5 Great Restaurants For Burger Enthusiasts

Hamburgers have come a long way from the simple beef patty sandwiched by a bun. Chefs worldwide have developed their own recipes, incorporating locally grown ingredients and global flavors or adding decadent touches like blue cheese, bacon, or fried eggs. This list, in no particular order, highlights exciting restaurants serving some of the best burgers around.

The #1 entry is MEAT Eatery and Taproom. This dining establishment, known for its burgers, has two locations in Florida, one in Boca Raton and one in Islamorada. It smokes all of its own meats onsite, makes its sausage in-house and creates its own condiments from scratch.

MEAT was started by Chef George Patti and Sommelier Thomas Smith. The eatery serves more than burgers, offering salads, wings, desserts, soups, and more. Diners can also order craft beers, wines, or soda to enjoy with their food. The restaurant has been named one of Food Network's Top Places to Eat.

Next up, at #2, we have Cornucopia, a restaurant specializing in pub fare with three locations in Oregon's Eugene area that serve burgers and other comfort foods like macaroni and cheese, sandwiches, and chicken pot pie. It prides itself on using ingredients that are locally-sourced and free from antibiotics and hormones.

Cornucopia's 17th Street location offers a cozy neighborhood feel with a large outdoor beer garden and sidewalk seating. Guests can kick back and enjoy a beer, cocktail, or non-alcoholic beverage. The restaurant has been featured in Spoon University, Vacation Idea Magazine, and elsewhere.

Coming in at #3 is Super Duper Burgers, a chain in the Bay Area of California serving fast food style meals. It claims to use ingredients that are organic, locally-sourced, humanely raised, never frozen, and made from scratch. The chain strives to be ecologically-responsible by using compostable packaging whenever possible.

Super Duper's burger options include a mini, a signature, and a vegetarian. Some of its locations also sell breakfast, with a menu that includes egg sandwiches, donuts, hash browns, and coffee. The company has appeared in many press outlets, such as Hoodline and Eater, which said it had one of the best milkshakes in San Francisco.

The #4 entry is Country House, a restaurant with several locations in Illinois. It is best known for its signature burger, which is made with a half-pound of Certified Angus Beef, charbroiled to order, and served on a sesame seed bun. Diners can order beer, wine, cocktails or non-alcoholic beverages with their meals.

Country House's Top Drawer burger is crafted with a blend of ground brisket, short rib and whole chuck. Other meat patty options include elk and bison, and vegetarian diners can order an animal-free sandwich made from ground carrot, broccoli, peas, and string beans.

Rounding out our list at #5 is Hub St Ives, an eatery in Cornwall, England. It is known for its burgers, hand-cut fries, and crafted drinks. It strives to highlight the local ingredients available in the country's Southwest region, such as grass-fed moorland cattle and vegetables supplied by Cornish growers.

Hub St Ives opened in 2003 and is situated in a two-story building with panoramic views of the bay. In the daytime, the restaurant serves cakes and coffee before transitioning to heartier meals after dark.