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The 10 Best Burgers in the City

There are approximately 600 restaurants in SF that have a burger on the menu. But who makes the ultimate gourmet burger, the pièce de résistance, the gold standard by which all others should be measured? To narrow it down, we set some standards (burgers must be high-end, include all-beef patties and be served for dinner), then we tasted, pondered and scrutinized 20 of the city’s best. Here they are, ranked in order, from 10 to one. The victor? It’s not who you think it is.

Photography by Ed Anderson.

There can only be one top-10 list, but if you’re wondering how the remaining burgers fared in our taste-off, here are the contenders, ranked 11 through 20.

11. Slow Club
12. Epic
13. Magnolia
14. Absinthe
15. Orson
16. Midi
17. South
18. Balboa
19. Lark Creek Steak
20. Luna Park

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