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    Hamburger Joints / The GOOD / The BAD / The UGLY

    I love a good hamburger and finding a good hamburger joint is an art all in it's own. One of my favorites in my area is SMASHBURGER. Yes they smash the burger as it's cooking and they use top sirloin. An amazing burger in any form. I just had an Avocado Club and scarfed it down faster than I could photograph it.
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    We have an awesome burger joint in my town. The place is called Ivan's Cheesesteak. Yes, the main thing they serve is cheesesteaks, but they offer burgers that are the best. Local bowling alley has great burgers as well.

    Out of town the Casino on the coast has an awesome burger. Better be at $25 dollars. One town away has a great burger joint called the Cedar Shack. Five guys up north is really good as well.
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    If they don't offer a good turkey burger fogetaboutit!!

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    They opened a Smashburger in my area. Might have to give it a try. Current favorite burger is the Southwestern Sourdough burger at the Tavern Grille.... Along with a Kilt Lifter.

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    For Socal people...I think In-n-Out is way overrated. Their burgers are messy and the meat is flat and small in circumference. The fies aren't that great. MCdonald's fries are much better if I recall (rarely, if ever, frequent fast food places these days).

    I don't know why people here think In-n-Out is so great. Must have low standards

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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    I just had an Avocado Club and scarfed it down faster than I could photograph it.
    Wow, you even ate all of the crumbs.

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    Cool place in Northern Lower Michigan: City Park Grill Hemingway used to hang out there-it's an old place! They have a burger there that is ground (in house) tenderloin with Morel Mushrooms mixed into the grind-fantastic! Shorts Brewery brewed Hanging Frank Ale for this place-google that to read about a funny/sad internet rumor that caused them some trouble...

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    A local brewery serves a burger called Brewers' Grain-fed Beef. It's a half pound burger made from local cattle raised on "upcycled" brewers' grains used to make one of their signature brews.

    They also have a 28 day dry aged beef burger that's pretty awesome.

    And somehow last year a chain restaurant won best burger in the area
    The cake is a lie.

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    If I'm gonna have a burger, it's got to be bad for me. That's what a burger is all about. No turkey paddies when I'm out ordering a burger. I want the fattest beef, with the whitest artery clogging buns available. I do make turkey paddy burgers at home so don't get me wrong... when I go out for a burger, I'm looking to get a big, fat, sloppy one...or, forget about it.

    My personal favs in the Los Angeles area are:

    1) Jimmy Deans
    2) In-n-out
    3) Tommy's

    Many, many moons ago, in San Luis Obispo (Cen Cal), there was a burger joint called Scrubby and Lloyds. If any true SLO natives chime in and read this, they will know exactly what I am talking about. That place offered the biggest burger paddies I've ever seen anywhere. Incredible!
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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    One of my favorites in my area is SMASHBURGER. Yes they smash the burger as it's cooking and they use top sirloin. An amazing burger in any form. I just had an Avocado Club and scarfed it down faster than I could photograph it.
    I love Smashburger! Unfortunately the only time I get to enjoy it is when I am out in Denver visiting my brother. I was instantly hooked the first time I ate there, some damn good burgers. Also, they serve beers there too! Win!~


    I am particularly fond of 5 Guys burgers and Wendy's.

    Little known fact: Wendy's is the only main chain fast food place that serves FRESH burger meat. My mother has worked in the meat processing industry for 35 years. The company she works for processes and ships beef to almost all the chain fast food companies around her area. Wendy's is the only one that requires fresh, not processed and never frozen meat daily. Everyone else has the meat sent to another company to add fillers/preservatives and then process the meat to patties and flash freeze for shipment.

    Sorry, got all "beef" nerdy there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sodak View Post
    I love Smashburger! Unfortunately the only time I get to enjoy it is when I am out in Denver visiting my brother. I was instantly hooked the first time I ate there, some damn good burgers. Also, they serve beers there too! Win!~


    I am particularly fond of 5 Guys burgers and Wendy's.



    Little known fact: Wendy's is the only main chain fast food place that serves FRESH burger meat. My mother has worked in the meat processing industry for 35 years. The company she works for processes and ships beef to almost all the chain fast food companies around her area. Wendy's is the only one that requires fresh, not processed and never frozen meat daily. Everyone else has the meat sent to another company to add fillers/preservatives and then process the meat to patties and flash freeze for shipment.

    Sorry, got all "beef" nerdy there.
    I'm on board with you sodak, Wendy's has a FINE burger!

