The 17 Most Influential Burgers of All Time

We interviewed burger historians and experts (hello, dream job!) to determine which patties made the biggest impact on the burger industry—and the world at large.

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These lists should probably be arranged by category so that the 21 Club would include LA's Hamburger Hamlet. While it has fallen on hard times with only 4-5 LA locations, it has expanded to Bethesda Maryland and Arlington Virginia. Nobody there is going to quibble about a $11 hamburger. But hamburgers are only half the story with homemade baked French onion soup and lobster bisque at this storied restaurant, a favorite of many Hollywood celebrities.

Alas, down to five locations with schizophrenic menus, I fear it is not long for this life.