The NYC Burger Delivery Guide
31 spots to get a great burger for takeout or delivery tonight.
A burger is greater than the sum of its parts, and it’s what you order when you want to eat with your hands after a particularly long day. When you’re in the mood a patty between two buns and nothing else will do, order from one of the 31 places on this guide.
Peter Luger Steak House
If you haven’t had their burger, you’re missing out on one of the key parts of the Peter Luger experience. The thick dry-aged beef patty is good enough to eat by itself with a fork, but you should still add a giant slab of bacon. Check Peter Luger’s website for pickup and delivery options.
The backyard burger at Strangeways tastes like something your uncle would grill on a Sunday afternoon. It’s nothing too fancy, but the dry-aged patty comes covered in a cascading layer of sharp cheddar cheese that pairs well with its nicely charred edges. With just lettuce, onion, and special sauce, this burger will bring you back to the basics in the best way possible.
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The Happiest Hour
The West Village is full of bars where you can get a burger, but The Happiest Hour still manages to stand out. Their double-stacked burger—which comes covered in melted cheese and special sauce—is exactly what you want to eat while sitting on your couch at home.
Only served at lunch and brunch, Upland’s burger tastes like what would happen if the In-N-Out Double Double started going to CrossFit, got jacked, and decided to top itself with avocado and peppers. The whole thing is basically a love letter to California, complete with a tiny state flag at the top of the toothpick that holds everything together.
For the most ideal burger proportions, look no further than BK Jani in Williamsburg. The thick patty, slice of grilled tomato, chutney, and yogurt all add a ton of flavor without overwhelming one another. This is one of our favorite burgers in NYC, and it’s available for takeout or delivery any day but Monday.
The burger, which comes with thick-cut fries, at this Clinton Hill is very good on its own— but there are a couple things you can add to make it even better. The optional cheddar, for example, and a few slices of crispy bacon . Place your order any day of the week by calling 347-763-2537.
White Mana Diner
Four burgers with a side of cheese fries is a typical order at White Mana in Jersey City. That’s because the thin smash burgers at this classic diner—which originally opened at the 1939 World’s Fair—are only slightly larger than sliders. They’re $1.80 each, so four of them with a side of cheese fries will cost you less than $12. You can order at the takeaway window daily or place an order for pick up here.
Win Son Bakery
BECs aren’t burgers, so they don’t really belong on this guide, but you should absolutely order the raclette-covered version that comes on a milk bun at Win Son Bakery. We should also mention that the double smash cheeseburger at this Taiwanese spot in Williamsburg is similarly fantastic, and it’s available on the evening menu from 9-10pm Tuesday through Sunday.
This Williamsburg American spot has one of the longest delivery menus we’ve seen, with a bunch of different sections devoted to burgers. These burgers range from a simple version on brioche to a bacon-covered patty with nutella sandwiched between two deep-fried waffles. They’re all available for takeout and delivery until 12am or later every day except Tuesday.
Like a lot of dishes at this all-day spot in Two Bridges, the burger here resemble something you’ve probably had at countless other bars and diners—just tweaked to taste a whole lot better. (The tweak is a lathering of delicious mushroom gochujang aioli.)
Bricks & Hops Beer Garden
You won’t find ketchup or mustard on the burgers at this Mott Haven beer garden, and you won’t miss them either. That’s because the burgers here are topped with condiments like onion jam and cheddar or sweet plantains and gandule paste. Order one for takeout or delivery, available daily until 11pm.
Concord Hill is permanently closed
Along with voluntarily going to the dentist and getting your own Netflix account, few things provide a sense of adulthood like setting a table for one and topping it with nothing but a bottle of wine and a steaming hot cheeseburger. Dim your lights, maybe light a candle, and order a dry-aged burger from Concord Hill in Williamsburg.
It might be tough to tell where the special sauce on the burger here ends and the horseradish cheddar cheese begins. It also might be difficult to pick up on all seven types of cheese in this Harlem spot’s bacon mac and cheese. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try. Wednesday through Sunday, call 212-678-6200 for takeout, or place an order for delivery online.
It’s good that you know you want a burger. Because if you start perusing the menu at Mekelburg’s without a clear idea of what you’re looking for, you might just end up with hot chicken, caviar-topped baked potatoes, and babka bread pudding. You should definitely order all of those things, but don’t forget the dry-aged cheeseburger with tarragon mustard.
Kimchi mayo is a cheat code that guarantees success. Nowon understands this, and they lather this sauce onto a juicy, charred double cheeseburger made with dry-aged steak. Order the burger for pickup or delivery from this East Village Korean spot, and add honey butter tater tots or chopped cheese rice cakes as a side.
