Around a World in 27 Burgers: The Best From Brooklyn to Bali

There’s zero like a compensation of a good burger—and zero definitely like a beating of a bad one. When you’re on a road, there’s tiny room for error, so we asked 3 burger-meisters for tips on where to go.

Randy Garutti is a New York-based arch executive officer of Shake Shack; Scott Collins founded Meatliquor restaurants in London with cook Yianni Papoutsis; Uwe Opocensky is executive cook during a Greater China Restaurant Co. in Hong Kong. He formerly hold that purpose during a Mandarin Oriental hotel, afterwards switched to burgers from excellent dining.

They brought us a operation of favorites, from a imagination and smothered to a elementary and classic. And one duck sandwich somehow slipped in. Here are their picks:

The Emmy burger.

The Emmy burger during Pizza Loves Emily.


Minetta Tavern, New York
The Black Label burger is a standout during this Greenwich Village bistro. It facilities primary dry-aged beef cuts with caramelized onions and pommes frites. “They do a pleasing job,” Garutti says. “Their brew is by a same butcher, Pat LaFrieda, who combined Shake Shack’s.” $30 (lunch menu)

Pizza Loves Emily, New York
“This is a pizza place that does a good burger,” Collins says of this Brooklyn favorite. “It is in a pretzel bun with a cheese-and-buffalo-sauce mix. We’ve looked during how we brew buffalo salsa and cheese [at Meatliquor], though we haven’t nailed it yet.” $26, including fries

NoMad Hotel, New York
Chef Daniel Humm’s dry-aged beef burger, simply served with cheddar, red onion, and special sauce, is worshiped by aficionados. “It’s three-Michelin-star level,” Opocensky says. $18

The Spotted Pig, New York
Chef Apr Bloomfield’s burger during this West Village gastropub is one of a many distinguished in New York. It’s served with Roquefort cheese and shoestring fries. “The size, a cheese, a fries: It is usually so good,” Garutti says. “It is ideally done.” $25

A ShackBurger.

The ShackBurger.

Shake Shack, New York
“When I’m withdrawal New York, we go to Shake Shack during JFK,” Collins says. “It’s improved than qualification food, and it’s improved than anything they offer in a Virgin lounge. It’s a unequivocally good burger.” single, $5.55; double, $8.35

In-N-Out Burger, Los Angeles
This West Coast chain traces a story to 1948 and is a favorite for a high-quality mixture and a tip menu that facilities a patty wrapped in lettuce. “It’s a ideal West Coast fix,” Opocensky says. Prices change by location.

The Apple Pan, Los Angeles
This old-school diner in West Los Angeles was founded in 1927. “It is one of a good classical American burger joints,” Garutti says. “You lay during a counter, and a man is right there cooking your burger for you. It is one of a greatest, one of my comprehensive favorites.”

Pie ’n Burger, Pasadena, Calif.
Pie ’n Burger and a Apple Pan were both inspirations for Shake Shack, Garutti says. “They are classical roadside burger stands usually finished right—never grew, usually did their one thing unequivocally well. They are usually good experiences. Pie ’n Burger is classic.” $8.05

White Manna, Hackensack, N.J.
This ancestral burger dilemma in a New York City suburbs is a destination. “They were one of a initial burgers anywhere in a country, before there was White Castle, that unequivocally birthed a mechanization of discerning food, a public line,” Garutti says. “But White Manna was first.”

Louis Lunch, New Haven
This New Haven establishment claims to have invented a hamburger sandwich in 1900. It’s sealed for most of a week and doesn’t accept credit cards. “They open if they feel like it, and we are not authorised to have ketchup,” Garutti says. “It is usually a great-fun burger.” $6

The Piggie Burger.

The Piggy Burger.


Bar Boulud, London
“I’ve had Daniel Boulud’s Piggy Burger in London, in New York, and in Singapore,” Collins says. “It is always a same, and it is always great. In fact, it is brilliant.” £19 ($24), including fries

Galvin during Windows, London
This grill and bar on a 28th building of a Hilton on Park Lane has views opposite London. “If you wish to eat a burger with one of a best views in a world, go and lay adult there and watch a object go down,” Collins says. “The sliders are unequivocally good.” £14

St. John Bread  Wine, London
Collins is a fan of cook Fergus Henderson’s mind burger, done with calves’ smarts boiled in panko breadcrumbs, together with shredded cabbage and salsa gribiche in a potato and onion roll. “It tastes like a unequivocally posh Filet-O-Fish,” Collins says. £6.50

A CUT burger.

