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The 10 best burgers in the country

By The Hub team , May 27, 2016

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.

Reflecting on Veterans Day: a message from our CEO Oscar Munoz

By Oscar Munoz, CEO, United Airlines , November 11, 2019

Right now, around the world, brave members of America's armed forces are on duty, defending our freedom and upholding our values.

When not laser-focused on the mission at hand, they're looking forward to the day when their service to our nation is fulfilled and they can reunite with their families.

They are also imagining how they can use their hard-earned skills to build an exciting, rewarding and important career when they return home.

I want them to look no further than United Airlines.

That's why we are focused on recruiting, developing and championing veterans across our company, demonstrating to our returning women and men in uniform that United is the best possible place for them to put their training, knowledge, discipline and character to the noblest use.

They've developed their knowledge and skills in some of the worst of times. We hope they will use those skills to keep United performing at our best, all of the time.

That's why we are accelerating our efforts to onboard the best and the brightest, and substantially increasing our overall recruitment numbers each year.

We recently launched a new sponsorship program to support onboarding veterans into United and a new care package program to support deployed employees. It's one more reason why United continues to rank high - and rise higher - as a top workplace for veterans. In fact, we jumped 21 spots this year on Indeed.com's list of the top U.S workplaces for veterans. This is a testament to our increased recruiting efforts, as well as our efforts to create a culture where veterans feel valued and supported.

We use the special reach and resources of our global operations to partner with outstanding organizations. This is our way of stepping up and going the extra mile for all those who've stepped forward to answer our nation's call.

We do this year-round, and the month of November is no exception; however, it is exceptional, especially as we mark Veterans Day.

As we pay tribute to all Americans who have served in uniform and carried our flag into battle throughout our history, let's also keep our thoughts with the women and men who are serving around the world, now. They belong to a generation of post-9/11 veterans who've taken part in the longest sustained period of conflict in our history.

Never has so much been asked by so many of so few.... for so long. These heroes represent every color and creed. They are drawn from across the country and many immigrated to our shores.

They then freely choose to serve in the most distant and dangerous regions of the world, to protect democracy in its moments of maximum danger.

Wherever they serve - however they serve - whether they put on a uniform each day, or serve in ways which may never be fully known, these Americans wake up each morning willing to offer the "last full measure of devotion" on our behalf.

Every time they do so, they provide a stunning rebuke to the kinds of voices around the world who doubt freedom and democracy's ability to defend itself.

Unfortunately, we know there are those who seem to not understand – or say they do not - what it is that inspires a free people to step forward, willing to lay down their lives so that their country and fellow citizens might live.

But, we – who are both the wards and stewards of the democracy which has been preserved and handed down to us by veterans throughout our history – do understand.

We know that inciting fear and hatred of others is a source of weakness, not strength. And such divisive rhetoric can never inspire solidarity or sacrifice like love for others and love of country can.

It is this quality of devotion that we most honor in our veterans - those who have served, do serve and will serve.

On behalf of a grateful family of 96,000, thank you for your service.

Humbly,

Oscar

United named a top workplace for veterans

By The Hub team , November 10, 2019

Each year around Veterans Day, Indeed, one of the world's largest job search engines, rates companies based on actual employee reviews to identify which ones offer the best opportunities and benefits for current and former U.S. military members. Our dramatic improvement in the rankings this year reflects a stronger commitment than ever before to actively recruiting, developing and nurturing veteran talent.

"We've spent a lot of time over the past 12 months looking for ways to better connect with our employees who served and attract new employees from the military ranks," said Global Catering Operations and Logistics Managing Director Ryan Melby, a U.S. Army veteran and the president of our United for Veterans business resource group.

"Our group is launching a mentorship program, for instance, where we'll assign existing employee-veterans to work with new hires who come to us from the armed forces. Having a friend and an ally like that, someone who can help you translate the skills you picked up in the military to what we do as a civilian company, is invaluable. That initiative is still in its infancy, but I'm really optimistic about what it can do for United and for our veteran population here."

Impressively, we were the only one of our industry peers to move up on the list, further evidence that we're on a good track as a company.

Mission Accomplished

By Matt Adams , November 06, 2019

The question of where David Ferrari was had haunted retired U.S. Army Sergeant Major Vincent Salceto for the better part of 66 years.

Rarely did a week go by that Salceto didn't think about his old friend. Often, he relived their last moments together in a recurring nightmare. In it, it's once again 1953 and Salceto and Ferrari are patrolling a valley in what is now North Korea. Suddenly, explosions shatter the silence and flares light up the night sky.

Crouching under a barrage of bullets, Salceto, the squad's leader, drags two of his men to safety, then he sees Ferrari lying face down on the ground. He runs out to help him, but he's too late. And that's when he always wakes up.

Italian Americans from opposite coasts – Salceto from Philadelphia, Ferrari from San Francisco – the two became close, almost like brothers, after being assigned to the same unit during the Korean War. When Ferrari died, it hit Salceto hard.

"After that, I never let anyone get close to me like I did with Dave," he says. "I couldn't; I didn't want to go through that again."

When the war ended, Salceto wanted to tell Ferrari's family how brave their son and brother had been in battle. Most of all, he wanted to salute his friend at his gravesite and give him a proper farewell.

For decades, though, Salceto had no luck finding his final resting place or locating any of his relatives. Then, in June of this year, he uncovered a clue that led him to the Italian Cemetary in Colma, California, where Ferrari is buried.

Within days, Salceto, who lives in Franklinville, New Jersey, was packed and sitting aboard United Flight 731 from Philadelphia to San Francisco with his wife, Amy, and daughter, Donna Decker, on his way to Colma. For such a meaningful trip, he even wore his Army dress uniform.

That's how San Francisco-based flight attendant Noreen Baldwin spotted him as he walked down the jet bridge to get on the plane.

"I saw him and said to the other crew members, 'Oh my goodness, look at this guy,'" she says. "I knew there had to be a story."

The two struck up a conversation and Salceto told Baldwin why he was traveling. She got emotional listening to him talk and made a point of fussing over him, making sure he and his family had everything they needed.

About halfway through the flight, Baldwin had an idea. She and her fellow crew members would write messages of encouragement to Salceto and invite his fellow passengers to do the same.

"We did it discreetly," says Baldwin. "I asked the customers if they saw the man in uniform, which most had, and asked them if they wanted to write a few words for him on a cocktail napkin. A lot of people did; families did it together, parents got their kids to write something. After the first few rows, I was so choked up that I could barely talk."

When Baldwin surprised Salceto with dozens of hand-written notes, he, too, was speechless. He laid the stack on his lap and read each one. At the same time, the pilots made an announcement about the veteran over the loud speaker, after which the customers on board burst into applause.

"It seems contrived, and I hate using the word organic, but that's what it was; it just happened," Baldwin says. "Mr. Salceto was so loveable and humble, and what he was doing was so incredible, it felt like the right thing to do. And you could tell he was touched."

On June 27, Salceto finally stood before Ferrari's grave and said that long-awaited goodbye. As a trumpeter played "Taps," he unpinned a medal from his jacket and laid it reverently on the headstone.

"I had gotten a Bronze Star for my actions [the night Ferrari died] with a 'V' for valor, and that was the medal I put on Dave's grave," says Salceto, pausing to fight back tears. "I thought he was more deserving of it than I was."

For the first time in years, Salceto felt at peace. His mission was accomplished.

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