Best Burger -- Waxed-Paper Division - 2004
From the outside, Burgers-n-Sports could easily be mistaken for just another strip-mall burger joint. From the inside, it looks more like the dugout of a very well-off parks-and-rec ballfield after a tragic collision with a fast-moving gift shop. But out of this mess of green chain-link, cement, commemorative photos and baseball hats comes a burger worth bragging about. Burgers-n-Sports uses good-quality American prime for its patties, tops them with simple but immaculately fresh ingredients that adhere strictly to the burger-maker's canon of whole onions (rings, not diced), fresh tomato slices, crisp lettuce, pickles and secret sauce, in that order, then squeezes everything together between two halves of a soft, chewy roll. The resulting masterpiece is wrapped in an envelope of waxed paper for easy travel, because burgers are made for eating on the run. If you can wait until you get home before sinking your teeth into one of the doubles, you're made of stronger stuff than we are. Goose Gossage's place knocks it out of the park every time.