What makes a great burger? Quality meat, the right bun, and carefully chosen toppings. The cooking style is important, too: A charcoal grill imparts flavor to both meat and toasted bun. And while fries aren't technically part of the deal, they can factor into a burger's overall ranking. Chowhounds who've eaten a lot of cheeseburgers, charburgers, and BBQ bacon deluxe burgers, came up with this shortlist perfect for any serious East Bay burger crawl:
• Mua's half-pound patty is a favorite in Oakland, but make sure you ask for the bun toasted or you'll have a soggy mess on your hands.
• For a juice bomb in Oakland, try Telegraph's 50/50, a mix of ground beef and bacon.
The thread offers many more recommendations; weigh in with your favorites and review the list as it develops.
Mua [East Bay]
2442-A Webster Street, Oakland
Nizza La Bella [East Bay]
827 San Pablo Avenue, Albany
Royal Café [East Bay]
811 San Pablo Avenue, Albany
Telegraph [East Bay]
2318 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland
Trueburger [East Bay]
146 Grand Avenue, Oakland
Doc's of the Bay burger photo by John Birdsall