Great Burger Joints in the Middle of Nowhere

Hamburger expert and photographer George Motz gives us 5 great choices for a day trip into the middle of nowhere for a great burger.

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George Motz

George Motz

George Motz plays a vintage guitar at Gruhn Guitars in Nashville, TN. 960 1280

  

This decadent grilled cheeseburger

This decadent grilled cheeseburger

This decadent grilled cheeseburger at Rotier’s in Nashville is similar to a patty melt, dripping with cheese and with a fantastic ground beef patty in the center. 960 1280

  

Rotier's in Nashville, TN

Rotier's in Nashville, TN

George eats a grilled cheeseburger at Rotier's in Nashville, TN. Rotier’s is so well known for their burgers that Jimmy Buffett went so far as to call the Rotier’s burger one of the top 10 in the nation. 960 1280

  

Rotier’s

Rotier’s

Rotier’s was opened in 1945 by Evelyn and John Rotier. Their son and daughter, Charlie and Margaret, continue the tradition of serving one of Nashville’s most famous burgers. 960 1280

  

Ryman Auditorium

Ryman Auditorium

George stands outside Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN. 960 1280

  

Muhammad Ali and Shiva Karimy

Muhammad Ali and Shiva Karimy

George talks with Muhammad Ali and Shiva Karimy, owners of Fat Mo's in Nashville, TN. They opened the restaurant 1991, and they now have 15 franchised locations in the Nashville metro area. 960 1280

  

Fat Mo’s half-pound “Double Mo”

Fat Mo’s half-pound “Double Mo”

Fat Mo’s half-pound “Double Mo” consists of 2 quarter-pound patties topped with cheese, lettuce, tomato, raw onion, pickles, mustard, ketchup and mayo. 960 1280

  

Fat Mo’s

Fat Mo’s

The key to Fat Mo’s unique burger is the marinade used on the patties. The patties are marinated in juice containing 18 different spices that are similar to shish kabob seasoning and native to Iranian culture. 960 1280

  

Fat Mo's

Fat Mo's

George eats a “Double Mo” on the bed of his truck outside Fat Mo's in Nashville, TN. 960 1280

  

Alex's Tavern in Memphis, TN

Alex's Tavern in Memphis, TN

The owner of Alex's Tavern in Memphis, TN, has worked there for over 35 years and still makes the same delicious Greek-seasoned burger his father, Alex, made back in 1953. 960 1280

  

Rocky Kastafes

Rocky Kastafes

George talks to Rocky Kastafes, owner of Alex's Tavern in Memphis, TN. 960 1280

  

Alex’s Greek burger

Alex’s Greek burger

Alex’s Greek burger is made up of a fantastic Greek seasoning mixed with a 6-ounce freshly ground beef patty and topped with both cheddar and mozzarella cheeses. 960 1280

  

Dyer's in Memphis, TN

Dyer's in Memphis, TN

George watches an employee fry a burger at Dyer's in Memphis, TN. The grease at Dyer’s is more than 100 years old, and they value the grease so much that they used police escorts to transfer it when they moved locations. 960 1280

  

Dyer's on Beale Street

Dyer's on Beale Street

George and local burger blogger Seth Agranov talk with Scott Lawrence, manager of Dyer's on Beale Street in Memphis, TN. 960 1280

  

Dyer's on Beale Street

Dyer's on Beale Street

At Dyer’s, a 3-ounce ball of ground beef is smashed paper thin and dropped into the skillet to fry. Once the patty floats, it is ready to serve in single, double, or triple proportions. 960 1280

  

George Motz in New Orleans

George Motz in New Orleans

George Motz holding Mardi Gras beads at a parade in New Orleans. 960 1280

  

Bozo's in Metairie, LA

Bozo's in Metairie, LA

George gets a taste of a hamburger po' boy at Bozo's in Metairie, LA. 960 1280

  

George meets Mark Fayard

George meets Mark Fayard

George meets Mark Fayard, the owner of Bozo's Restaurant. Mark bought the restaurant with his wife in 2008. 960 1280

  

The hamburger po' boy at Bozo's Restaurant

The hamburger po' boy at Bozo's Restaurant

The hamburger po' boy at Bozo's Restaurant is comprised of a freshly ground black angus beef patty with diced onions, lettuce, tomato, mayo and cheese on the ubiquitous Leidenheimer French bread. 960 1280

  

George Motz and local burger expert TG Herrington

George Motz and local burger expert TG Herrington

George Motz and local burger expert TG Herrington arrive at the Camellia Grill, a New Orleans landmark. A classic diner that originally opened in 1946, it was closed for a year and a half after Hurricane Katrina and reopened in 2007. 960 1280

  

Camellia Grill

Camellia Grill

George and TG make friends at the Camellia Grill. During the time the restaurant was closed, customers covered the front of the building with notes asking the beloved diner to reopen. 960 1280

  

Camellia’s bacon cheeseburger

Camellia’s bacon cheeseburger

Camellia’s bacon cheeseburger is amplified by the flavors of bacon fat seared into the grill itself, topped with lettuce -- and in traditional New Orleans style -- mayo. 960 1280

  

Ted’s Frostop

Ted’s Frostop

Named for the frosty tops of the root beer they serve, Ted’s Frostop is one of only about a dozen Frostops remaining from a chain that spread across the nation in the first half of the century. 960 1280

  

