The 10 best burgers in the country
Everyone loves a good burger and probably has a go-to favorite that always hits the spot. With so many different types of burger options out there, it's hard to nail down exactly what makes one best in class. Sometimes the best burger is plain and simple, while other times it means topping a prime piece of meat with some over-the-top delicacies. Finding the best burgers in the country isn't an easy task, but we've narrowed it down to some of our favorites that always seem to top the charts in their respective cities. From coast to coast, simple to gourmet, check out our best burgers in the country.
1. 3D Valley Farm Burger
At Holy Grale, a craft beer bar in Louisville, Ky., a fresh pretzel bun adds a new spin to the local beef, which is topped with bacon, caramelized onions, cheddar, arugula and “fritje sauce" — a Dutch-style sauce made with mayonnaise, whole grain mustard and lemon zest. The burgers are paired with double-fried potatoes, and come with lots of different dipping sauce options.
2. Green Chile Cheeseburger
Ask anyone from New Mexico what their favorite food is and the answer will most likely include one main ingredient — green chile. It's no wonder why New Mexicans are so proud of their green chile burgers. At Santa Fe Bite, this particular burger has been crowned the favorite many times over. The green chile is highlighted with just meat, cheese and a bun, all carefully paired to create a mouth-watering meal.
3. Sebastian's Steakhouse Burger
In a city filled with top chefs and their specialty burgers, New York's Brindle Room offers a relatively inexpensive burger that competes alongside some of the most expensive in the city. Only available at lunch, this dry-aged burger features a fatty cut of rib-eye that's cooked in a cast-iron skillet and is topped with cheese, pickles and caramelized onions.
4. L.A. Burger
This L.A. Burger actually stands for Lower Alabama, found in Callaghan Irish Social Club in Mobile, Ala. It's only available at lunchtime and comes in a limited number each day, so it warrants having an early lunch if you are hoping to bite into one. Made with a combo of beef and Conecuh sausage, it's topped with pepper jack cheese, spicy mustard and coleslaw.
5. Old Fashion Burger
Lankford Grocery, a Texas favorite and originally a Depression-era fruit stand, has been serving burgers since the 70's. To this date, this spot makes no claim to ever serving anything small or healthy. The Old Fashion Burger is exactly what it sounds like, served with mayo, mustard, pickle, lettuce, tomato and onion — nothing less, nothing more. It's guaranteed to please.
6. Harry's Bistro Burger
At Abbey Burger Bistro in Baltimore, an Angus patty, applewood bacon, a sunny-side-up egg and cheddar are the main ingredients for this sports bar/bistro's famous burger. The twist here is that it's served on an English muffin, a unique choice and one that makes it stand out from the rest.
7. Mission Burger
Serving a burger at Mission Bowling Club in San Francisco may sound a bit odd, but burgers pair well with bowling. The patties are seared in beef fat, topped with Monterey Jack cheese and caramelized onions, and are served on buns from Acme Bread. It's worth playing a game or two just to try this one.
8. 40-Day Dry Aged Prime Steak Burger
This 40-day dry aged prime steak burger from David Burke Primehouse in Chicago is the most over-the-top of them all. It comes standard with sautéed garlic spinach, crispy fried shallots and bacon mayo. Yes, bacon mayo. Additional toppings that can be added as extras include fried pickles, a fried egg, crab, asparagus hollandaise sauce and super spicy “angry" shrimp.
9. Billionaire Burger
Leave it to Las Vegas to have a burger that means winning big on the slots in order to afford it. At Holsteins, for about double the price of all the other burgers on the menu, the Billionaire Burger is made with Kobe beef, foie gras torchon, port onion marmalade, and topped with frisee and truffle mayonnaise. Make sure to leave room for dessert since this place is also famous for their boozy milkshakes.
10. Beef Burger
Holeman & Finch in Atlanta doesn't have burgers on the menu. But after 9 p.m., Monday through Saturday, customers can try to order one of only 24 burgers in total that are available that night. The owners are all about quality over quantity, and this unusual way to promote an invisible menu item has proven to be successful. The patties are a mixture of grass-fed chuck and brisket and are served with house-made buns, homemade ketchup, mustard and pickles.
May 28 is National Hamburger Day, and there's no better way to celebrate than by biting into a juicy burger. If you happen to be traveling with United and find yourself in one of the above cities, stop in for a burger and find out why they made the cut.
On March 19, 2020, United operated its first flight carrying cargo without passengers on board. While the passenger cabin was empty, its cargo hold was completely full, carrying more than 29,000 pounds of commodities from Chicago O'Hare International Airport (ORD) to Frankfurt Airport (FRA).
A year later, United Cargo has operated more than 11,000 cargo-only flights carrying more than 570 million pounds of freight. To support the COVID-19 pandemic recovery efforts, United Cargo has also transported more than 113 million pounds of medical and pharmaceutical products on both cargo-only and passenger flights as well as approximately 10 million COVID-19 vaccines, providing global communities access to the items they have needed most.
