Burger options in Williamsburg are not only plenty, but some of the best that NYC has to offer. For those persistent cravings that will only subside once fed some sinfully delicious fare, head to one of these beef patty purveyors.
When it comes to Brooklyn burgers, DuMont is a classic. This Bedford Avenue staple is a quintessential stop for comfort food. The massive house burger is sandwiched between nearly perfect brioche buns baked onsite, complimented by house-made bread and butter pickles, lettuce, and red onions. If you can’t quite commit to this monster-sized specimen, there is a DuMont Mini version served on ciabattina. And for side dishes, the deep-fried pickle chips and DuMac & Cheese are not to be missed! The space itself is quite small, but cozy, with lots of warm wood, exposed brick, flannel-clad citizens, and that ubiquitous scent of bacon permeating the air. Sidewalk seating makes this a popular spot in the warmer seasons, where alfresco burgers come with a side of people watching.
314 Bedford Ave., Brooklyn, NY; 718-387-7400; L subway to Bedford Ave. or East River Ferry to N. Williamsburg; Website: http://www.dumontburgerrestaurant.com.
Steak is the star of the show at this legendary steakhouse in the shadows of the Williamsburg Bridge. Though the Michelin-starred restaurant is famous for its porterhouse, the burger is also award-worthy. Served only during lunchtime, this beautiful half-pounder is everything your beef patty dreams are made of—thick, juicy, quality meat accompanied by a slice of raw onion sitting on a fluffy sesame bun, with a choice of American cheese or bacon side. Perfection lies in the art of simplicity. Expertly crafted and perfectly seasoned, the Luger Burger is a mouthwatering experience.
178 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY, 718-387-7400; Subway: J/M/Z to Marcy Ave.; Website: http://peterluger.com.
There is something about this Graham Avenue spot that is just the right dose of homey, low-key, and familiar, or pretty much everything that you would expect from a place called Mother’s. Dark wood, a faux fireplace, an indie soundtrack, and a nice selection of craft brews (including New York brands Six Point and Blue Point)—all make this a go-to neighborhood spot. It’s the ideal place when all you want is a good burger and a beer, no frills attached. The meats, provided by famous local butchery Pat La Frieda, stand out in the small but delicious selection of comfort foods. Try the juicy Bison burger accompanied by a side of sweet potato fries washed down by a pint. A recipe for perfection.
347 Graham Ave., Brooklyn, NY; 718-384-7778; L subway to Graham Ave; Website: https://plus.google.com/mothers
The Burger Guru
Sometimes, a simple beef patty just isn’t enough. For those with the desire to expand their burger habits, to take their palate on a little adventure, there is The Burger Guru. Sure, you can stay with the classic choice, a perfectly respectable option made of lean, certified organic Pat La Frieda beef on a brioche bun. Or you can opt to be bolder, as the choices at this organic burger joint are diverse and aplenty: lamb, buffalo, antelope, ostrich, kobe. A selection of signature-style toppings, such as the Spartacus (spicy feta, kalamata olives, and battered onion strings) or the Jalapeño Bacon Crisp (cream cheese stuffed jalapeños wrapped in applewood smoked bacon) further enhances the menu and make for endless variations.
98 Berry St., Brooklyn, NY; 718-599-4878; L subway to Bedford Ave; Website: http://theburgerguru.com.
A dose of retro Americana in South Williamsburg, this tiny burger joint delivers fast-food style classics for those afternoon cravings or late night fuel. Really anytime’s a good time for such well-crafted burgers, hot dogs, and shakes. “Simple and affordable” are not words used to describe many eateries in this zip code, but Blue Collar keeps their prices low (burgers rage $4–7) and the quality high. The thin patties are pressed down with weights on a flat top grill, resulting in a nice crust but pink, tender, and juicy interior. Ensconced in a potato bun, doused with special sauce, and accompanied by a simple selection of fixings, the result is feel-good American fare. And the decor has just the right peppering of kitsch (retro posters, old-school menu boards, and big squirt bottles of ketchup and mustard).
160 Havemeyer St., Brooklyn, NY; 347-725-3837; Subways: J/M/Z to Marcy Ave or L to Lorimer St.; Website: http://www.menupages.com/restaurants/blue-collar.
Bio: Contributing author, Aleksandra Hogendorf is a writer and avid traveler with a penchant for bookshops, coffee, and one-way tickets. She grew up in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, and still calls NYC home—when not living out of a suitcase in foreign lands.