May is National Burger Month! Celebrate with one of these triumphant burgers, available throughout New York City. Whether you’re looking for a classic cheeseburger or something more fun like a Star Wars-themed burger (yep, that exists), we’ve got you covered. By Carly Petrone.
Stop into Sigmund’s Bar and try their signature burger. The Sigmund’s Burger ($14) is made with grass-fed beef, caramelized onion, bacon, Gruyere, fried egg, and spicy mayo. The kicker? It’s served on a pretzel bun. Don’t worry, vegetarians can also try the L.E.S. Veggie Burger ($11) – a black bean patty with avocado mash, tomatoes, onion, crispy corn chips, and cilantro mayo on a pretzel bun. Both are served with your choice of house baked fries or side salad.
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The Late Late is debuting their first-ever food menu and lets just say their Ballymaloe Burger sounds mighty tasty. It features 100% Porterhouse beef that is blended with Dublin Cheddar, onion, and Ballymaloe stout ketchup. For those who aren’t familiar with this staple, Ballymaloe is a traditional Irish condiment (think of it as the Heinz of Ireland). Add Applewood smoked bacon for $2 and you’ve got yourself one tasty meal.
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If you feel like splurging on one seriously good burger then head over to Minetta Tavern. They’re known for their Black Label Burger because it’s both simple and simply delicious. If you don’t like a lot of toppings on your burger, this is the meal for you. Bite into prime dry-aged beef with caramelized onions and enjoy the pomme frites that come with it. Sure, it’s $28 but you’ll probably have dreams about it.
Sure, May is National Burger Month but George Lucas buffs probably know that May 4th is also Star Wars Day. Come celebrate at May the 4th Be With You, a night of Star Wars themed burgers and cocktails at Pounds & Ounces. The fun menu includes the Kobe-Wan Wagyu Burger (kobe beef with raw red onions, neuske’s bacon, mozzarella, and basil aioli), the R2-D2 (“short stack” galaxy CAB burger with Gruyere and pickled onion relish), the CAB-3PO Burger (CAB burger with a ged cheddar, heirloom tomato, giant wasabi crusted onion ring, jalapeno-ginger ketchup), Chewbacca (double CAB burger, double cheddar, double bacon, “Chewpotle” aioli), Han’s First Shot Slider (CAB slider, American cheese, chewy Cholula ketchup), and Death Star Claw (Louisiana surf and turf burger with cheddar cheese, char grilled corn salsa, remoulade and crowned with a crispy Cajun soft shell crab). The restaurant will be showing the original Star Wars Trilogy all night long. So sip on a Dark & Storm Trooper and get ready to eat. Reservations start at 5 p.m.
If you’re looking for the best burger lunch deal then grab a seat at Boulton & Watt. For $15, you can get a burger, rosemary fries, one jar of pickles of your choice, and a draft beer. Known for their variety of pickled items, this fun gastropub adds a little bit of crunch and kick to your afternoon meal. Choose from a variety of kinds like their popular Pineapple with Habanero, mint and basil or Bourbon jalapenos. Whether you like your burger plain, with cheese, or bacon, you can add toppings like a fried egg, mushrooms, or caramelized onions for a few extra bucks. Make sure you check out the cool architecture inside that is dedicated to the era of the industrial revolution – especially the old steam engine that powers all of the ceiling fans above.
The folks over at Del Frisco’s Grille are celebrating National Burger Month by having each of their restaurant locations create their own signature burger. Stop into the Rockefeller Center location to try the NYC Pretzel Burger – prime beef, Captain Lawrence caramelized onions, melted Swiss cheese, and mustard aioli on a pretzel bun. Make sure to pair it with the Grilled Pale Ale, an exclusive brew specifically created by Captain Lawrence and The Grille. Make sure to check out their website to find out what the other locations are serving up for the month of May.
Be in the know at Forrest Point in Bushwick and order one of the four off-the-menu versions of their signature Cast Iron Cheeseburger on a potato bun. Chef David Rotter is crafting up delicious variations that everyone can enjoy. Choose from the following: The Jefferson ($9) – cheese, lettuce, tomato, house-made pickle, waffle fries, jalapenos, house sauce; The Old MacDonald ($11) – fried egg, pulled pork, caramelized onion; The Louie ($10) – bacon, fries, caramelized onion, BBQ; and The Duplex ($13) – double patties, double toppings, double everything. Fries on a burger? Genius. And don’t forget to try their Fried to Order Ricotta Doughnuts with Meyer lemon curd on your way out.
You probably wouldn’t think that a place called the Brooklyn Beet Company would serve up a tasty burger. But it does. Try the very untraditional Korzo Burger and bite into a medium-rare patty that is enveloped inside langos, a fried or grilled bread that is a secret Slovak family recipe. Tucked inside these layers of bread are a variety of well-paired ingredients including Applewood-smoked bacon, Allgauer Emmentaller cheese, Korzo organic ale mustard, and dill pickle. Sounds like something you should try right? Especially during National Burger Month.
Celebrate National Burger Month at The Beer Culture Boozy Burger Brunch happening on May 3rd. For $29 you’ll get to nosh on three mini burgers that are made with three different kinds of Certified Angus Beef from Schweid & Sons. Sip on two specialty craft beers from Two Roads Brewing, enjoy a beer and whiskey tasting presentation, and let a Burger Expert share his knowledge about beef. Does it get any better than that? Seating begins at 1 p.m., 2 p.m., and 3 p.m.
You still can never go wrong with Shake Shack. This classic and iconic burger joint continues to have both tourists and locals lining up out the door. The Shack burger is the perfect marriage between a juicy burger, a potato bun, LTO, and their secret ShackSauce. Now that their crinkle fries are back, you’ve gotta order those, too. For the adventurous eater, try the Shack Stack – a cheeseburger and a ‘Shroom Burger topped with lettuce, tomato, and ShackSauce. And don’t forget the SmokeShack – a single or double patty burger topped with all-natural Applewood-smoked bacon, chopped cherry pepper, and ShackSauce. It’s also the perfect month to try out their newest burger – the ShackMeister Burger – 100% all-natural Angus beef cheeseburger topped with crispy marinated shallots and ShackSauce. Swoon.
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Carly Petrone is a freelance writer living in New York City.