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Eaters speak: Readers' Top 10 burgers in Utah
This is an archived article that was published on sltrib.com in 2011, and information in the article may be outdated. It is provided only for personal research purposes and may not be reprinted.

It's conventional wisdom that Utahns love a good hamburger. In fact, earlier this year Salt Lake City was named one of the top burger cities in the country by Travel & Leisure. Utah's capital city was second only to Houston for its hamburger love.

Determining who makes the state's best burger, however, is the source of great debate.

When The Tribune asked readers to tell us their top-rated burger, our email box was filled with nearly 100 passionate responses. And a few favorites did emerge.

Here are the results of that unscientific readers poll:

1. Crown Burger • This Utah-owned restaurant is definitely burger royalty, garnering the most email buzz. The signature "Crown Burger" piled high with pastrami was consider the king, but the mushroom swiss burger, bacon burger and junior burger are worthy heirs to the throne. Various locations

2. Five Guys Burgers & Fries • The favorite among national chains. The burgers are "juicy without being greasy and made to order with really fresh fixings." Various locations

3. In 'N' Out • Big burgers with fresh toppings. "It is as good as it was 40 years ago when I first ate one in California." Various locations

4. Salt City Burgers & Grub • One must try the bacon burger, as bacon is ground directly into the beef patty. Locations in Sandy and Bountiful

4. Greek City Grill • Several readers believe the feta burger was sent straight from the gods. Salt Lake City

5. The Spin Café • Customers love the cheesy Spin Burger with caramelized onions. Heber City

6. Ray's Tavern • This 1/2-pound burger is "charred to perfection" and worth the drive. Green River

7. Smashburger • Two favorites here. The Beehive burger with honey barbecue sauce, apple wood-smoked bacon, cheddar cheese and haystack onions; and The Team Awesome Burger with grilled onions, a fried egg, bacon, spinach leaves, Swiss cheese and chipotle mayonnaise. Various locations

8. The Copper Onion • Hand-formed patties, homemade buns and caramelized onions. Salt Lake City

9. Lucky 13 • Good quality meat that's "moist without being greasy." Salt Lake City

10. Stein Eriksen Lodge • Kudos for the Stein Burger that comes topped with aged white cheddar and a thin, crispy onion rings. Park City

OTHER READER FAVORITES (in no particular order)

Big H at Hires Big H •The bun, the cheese, the crisp lettuce, the sauce — yummm! — Debbie Capps

Fat Boy at Ab's Drive In • Fresh ingredients; juicy and flavorful. — Merrilee McArthur

Marv's Drive Inn •Pepper Jack Double Burger, St. George. — L. Kofford

Buster Burger • The meat is always fresh, juicy and has great flavor. —Natalee Smith

Tonyburgers •The single with sharp cheddar.— Sarah Brazell

Hawaiian burger at JCW's The Burger Boys •I love the grilled pineapple combined with the sauce. —Ray Eads

The Purist burger at Burr Trail Grill in Boulder • Made with local beef, it is the most juiciest thing I have ever devoured. — Gabe Dabling (age 11)

Squatters' • Nobody beats the "Bourbon Burger." —Gary Hansen

Carls Jr.'s • The original $6 burger because it tastes like real hamburger. ­— Fred Minkevitch

Starburger at the Shooting Star in Huntsville • Two patties topped with sautéed mushrooms, cheese, sauce and a grilled polish sausage — Dave Klemm

No Worries Café and Grillin Park City • They have 50 different ways to make a burger. I like mine on sourdough with blue cheese, avocado and tomatoes.­ —Dana Bruschke

Dairy Kleen •The ranch burger at Dairy Kleen in Heber City. —Dave Nelson

The Soldier Hollow Grill and Wasatch Park Café in Midway • Makes the best hamburgers. Fresh, fresh, fresh. — Sandy Drury

Best Burger • On Riverdale Road in Ogden. —Jerry Pikus

Bloomin' burger at Outback Steakhouse • It's one of the few establishments that ask how you want your burger cooked and it's always juicy. —Jim Swaydan

Culvers • Made fresh and worth a little wait. ­— Madeline Quayle

Anna's • The restaurant has the best burger with a homemade bun. — Christy Howard

The Kobe burger at Lookout Cabin at Canyons resort • The beef is fresh, grilled to perfection, and the bun is bakery fresh. — Rick Gabler

Cotton Bottom • The Garlic burger at the Cotton Bottom in Holladay. — Kent Boam

Busy Bee Bar and Grill • The Garlic burger at the Busy Bee Bar and Grill, in Salt Lake City. A burger on cheesy-bread is awesome. — Jill Haslam

Astro Burgers •With pastrami or thick cut bacon, fry sauce, lettuce, tomatoes, onions. — Michael Lyhnakis

Dairy Delight in Tooele • All the burgers are cooked on the spot. Our favorites are the Dairy Cheese Delight and The Old Fashion Burger. — Doug & Carolyn White

Utahns chime in about their favorite burgers.
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