June 14, 2014

With summer upon us, people need to know... Where are the most delicious burgers in Omaha??

Honorary shout-outs to long-standing favorites Dinkers Bar (which people swear by, but I'm not a fan of), and Louie M's Burger Lust (which I haven't been to in 5 years and need to get back to soon), as well as potential contenders I've yet to visit The Salty Dog and Sinful Burger (where I've never been but have had bookmarked since it opened).

For now, here's my list of burger recommendations! Turns out, I ended up with several different categories of burgers, so you can choose your favorite from my ordered list, or depending on the type of burger experience you're looking to have. Note that some of the best burgers in town - my mom's - did not make the cut since I don't think she's looking to have strangers show up in her backyard right now. 

Anyway, let the virtual feasting begin!!!

Stella's


My Review
Category: mother of all burgers, the way a burger should be, the best burgers in town, etc.
Actual Name: Whatever you get, it's gonna be good. There's a reason these guys are world famous. If you're really hungry, there's always The Stellanator.
Toppings: Don't be afraid of the peanut butter. It makes everything better!
Tips: I actually don't want to write too much about Stella's and hype it up to unrealistic levels. But I just want to say that this is my favorite burger, hands down. They do not disappoint. Keep an eye out on their Facebook page for Doughnut Day too (peanut butter, bacon burger on a glazed donut... mmm..). Note that they serve these beauties on napkins only. Not for the faint of heart or fearful of getting down to business. 

Jam's


My Review
Category: hous-ground brisket, chuck and boneless short ribs. 
Actual Name: Jams Burger
Toppings: house ground on a toasted bun. You can add bacon, sauteed mushrooms or onions, swiss, cheddar, american, gorgonzola or balsamic onion marmalade. 
Tips: Go for the latter two, plus bacon. (If you can bring yourself to not order the special, that is). Bill has been known to say this is his favorite burger in town.

Block 16


My Review
Category: gourmet street food burger
Actual Name: Just this month, specials included a Chorizo burgerAu Poivre burger, and an Ultimate mushroom swiss burger.
Toppings: The "Local" "Motice" burger, pictured above from just today: House patty, The Grey Plume mortadella, Pin Oak Place egg, gruyere, Dijon, Cook Grow Sow greens and pickles on an onion bun.
Tips: It's hard to pick just one favorite burger at Block 16. But it's always good advice to just get the special. If the special is a burger, that's a win-win.

Railcar Modern American Kitchen


My Review
Category: pretzel bun winner burger
Actual Name: Honky Tonk Burger
Toppings: local ground beef, house bbq, gorgonzola cheese, apple bacon, caramelized onion, garlic aioli, house pickle.
Tips: Skip the mustard. I'm a mustard lover, but this was too overpowering. Get it on the side, if anything. (Or maybe they changed the burger to exclude this?) 

Twisted Cork Bistro


My Review
Category: multiple meat bistro burger / grass-fed burger
Actual Name: Twisted Burgers 
Toppings: Nebraska grazed beef, spices and pork, housemade and hand pressed. The TC Burger gets you dead guy mustard, whidbey slaw, white cheddar, picked red onion on a le quartier bun (pictured) and the Seattle Burger gets you esperesso spices, fennel mayo, goat cheese, apple slaw on ciabatta. (Yes!)

J. Coco


My Review
Category: new american style burger
Actual Name: Wagyu Burger
Toppings: pretzel bun or challah, special sauce. Adds include caramelized onions, applewood bacon, avocado, fried egg, smoked gouda, white cheddar, maytag blue.
Tips: I actually love the house dressing here (cashew vinagrette) so often opt for the side salad in lieu of fries.

Lot 2

My Review
Category: 'fancy' burger
Actual Name: L2 Cheeeburger
Toppings: made with certified piedmontese beef, lettuce, roasted tomato, bacon-onion marmalade, L2 sauce on a brioche bun.

Dario's Brasserie

My Review
Category: burger for breakfast
Actual Name: Brasserie Burger
Toppings: grilled onions, gruyere cheese and brasserie sauce, lettuce, tomato and pickle on the side
Tips: They serve this beauty up for brunch too, which might be just the thing you need.

Big Mama's Kitchen


My Review
Category: alternative burger.
Actual Name: Afro Burger
Toppings: hand-rolled choice ground beef with a fiery-hot blend of seasonings simmered in Big Mama's Spicy BBQ sauce and served on a fresh hoagie bun.
Tips: "Looks like a brat, but it's not." Wash this spicy concoction down with a Cranberry Sun Tea. photo credit: NotoriousLBT on Flickr. They also have a 'Big Redd Burger' which is a milder version of the Afro.

Blatt Beer & Table


My Review 
Category: Gastropub burger
Actual Name: Blatt Burger
Toppings: angus beef, buttered brioche bun, parmesan-peppercorn aioli, guinness graised onions, boston lettuce, tomato, garlic dill pickles. You can add applewood smoked bacon or aged white cheddar too.

Goldbergs in Dundee


My Review
Category: old times burger 
Actual Name: Wild Ranch Burger
Toppings: 6 oz charbroiled burger with regular or pretzel bun. The Wild Ranch is my favorite and comes seasoned with cayenne pepper, served open face on grilled french bread with cheddar cheese and homemade ranch dressing. I can feel my arteries closing just writing that. 
Tips: Save some room for the bread pudding. Or take a whole pan home to bake later!

Spencer's for Steaks & Chops


My Review 
Category: steakhouse burger. 
Actual Name: The Burger. 
Toppings: Cabernet onions, white cheddar, apple wood smoked bacon, roasted garlic aioli, on a pretzel bun. 
Tips: Check them out for Happy Hour (which they adorably call 'Prime Time') when this thing is on special for $8. Can't say I'd recommend any of the other HH items though. Service is a winner!

Bronco's


My Review
Category: actual fast food burger
Actual Name: Deluxe Cheeseburger
Toppings: Pretty sparce. It's fast food style after all. 
Tips: Omaha's first locally owned and operated fast food restaurant! The 45th and Leavenworth location is actually the second location. Locally owned and operated. I also just learned they have breakfast!


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