The Frostop’s Lot-O Burger

The Frostop’s Lot-O Burger

The Frostop’s Lot-O Burger is a smashed burger cooked on a flattop grill to create a nice griddle crust on the patty. 960 1280

  

Ted’s Frostop

Ted’s Frostop

The Frostop’s burger comes “dressed,” which in New Orleans means it comes with pickles, lettuce, tomatoes and mayo, or in this case, “Lot-O” sauce, a secret recipe named after the massive Lot-O burger. 960 1280

  

George talks to Mike Mollere

George talks to Mike Mollere

George talks to Mike Mollere, owner of Port of Call, located on the quiet end of the French Quarter. 960 1280

  

Port of Call's mushroom cheddar burger

Port of Call's mushroom cheddar burger

Port of Call started out as a steakhouse, which explains the steak-like quality of the fist-sized burgers, char-broiled to perfection and covered with shredded cheddar cheese and earthy mushrooms sautéed in red wine, butter and garlic. 960 1280

  

Port of Call's mushroom cheddar burger

Port of Call's mushroom cheddar burger

George dives into the mushroom cheddar burger at Port of Call in New Orleans. 960 1280

  

Rossi's Bar & Grill

Rossi's Bar & Grill

George chows down on a burger from Rossi’s Bar & Grill in Trenton, NJ. Find even more burgers on the Burger Land site! 960 1280

  

El Mago de las Fritas

El Mago de las Fritas

The family-owned El Mago de las Fritas in West Miami. 960 1280

  

A classic Cuban frita

A classic Cuban frita

A classic Cuban frita, covered in thinly-cut fried potatoes at El Rey de las Fritas in Miami. 960 1280

  

El Rey de las Fritas

El Rey de las Fritas

George meets Mercedes, the owner of El Rey de las Fritas. 960 1280

  

Pincho Factory

Pincho Factory

The food prep area at Miami’s Pincho Factory. 960 1280

  

Latin Burger food truck

Latin Burger food truck

A burger beauty at the Latin Burger food truck in Miami. 960 1280

  

George meets Jim Heins

George meets Jim Heins

George meets Jim Heins, owner of the Latin Burger food truck, which is reminiscent of a Cuban street vendor. 960 1280

  

George meets up with comedian Jeff Garlin

George meets up with comedian Jeff Garlin

George meets up with comedian Jeff Garlin at Charlie's, an old farm-to-table favorite hidden within the Original Los Angeles Farmer's Market. 960 1280

  

George stops by Irv's

George stops by Irv's

George stops by Irv's, one of his all-time favorite hamburger stands, which is at risk of being forced to close its doors forever if it doesn’t get support from the mayor of West Hollywood. 960 1280

  

George and local LA burger-lover Brad Morris

George and local LA burger-lover Brad Morris

George and local LA burger-lover Brad Morris eat hamburgers at Charlie's. 960 1280

  

George visits the Apple Pan

George visits the Apple Pan

George visits the Apple Pan, a nostalgic favorite in LA that’s known for its burgers as well as its pie. 960 1280

  

George stands outside Pie 'n Burger

George stands outside Pie 'n Burger

George stands outside Pie 'n Burger, a classic burger joint that celebrates the American traditions of burgers and pie in Pasadena, CA. 960 1280

  

Village Bar

Village Bar

At the Village Bar in Madison, WI, Mark Kampa hands George Motz one of their burgers, popular with Madison Badgers fans. 960 1280

  

Hamburgao

Hamburgao

A traditional Brazilian hamburger from Hamburgao in Newark, NJ. 960 1280

  

White Rose System in Linden, NJ

White Rose System in Linden, NJ

Rich, the owner of White Rose System in Linden, NJ, prepares eggs on the grill. 960 1280

  

George goes a little bit country. 960 1280

  

White Rose System in Linden, NJ

White Rose System in Linden, NJ

George and Nick discuss the Jersey burger at White Rose System in Linden, NJ. 960 1280

  

ete's in Prairie du Chien, WI

ete's in Prairie du Chien, WI

George Motz talks to a customer outside Pete's in Prairie du Chien, WI, where they boil their burgers in water instead of frying them. 960 1280

  

Solly's Grille in Glendale, WI

Solly's Grille in Glendale, WI

At Solly's Grille in Glendale, WI, George tries the Butter Burger – made with (you guessed it!) a heaping dollop of butter. 960 1280

  

White Rose System

White Rose System

After sampling a Jersey Burger, George leaves the White Rose System on his way to the next New Jersey burger joint! 960 1280

  

White Rose System

White Rose System

Rich works his magic behind the grill at White Rose System. 960 1280

  

Rossi's in Trenton, NJ

Rossi's in Trenton, NJ

George has a burger and a beer at Rossi's in Trenton, NJ. 960 1280

  

White Manna's in Hackensack, NJ

White Manna's in Hackensack, NJ

George visits White Manna's in Hackensack, NJ, to try the classic sliders. 960 1280

  

Solly's Grille in Glendale, WI

Solly's Grille in Glendale, WI

George Motz and Melanie Roberts bite into Butter Burgers at Solly's Grille in Glendale, WI. 960 1280

  

White Manna's

White Manna's

George takes a trip to White Manna's – one of his favorite burger joints. 960 1280

  

White Manna’s

White Manna’s

Ron preps burgers on the grill at White Manna’s. 960 1280

  

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