It’s National Burger Day, like we need an excuse to indulge on one.
In Connecticut, we’re blessed with some of the best burgers in the country, and there are many, many places to go and get your fix of grilled beef for lunch or dinner.
Harry’s is open from Memorial Day through Labor Day and holds the distinct honor of being on the National Register of Historic places.
Louis’ Lunch in New Haven: You cannot go wrong with the birthplace of the American hamburger. They have been making burgers since 1895 and the Crown Street location should hold a spot on anyone’s culinary bucket list. (Just don’t ask for ketchup!)
261-263 Crown Street in New Haven
Max Burger in West Hartford serves up everything from a classic burger, to a gourmet chicken burger or a veggie burger. Trust us, your taste buds will be very, very happy with this food outing. The Inside Out burger is delicious, but check out the full menu, including the specials.
124 LaSalle Road, West Hartford
Plan B Burger Bar is one of those places that you’ll keep going back to, time and time again. They pride themselves on the fresh beef burgers, but you can get just about any kind of burger you can imagine. The New Englander is made with lobster, smoked gouda, caramelized onion, lettuce, tomato and corn spread.
There are several locations in the state:
Plan B Burger Bar
120 Hebron Ave., Glastonbury
1638 Boston Post Road, Milford
4 Railroad St., Simsbury
230 Tresser Boulevard, Stamford
138 Park Road, West Hartford
Prime 16 in New Haven and Orange. In the past, viewers have lauded these burgers. Build your own or pick one of the specialties. You won't find a honey truffle burger on too many menus.
Shady Glen, in Manchester, is another viewer favorite. It's not uncommon for people who've had a Shady Glen cheeseburger to say it's the best -- ever.
Ted’s Restaurant serves up the world-famous steamed cheeseburger. The main location is in Meriden, but there is another restaurant in Cromwell. It’s worth a trip just to see how they are made. Like cheese on your burger? You’ll never get more perfectly melted cheese than this.
1046 Broad Street, Meriden
43 Berlin Road, or Route 372, Cromwell
Corner Pug, West Hartford. If you’re heading out on national burger day with someone who, for some reason, does not share your burger love, head to the Corner Pug in West Hartford. You can indulge on a blackened Cajun burger or knife and fork Irish nacho burger while your dining partner has salad, steak, mac and cheese or chicken.
These are just some of the best places to go for burgers. There is no way to name them all. Let us know your picks by commenting below.