Synthentral Top 30 Albums of 2022

From 100 to 30! First step was to get down to 100 for the Top 100. Then down to the Top 50, and finally down to the Top 30 (here we are). Normally I would do a live countdown show, but my vision is all screwed up and I just cannot see the small print in my DJ software. I waited two weeks to see if it would clear up, and while it’s gotten better, I still cannot see the fine print clearly enough to go live. So unfortunately, there won’t be a live countdown show and I’m just posting the Top 30 here.

As a reminder, here are the rules and guidelines I work with:

  • I only rate albums. There are tons of “best of” lists out there for singles and EPs.
    • An album consists of at least 7 original songs. Remixes, intro/outro, instrumentals, versions, compilations, etc. do not count toward the “at least 7.” Covers do count as long as it’s not an album of all covers.
  • I must have the album in my collection to rate it. If a band or label didn’t get it to me, I didn’t buy it, or get it from a DJ resource, then it’s not on my list to rate.
  • Song are rated individually and the album is rated overall for listenability, danceability, whether I wanted to skip any tracks, was I engaged from start to finish, etc.
  • Rating is weighted so an album with 7 songs does not have an edge (or handicap) to an album with 17 songs.
  • I post the Top 100 and Top 50 lists alphabetically and not in “countdown” style. The Top 30 will be in countdown style.
  • I post my list after the year is over so any album released late in December 2022 still gets a chance at making it on the list.

As I noted in the Top 100 and Top 50 lists, I hope you disagree with my list and post some of your favorites that I didn’t include or I may have missed during the year and hope you’re as passionate about your favorite bands and albums from 2022 as I am mine!

I have “LISTEN HERE” links below each album cover, so go and listen and give each band and album a chance, and support the bands you like!

The Synthentral Top 30 for 2022:

#30: e:lect – Disoriented Illusion (LISTEN HERE)
#29: Voicecoil – Strange Days (LISTEN HERE)
#28: Reflection – Anima (LISTEN HERE)
#27: Blood Handsome – A New Calm (LISTEN HERE)
#26: RROYCE – RROARR (LISTEN HERE)
#25: Deep Down Wise – Deep Down Wise (LISTEN HERE)
#24: ÆON RINGS – Enemy (LISTEN HERE)
#23: Solitary Experiments – Transcendent (LISTEN HERE)
#22: Any Second – Enemies (LISTEN HERE)
#21: Dreamkid – Dreamkid (LISTEN HERE)
#20: VVMPYRE – Neon Night Fright (LISTEN HERE)
#19: Am Tierpark – Forevermore (LISTEN HERE)
#18: Alex Sindrome – Eject (LISTEN HERE)
#17: Blackbook – Confessions Of The Innocent (LISTEN HERE)
#16: Lucca Leeloo – Prosperous (LISTEN HERE)
#15: Sydney Valette – Home Alone (LISTEN HERE)
#14: In My Despair – Last Mirage On The Earth (LISTEN HERE)
#13: Causeway – We Were Never Lost (LISTEN HERE)
#12: 1984 – Sharp Dressed Men (LISTEN HERE)
#11: Mental Discipline – Nothing To Die For (LISTEN HERE)
#10: Risk Risk – Blue Science (LISTEN HERE)
#9: Eisfabrik – Life Below Zero (LISTEN HERE)
#8: Current One – Praeludium (LISTEN HERE)
#7: CZARINA – Arcana (LISTEN HERE)
#6: Zynic – Best Before End (LISTEN HERE)
#5: Xenturion Prime – Prisma (LISTEN HERE)
#4: Vanguard – Spectrum (LISTEN HERE)
#3: Vandal Moon – Queen Of The Night (LISTEN HERE)
#2: Corlyx – Blood In The Disco (LISTEN HERE)

And the number one album for 2022 was….

