Village Burger in Waimea ranked among nation’s best


Village Burger in Waimea was ranked Tuesday among the nation’s top 10 burgers, according to TripAdvisor.com.

The list of the 10 best burger in the U.S. is based on the reviews and opinions of millions of travelers, according to the online travel website. Village Burger was No. 10 on the list.

TripAdvisor.com’s list touted the Big Island eateries’ use of locally sourced ingredients to create menu items like the “Big Island” burger and “Kahua Ranch Wagyu” burger. It also noted that restaurant-goers can also enjoy a fresh ahi or vegetarian burger.

“You really can taste the difference with fresh local beef. I am forever spoiled now that I know how a burger can taste,” one of the 195 reviews about the Waimea restaurant said on TripAdvisor.com.

Other Top 10 Burger Joints in the U.S.:

1. Black Hills Burger and Bun Co., Custer, S.D.

Crafted using beef that’s ground daily and served atop house-baked buns, this Black Hills eatery serves up blissful burgers from an inventive menu, including “The Hot Granny” — a perfectly cooked beef or bison patty topped with bacon, cream cheese, and sweet and spicy jalapeno sauce.

2. Nic’s Grill, Oklahoma City, Okla.

At lunchtime, lines form far outside the door of this 16-seat sensation, where owner and chef Justin ‘Nic’ Nicholas dishes out massive hand-formed patties that are seared before finishing slowly on the griddle, resulting in a burger that’s crispy on the outside with a tender and juicy middle.

3. Sparky’s, Hatch, N.M.

Forty miles northwest of Las Cruces, burger enthusiasts can tickle their taste buds as they bite into a green chili cheeseburger made from Hatch’s famous pepper. Guests will also enjoy the joint’s kitschy decor that features a collection of fast-food themed statues.

4. Grill-A-Burger, Palm Desert, Calif.

This tasty haven in the desert claims to have the “best burger under the bun.” Crafted using all-natural beef, menu options include the “Bacon Me Crazy” burger and the “Chili Chili Bang Bang,” topped with chili, melted cheddar cheese, and diced sweet onion.

5. MEAT Eatery And Taproom, Islamorada, Fla.

Located within an unassuming strip mall, this Florida Keys eatery serves up all-American, gourmet fare including baskets of French fries prepared in duck fat, house-made root beer, and mouthwatering burgers sandwiched between fresh buns that are emblazoned with the restaurant’s “MEAT” logo.

6. Brook’s Gourmet Burgers and Dogs, Naples, Fla.

With a menu boasting outrageous options like the “Donut Burger,” a beef patty wedged between two glazed donuts and topped with cheese and bacon, it’s clear that the creative burger juices have been flowing at this Floridian favorite that also serves delicious Vienna beef hot dogs, deli sandwiches, and creamy milkshakes.

7. Mussel & Burger Bar, Louisville, Ky.

Since opening in 2013, this upscale eatery has quickly gained notoriety with its mussels and burgers menu — the restaurant’s unique take on surf ‘n’ turf. The restaurant tempts with 13 burgers, from the classic “Good Ole” cheeseburger to the truly luxurious “CEO” that comes topped with Gruyere cheese, truffle aioli, and the option to add foie gras.

8. Big D’s Downtown Dive, Roswell, N.M.

In the Land of Enchantment, owner and chef, Don Nason, uses garden fresh ingredients to grill up burgers that are out of this world. Hungry customers flock to Big D’s for tantalizing creations like “The Tomahawk,” which is topped with aged cheddar, red chili, and avocado lime mayo.

9. Casper & Runyon’s Nook, Saint Paul, Minn.

A small spot with big burgers, since 2000 this Twin Cities establishment has been serving up more than 30 enticing beef and bun variations. Meat lovers frequent the Nook for its signature cheese-stuffed burgers - the joint’s take on a recipe native to Minnesota known as the “Juicy Lucy.”

10. Village Burger, Waimea, Hawaii

In the Aloha State, this island eatery serves up traditional beef burgers made with locally sourced ingredients. Scrumptious options include the “Big Island” burger and “Kahua Ranch Wagyu” burger, described as “big, rich and bossy.” Travelers can also try a fresh ahi tuna or vegetarian burger.