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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Holly Springs, MS
Holly Springs, MS

Holly Springs, MS

George near the train tracks in Holly Springs, MS. The Mississippi Central Railroad, which was the backbone of the northern Mississippi area back when it was a major supply line, is still used today. 960 1280

  

Bill's Hamburgers in Amory, MS

Bill's Hamburgers in Amory, MS

George dives in at Bill's Hamburgers in Amory, MS. Bill’s Hamburgers has been around since the Great Depression and serves the same kind of burgers that Mississippians were eating back then. 960 1280

  

Bill’s Hamburgers

Bill’s Hamburgers

Current owners of Bill’s Hamburgers, Reid and Janice Wilkerson, won’t tell you what’s added into the beef, but whatever it is it certainly doesn’t take away from the delicious meaty flavor that’s only complimented by the signature toppings of mustard and onions. 960 1280

  

Bill's Hamburgers

Bill's Hamburgers

George outside Bill's Hamburgers in Amory, MS. 960 1280

  

Lamar Lounge in Oxford, MS

Lamar Lounge in Oxford, MS

George talks to Amos Harvey, manager at Lamar Lounge in Oxford, MS. Lamar Lounge has deep ties to Mississippi’s music scene -- the bar was even once owned by pop legend Eddie Fisher. 960 1280

  

Lamar Lounge

Lamar Lounge

At Lamar Lounge, the burger is only seasoned with salt and pepper, and the thick sear on both sides of the patty seals in the juices. It’s a hearty burger to have while listening to some great local blues acts. 960 1280

  

Lamar Lounge

Lamar Lounge

The owner of Lamar is also part owner of a record label called Fat Possum, and when you walk in the door at Lamar Lounge, you are immediately treated to some great local music. 960 1280

  

Lamar Lounge

Lamar Lounge

George talks to musician, Jake Fussell, at the bar at Lamar Lounge. 960 1280

  

Latham’s Hamburger Inn

Latham’s Hamburger Inn

Latham’s Hamburger Inn, in New Albany, MS, serves a signature deep-fried “dough burger.” The dough burger got its name because during the Great Depression and World War II, resourceful people would add extra ingredients to their meat rations as a way of stretching the beef. 960 1280

  

Latham's Hamburger Inn

Latham's Hamburger Inn

George and local burger expert John T. Edge eat cheeseburgers at Latham's Hamburger Inn. 960 1280

  

Latham’s burger

Latham’s burger

Latham’s burger is the only burger George has in Mississippi that is deep fried, but the doughy consistency locks in the meaty flavor, and the fried crunch makes the burger taste like a beef fritter. 960 1280

  

Phillips Grocery in Holly Springs, MS

Phillips Grocery in Holly Springs, MS

Phillips Grocery in Holly Springs, MS, is a former grocery store that is now a burger joint, and it’s located just a few feet from the Mississippi Central Railroad. 960 1280

  

Phillips Grocery

Phillips Grocery

George’s favorite burger at Phillips Grocery is the double with cheese, and the tangy combination of mustard, pickles and onions only enhances the fantastic flavor of the beef. 960 1280

  

Phillips Grocery

Phillips Grocery

The people of Holly Springs can bask in the nostalgic decorations at Phillips while hearing the all-too-familiar train whistle in the background and enjoying a juicy double cheeseburger. 960 1280

  

Phillips Grocery

Phillips Grocery

George talks to the owner of Phillips Grocery, Larry Davis, who has been using the same burger recipe for years. He purchased the secret recipe along with the restaurant back in 1989. 960 1280

  

George Motz
George Motz

George Motz

George Motz enjoys a “Big Block Burger” at the counter of the Diamond Restaurant in Charlotte, NC. 960 1280

  

Brooks' Sandwich House

Brooks' Sandwich House

The “All The Way” cheeseburger at Brooks' Sandwich House is topped with chili made from a 40-year-old family recipe, slaw and onions. 960 1280

  

Brooks' Sandwich House

Brooks' Sandwich House

George and NASCAR engineer Josh Browne tailgate with their burgers in front of Brooks' Sandwich House. 960 1280

  

Diamond Restaurant

Diamond Restaurant

Here, at the Diamond Restaurant in Charlotte, NC, they serve a delicious Southern-style burger topped with Pimento cheese. 960 1280

  

Co-owner Andy Kastanas

Co-owner Andy Kastanas

Co-owner Andy Kastanas bought this beloved restaurant along with his partners in 2010 on the restaurant’s 65th anniversary. 960 1280

  

Diamond Restaurant

Diamond Restaurant

At the Diamond Restaurant, the burgers are all named after racing engines, including the small block, the big block and the full-blown hemi. 960 1280

  

Diamond Restaurant

Diamond Restaurant

George chats with customers at the Diamond Restaurant. 960 1280

  

Duke's Grill in Monroe, NC

Duke's Grill in Monroe, NC

Duke's Grill in Monroe, NC, opened in 1951 and is a no-nonsense diner with a strict “no cellphone use” rule enforced by owner Dennis Parker. 960 1280

  

Duke's Grill in Monroe, NC

Duke's Grill in Monroe, NC

Duke’s hand-measured burger comes with Dennis’s homemade beef chili, slaw and onions. He also mixes a little bit of egg and some breadcrumbs into the patty to keep it extra juicy. 960 1280

  

Duke's Grill in Monroe, NC

Duke's Grill in Monroe, NC

George places an order with owner Dennis Parker at the counter of Duke's Grill. 960 1280

  

Charlotte Motor Speedway

Charlotte Motor Speedway

George slides into the driver’s seat of a racecar at the Charlotte Motor Speedway. Charlotte is a city filled not only with racing fanatics, but also 90% of NASCAR’s pro drivers. 960 1280

  

South 21 Drive-In

South 21 Drive-In

Opened in 1955, Charlotte’s South 21 Drive-In comes complete with car stalls and an intercom system that has been there from the beginning. 960 1280

  

South 21 Drive-In

South 21 Drive-In

George enjoys the jumbo cheeseburger at South 21 Drive-In. 960 1280

  

South 21’s jumbo cheeseburger

South 21’s jumbo cheeseburger

South 21’s jumbo cheeseburger is comprised of 2 thin 3-ounce patties, with 2 slices of American cheese -- all held together with a sesame seed bun. 960 1280

  

George and Maria Housiadas

George and Maria Housiadas

George chats with the owners of South 21, George and Maria Housiadas. 960 1280

  

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