#1: Sacred Skin – The Decline Of Pleasure (LISTEN HERE)

Synthentral Top 50 Albums of 2022

From 100 to 50! First step was to get down to 100 for the Top 100. Then I wittle it down to 50 for the Top 50 (here we are), and finally remove an additional 20 for the Top 30. The Top 30 will have a corresponding show with one song from each album.

As a reminder, here are the rules and guidelines I work with:

  • I only rate albums. There are tons of “best of” lists out there for singles and EPs.
    • An album consists of at least 7 original songs. Remixes, intro/outro, instrumentals, versions, compilations, etc. do not count toward the “at least 7.” Covers do count as long as it’s not an album of all covers.
  • I must have the album in my collection to rate it. If a band or label didn’t get it to me, I didn’t buy it, or get it from a DJ resource, then it’s not on my list to rate.
  • Song are rated individually and the album is rated overall for listenability, danceability, whether I wanted to skip any tracks, was I engaged from start to finish, etc.
  • Rating is weighted so an album with 7 songs does not have an edge (or handicap) to an album with 17 songs.
  • I post the Top 100 and Top 50 lists alphabetically and not in “countdown” style. The Top 30 will be in countdown style.
  • I post my list after the year is over so any album released late in December 2022 still gets a chance at making it on the list.

As I noted in the Top 100 list, I hope you disagree with my list and post some of your favorites that I didn’t include or I may have missed during the year and hope you’re as passionate about your favorite bands and albums from 2022 as I am mine!

I have “LISTEN HERE” links below each album cover, so go and listen (if you didn’t on the Top 100 list) and give each band and album a chance, and support the bands you like!

The Synthentral Top 50 for 2022 (in alphabetical order):

1984 – Sharp Dressed Men (LISTEN HERE)
ÆON RINGS – Enemy (LISTEN HERE)
Alex Sindrome – Eject (LISTEN HERE)
Am Tierpark – Forevermore (LISTEN HERE)
Any Second – Enemies (LISTEN HERE)
Blackbook – Confessions Of The Innocent (LISTEN HERE)
Blood Handsome – A New Calm (LISTEN HERE)
Causeway – We Were Never Lost (LISTEN HERE)
Chinese Theatre – Unfinished Business (LISTEN HERE)
Claustraphobia – Vita Et Mors (LISTEN HERE)
Code 64 – Broken Rhythm (LISTEN HERE)
Corlyx – Blood In The Disco (LISTEN HERE)
Current One – Praeludium (LISTEN HERE)
CZARINA – Arcana (LISTEN HERE)
Dagon – Owen Sebastian (LISTEN HERE)
Deep Down Wise – Deep Down Wise (LISTEN HERE)
Die Robo Sapiens – Robo Sapien Race (LISTEN HERE)
Dreamkid – Dreamkid (LISTEN HERE)
e:lect – Disoriented Illusion (LISTEN HERE)
Eisfabrik – Life Below Zero (LISTEN HERE)
Electro Spectre – Stereo Dreams PT1 (LISTEN HERE)
Exsect – Opéra Mécanique (LISTEN HERE)
EXTIZE – MonStars (LISTEN HERE)
In My Despair – Last Mirage On The Earth (LISTEN HERE)
Incirrina – Lip Led Scream (LISTEN HERE)
Jason Alacrity – The Criminal Class (LISTEN HERE)
Kim Lunner – From Dusk To Dawn (LISTEN HERE)
Kondratie – Москва (LISTEN HERE)
Lucca Leeloo – Prosperous (LISTEN HERE)
Matthias & Marss – Plus One (LISTEN HERE)
Mental Discipline – Nothing To Die For (LISTEN HERE)
The Midnight Computers – Romantic Disaster (LISTEN HERE)
No – Domestic Pulse (LISTEN HERE)
Poison Point – Poisoned Gloves (LISTEN HERE)
Priest – Body Machine (LISTEN HERE)
A Projection – In A Different Light (LISTEN HERE)
Propter Hoc – History The Operator (LISTEN HERE)
Reflection – Anima (LISTEN HERE)
Reichsfeind – Darken (LISTEN HERE)
Risk Risk – Blue Science (LISTEN HERE)
RROYCE – RROARR (LISTEN HERE)
Rue Oberkampf – Liebe (LISTEN HERE)
Sacred Skin – The Decline Of Pleasure (LISTEN HERE)
Solitary Experiments – Transcendent (LISTEN HERE)
Sydney Valette – Home Alone (LISTEN HERE)
Vandal Moon – Queen Of The Night (LISTEN HERE)
Vanguard – Spectrum (LISTEN HERE)
Voicecoil – Strange Days (LISTEN HERE)
VVMPYRE – Neon Night Fright (LISTEN HERE)
Xenturion Prime – Prisma (LISTEN HERE)
Zynic – Best Before End (LISTEN HERE)

