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The Best Burger in Every State

Whether thick and juicy, piled high with toppings, or oozing with cheese, the best burger in each state proves that nothing hits the spot quite like the classic dish.

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The best burgers from coast to coast

From coast to coast, burgers are one of America’s favorite foods. But the best burger isn’t always where you’d think to find it. Sometimes, it’s served out of a gas station or otherwise off the beaten path. Other times, it’s in a traditional restaurant.

Though these spots might not be able to answer why a hamburger is called a hamburger or who invented the hamburger in the first place, they can certainly whip up a treat for your taste buds. Each of the state foods on our list offers a take on the beloved meal, and they’re all worth a visit on your next road trip.

These joints are some of the most loved and reviewed by burger fanatics, and they’ve been awarded by critics and competitions. In other words, it’s pretty much a no-brainer that they made our list. So whether you like your burgers thin and crispy or thick and juicy, here’s where you can find the best burger in every state.

Alabama: Vicki’s Lunch Van

There may be tons of fast-food restaurants in Alabama, but skip ’em. Head to Vicki’s Lunch Van for your burger instead. As the name would suggest, what was formerly a van is now a physical location for Vicki’s in Montgomery. Ask for a four-, six-, or eight-ounce patty with your choice of toppings—including mayo, ketchup, mustard, lettuce, tomato, onion, pickles, and cheese—and either fries or chips. Looking to switch things up? The beloved Gunter pile is a six-ounce burger smothered with crispy grilled onions, gravy, and cheese, served over a bed of fries.

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