Today I went out to lunch at a nice place that specializes in burgers. There, I had a $14 burger. It was pretty good. There was some dissent from others that maybe the burger was not worth $14, even though it was pretty good. I'm on the fence. Recently, Five Guys beat out In-N-Out as the best cheap burger for the first time in a while. I've never had a Five Guys burger, but I have had In-N-Out. I like In-N-Out, but I like a Carl's Jr. burger just as well, and a Jack in the Box Sourdough Jack (sans tomatoes) about as much. If I'm going to spend money on a burger, I do like The Counter. Their burgers taste charbroiled and they will cook one for you properly medium-rare, which is a rarity (no pun intended) these days. Their fries are also top-notch. Another hole in the wall nearby serves a signature burger that includes a complete hot link sausage on top. Basically the hot link is a condiment. It's almost as much meat as the burger. It's surprisingly good but you probably shouldn't eat there more than once. Burgers are pretty simple things, but they can vary widely in quality. One of my lunch companions today opined that high-quality bread is underrated as a 'make it or break it' element of a great burger, which I thought was insightful. FOCUS: What makes a good burger for you? Where's the best burger in your area? What do you put on your burger?