Synthentral Top 100 Albums of 2022

Incredible amount of new music released in 2022! In previous years, I’ve had to start with 500+ albums and go through them all at the end of the year. This year I did it different: I only added albums to my “to be rated list” if I thought it had a chance to at least get in the Top 100. This narrowed my starting off point to just above 250 albums. Still a lot, but half the time to do the rating.

First step is to get down to 100 for the Top 100 (here we are). Then I go down to 50 for the Top 50, and finally remove an additional 20 for the Top 30. The Top 30 will have a corresponding show with one song from each album. Once I start removing albums from the 50 to the 30 that’s when it gets painful for me as an album I really loved gets removed because it had a rating of 8.62 and the album above it had an 8.63. Yes, it’s often that tight.

Here are the rules and guidelines I work with:

  • I only rate albums. There are tons of “best of” lists out there for singles and EPs.
    • An album consists of at least 7 original songs. Remixes, intro/outro, instrumentals, versions, compilations, etc. do not count toward the “at least 7.” Covers do count as long as it’s not an album of all covers.
  • I must have the album in my collection to rate it. If a band or label didn’t get it to me, I didn’t buy it, or get it from a DJ resource, then it’s not on my list to rate.
  • Song are rated individually and the album is rated overall for listenability, danceability, whether I wanted to skip any tracks, was I engaged from start to finish, etc.
  • Rating is weighted so an album with 7 songs does not have an edge (or handicap) to an album with 17 songs.
  • I post the Top 100 and Top 50 lists alphabetically and not in “countdown” style. The Top 30 will be in countdown style.
  • I post my list after the year is over so any album released late in December 2022 still gets a chance at making it on the list.

I expect people to disagree with my list because it’s subjective. In fact, I hope you disagree with my list and post some of your favorites that I didn’t include or I may have missed during the year. I hope your list is different and you are passionate about your favorite bands and albums from 2022!

Most importantly, I hope you discover new bands from my lists.

I have “LISTEN HERE” links below each album cover, so go and listen and give each band and album a chance, and support the bands you like!

The Synthentral Top 100 for 2022 (in alphabetical order):

