It’s National Burger Month! NYC’s Best Veggie & Meat Burgers

May is National Burger Month: a full 31 days of dedication to the juicy, ketchup-and-onion-topped, charred, and dripping beast that is The Burger. And all across this fine city, you can find burgers in all kinds of varieties – quinoa–filled, topped with bacon and sauerkraut, served with a knife stabbed through it – but are they all quality? No. No, they are not. But fortunately, we’ve found The Best Burgers In NYC for the vegetarians and carnivores in all of us.

The Veggie Burger and Cheeseburger from Westville: This homey, like-your-mother’s-kitchen spot across downtown Manhattan has found the sweet spot in burgers, serving a veggie burger that’s one of the only veggie burgers the carnivores will eat (and finish). Topped with sautéed mushrooms, avocado, and a tartar sauce, the veggie burger has a fritter texture that’s reminiscent of a handful of fries. And the cheeseburger? It’s thick, simple and, like the veggie burger, served on a sweet Portuguese bun.

The Bistro Burger from Corner Bistro: This legendary, classic spot on a cobblestone corner of the West Village still stands as the king of The No-Frills Burger. Their signature Bistro Burger is 8oz of meat topped with a slab of American cheese and crispy strips of greasy bacon, sandwiched between a white, fluffy bun. At just $8.75, it is the last-standing delicious and cheap burger, and at evening hours, the rustic, wooden, dive spot is packed. Enjoy the wait.

The Veggie Burger and Original 5 Napkin Burger from 5 Napkin BurgerWhen you just need a massive, dripping piece of animal between your fingers, 5 Napkin’s Original burger is the thing; 10 oz. of fresh ground beef, topped with a creamy gruyere cheese, caramelized onions, and their famous, sweet rosemary aioli, all stuffed between a white roll. And the veggie burger is stuffed with fresh veggies – black beans,  brown rice, carrots, beets, and jalapeños between a multigrain bun topped with a tartar sauce tang. Alternate between burgers each week this month. 

The Double ShackBurger from Shake Shack: Two slabs of all-natural Angus beef, cheese, lettuce, tomato, grease, and the secret, beloved ShakeSauce make this one of the city’s most dependable burger spots and the ultimate hangover cure. 

The Cheeseburger from Burger Joint at Le Parker Merdien: This hidden, tiny, brick oasis inside the fancy lobby of the Parker Meridien shocks with its blue-collar diner-feel and its diner, greasy burger topped with lettuce, raw onions, and ketchup. It’s simplicity as its most delicious – and will keep you full for 6+ hours. 

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The Bloody, Juicy Secret At Dream Downtown’s Marble Lane

Every night at Marble Lane restaurant in the Dream Downtown Hotel, patrons aren’t “screaming” bloody murder – they’re discreetly demanding it. Because off-the-menu sits the lobby restaurant’s bleeding, dripping, biggest secret: Murder by Burger, the 10-layered burger topped with everything from fried eggs and cheese, to bacon, mushrooms, and onions. The best part: it’s stabbed right in the middle with a steak knife and paraded to your table for all to gawk at. Delicious and deadly.

But it gets better: Marble Lane has provided the recipe for this burger – and while we’re probably not going to actually make it at home since such a colossal task is best for the pros, it’s certainly a nice list to post on your fridge and glance at as your reach for the Diet Coke. Take a look:

Ingredients:
8oz ground beef patty  
1 burger bun
2 slices comte cheese (2oz)
1 slice slab bacon (3oz)
1 fried egg
1 slice beef steak tomato (2 oz)- GRILLED
1/4 avocado, sliced
1 onion ring
1 oz sauteed mushroom mix (see base recipe)
1 oz caramelized onion
3 leaves bibb lettuce (1 oz)
1/2 oz of Memo sauce

Garnishes:
2 oz Memos sauce
2 oz stone crab sauce
3 oz ketchup

Season the burger patty with salt and pepper on both sides and place on the griddle.  Cook to ordered temp.

Top sliced cheese. Place in salamander and melt cheese.  Meanwhile griddle the bacon slice until crisp. Butter the cut bun and toast on griddle. Cut bacon in half and place on top of the melted cheese on the burger. Cook a sunny up egg and place on top of bacon.  Next add the sliced avocado.  Top that with 1 onion ring. Fill the onion ring with sauteed mushrooms and onions. Top  bibb lettuce and top bun.  Stab a pickle spear with a steak knife and "stab" the burger with it.

Serve with a side of french fries and half of a pickled jalapeno.

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