These are the 2 of the best burgers in the US -- and I tried them side by side

Emmy and Au Cheval BurgersSarah Schmalbruch / INSIDERThey look very different.

The INSIDER Summary:

  • I tried NYC’s Emmy burger and Chicago’s Au Cheval burger side by side.
  • Both were delicious but very different.
  • My preference was the Emmy burger.

NYC’s Emmy Burger — served at Emily — and Chicago’s Au Cheval burger — served at a restaurant by the same name — have consistently been named two of the best burgers in the US.

I was lucky enough to be able to try them side by side at a dinner event hosted at Chef’s Club in New York City, which featured just the two burgers as the main course options.

The two cheeseburgers are very different — keep scrolling to see what I thought of each.

Aptly named the 'Great Meat-Up,' the dinner was held at Chef's Club in NYC's Nolita neighbourhood. I was seated at the bar with a great view of the open kitchen.

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Menu options included the two burgers, of course, as well as fries and pickles from Au Cheval, a root beer float from Au Cheval, and a rice krispie ice cream sandwich from Emily.

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Even at 9:30 pm, the restaurant was packed -- few people can pass up the chance to try these iconic burgers.

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There were a fair amount of Au Cheval burgers passing through the kitchen, which makes sense considering they're usually only available in Chicago.

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After a quick 15 minutes, my order arrived.

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I was especially excited for the Emmy burger since it's served on my favourite kind of a bread: a pretzel bun.

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Au Cheval describes itself as having a 'passion for eggs,' so I went all out and ordered the burger with bacon and a fried egg on top.

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The egg was cooked over easy, which made for some delicious yolk porn.

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I wasn't asked how I wanted my burgers, but the Emmy burger arrived rare, dripping with caramelised onions, white cheddar cheese, and red pepper aioli.

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The Au Cheval burger arrived with two thin patties, cooked what looked to be medium-rare, topped with American cheese, pickles, and dijonnaise.

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Au Cheval serves a true cheeseburger in every sense of the word, down to the fluffy bun and American cheese. The extra-thick bacon and fried egg made the burger a little too rich for my taste though.

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The Emmy burger nailed it. The rareness of the burger was perfectly complimented by the slight char on the outside, and I loved the sweetness that came from the caramelised onions. Plus, I'd take cheddar over American cheese any day.

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While both burgers lived up to their reputations, I thought the Emmy burger defied the traditional cheeseburger mould better than any other burger I have ever tried.

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