Co-owned by Top Chef Masters star Douglas Keane, the understated HBG elevates simple diner food to Michelin standards, most notably their freshly ground Angus beef patty with Sonoma Brinery pickles, Costeaux Bakery buns and garlic aioli on the side. All the burgers are cooked medium unless otherwise requested, and at $10.50 they’re something of a steal.
Other Bay Area burgers tapped include In-N-Out Burger, SF’s Mission Bowling Club, Zuni Cafe, and Napa’s Gott’s Roadside’s ahi burger (a BiteClub fave).
The list of 30 top picks also includes burgers from around the country including NYC’s Shake Shack and Peter Luger, celeb chef Michael Symon’s B-Spot burgers in Cleveland, and Father’s Office in LA.
Keane is currently creating a yakitori-style restaurant at the newly remodeled Freemark Abbey in St. Helena called Two Birds/One Stone with Sang Yoon of Father’s Office. He is the former executive chef of Cyrus, which received two Michelin Stars before closing.