We tend to go with a double shack with fries, but there’s no right or wrong way to order a burger from Shake Shack. There is, however, a wrong way to end your order, and that’s by not getting a shake.
If you’ve been to Katz’s 100 times, there’s a decent chance that you’ve eaten 100 Katz’s pastrami sandwiches. That’s understandable, but it’s also a shame because this LES institution serves a great burger. It’s extremely rich and fatty and doesn’t need anything aside from some house pickles, which you should order on the side.
Tom’s is a diner, and, like most diners, its menu is about as long as an Atlantic think piece. It includes an entire section of burgers that run the gamut from a standard hamburger to a pizza burger with mozzarella and tomato sauce. This Prospect Heights classic is best known for breakfast, which they deliver all day, so consider adding a side of pancakes to whichever burger you choose.
The Ascolana olives at this all-day Italian spot in Carroll Gardens are deep-fried and stuffed with minced meats—and they’re some of our favorite drinking snacks in Brooklyn. Good things happen when you put those olives into a three-meat burger and serve that burger with provolone, bacon, and caramelized onions on a pretzel bun.
Blue Collar serves the kind of food you’d usually eat while watching someone in a white paper cap flip patties and tell stories about the old days. Order this Bushwick spot’s tater tots, chicken tenders, and smash burgers with American cheese.
All seven Westville locations are offering takeout and delivery all day long. In other words, you can use this American spot as the default choice for all kinds of situations, like when you’re in the mood for a very good burger and fries.
The classic burger at Harlem Shake comes with two patties, cheese, pickles, onions, and sauce. It’s already quite a bit of food, especially for $7, but that’s only the beginning. You can customize your burger with toppings ranging from extra patties and jerk mayo to pickled cherry pepper and bacon relish. However far down that path you decide to go, make sure to finish your order—for pickup or delivery—with a shake.
Deciding between the burger and buffalo wings at Bonnie’s is like choosing between Ryan Gosling in Drive and Ryan Gosling in La La Land. They’re different moods, but you generally want both. If you don’t feel like adding to the growing mound of leftovers in your fridge, just get the Bonnie’s Burger, which comes with roasted peppers and buffalo sauce.
Joy Burger Bar
We have no idea how many potential burger permutations there are at this Upper East Side spot, but figuring it out would probably require several hours in front of a blackboard. Choosing the type of patty and how you want it cooked are simple enough actions, but then things get more complicated. Do you want a challah bun? How about American or ghost pepper cheese? Wasabi aioli or spicy mango chutney? A fried egg? If all of that seems overwhelming, just go with one of the specialty burgers, which are available for takeout or delivery until 9:45pm daily.
Queens Bully does meat very well. That goes for this Forest Hills spot’s slow-cooked BBQ, which is available in sandwich form on the delivery menu, and also for its burgers. Keep things simple with the classic Bully Burger, or remind yourself that you’re ordering from a BBQ spot with the Kew Burger, which is topped with house bacon and barbecue sauce.
Heidi's House By The Side Of The Road
This place sounds like a haberdashery you’d find on your way to the Catskills, but it’s actually a small bar on the Upper East Side that does a few simple things really well. One of those things is mac and cheese, and another is a thick, juicy burger served on an english muffin. Order both. They’re available for takeout or delivery by calling the restaurant at 212-249-0069.
The Smith Lincoln Center
You always know what you’re going to get with The Smith, and that’s OK, because what you get is always good, and the burger is no exception. Their juicy bacon cheeseburger has an ideal meat-to-bun ratio and comes with a giant mound of thin, salty fries on the side. Order it for takeout or delivery.
Walker’s is a casual neighborhood bar that people who live around Tribeca typically use as a pitstop between the office and the couch. Their eight-ounce sirloin burger is available for pick-up or delivery on their website.
Toad Style serves three different rich, messy cheeseburgers. But what sets this Bed-Stuy spot apart is the fact that the food here is 100% vegan. Their burgers are made with mushroom-and-lentil patties, topped with things like avocado and cashew-dill cheese.
Paul's "Da Burger Joint"
Paul’s in the East Village offers more than 20 types of burgers, which range from a classic half-pounder with pickles and onions to a version topped with ham and mushrooms that resembles a deconstructed western omelette. All but two cost less than $10, and they’re available for delivery or pickup until 11:30pm every day (midnight on Fridays and Saturdays).
Charlies Bar & Kitchen
Charlie’s serves high-end bar food in Mott Haven, and they offer a particularly delicious bacon cheeseburger topped with a mound of caramelized onions. Get it for delivery or takeout for $15.