Josh Ozersky's Last 5 Burgers

Mar 29, 2012 2:31 pm

Ozersky's compliments to prime patties around NYC

steak n shake
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Steak 'n Shake's steakburger is a fast food force to be reckoned with.
 
southern hospitality king burger
Photo: Jacqui Donnelly
Southern Hospitality's King Burger was a Food Republic Burger of the Week. 50,000 Elvis fans can't be wrong.
 

If you really want to know where to eat a burger in New York City, wrestle your finger away from the Yelp app and gather 'round. Celebrated writer on all things meat and all-around burger expert Josh Ozersky shared his last 5 burgers of note with us (the information, not the burgers themselves). Rather than greedily hoard this knowledge, we're sharing it for your convenience along with his 5 tips for cooking burgers in cast-iron skillets. Great burgers belong to everyone.

Southern Hospitality
I enjoyed the King Burger. Fran Derby just left, so I don't know if it'll continue. Excellent, if oversized. I was generally very impressed with its opulence.

Marc Forgione
Excellent burger at Marc Forgione, which managed to simultaneously be very loose and also very crispy in the way that made me think it had been confited in suet or something.

Steak 'n Shake
The Signature steak burger. Usually bigger is worse when it comes to burgers, but this is a spectacular piece of work. 

Burger Club
I had a burger on a challah roll at Burger Club in Astoria which was just outrageous, worth the trip to Queens. I just got it with American cheese and no toppings, as I always do. I never do toppings.

Black Market 
It was a more robust version of the Shake Shack burger, aggressively salted and served on a potato bun. But the blend is a little more robust than Shake Shack. People don't know it, but Nick Solaris, who had a hand in A Hamburger Today, was the spiritual godfather of that burger because he and Johnny T go way back. 

Follow Josh Ozerky on Twitter at @OzerskyTV, and don't miss his book The Hamburger: A History.

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