Think Inside The Bun: How New York City Stacks Up In America's Top 50 Burgers

With the classic hamburger being one of the most prevalent menu items across America’s cities and towns, it’s not difficult to find a passable patty near you. But if you want a burger that’s not a Big Mac and not going to break the bank, where’s the best place to go?

Hoodline crunched the numbers to find the top 50 burgers around the country that are under $10, using both Yelp data and our own secret marinade to produce a data-driven breakdown of where burgers sizzle supreme (and cheap) in the US—and how the New York City compares.

Nearly 10,000 burger eateries have both a rating of 4 stars or higher and one dollar sign on Yelp, as this map illustrates. We crunched the numbers to find the 50 best.

Not surprisingly, NYC is represented, with one of the best cheap burgers in the country. Landing on our list at #4 is Breakroom, a Chinatown staple, with an impressive 4.5- star rating with 1,145 reviews.

What makes the Breakroom Burger so bomb? A layer of pork might have something to do with it. Breakroom’s signature 6oz. beef patty is served with confit crispy pork belly, fried onion halves, runny egg, jalapenos, American cheese and all the traditional fixings, much to the delight of loyal locals and lucky passers-by. 

Curious to know where to nab the juiciest, most flavorful, least expensive burgers around the country? Here's the rundown of the top 50 affordable burgers to plan your next cross-country road trip around:

  1. PDX Sliders (Portland)
  2. Peter’s Gourmade Grill (Tustin)
  3. Hodad’s (San Diego)
  4. Breakroom (New York)
  5. Bunz (Huntington Beach)
  6. Paradise Valley Burger Company (Phoenix)
  7. Hawkins House of Burgers (Los Angeles)
  8. LA Burger (Irving)
  9. Rockfire Grill (Mission Viejo)
  10. Ty’s Burger House (Oceanside)
  11. Paradise Pup (Des Plaines)
  12. Canada Steak Burger (San Diego)
  13. Rocket Burger & Subs (Phoenix)
  14. Mick’s Karma Bar (Irvine)
  15. Apollo Restaurant (Victorville)
  16. Grinderz (Huntington Beach)
  17. Super Burger (Pasadena)
  18. Rain City Burgers (Seattle)
  19. Fatso’s Last Stand (Chicago)
  20. The Pocket Burger Shack (Sunset Beach)
  21. Bishop Burger Barn (Bishop)
  22. Oscar’s Pub & Grill (Milwaukee)
  23. Mo Better Burgers (Los Angeles)
  24. Box Kitchen (San Francisco)
  25. Hwy 101 Burger (Lincoln City)
  26. M&M Grill (Houston)
  27. Corner Burger (Lawndale)
  28. Lexie’s Joint (Portsmouth)
  29. Nick’s Jr Burgers and Gyros (Everett)
  30. TrueBurger (Oakland)
  31. Hippo Burgers (Humble)
  32. Jaspers Cafe (Medford)
  33. Rocky’s Crown Pub (San Diego)
  34. Bill’s Hamburgers (Van Nuys)
  35. Olive Burger (Richardson)
  36. Flip.n.Shake (Sacramento)
  37. Stella’s Bar & Grill (Bellevue)
  38. Kopp’s Frozen Custard (Glendale)
  39. Mission (Newport)
  40. Wee Shack (Morro Bay)
  41. The Balboa Bar & Grill (San Diego)
  42. Gabby’s Burgers (Nashville)
  43. Famous Burgers (Rancho Cordova)
  44. Little City Grille (Boulder City)
  45. Sylvester’s Burgers (Los Osos)
  46. GoldBurgers (Newington)
  47. Spelunker’s Burgers & Frozen Custard (Front Royal)
  48. O’side Sports Bar & Grill (Oceanside)
  49. Red Mill Burgers (Seattle)
  50. P&G Burgers (Colton)