In the land of pasta, pizza and other delicacies, gourmet burgers are now the trend...
Last year, while visiting a friend in Beverly Hills I ate what's probably the best burger I've ever had, a Kobe beef burger (with Wisconsin white cheddar and spicy mayonnaise on a brioche bun) at Villa Blanca restaurant. I was too hungry to stop and take a picture, and it was so good that I didn't want to share it. The thing with this burger is that, besides being so delicious and cooked to perfection, it was not expensive at all ($18), considering we were in Beverly Hills, in a notorious people-watching spot (and I was told the place is owned by a "real housewife of BH", or something like that), it was Kobe beef, and there was a couple with a Rolls Royce all dressed in white (heavenly visions).
Another favorite was the NYC's Shake Shack bacon cheeseburger (again, too hungry to take a picture), but I'm sure you've all heard about the long queues in front of all Shake Shacks that back up my choice.
Ham Holy Burger is a small Italian burger chain (it has 3 locations, 2 in Milan and 1 in Rome). I've been only to the one in Milan's via Palermo in the Brera district. The original part about Ham, is that you order through an iPad (you can also pre-order online before arriving to the restaurant which I find incredibly conveninent), of course it takes half the fun of ordering to a waiter/waitress and seeing them sigh when you ask to explain a dish or change something in an order but in terms of speed of service, it's as fast as it can get.
They have 5 kinds of burgers (plus the specials), fries and other side dishes, desserts, salads and a selection of drinks which includes artisanal beers, wines and other beverages. I've had the Touchburger: Piedmont beef burger, Slow Food presidia (guaranteeing the quality of the breed), with rosemary and ribes marmalade, bufala blue cheese, braised radish, ham, leuttuce and bbq sauce. It is juicy, tasty and the perfect size (not too big, not too small). A side of gourmet fries with different sauces is a must, although the desserts are not that special (on the smallish side, not particuarly tasty or original - the Smooth was actually bad tasting). The check was of about 20€ per person, for a delicious burger, a not so special dessert, shared fries, water and wine - good for Milan standards.
Perhaps after my bad experience at Tizzy's and GSTF in Milan, I thought I could never have a decent burger in Milan, I've heard about many other burger places like Trita, Polpa, 212, Fatto Bene which I hope to visit one day because now my faith in Milanese burgers has been unexpectedly restored thanks to Ham Holy Burger.
Milan, Via Palermo, 15 - tel. 02 875510
Rome, Via Brescia, 28 - tel. 06 89562976
Milan, Via Marghera, 34 - tel. 02 36706382