Burger Friday: NYC’s 3 Best Burgers For Your 3-Day Weekend

Memorial Day is all about burgers. Burgers of every kind – juicy, veggie, dripping, spicy, charred. Burgers know no limits. And in honor of the national holiday that is National Burger Month, I’m devoting this extra-special Burger Friday to Memorial Day. In fact, I’ve created a three-day Memorial Weekend burger itinerary for you, simply to ensure that you devour only the best burgers all weekend long, every day. Dig in:

Saturday:
The Bronte Burger from Ruby’s: This burger is the star of the show at Australian-American spot Ruby’s in the middle of Nolita. Probably because it’s a sensory parade; you’ve got a thick hunk of beef, topped with fresh, local tomato and lettuce, creamy mayo and cheese, and a sweet and tangy chili sauce – sandwiched between a toasted ciabatta bun. Exclamations after the first bite known to include: "oh my," "what the…" and "Holy Mother."

Sunday:
The Black Label Burger from Minetta Tavern: Mosey down Greenwich Village’s tucked-away Minetta Lane and get served a $26 burger of prime dry-aged beef with caramelized onions on a toasted soft bun alongside pommes frites. You’ll feel French in no time.

Monday:
The Off-The-Menu Burger from Brindle Room: This discreet burger is adored, yet it’s a strictly "ask the waiter" deal. What makes it special? The aged ribeye that’s ground into the steak, and its ruthless simplicity. Gotta love a good secret.

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Burger Friday: NYC’s Top Three Biggest Burgers

In honor of the national holiday that is National Burger Month, I’m devoting Fridays to the world’s love for the juicy, dripping beast that is The Burger. First honored were the weirdest burgers, then the smallest burgers, and today, I’m honoring NYC’s BIGGEST burgers. Oh yes. Size matters. Take a look at these big boys:

Murder by Burger from Marble Lane: this bloody, juicy, off-the-menu secret burger inside the Dream Downtown Hotel has 10 layers, of 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. Photo close-up here

The 1lb Burger from The Counter: straight from Santa Monica comes this chain where you make your own burger and can choose the hefty one pounder patty of beef, chicken, turkey, veggie, or bison. From there, you can load it up with any kind of cheese – brie, jalapeño jack – four toppings, like grilled pineapple, spicy pepperoncinis, and fried egg – and a sauce. By the time you’re done, this hunk-a-meat weighs more like a pound-and-a-half.

The F&Kn. Burger With Foie Gras from Pounds & Ouncesthe foie gras at this Chelsea lounge is optional, but that doesn’t stop the 8oz. burger from packing enough layers to have you hibernating through winter. It’s topped with pineapple-braised short ribs and fontina cheese, and sauced with onion marmalade and pickled green-tomato chips on a bread roll. Ten extra bucks get you the foie gras, and at that point – oh, why not.

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Burger Friday: NYC’s Best Mini Burgers

In honor of the national holiday that is National Burger Month, I’m devoting Fridays to the world’s love for the juicy, dripping beast that is The Burger. Today, I’m honoring NYC’s smallest burgers. While some say size matters, these sliders pack enough explosion of flavor, condiments, and lettuce & onion to convince even the most stubborn of burger purists. Take a look:

The Cheeseburger Sliders On Mini Mac N’ Cheese Pancakes from ShopsinsOwner and foul-mouthed chef Ken Shopsin  – known for saying,"there’s a sexual friction that occurs when you put the wrong food in the wrong dish," – arouses the tastebuds, serving three mini cheeseburgers with caramelized onions at his legendary LES spot. The fluffy mac’ n cheese pancakes- burger dish is a one of the top-ordered dishes from Shopsins 900-item menu. 

Lil’ BGRs from STK: This sexy Midtown & Meatpacking steakhouse gives you a lil’ taste of their burger by wagging a two lil’ bites of wagyu beef your way. The Lil’ BRG sliders at STK are stuffed with their special, mystery sauce, pickles, tomatoes, and sandwiched on a sesame seed bun. Upgrade the experience with truffles and foie gras.

Kobe Sliders from Koi SohoThis rainforest-inspired Japanese spot brings an Asian-Italian twist to their little burger dish, topping the kobe beef with melted-aged cheddar, creamy thousand island sauce, and sweet pickles on a brioche bun. Koi serves it with a side of crispy edamame gnocchi.

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