This is a typical lazy man’s list and it’s lame…take what someone else has done, assume it’s valid, and republish.
I admit to eating at only a small handful of these places (Foster, BGR, Duke’s, Melt Gourmet) and they were fine, but best? Hardly. However, from that limited experience and the verbiage of the write-ups, I can smell this kind of list a mile away and assess it’s likely validity and quality. I will stipulate some burgers on the list may well be the best in a particular state, but here are just six of the many reasons why I reject this list out of hand:
First, I disqualify any place having “bistro” in it’s name. Second, chains are out — at best they produce good compromises. Third, using the terms “coleslaw” or “chile con carne” to describe anything in North Carolina calls into question whether the reviewer actually set foot in the Tarheel state. Fourth, any burger costing even close to $20 bucks better be self-eating and is on the wrong list. Fifth, when “sustainable” and “organic” are used in anyway to imply a burger is better for it, throw it off the list. Sixth, no Johnny Come Lately establishments — the only way creators of one of these lists can find a recently opened hamburger joint is if it has the cash to advertise bigtime or can otherwise buy its way in.