2021’s Best Cities For Burger Fans
Foodies, rejoice! Lawn Love has examined burgers across the country and delivered America their picks for the best burgers havens around.
There’s no wrong to enjoy a burger, but where in America can you get a standout “cheeseburger in paradise”?
Lawn Love ranked nearly 200 of the biggest U.S. cities to determine the Best Cities for Burger Fans. We looked for cities with an abundance of highly rated eateries serving burgers, including Michelin-starred restaurants.
Check out the 10 best (and 10 worst) cities for burger fans below, followed by surprising findings from our report. (Our full report online showcases a Burgers By the Numbers infographic, too.)
2021’s Best Cities for Burger Fans
San Francisco, CA
San Diego, CA
Santa Rosa, CA
New York, NY
2021’s Worst Cities for Burger Fans
Newport News, VA
Sioux Falls, SD
Here’s the Beef: Quality Over Quantity: Give your compliments to the chef in our top 10 Best Cities for Burger Fans, where high-quality burgers are king. Our overall top 10 includes big cities like Washington, D.C. (No. 1), Chicago (No. 4), and New York (No. 7). Orlando, Florida, lands in eighth place, while a handful of California cities, such as San Francisco (No. 2), Pasadena (No. 3), and San Diego (No. 5) dominate the rest of the top spots.
Besides the natural abundance of options in the large metros, quality pushed nine out of our top 10 cities to the top.
Golden Arches in The Golden State: California is no stranger to hamburgers. Famous burger chains McDonald’s and Big Boy both originated here, and Pasadena native Lionel Sternberger is purportedly the first to add cheese to his burger, thereby inventing the cheeseburger.
No wonder it isn’t hard to find a tasty burger in The Golden State. Five cities in California had the highest median rating for burger establishments: Torrance (No. 1), Moreno Valley (No. 2), and Huntington Beach, San Diego, and Oceanside all tied for third place.
Menus Galore: Looking for variety? While Orlando, Florida, might not have as many fancy burger restaurants as other cities in our overall top 10, this city is ready to cater to burger fans of all kinds. Orlando ranked first in Access, meaning there are plenty of burger joints strewn across the city to appease locals and tourists alike.
Following Orlando in the Access ranking is Savannah, Georgia (No. 2), St. Louis (No. 3), Fort Lauderdale, Florida (No. 4), and Las Vegas (No. 5).
Steer Clear: Texas cities Midland (No. 197) and Laredo (No. 196) burn to the bottom of our ranking, earning the titles of Worst Cities for Burger Fans. They’re followed by Sioux Falls, South Dakota (No 195), Clarksville, Tennessee (No. 194), and Worcester, Massachusetts (No. 193).
These cities fell to the bottom of our Access category, meaning that burger fans would have a hard time finding a good double cheeseburger around these parts. Additionally, they all ranked poorly in the Quality section — the few burger spots around haven’t impressed many diners.
Our full ranking, analysis, and expert burger comments can be found here: https://lawnlove.com/blog/