Asking people to vote for the city’s best burger sparks some serious debate. Everyone protects their patty with unwavering loyalty, and they make no buns about it. In a city that doesn’t serve authentic beef, has an assortment of patty melts, fancy chef creations, and an influx of famous burger joints, which ones are the trailblazers? LBBD presents its top 14 picks for 2014, in no particular order.

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Bomb Burger at Hungry Monkey {Tenderloin, American Cheese, Bacon with pickled onion and House Mayo} | Request the Tenderloin to be cooked medium, and follow it up with the Soft Centered Chocolate Pudding. They’re still waiting on their liqueur license, so wash down all the cheese with the Volluto Nespresso.

Where: B 6/6, DDA Market, Opposite Deer Park, Safdarjung Enclave

Price: INR 575

The Houston at Johnny Rockets {Buff patty, jalapenos, pepper, jack cheese, iceberg lettuce, fresh tomato and the Johnny rockets spicy sauce} | Definitely start the meal with their original Hershey’s Chocolate shake, we recommend  adding the malt. The Houston is available in both vegetarian and non-vegetarian options.

Where: 2nd Floor, Select Citywalk Mall, Saket

Price: Vegetarian – INR 350, Non-vegetarian – INR 375

Make your own burger at Fork You | Everything great thing you’ve heard is true. Fork you offers a range of vegetarian and non-vegetarian patties, are supremely generous with their bacon, and cloak your patties with melted cheese. Each burger is giant, we suggest going with an empty stomach.

Where: 30, First Floor, Hauz Khas Village

Price: Depends on your fillings

Legendary Burger at Hard Rock Café {10 oz buff patty, topped with seasoned bacon, melted cheddar cheese, crisp fried onion rings, tomato, lettuce and pickles} | The original, best burger in town, Hard Rock’s quality is rumored to have gone down, but the burger still has our hearts. Start your evening with the Large Potato Skins, drizzled with Bacon bits.

Where: M 110, First Floor, DLF Place Mall, Saket

Price: INR 480

Juicy Lucy at Café Delhi Heights {250 gms of fresh lamb mince seasoned with in-house rubs and spices, with a cheese and jalapeno stuffing in a sesame burger bun} | Portions are massive, so we suggest split the Lucy between two people. PS: Don’t waste the side salad with the burger, its not just decorative, its awesome! Definitely make a reservation for this one.

Where: R-308, Second Floor, DLF Promenade Mall, Vasant Kunj

Price: INR 395

Curried Vegetable Burger at Smokeys BBQ and Grill {market vegetable patty flavored with madras curry, dressed in curry mayo, vegetarian} | A veggie burger with an Indian twist, order the corn on the cob appetizer as a side. Buttery and laced with cheese, it’s a delish switch up to French fries.

Where: Plot 2, VIPPS Center, Local Shopping Center, Masjid Moth, GK 2

Price: INR 410

OB’s Chunky Chorris Burger at Olive Bistro {Slow cooked chunky hot Goan sausage with white onions served with iceberg, malt vinegar and mild chilli mayo} | A perfectly proportionate burger, it also has great snack value. Definitely order the Melon, Feta and Rucola Salad, and try and score a table outside. Only downside-they don’t take reservations.

Where: First Floor, Cyber Hub, DLF Cyber City, Gurgaon

Price: INR 360

MoBar Burger at Monkey Bar {300gm buff patty, lettuce, cheese, bacon, onions, tomato, mayo and burger seasoning} | Monkey Bar’s most in-demand burger, they spend time ageing their cuts, which in lay man terms means there is a greater concentration of beef {or buff} flavor and taste, and it makes the meat more tender.

Where: Plot 11, Upper Ground Floor, LSC, Pocket C6&7, Vasant Kunj

Price: INR 490

Texas Rodeo Burger at Underdoggs Sports bar and grill {8oz Beef Burger topped with onion rings, sharp cheddar cheese and Jalapenos, drizzled with a smoky BBQ sauce} | Perhaps one of the only sports bars in town, enjoy the western inspired chunky burger over a game of table tennis, or while watching a match screening.

Where: Fourth Floor, Ambience Mall, Gurgaon and Third floor, Ambience Mall, Vasant Kunj

Price: INR 395

Classic Burger at The Qube, Leela Palace {blue cheese, sharp cheddar or Swiss cheese/bacon} | Available in Chicken, Vegetable and Angus, for an authentic burger experience go with the Angus. Angus is known to be a richer, more fat-marbled meat, which means that the fat is dispersed evenly against the actual cut of the meat. Read: Its excellent!

Where: The Leela Palace, Diplomatic Enclave, Chanakyapuri

Price: INR 1,300{Angus}, INR 110 {Chicken} and INR 900{vegetable}

Veggie Burger at Chez Nini {Sourdough bun, Goat Cheese, baked beetroot and chickpea} | An excellent vegetarian option. Try the Organic Duck burger if you’re non-vegetarian and find yourself at Chez Nini.

Where: 79 & 80, Mehar Chand Market, Lodhi Colony

Price: INR 575

Big Boy Burger at Nirulas {Mutton} | This is where it all started. Perhaps one of the few burgers that taste as good when home delivered. They tend to overdo the onions; we recommend going without all together. Tip: Ask for an extra serving of those incredible old school wafers.

Where: K-14 Outer Circle, Connaught Place

Price: INR 120

Pulled pork burger at Smoke House Deli {with mango relish} | A new addition to their menu, chase it down with the Deli Melon Sangrias.

Where: 12, Hauz Khas Village

Price: INR 450

Smoked Chicken burger at Dunkin Donuts | Although not suitable for a full meal, they’re great on-the-go burgers. Make sure you try them fresh, and preferably during their peak hours. It tends to taste a bit stale and rubbery, if served after a long day.

Where: 19 A, M block market, GK 1

Price: INR 130