Carnivores Won’t Be Able to Turn Down the Best Burgers in NYC

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New York City is known for its amazing food — including bagels, donuts, pizza, and burgers, aka the four most important food groups. Whether they're stacked high with toppings or stuffed with flavor, we picked the best burgers in NYC that'll leave you fully satisfied. All that matters is what's between the buns, right?

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Little Owl Burger
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Little Owl's Bacon Cheeseburger

Location: Greenwich Village

The Bacon Cheeseburger on Little Owl’s lunch menu is loaded with a juicy short rib and brisket, aged cheddar, maple-cured bacon, and a half-sour pickle from Guss’ Pickles, all stacked on a house-made bun that soaks in all the flavors. Serious Eats calls it one of the best in the city. You’ll also love the twice-cooked fries that come with it.

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The Bash Burger at Burger & Barrel
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The "Bash Burger" at Burger & Barrel

Location: Soho, Manhattan

The Bash Burger comes with onion and bacon jam, pickles, American cheese, and special sauce. It's served with two large onion rings on top, and it's pretty amazing. The menu at Burger & Barrel also offers other amazing burgers if your appetite is big enough.

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BAE Burger
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The "Bae Burger" at Burger Inc.

Location: West Village, Manhattan

You’ll have to request the Bae Burger at Burger Inc. It’s not on the menu, but the burger is stacked with tater tots, bacon, cheese, and a fried egg. As for the sides, Burger Inc.'s Dynamite Mac poppers — deep-fried mac and cheese balls — are a must.

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The "Upland Burger" at Upland
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The "Upland Burger" at Upland

Location: Flatiron, Murray Hill, and Gramercy, Manhattan

It may only be available on their lunch menu, but the Upland Burger is worth mentioning on our list. It's a California burger — with a state flag on top — with two patties of grass-fed beef, American cheese, peppadew peppers, and avocado. It's basically New York's In-N-Out Double-Double. #heaven

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The “Kobe Burger” at Harry’s

Location: Financial District, Manhattan

The Gotham Burger Social Club gave Harry's Kobe Burger their seal of approval, and you will too after you taste the bacon marmalade and melted Gruyere cheese that smothers the Kobe beef. To really give your taste buds the works, order the tempura onion rings and the french fries. You’ll be full when it’s all over, but also completely satisfied!

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The Spotted Pig
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The "Chargrilled Burger" at the Spotted Pig

Location: Greenwich Village, Manhattan

There’s no denying that the Chargrilled Burger is one of the best burgers in NYC. It could be the meat, the Roquefort cheese, or the mountain of shoestring fries that it comes with, but this one definitely deserves a spot high on our list.

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The Black Iron 
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The "Black Iron" at Black Iron Burger

Location: Midtown and East Village, Manhattan

The Black Iron from Black Iron Burger has a kick that'll leave your tastebuds wanting more. The burger is made of all-natural, lifetime antibiotic-, steroid- and hormone-free beef that’s covered in a double horseradish cheddar. Piled on top are caramelized onions and their special horseradish mayo.

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Umami Burger
Umami Burger
The "Impossible Burger" at Umami Burger

Location: Upper West Side, Manhattan

Umami Burger partnered with Impossible Foods to create an insane burger that's made entirely from plants. It contains two meatless Impossible burger patties, caramelized onions, American cheese, miso-mustard, a house spread, dill pickles, lettuce, and tomato. Yummm.

*Only available at the Upper West Side Umami Burger Location

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Minetta's Tavern Burger
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The “Black Label Burger” at Minetta Tavern

Location: Greenwich Village

Minetta Tavern has two different burgers on their menu: the Minetta Burger and the Black Label Burger. They're both topped with caramelized onions, but the prime dry-aged beef cuts on the Black Label make it that much better.

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The "Happiest Burger" at The Happiest Hour
The Happiest Hour
The "Happiest Burger" at The Happiest Hour

Location: West Village, Manhattan

The Happiest Hour is a trendy bar that has quite the drink menu, but what's even better is their Happiest Burger. It's a double-patty sandwich covered in cheese and a special sauce that'll leave you completely satisfied. Thanks to the kitchen being open until 2 a.m., it makes for a great late-night bite.

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"The Cadillac" Burger at PJ Clarke's
PJ Clarke's
"The Cadillac" Burger at PJ Clarke's

Location: Midtown East and Upper West Side, Manhattan

Named by Nat King Cole himself, this burger with double-smoked country bacon, onion, American cheese, and buttered pickles is a classic. PJ Clarke's has been around since 1884, and over the years, the menu has been updated, but the modern version of what Cole ate in 1958 still remains one of the city's best burgers.

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Shake Shack
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The "Double Shack Burger" at Shake Shack

Location: Multiple locations in Manhattan and Brooklyn

Shake Shack: New Yorkers love it, and tourists can't wait to have it when they visit. You might as well go all-out and get the Double Shack. The two smashed patties, with cheese, lettuce, tomato, and the irresistible ShackSauce makes this sandwich one of the best. Just don't forget to get one of their signature hand-spun shakes, too.

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The Emmy Burger at Emily
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The "Emmy Burger" at Emily

Location: Clinton Hill, Brooklyn

One look at this juicy burger from Emily and you'll be saying, "I'll have that!" It's dry-aged beef with warm cheddar cheese, onion, the special "Emmy sauce" — basically the best buffalo sauce ever — all served on a hot pretzel bun. Yum.

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The Cheeseburger at JG Melon
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The "Cheeseburger" at JG Melon

Location: Upper East Side, Manhattan

This burger certainly doesn't look like it would be one of the best burgers in NYC, but just wait until you bite it. JG Melon's secret ingredients in the meat are what really packs in the flavor. It's served with American cheese on a toasted bun and pickles and red onions on the side. Simple, yet so satisfying.

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Bistro Burger at The Corner Bistro
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The "Bistro Burger" at The Corner Bistro

Location: West Village, Manhattan

Skip the late night fast food. This dive-bar, open till 4 a.m. each night, is always packed with locals scarfing down their classic burgers. The Bistro Burger at the Corner Bistro is well worth the price. Between the buns is the eight-ounce patty, American cheese, lettuce, two strips of bacon, and onion. You'll be wanting another one before you're even finished.