Bayou Burger & Sports Company
New Orleans

Bayou Burger & Sports Company

Sports fans can rejoice with burger fans over this culinary victory. Bayou Burger & Sports Company really has their finger on the scale, tricking their signature sandwich out by stuffing it with pepper jack and jalapenos and then deep frying (you heard that right) the patty until it is crispy and juicy at the same time. The generously proportioned bun tastes homemade as well and has a smokey grilled crisp on the edges. But BB&SC are just running up the score by trimming this All-Star with fried house pickles and onion petals.

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Lee’s Hamburgers
New Orleans

Lee’s Hamburgers

Satisfying burger with a near-homemade appeal to it. I might not go out of my way to get this one, but would have no problem pulling off the highway to pit-stop a Lee’s “Works.” The local favorite burger comes decked with shredded cheddar cheese that is melted only by the heat of the burger as you consume it. The patty is the sparkle on this diamond, and it arrives at the table at a perfect medium, with a classic diner style onion flavor shining through the clear grease.

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Tru Burger
New Orleans

Tru Burger

Stepping up to the Cheddar Double Tru Burger is a great move for beef buffs. Two full sized patties form a loaf of juicy meat, nearly inundating the bottom of the bun with clear juices. My burgers were spot on medium-rare, per my request. Caramelized sear marks impart a deep flavor. Hardly seasoned, they let the cow make the noise. A rare burger with convincing cheddar cheese, almost oozing out of the sandwich. The vegetables were close to as good as they get. Only mayonnaise festooned this burger, outside of the “Tru” sauce, that the reviewer could not identify with his eyes or his taste-buds.

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Rally’s Hamburgers
New Orleans

Rally’s Hamburgers

“ The Big Buford is arguably the signature burger at Rally. But I would sign “X” to avoid attaching my name to it. The patties are dark, and tempt the reviewer to say they are well done, rather than fresh out of a warming tray. The cheese is barely melted, and the vegetables are not very fresh. Finally, the composition of the burger itself is very sloppy. It does not emerge from the wrapper in anything resembling an appetizing state. …”

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Smash Burger
New Orleans

Smash Burger

“Smashburger makes a living off these. It’s a classic diner style smash, with lots of dotted caramelized blackness. That smashed patty is still moist, and is seasoned more than most diner style burgers. The bun has a solid, almost bulky roll consistency, and like the patties it is grilled in clarified butter. The cheese is not really noticeable but has a perfect melt, dripping into the crevasses in the patty’s surface. All together, this is one rich burger! …”

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High Hat Cafe
New Orleans

High Hat Cafe

“Cooked to a perfect medium rare with clear, greasy juices that dampen the bottom of the bun quickly. There is little crisp to the patty, however. The roll is the weakest link, coming in as a rather pedestrian sesame seed affair. It does not get in the way of the fresh, deep-green romaine lettuce and juicy greenhouse tomatoes that adorn the burger. Some tangy, house pickles add a touch of sharpness. One cannot get around the fact that this burger lives and dies on the copious mound of hand-made pimento cheese that is melted across the top of the burger.…”

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District Donuts, Sliders, Brew
New Orleans

District Donuts, Sliders, Brew

These diminutive dynamos are small on size but big on seared flavor. The patties are thin, lightly seasoned, and have nice caramelization on the outside. There is a hint of egg in the house rolls, which are gold, very fluffy and cap the slider with an excellent textural combination. A ray of sour flavor, courtesy of B&B artisanal pickles, shoots through the roll and meat. The slider sauce, too, hints at tang and hits on the sides of the tongue. Neither detract from, but only augment, the petite patties perfectly.…”

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