The CUT burger.

CUT, London
“If we am feeling flush, afterwards Wolfgang Puck’s burger,” Collins says. “It is a epicurean burger during a subsequent level, when you’ve got that ability set of cook and that financial poke behind you.” £26

Nanban, London
“There is one burger and one burger usually during [chef] Tim Anderson’s place in Brixton,” Collins says. “It has got gochujang sauce, pig belly, dual vast patties, and it is really, unequivocally nice.”

Farmacy, London
This vegetarian grill is home to a burger made with millet, black bean, and mushroom, served with aioli, goji ketchup, avocado, pickles, and tomato on a vegan sourdough bun. “It is definitely delicious, and we can even get it gluten-free,” Opocensky says.

Patty  Bun, London
This mini-chain started as a pop-up desirous by highway trips opposite America. The initial store non-stop in 2012; there are now six, serving a tiny menu of about a half-dozen burgers. “It’s a initial place we conduct in London,” Garutti says. £8

Bundobust, Leeds
“It’s a shining outfit,” Collins says. “They do qualification drink and vegetarian Indian travel food. Their burger is double carbs: Indian spiced potato, deep-fried. It’s got a good mouthfeel, and we can eat it with one hand. The spicing is lovely. You don’t skip a meat.” £5

A burger from Patty and Bun

A burger at Patty  Bun.


Big Fernand, Paris
This is a immature sequence founded in Paris in 2012 that serves hamburgés with a French accent, not to mention French unpasteurized cheeses in a pain de mie seeded bun. “They do a good job,” Garutti says. €12 ($12.50)


Gasoline Grill, Copenhagen
“This place came on my radar from a guys during Noma, who did a partnership with them,” Collins says. “It’s in an aged petrol station, that is a novel outlet. They do a roadside burger not separate to ours” during Meatliquor. 75 kroner ($10.50)


Chur Burger, Sydney
This Australian sequence is famous for epicurean burgers, starting with a simple grilled beef, cheese, tomato jam, mustard mayo, and pickles. “Beautiful mixed with extraordinary taste,” Opocensky says. “I adore a pickled caramel milkshake to go with it.” A$12 ($8.75)

Belles Hot Chicken, Sydney
Opocensky swerves a tiny off-piste with this fried-chicken joint, that was founded in Melbourne. He says a duck sandwich is “a must” in Sydney: “Go for a ‘hot’ choice on a menu. This will blow your mind.” A$17

Burger Project, Sydney
Chef Neil Perry initial made a burger during his disdainful Sydney restaurant, Rockpool, and afterwards grown a standalone chain. “Neil says he wants to make a burger he remembers from his childhood, when there was a divert bar on each corner, not a McDonald’s,” Opocensky says. “He got it spot-on.”

South Korea

Burgermine, Seoul
As business concepts go, an all-you-can-eat burger dilemma sounds like a good idea. we mean, how many could anyone manage? You build your possess from a smorgasboard with mixed toppings and assistance yourself to total fries. “This place is amazing,” Opocensky says.


MOS Burger, Tokyo
This sequence started in 1972 and has some-more than 1,700 outlets in Asia and Australia. The menu includes a rice burger and other specialties. “It’s a Asian fast-food burger experience,” Garutti says. “It’s a outrageous association with a illusory concept.” 370 yen ($3)


Five Monkeys, Kuta, Bali
This burger dilemma also serves prohibited dogs and cold beers. But it’s best famous for a large, homemade burgers. “I adore a grill bacon cheeseburger,” Opocensky says. “The beef is juicy, and a grill season is delicious. It’s a discerning repair in Bali.” 50,000 rupiah ($3.75)

Corner House, Kuta, Bali
“This is a pleasing grill portion tasty food, and a burger special is something to demeanour out for,” Opocensky says. “It’s charcoal-barbecued with pleasing mature cheddar. You can’t get any better.”

Richard Vines is arch food censor during Bloomberg. Follow him on Twitter @richardvines and Instagram @richard.vines.

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