There is no arguing that the burger – the humble combination of meat, ground and formed into a patty and then nestled between halves of bread – is one of, if not the quintessential American dish. These nine St. Louis burgers are not only worth seeking out and reveling in, but also reaffirm our belief that the hamburger is one of the finest dishes to be found in all the land.

All photographs by Jennifer Silverberg.

Editor's note: This list was initially published in the June 2014 issue of Feast.