New Burger Finds

Hamburger expert and photographer George Motz has once again discovered that the USA is loaded with great mom ‘n pop burger joints. Here’s a list of his new favorite burger finds.

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"The Moonshine Store is way out there. It sits, by itself, at a truly rural crossroads in East Central Illinois surrounded by cornfields. The nearest city is hours away so enjoy the endless 2-lane roads through the heart of farm country." - George Motz 960 1280

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"The Moonburger is the only thing on the menu at the Moonshine Store. A condiment table provides limitless options, but I prefer mine plain. For me, the Moonburger's own juices are condiment enough."
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"Brookings is a pretty big town, but the closest major city (Minneapolis) is over 4 hours away. The classic burger counter has been in the same spot since 1929 and barely a thing has changed." - George Motz 960 1280

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"The burgers at Nick's are small but pack a tasty punch. That's because they are cooked the old-fashioned way, in a tank of rendered beef fat. The only condiment available is a housemade mustardy pickle relish that has been at Nick's since the beginning." - George Motz 960 1280

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"I was very lost trying to find the 105 for the first time; not surprisingly, my cell phone had no reception here. What was once only a gas station/grocery store has now become a destination for great burgers to travelers willing to venture off (way off) the interstate between Houston and Austin." - George Motz 960 1280

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"The tasty burgers at 105 Grocery are available as a double, but beware -- the patties weigh in at around 1/2 pound each, making a double a full pound of beef. Grab a beer from the cooler and strike up a conversation with a stranger, some of the friendliest in America." - George Motz 960 1280

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"There's not much in Gunder, IA. At one point this tiny town surrounded by rolling cornfields was almost wiped off the map (literally). But almost 30 years ago, an enterprising chef at The Irish Shanti created a burger so ridiculous that Gunder remained on the official map of Iowa." - George Motz 960 1280

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"The Gunderburger is ridiculous but so tasty. It'll be your only meal of the day so skip breakfast. Chef Hans purposely uses a standard-sized white squishy bun to enhance the protruding 1-lb. patty and its cartoonish pile of ingredients. You'll need a nap after this one." - George Motz 960 1280

George Motz  

"This tiny burger shack is truly a destination. Hours from Oklahoma City in Mangum, Slick's is not on the way to anything. It's about as simple as it gets -- fresh ground beef burgers served at a walkup window (there is a community table in the kitchen for those in the know.)" - George Motz 960 1280

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"Cooked on a flattop griddle and served on a toasted white squishy bun, the Giant Double Cheeseburger is hamburger perfection and comes standard with lettuce, tomato, chopped onion, pickles and mustard. I want one now." - George Motz 960 1280

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"The Moonshine Store is way out there. It sits, by itself, at a truly rural crossroads in East Central Illinois surrounded by cornfields. The nearest city is hours away so enjoy the endless 2-lane roads through the heart of farm country." - George Motz 960 1280

George Motz  

"The Moonburger is the only thing on the menu at the Moonshine Store. A condiment table provides limitless options, but I prefer mine plain. For me, the Moonburger's own juices are condiment enough."
- George Motz
960 1280

George Motz  

"Brookings is a pretty big town, but the closest major city (Minneapolis) is over 4 hours away. The classic burger counter has been in the same spot since 1929 and barely a thing has changed." - George Motz 960 1280

George Motz  

"The burgers at Nick's are small but pack a tasty punch. That's because they are cooked the old-fashioned way, in a tank of rendered beef fat. The only condiment available is a housemade mustardy pickle relish that has been at Nick's since the beginning." - George Motz 960 1280

George Motz  

"I was very lost trying to find the 105 for the first time; not surprisingly, my cell phone had no reception here. What was once only a gas station/grocery store has now become a destination for great burgers to travelers willing to venture off (way off) the interstate between Houston and Austin." - George Motz 960 1280

George Motz  

"The tasty burgers at 105 Grocery are available as a double, but beware -- the patties weigh in at around 1/2 pound each, making a double a full pound of beef. Grab a beer from the cooler and strike up a conversation with a stranger, some of the friendliest in America." - George Motz 960 1280

George Motz  

"There's not much in Gunder, IA. At one point this tiny town surrounded by rolling cornfields was almost wiped off the map (literally). But almost 30 years ago, an enterprising chef at The Irish Shanti created a burger so ridiculous that Gunder remained on the official map of Iowa." - George Motz 960 1280

George Motz  

"The Gunderburger is ridiculous but so tasty. It'll be your only meal of the day so skip breakfast. Chef Hans purposely uses a standard-sized white squishy bun to enhance the protruding 1-lb. patty and its cartoonish pile of ingredients. You'll need a nap after this one." - George Motz 960 1280

George Motz  

"This tiny burger shack is truly a destination. Hours from Oklahoma City in Mangum, Slick's is not on the way to anything. It's about as simple as it gets -- fresh ground beef burgers served at a walkup window (there is a community table in the kitchen for those in the know.)" - George Motz 960 1280

George Motz  

"Cooked on a flattop griddle and served on a toasted white squishy bun, the Giant Double Cheeseburger is hamburger perfection and comes standard with lettuce, tomato, chopped onion, pickles and mustard. I want one now." - George Motz 960 1280

George Motz  

Ramon Puig Guayaberas

Ramon Puig Guayaberas

Between burgers, George makes a stop at Ramon Puig Guayaberas for a lesson in Latin style. Brought to the US by Ramon Puig in the 1970s, the Guayabera shirt is traditional Latin formal wear. 960 1280

  

El Mago de las Fritas

El Mago de las Fritas

George eats a Cuban frita at El Mago de las Fritas in Little Havana. 960 1280

  

El Mago de las Fritas

El Mago de las Fritas

El Mago de las Fritas in West Miami has their own unique and tasty take on the frita. 960 1280

  

El Mago de las Fritas

El Mago de las Fritas

George with the magician himself, Ortelio Cardenas, owner of El Mago de las Fritas. 960 1280

  

El Rey de las Fritas

El Rey de las Fritas

The frita at El Rey de las Fritas. Opened in the 1960s, this restaurant is where the first Cuban frita in Miami can be found. 960 1280

  

El Rey de las Fritas

El Rey de las Fritas

George discusses his beverage options with Mercedes, owner of El Rey de las Fritas. 960 1280

  

Pincho Factory

Pincho Factory

The food prep area at Pincho Factory where George tries the Nicaraguan-inspired Toston Burger, a sumptuous blend of beef framed not by a bun, but by 2 large fried plantains, or tostones. 960 1280

  

Pincho Factory

Pincho Factory

Pincho Factory in Miami follows their burgers with a sweet-and-salty dessert – chocolate-covered fries. 960 1280

  

George visits Bayfront Park

George visits Bayfront Park

George visits Bayfront Park, where he finds the Latin Burger and Taco food truck. 960 1280

  

George meets Jim Heins

George meets Jim Heins

George meets Jim Heins, owner of the Latin Burger truck, which is reminiscent of Cuban street vendors, called friteros. 960 1280

  

Latin Macho

Latin Macho

This burger beauty can be found at the Latin Burger truck and is called the Latin Macho -- 2 ground beef and chorizo patties, topped with cheese, onions and caramelized jalapeños. 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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