Burger: 5 Star Burgers and Baileys' Range

Since opening the first St. Louis outpost of 5 Star Burgers in 2012, Stephen Gontram has built a bit of a burger empire. The third location of 5 Star, which his father originally founded in New Mexico, opened this spring in Creve Coeur, Missouri, serving up the creative burgers diners have come to love. A new burger is offered each month, but favorites include the Breakfast of Champions with a sunny-side-up egg, American cheese, roasted tomato-bacon jam and hollandaise, and Dad’s Green Chile Cheeseburger with crispy New Mexico Hatch chiles, pepper Jack cheese and green-chile mayonnaise. (Photo by Jacklyn Meyer)

★ In addition to burgers, 5 Star serves up one of the best happy hours in town, with $1.50 mini burgers and half-price drafts.

5 Star Burgers, 5starburgersstl.com

In the past 12 years, David Bailey has opened seven restaurant concepts in St. Louis, including burger-and-shake joint Baileys’ Range. For lunch or dinner, standout burgers include the PB&J, which stacks a Missouri bison patty with arugula pesto and goat cheese smeared with housemade tomato jam, or the Steak Au Poivre, with a peppercorn-crusted aged sirloin patty, blue cheese, bacon jam and caramelized onions with a port glaze. Range also hosts a weekly Burger Battle; whichever burger is ordered the most in seven days lives on to fight another week. (Photo by Jonathan Gayman)

Baileys’ Range, baileysrange.com

RUNNER UP: Stacked Burger Bar, stackedstl.com