• Beachcorner Bar & Grill
4905 Canal St., 488-7357
The bar burger incarnate — large but manageable bite for bite, a greasy, guilty pleasure.
• Brewster's Restaurant
8751 W. Judge Perez Drive, Chalmette, 309-7548
St. Bernard's best, a generous 10-oz. sirloin patty on a French bread bun.
8801 Oak St., 298-8689
A promising newcomer with grass-fed beef patties on exceptional rolls.
• Dickie Brennan's Steakhouse
716 Iberville St., 522-2467
Ground steak trimmings make the patty; chopped bacon goes on top.
• Elizabeth's Restaurant
601 Gallier St., 944-9272
The "dream burger" gets a layer of the house praline bacon for a salty/sweet crunch.
• La Petite Grocery
4238 Magazine St., 891-3377
Upscale dressings abound, but the patty's kingly texture remains paramount.
• Martin Wine Cellar
714 Elmeer Ave., Metairie, 896-7300
The prodigious deli serves a flavor-packed patty with admirable exterior char.
• Sammy's Food Service & Deli
3000 Elysian Fields Ave., 947-0675
Butcher shop roots shine in this kitchen's towering, hand-ground, bargain burgers.
• Snug Harbor Jazz Bistro
626 Frenchmen St., 949-0696
Just like a Port of Call burger (same founders), but without the Port of Call wait.
• Ye Olde College Inn
3000 S. Carrollton Ave., 866-3683
One of the few holdovers from this restaurant's past and is still a classic.