaw, onions, and sometimes mustard is a staple out of the Carolinas.

California brings in the best of the west with its California Burger topped with avocado or guacamole and sometimes bacon.

To break down who has the best burger, the survey used three main areas of focus, access to burgers, quality, and the number of Michelin-rated establishments.