“Tokyo Burger Towers”! “Led Zeppelin Burgers!” Wild Wild Meat! The World’s Most Creative Burgers!

Tokyo burger tower

Do I have your attention? Good!

It’s time to share the world’s great creations between two buns! First, here’s a primer on the art of “stacking” a burger, courtesy of the great Danes!

world's biggest burger

“Visset Salladsblad” Indeed!

Yes, this is a great great burger chart, clearly showing that the US isn’t the only place for a creative burger! That said, let’s begin our burger journey in New York, when I had the chance to try a “Five Napkin” Burger!

I ordered “The Original 5 Napkin Burger” – which is 10 ounces of fresh ground chuck topped with Gruyere cheese, caramelized onions and a rosemary aioli. This is what it looked like when it arrived at the table:

The first thing you notice when it arrives: it is JUICY. The cheese is beautifully melted, the carmelized onions glisten, the meat is oozing juice, and the kicker is the rosemary aioli on top….it GUARANTEES that you will be spilling stuff onto your plate…and I did…here is what it looks like AFTER the first few bites:

Folks, this is one messy burger. And that is a compliment!

Not full yet?

Taylors Refresher

Time To Head To Napa Valley!

On the west coast, there is another classic way to get your burger on – at “Gott’s”, formerly the legendary “Taylor’s Refresher”:

Gotts Bacon Cheeseburger

How about their bacon cheeseburger – stuffed full of meat, bacon, cheese, tomato, lettuce, onion and a special sauce…

Taylors Refresher Bacon Cheeseburger

This “Taylor’s Refresher” is quite a burger – wait, I meant “Gott’s Burger”….wait, what? Yes, there is a story even better than this burger!

To find out how Taylor’s Refresher became Gott’s Roadside, read my “burger battle” story here:


Time now to head to America’s heartland – Chicago Illinois, where I have a burger ready to “slay” you!

Kuma Too Burger!

Welcome To Chicago – Where They LOVE Their Meat!

Behold the “Metallica” Burger – yes, the burgers are all named after bands – the original Kuma’s started in 2005 – and they are already legendary for serving up “heavy metal burgers” like this!

Chicago's Best Burger Kumas Too

The “Led Zeppelin”!

Yes, Kuma’s Too is a big fan of classic hard rock and metal – and because I love the band, I tried the “Led Zeppelin”:

Kuma's Led Zeppelin Burger

OK, now THIS is a burger! A 10-oz. beef patty topped with pulled pork! Fried Pickles! Cheese! BACON!

Kuma's Chicago Burgers

It was everything you could want and more: it was beautifully cooked and juicy – to the point it dribbled down my arm – Robert Plant and Jimmy Page would be proud!

Big & Little Step Up!

Here are two other guys who may argue that THEY have Chicago’s best burger, and here is what they offer as Exhibit A:

Chicago's best cheeseburger

Yep, “Big & Little” have their homage to the Big Mac, but they call theirs the “Big Mack Daddy!” This restaurant was featured on “Diners, Drive-ins and Dives”, and they earn their place on anyone’s “great burger” list for such burgers as this deep-fried cheeseburger:

big & little's deep fried cheeseburger

But their masterwork is their “Big Mack Daddy”, as terrific take on a Big Mac:

Big Mac burger

Read all about the incredible menu at Big & Little’s by clicking here:


And finally, we cannot forget that some other folks around the world also love their burgers, like the wacky Japanese!

tokyo tower burger

A Burger Tower To Heaven!

What makes man dream about achieving the impossible? By impossible, I mean a stack of burger ridiculously high and impossible to get your mouth around…it is, indeed, a question for the ages…

tokyo monster cafe burger

Once again, the folks at “A Hamburger Today” have shared a great story of just such a quest!

Meet “Ericsurf6”, Tokyo’s burger master extraordinaire!


The Tower Burger (タワーバーガー) from Monster Cafe in Tokyo consists of six different burgers stacked on top of one another!

Monster Cafe tower burger

Here they are – 6 stacks of greatness!

Bacon egg cheeseburger
Cheeseburger with two slices of cheese and mustard
Pineapple burger with tomato and teriyaki sauce
Cheeseburger with two slices of cheese, pickle, onion, and mustard
Spam burger
Chicken burger

Spam Burger!?!?!

Well, as I have shown you before, they do love spam burgers in Tokyo…here is a picture I took when I was in Tokyo, highlighting today’s special:

Tokyo spam-burger

tokyo monster cafe burger

There you have it, some of the world’s best burgers…from New York to Napa, Chicago to Tokyo – a world of great imagination, terrific burgers, and so many more to try!

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  1. A “Towering Tokyo Burger!” Lotteria’s Amazing Burger “With Everything On It!” – johnrieber
  2. Tokyo’s Monster “Aloha” Burger! These Japanese Burger Recipes Are Piled High! – johnrieber
  3. Tokyo’s Got My Wagyu Beef Burger! Amazing Kappabashi Plastic Food! Burger Shirts! Tokyo Rules! – johnrieber

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