The Best Burger in America

by Anne Maxfield on October 24, 2016

accidental-locavore-best-burgerYou know you’d better watch it before you start tossing out superlatives like “the best burger in America.”

But, according to Forbes (and reaching my desk via Rural Intelligence) the best burger in America is in Great Barrington, Massachusetts.


The Accidental Locavore was heading there for lunch with a friend who is always interested in a good burger, so we quickly changed plans and met at Camp Fire.

Everyone has their own criteria for best burger – well, best anything.

A best burger to me has to have great fries.

There are a lot of good burgers out there that would be great with better fries.

And both the fries and the burger have to be hot.

There needs to be good pickles.

A toasted bun.

That’s my line in the sand(wich).

As for condiments, lettuce, tomato, even cheese–a really good burger should just be enhanced by them, not need them.

Back to Camp Fire and the best burger in America.

It’s a big open farm/rural looking restaurant. Nothing fancy, just clean looking with a lot of hard surfaces.

There’s a lot of interesting looking stuff on the menu, but we were there on a mission.

We got distracted.

By the mushroom soup.

A rich blend of wild mushrooms with a small dollop of sour cream and just enough truffle oil, it was the perfect starter on a raw afternoon.

accidental-locavore-best-burger-soupThen, the burgers.

Because we were afraid it would be too much food after the soup, we both opted for the Mini Meat, a quarter pound burger (the regular one is a half-pound) which comes on a potato roll with cheddar, pickles, aioli and fries

The verdict?

Great fries! Twice-fried (always a good thing), hand-cut and good-sized, piping hot, maybe a slight hint of rosemary.

I think I ate half of them before turning to the burger.

The burger was good.

Not the best burger in America.

What I didn’t like about it was that it was a thin patty that didn’t seem to have been hand-made. It was cooked the way I like it (rare) but it wasn’t very juicy.

The pickles were good, but the cheese and the aioli didn’t have a lot of flavor. The bun was fine, warm and I don’t remember whether it was toasted or not.

Here’s why I think Camp Fire could still have the best burger in America.

We ordered the wrong one.

Our waitress told us that both versions (mini and regular) were the “best burger” but everything that I was finding fault with may have just been because it was the mini version.

So, we’ll have to go back.


{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Anne Maxfield October 26, 2016 at 4:59 pm

I didn’t know Shake Shack wouldn’t make a rare burger, that’s no good! What do you think is the best burger in Manhattan?

Holly-Dale Shapiro October 26, 2016 at 3:27 pm

I need to know the best burger in Manhattan. I also must have my burger rare and many restaurants are not making them that way–such as Shake Shack. I won’t order a burger if I can’t have it rare.

The best Turkey burger is made by Citarella’s and all you have to do is cook it yourself. The seasoning is fantastic .

Anne Maxfield October 24, 2016 at 6:39 pm

It wasn’t really her fault, she just told us they were both the best. The mushroom soup and an order of fries would be a fine lunch!

Meryl October 24, 2016 at 6:13 pm

Sounds like the waitress gave you a poor excuse. Either the burgers are wonderful or they are not. If I go I’ll stick with the mushroom soup!

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