(NEXSTAR) – You don’t mess with Texas. And you certainly don’t mess with their burgers.
A new ranking of the top 10 burger restaurants in the U.S. has determined that Beck’s Prime, with locations in Greater Houston and Dallas, as the best place to grab a burger. But enthusiasts outside of the Lone Star State can still try some of the country’s best burgers — albeit not the best — at runner-up restaurants across the country.
The ranking was compiled by the “discerning professionals” at Gayot, a dining and lifestyle resource that positions itself as “the guide to the good life.” But the burgers on Gayot’s list aren’t solely for swanky gourmands; the ranking includes restaurants that serve both traditional and “luxe” takes on the humble burger.
Beck’s Prime, which came in at No. 1, earned the top spot for its mesquite-grilled patties, made from house-ground Angus beef. Gayot even made note of the restaurant’s Blue Cheese Burger, calling it well worth the wait even when the drive-thru lines “back up in the evening.”
In second and third, respectively, were the Burger Joint in New York City and the Cherry Cricket in Denver, Colorado. The former, which is hidden behind a curtain near the lobby of the Parker New York hotel, got a special shout-out for its no-frills approach to grilled burgers, while the latter made the list for its “parade” of burger options and extensive list of toppings (e.g., peanut butter, green chile strips, chicharrones, etc.).
Looking to satiate your burger craving a little closer to home? Gayot’s complete list highlights even more mouthwatering destinations across the country:
Beck’s Prime, Houston, Texas
Burger Joint, New York City, New York
Cherry Cricket, Denver, Colorado
Farm Burger, Decatur, Georgia
4505 Burgers & BBQ, San Francisco, California
Holsteins Shakes and Buns, Las Vegas, Nevada
Kuma’s Corner, Chicago, Illinois
MELT Gourmet Cheeseburgers, Leesburg, Virginia
Mr. Bartley’s Burger Cottage, Cambridge, Massachusetts
25 Degrees, Los Angeles, California
For more on each restaurant, visit Gayot.com.