2017 Readers’ Choice Awards: Best Burger

This one’s always a contentious category!


In the Mil Mag office, virtually everyone has a different idea of what makes a great burger. But No. 1 in our reader survey is the classic, burger-as-wide-as-your-head Kopp’s (three locations) – which bumped Sobelman’s (multiple locations) from numero uno status in 2016 to third place.

Besides the “Loser” burger (which was featured on the Travel Channel TV show Food Wars), Sobelman’s is known for the Hangover (topped with a fried egg) and the Cool Ranch (with habanero cheese and Southwest ranch sauce).

No. 2 is Oscar’s on Pierce (1712 W. Pierce St.), whose seven styles of burger all feature a juicy, jaw-straining patty. There’s a reason, you see, that “Big” is in almost every burger title: For example, the Big “O” comes with chipotle jack and smoked Gouda cheeses, bacon, chorizo, fried onions, jalapenos and a side of guacamole. It’s up to you to bring the Pepto.

  1. Kopp’s (three locations)
  2. Oscar’s on Pierce (1712 W. Pierce St.)
  3. Sobelman’s (multiple locations)

2017 Readers' Choice Awards

 2017 Readers’ Choice Awards

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‘2017 Readers’ Choice Awards’ appears in the September 2017 issue of Milwaukee Magazine.

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Ann Christenson has covered dining for Milwaukee Magazine since 1997. She was raised on a diet of casseroles that started with a pound of ground beef and a can of Campbell's soup. Feel free to share any casserole recipes with her.