    And I'll bet that the Wendy's red head hottie has a fine burger, too.
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    turkey burger
    Those are two words that should never be placed together in a sentence.

    Little known fact: Wendy's is the only main chain fast food place that serves FRESH burger meat.
    Not true. We have a chain of fast food restaurants here in Oregon called Burgerville. They never use frozen meat.
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    For whatever reason burgers from small burger joints in rural areas always seem to have good burgers. I don't know exactly what it is but they have a certain taste and style that I really like - the burgers often have a mayo and relish combination as the condiments and that might be part of it. Of course there are some great burgers in larger cities as well, I'm not saying these rural joints are necessarily better, they just have a quality that I like. Anyhow I try to seek out these places if I find myself out in the rural hinterlands. Btw, handcut fries are an extra special treat.
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    DJ, Lark Burger in Fort Collins. Yum!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kona0197 View Post
    Those are two words that should never be placed together in a sentence.



    Not true. We have a chain of fast food restaurants here in Oregon called Burgerville. They never use frozen meat.



    I think he was referring to national chains. Wendy's , 5 Guys, and most any small town burger place FTW.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hawg View Post
    And I'll bet that the Wendy's red head hottie has a fine burger, too.



    Side note: Great thread DJ but how do you come up with these threads? I can sit for an hour trying to think of a thread and I come up blank, I rely on you guys..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hawg View Post
    I'm on board with you sodak, Wendy's has a FINE burger!

    And I'll bet that the Wendy's red head hottie has a fine burger, too.
    For straight fast food, Wendy's is hard to beat. 5 Guys is better, but it's not everywhere yet. In Oregon, we have a chain called Burgerville. They use quality ingredients, often local, and I don't think there are many fast food chains doing it much better. However, the best burgers are always coming from local joints, so I won't mention those because nobody else can eat at any of them.

    BTW, I generally only like grilled onions and some kind of cheese on a burger. Sure, I like mushrooms and avocado once in awhile, but start putting lettuce, tomato, and especially pickles on a burger and the flavors start to muddle together for me. Simpler the better I say.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kona0197 View Post
    Not true. We have a chain of fast food restaurants here in Oregon called Burgerville. They never use frozen meat.

    Yup, what AZ said. I am only talking about the big chains. Like McDonalds, Burger King, Hardees, White Castle, In and out, Carls Jr, ect... The frozen, processed burger is the trademark of "fast food", Wendy's doesn't do that.

    And, I absolutely hate it when I go to a restaurant and order a $8+ burger and you can instantly tell it is just a frozen, processed patty. Cheap bastards!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kona0197 View Post
    Two key words that should always be placed together in a sentence when one seeks the NEW burger.
    Turkey & Burger

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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    I love a good hamburger and finding a good hamburger joint is an art all in it's own. One of my favorites in my area is SMASHBURGER. Yes they smash the burger as it's cooking and they use top sirloin. An amazing burger in any form. I just had an Avocado Club and scarfed it down faster than I could photograph it.
    Yup the avacado club is pretty tasty, had one a couple of days ago. But, do yourself a favor though and hit up Big Al's in Old Town just a couple of doors down from the Trailhead. The 60/40 burger and the truffle fries are where it's at... you'll thank me later.

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    My absolute favorite burger is from Culvers. Double Butterburger with american cheese (or cheddar, depending on my mood) ketchup, mustard and bacon.

    From the big time chains, I love me a double with cheese from Whataburger, and their green chili burger.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hawg View Post
    If I'm gonna have a burger, it's got to be bad for me. That's what a burger is all about.
    3) Tommy's

    Many, many moons ago, in San Luis Obispo (Cen Cal), there was a burger joint called Scrubby and Lloyds. If any true SLO natives chime in and read this, they will know exactly what I am talking about. That place offered the biggest burger paddies I've ever seen anywhere. Incredible!
    Well my friend... You want a bad for you burger that I promise is a bigger patty than your place??? Check out this place Denny's Beer Barrel Pub - The Burger Challenges

    I go there once a year and its about a 4 hour drive.. haha.. You can get a 25lb burger down to a 1 lb burger.. I somehow always have leftovers..

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    I don't see bacon, fail.

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    I am sure they have bacon AZ. I just checked out their menu for 2014 and they now have a 125lb burger! It requires 72hr notice. lol..

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    Yup, what AZ said. I am only talking about the big chains. Like McDonalds, Burger King, Hardees, White Castle, In and out
    There are no In & Out restaurants in Oregon so they don't count.

    And for the record turkey burgers are disgusting. (my opinion of course).
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