Burger Land: Sneak Peek Pictures

George Motz travels the US to sample the country’s best burgers -- those that have stood the test of time, as well as some of the newcomers.

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Ramon Puig Guayaberas
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

  

George Motz poses on the Battleship TEXAS
George Motz poses on the Battleship TEXAS

George Motz poses on the Battleship TEXAS

George Motz poses on the Battleship TEXAS, the first battleship memorial museum in the United States. 960 1280

  

George and local burger expert Robb Walsh

George and local burger expert Robb Walsh

George and local burger expert Robb Walsh eat burgers at Blake's BBQ & Burgers in Houston. 960 1280

  

Blake's BBQ & Burgers

Blake's BBQ & Burgers

Since Blake's is a barbecue restaurant, their burger has a distinct smoky flavor, which pairs nicely with its butter-soaked, toasted bun. 960 1280

  

George shakes hands with Don Blake

George shakes hands with Don Blake

George shakes hands with Don Blake, owner of Blake's BBQ & Burgers in Houston. 960 1280

  

Christian's Tailgate

Christian's Tailgate

George and owner Steve Christian pose by the truck-bed counter at Christian's Tailgate in Houston. 960 1280

  

The jalapeno bacon cheeseburger at Christian's Tailgate

The jalapeno bacon cheeseburger at Christian's Tailgate

The jalapeno bacon cheeseburger at Christian's Tailgate features a slow-cooked patty and deep-fried bacon. 960 1280

  

Christian's Tailgate

Christian's Tailgate

Christian's Tailgate was an icehouse back in the days before refrigeration. 960 1280

  

Christian's Tailgate

Christian's Tailgate

George dives into the jalapeno bacon cheeseburger at Christian's Tailgate. 960 1280

  

Cavender's Boot City

Cavender's Boot City

George tries on his new cowboy hat at Cavender's Boot City in Houston. 960 1280

  

Tookie's in Seabrook, TX

Tookie's in Seabrook, TX

Tookie's is located in Seabrook, TX, which was hit hard by Hurricane Ike in 2008. In fact, Tookie’s was forced to close and remained closed for 3 years until it was bought by a new owner. 960 1280

  

George eats the “Squealer” at Tookie’s

George eats the “Squealer” at Tookie’s

George eats the “Squealer” at Tookie’s. With support from the community, the city council and the mayor himself, Tookie’s has been restored to its former glory. 960 1280

  

The Squealer at Tookie's

The Squealer at Tookie's

The local favorite, the “Squealer,” is a secret recipe, but Tookie’s will tell you that it’s made with bacon ground right into the beef patty. 960 1280

  

Johnson Space Center

Johnson Space Center

George eats an astronaut burger -- complete with a freeze-dried beef patty -- at the Johnson Space Center in Houston. 960 1280

  

George and Robb Walsh

George and Robb Walsh

George and Robb Walsh eat burgers at Stanton's City Bites in Houston. This convenience store doubles as a hamburger joint, and has been a hidden gem in the community for 50 years. 960 1280

  

The bacon cheeseburger at Stanton's City Bites

The bacon cheeseburger at Stanton's City Bites

The bacon cheeseburger at Stanton's City Bites is served on a sweet, fluffy challah bun and has brisket ground into its beef patty. 960 1280

  

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