When this lunch-only half-pounder from Atlanta’s oldest steakhouse topped our burger list last January, some readers were flummoxed. But we’ve yet to find another patty so loosely ground, so supremely beefy, and so consistently cooked (order it medium-rare, always). Cheddar cheese and a slathering of mayo are perfect toppings for a burger that quietly pulls you in until, five minutes later, it’s gone. 3130 Piedmont Road, bonesrestaurant.com
This article originally appeared in our November 2015 issue.