Burgers – those delicious meat patties accompanied by crisp lettuce, vine-ripened tomatoes and cheddar cheese... who doesn’t like them?
The origins of burgers are definitely linked with Hamburg, the German city that became famous for their beef during the 19th century – where the beef patty was known as “Hamburg steak”. However, several studies show that the first hamburger as we know it – a ground meat patty between two slices of bread – was sold in New Haven, Connecticut (United States) in 1895. The restaurant, called Louis’ Lunch (still operational), was in fact recognised by the Library of Congress as the “Birthplace of the Hamburger Sandwich” – a tasty landmark.
History aside, what is clear is that the friendly Americans were the ones who perfected the burger the moment it became a culinary icon in the United States. However, burgers are moving from a classic to a contemporary dish and people want more than just patties and buns—the whole burger needs to be an experience.
Wherever you’re on a – Orlando holiday, or New York holiday or visiting LA or Texas, a truly tasty American burger is waiting for you. Follow our Burger Route for the best patties in town.
New York: Shake Shack
Shake Shack’s ShackBurger is a classic in New York City – and, according to many, one of the world’s best burgers. It features Black Angus beef patty, American cheese, tomato, lettuce and the secret “Shack Sauce”. There is a wide range of Shake Shack locations in New York – from the first one in Madison Square Park to the branch at Woodbury Common Premium Outlets – don’t forget to try the curly fries!
This farm-to-table eatery in beautiful Winter Park features a seasonal menu, which includes the OMG Burger: grilled prime beef, bibb lettuce, cheddar, pickled onions, tomato and alioli – plus truffle fries. Those bargain hunting at the Simon Shopping Destinations properties in Orlando can’t miss Shake Shack at The Florida Mall, Five Guys at Orlando International Premium Outlets and A&W at Orlando Vineland Premium Outlets.
Miami: LoKal and Bobby’s Burger Palace
It’s not all about burgers... what about doughnuts? And what if they can be combined? This was the dream of owner Matthew Kuscher. His creation, “the childhood dream” is a 4 oz burger topped with American cheese, candied bacon and served between two halves of a seared glazed donut. However, those who prefer the classic burger while in Miami should head to Bobby’s Burger Palace, at the Dadeland Mall – each burger here is Bobby’s tribute to America’s regional flavours and traditions.
Los Angeles: In-N-Out
To know LA is to know about In-N-Out. It might have become a chain now but its Double Double burger is a must when visiting the southwest – it was voted the best burger in America last year. It features American beef, two cheese slices, fresh onion, lettuce and tomato and their own spread recipe.
Las Vegas: Todd English P.U.B.
Conveniently located at The Shops at Crystals (in Las Vegas Boulevard), Todd English P.U.B. brings the best of England to the US – yeah! The P.U.B. Burger is a must-try: a yummy eight-ounce burger with lettuce, tomato and onion in a brioche bun. Carvery options (and gravy) are also available for those feeling homesick.
Houston: The Shack Burger Resort and Chili’s
Another eatery for those who love surprising flavours... Located in Cypress, northwest Houston, The Shack offers a wide range of burgers, including the Grease and Weasel, featuring a beef patty, thick bacon and melty cheddar cheese resting between two grilled honey buns. Another great option for those visiting The Galleria is Chili’s – its Guacamole Burger with guacamole, red and green bell peppers and jalapeño aioli gives that extra energy to make the most of a day’s shopping.