Burgers are beautiful. They’re approachable and familiar. They induce cravings like few other foods can. Which is precisely why artists, photographers, and graphic designers often choose the all-American burger as the object of their obsession and the subject for their websites. But as is the case with everything on the Internet, you have to wade through mediocrity to get to true food porn-y art. That’s why we’ve narrowed down the list of burger sites to those five that let the burger shine in all its meaty, juicy, cheesy glory. Below, we present the 5 all-around best burger sites out there (plus more amazing burger porn from the websites in the gallery above).
Check it out here. Creator: Mathew Ramsey Founded: January 2014 Concept: Ramsey, a D.C.-based photographer and video producer, has vowed to create extravagant burgers and post glorious high-res photos of them on his site once a week for the rest of this year. Ramsey tells BuzzFeed, “I started PornBurger.me as a year-long creative challenge.” He says through the site, he wants to create “a world where burger perverts can feel free to be themselves, without all of the self-loathing.” His favorite burger? The sliders at Hunter House in the suburbs of Detroit. Pictured burger: “I’m going to let this burger perversion speak for itself… Fried macaroni and cheese, jerk rubbed bacon, lobster, mic drop,” writes Ramsey.
The Message is Medium Rare
Check it out here. Creators: The folks behind MINE™, a San Francisco design office Founded: January 2014 Concept: The MINE™ designers visit San Francisco burger joints, as well as hole-in-the wall greasy spoons, bars, food trucks, and fine dining restaurants with burgers on the menu. They rank the burger on a one- to five-star scale, tell an accompanying lesson they’ve learned from the experience, and provide a stunning snapshot. The Message is Medium Rare creators write,
“If you look at the world both critically and with wonder, there are lessons to be learned everywhere. Every object, experience, relationship, environment, phrase—everything—has locked inside it an insight it wants to share. The only trick is remembering to look for it. To investigate this idea, we’re eating a burger a week for the next 52 weeks and sharing the lessons they teach us.”
Check it out here. Creators: Max and Fred, brothers and owners of The Oinkster in L.A. Founded: August 2012 Concept: #BurgerLords is a never-ending mecca for beef pilgrims who also enjoy GIFs of cascading cheese, dancing burger buns, and pets flying on burger-shaped dog beds. It is the sister Tumblr of L.A.’s The Oinkster—a new-school fast-food joint focusing on the perfect burger. Max and Fred invite users to submit burger pics from the restaurant—or any other favorite burger—to the their site, then collect the best posts on the Oinkster and #BurgerLords Tumblrs.
Fat & Furious Burger
Check it out here. Creators: Thomas and Quentin, two French graphic designers. Founded: April 2012 Concept: The two designers invent burgers using out-of-the-box ingredients like quail eggs, coconut “dust”, and mini octopi, resulting in surprising works of art which faithfully represent the humble fast food we know and love. The duo explain, “We were so bored of random food at lunch, so we started cooking together, it soon became a kind of a ritual: improvising and experimenting new ways of cooking a burger.” Now that’s a fantastic way to spend your lunch hour. Pictured burger: “Spicy Burger.”
The Burger Boys of NYC
Check it out here. Creator: Jesse Israel, co-founder at Cantora Records Founded: February 2010 Concept: Israel is a refined burger connoisseur who has tried nearly every burger spot in the city. There’s no strict format to The BB of NYC Tumblr—it’s just a mish mash of awesome burger apparel, GIFs, and shots of burgers from around the city. In 2011, Israel started The Burger Boys of LA Tumblr, which is just as enticing as the original. Fun fact: Jesse signed the band MGMT to his dorm room label as a Sophomore at NYU.