"At the beginning of the pandemic, we knew we were uniquely positioned to utilize our widebody aircraft and our network to keep commodities moving, so we quickly mobilized various departments throughout the airline to launch a cargo-only network of flights that would keep commodities moving," said United Cargo President Jan Krems. "Thanks to those efforts, United Cargo has delivered millions of items to countries all around the world. We would not have been successful without the steadfast support of our employees, industry partners and our customers."
Since last March, United Cargo has transported almost 850 million pounds of freight on cargo-only and passenger flights. The airline will continue to monitor market trends adjust its cargo-only flight schedules to help ensure we are meeting our customer's evolving shipping needs.
Whether you haven't flown with us for a while or just need a quick refresher before your spring trip, read this list of tips to know before your flight and arrive at the airport travel-ready:
1. Download the United app for contactless bag check, travel assistance and more
Before your flight, download the United app to view your flight status, check in, sign up for flight notifications, locate departure gates, access our free personal device entertainment when available and more. We've also updated our app with new features that can make your trip a little safer, including contactless bag check.
Don't forget to use Agent on Demand for help with any and all questions you may have before your flight. This new capability is available at all our U.S. hub airports and allows you to use your own mobile device to contact a customer service agent via phone, video or chat to help with day-of-travel questions while you're at the airport. Learn more about Agent on Demand here.
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Our Travel-Ready Center makes it easy to get a personalized overview of everything you need to do in preparation for your flight. Just enter your confirmation number or MileagePlus® number and you'll find detailed information on all the documents, tests and more that you'll need for your trip.
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Before completing check-in, all United travelers will need to read our Ready-to-Fly checklist and confirm that they understand and agree to our policies. These include:
Acknowledging that you haven't had any symptoms of COVID-19 in the last 14 days
Agreeing that you will not fly if you have tested positive for COVID-19 within the last 21 days
Confirming that you will follow all policies regarding face masks, social distancing and other health and safety measures we've adopted
4. Arrive early; avoid the stress
Airports can be busy, especially during peak travel periods like spring break season. The TSA advises arriving at the airport two hours before your flight for domestic travel and three hours for international travel in anticipation of long security lines. This can help ease the stress when navigating busy check-in areas, security lines and crowded boarding gates.
5. Get familiar with CleanPlus
United CleanPlus℠ is our commitment to delivering industry-leading cleanliness as we put health and safety at the forefront of your experience. We've teamed up with Clorox to redefine our cleaning and disinfection procedures and Cleveland Clinic to advise us on enhancing our cleaning and disinfection protocols, like:
Disinfecting high-touch areas on board and in the terminal
Using electrostatic spraying, Ultraviolet C lighting wands and more advanced measures to clean aircraft cabins before boarding
Redesigning our mobile app to allow for touchless check-in and contactless payment, along with enhanced travel assistance features
Implementing high-efficiency (HEPA) filters on our aircraft that completely recirculate cabin air every 2-3 minutes and remove 99.97% of airborne particles, including viruses and bacteria
Studies show COVID-19 exposure risk is minimal when air filtration systems and masks are in use, so you can rest assured that the steps we've taken to keep you safe truly make a difference.
6. Wear your mask
Federal law requires all travelers to wear a face mask in the airport, including customer service counters, airport lounges, gates and baggage claim, and on board during their entire flight. Make sure you review the requirements for face masks, including what an acceptable face mask looks like.
7. Get ready for a safer boarding process
To make boarding even safer, we now have travelers board their aircraft from back to front. At the gate, just listen for your row number to be called – we'll ask a few rows at a time to board, starting with the last row of the plane. This helps everyone maintain a safe distance from each other during boarding without slowing things down. As you step onto the plane, flight attendants will hand each passenger a sanitizing towelette, which you can use to wipe down your seat to ensure it's extra clean.
8. Pack smart
Before packing your bags, check to see what exactly you can carry on and what you should plan to check. You can also copy your confirmation number into our Baggage Calculator tool to learn about the bag allowance included with your reservation, as well as the cost of checking any additional bags.
9. Check your flight status, important notices and weather
Check the United app regularly for the latest updates on weather conditions, flight status, gate numbers and seat assignments. You can also visit our Important Notices page to find essential information and updates about travel waivers, international travel, TSA and security, airports and United Club locations.
10. Relax and enjoy your flight
Once you're on board, it's time to sit back and enjoy your flight. Our flight attendants will be happy to help you with anything else you need.
This week, we were honored to become the first U.S. airline to join the UNICEF Humanitarian Airfreight Initiative to combat the COVID-19 pandemic by transporting the vaccine and other critically needed supplies to underserved areas of the globe.
"We are committed to helping the global community in any way we can, and we all must work together to do our part to bring this health and humanitarian crisis to an end," said Director of Cargo Specialty Products Manu Jacobs.
We will leverage our expertise to transport these critical pharmaceutical and healthcare shipments around the world safely, efficiently and expediently. We are proud to partner with the United Nations to support this global effort and provide equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines.
Together, we are facing an unprecedented challenge. United Together, we rise to meet that challenge.
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