1984 – Sharp Dressed Men (LISTEN HERE)
ÆON RINGS – Enemy (LISTEN HERE)
Alex Sindrome – Eject (LISTEN HERE)
Am Tierpark – Forevermore (LISTEN HERE)
Angry Pete – Misanthrope (LISTEN HERE)
Any Second – Enemies (LISTEN HERE)
Avarice In Audio – Our Idols Are Filth (LISTEN HERE)
Ayria – This Is My Battle Cry (LISTEN HERE)
Blackbook – Confessions Of The Innocent (LISTEN HERE)
Blaqk Audio – Trop D’amour (LISTEN HERE)
Blind Passenger – Teamwork (LISTEN HERE)
Blood Handsome – A New Calm (LISTEN HERE)
Buzz Kull – Fascination (LISTEN HERE)
C-Lekktor – New World Disorder (LISTEN HERE)
Causeway – We Were Never Lost (LISTEN HERE)
Chinese Theatre – Unfinished Business (LISTEN HERE)
Claustraphobia – Vita Et Mors (LISTEN HERE)
Code 64 – Broken Rhythm (LISTEN HERE)
Corlyx – Blood In The Disco (LISTEN HERE)
Current One – Praeludium (LISTEN HERE)
Curse Mackey – Immoral Emporium (LISTEN HERE)
CZARINA – Arcana (LISTEN HERE)
Dagon – Owen Sebastian (LISTEN HERE)
Das Leiden – Chapter I, Dies Irae (LISTEN HERE)
Deep Down Wise – Deep Down Wise (LISTEN HERE)
Die Robo Sapiens – Robo Sapien Race (LISTEN HERE)
Dina Summer – Rimini (LISTEN HERE)
Dreamkid – Dreamkid (LISTEN HERE)
e:lect – Disoriented Illusion (LISTEN HERE)
Eisfabrik – Life Below Zero (LISTEN HERE)
Electro Spectre – Stereo Dreams PT1 (LISTEN HERE)
Electronic Frequency – CON:TRAST (LISTEN HERE)
ElektroTerapi – Diagnose: Liebe (LISTEN HERE)
ELM – Penetrator (LISTEN HERE)
Encephalon – Surfacer (LISTEN HERE)
Exsect – Opéra Mécanique (LISTEN HERE)
EXTIZE – MonStars (LISTEN HERE)
Fractal Age – Another Way (LISTEN HERE)
Francesca e Luigi – Dirty Disco – The Ultimate Album (LISTEN HERE)
Ginger Snap5 – Make Me Bad (LISTEN HERE)
Give My Remains To Broadway – My Will Is Not My Own (LISTEN HERE)
Harsh Symmetry – Display Model (LISTEN HERE)
Headless Mannequins – Shadowland (LISTEN HERE)
Hidden Souls – All That We Destroy (LISTEN HERE)
Humans Can’t Reboot – No Tomorrow (LISTEN HERE)
IDEON – Forever Can Wait (LISTEN HERE)
Ill Humans – New Light (LISTEN HERE)
In My Despair – Last Mirage On The Earth (LISTEN HERE)
Incirrina – Lip Led Scream (LISTEN HERE)
Jason Alacrity – The Criminal Class (LISTEN HERE)
Kim Lunner – From Dusk To Dawn (LISTEN HERE)
The Kolour Kult – Reception (LISTEN HERE)
Kondratie – Москва (LISTEN HERE)
LAU – Circumstance (LISTEN HERE)
Liquid Modern – Circle & Light (LISTEN HERE)
LMX – Habits & Addictions (LISTEN HERE)
Lucca Leeloo – Prosperous (LISTEN HERE)
Martiné – My Mind – The Hand Grenade (LISTEN HERE)
Matthias & Marss – Plus One (LISTEN HERE)
Mental Discipline – Nothing To Die For (LISTEN HERE)
The Midnight Computers – Romantic Disaster (LISTEN HERE)
Miseria Ultima – In Colors Of Void (LISTEN HERE)
Movie Camera – Memory / Display (LISTEN HERE)
My Own Burial – Breathing Sorrow (LISTEN HERE)
No – Domestic Pulse (LISTEN HERE)
Noise Resistance – Stripped (LISTEN HERE)
Panic Priest – Psychogoria (LISTEN HERE)
Peppy Pep Pepper – Decline (LISTEN HERE)
Perel – Jesus Was An Alien (LISTEN HERE)
Poison Point – Poisoned Gloves (LISTEN HERE)
Prager Handgriff – Das Letzte Gefecht (LISTEN HERE)
Priest – Body Machine (LISTEN HERE)
A Projection – In A Different Light (LISTEN HERE)
Propter Hoc – History The Operator (LISTEN HERE)
Pure Obsessions & Red Nights – Let Your Obsessions Run Wild (LISTEN HERE)
Rebel Empire – Street Art (LISTEN HERE)
Reflection – Anima (LISTEN HERE)
Reichsfeind – Darken (LISTEN HERE)
Risk Risk – Blue Science (LISTEN HERE)
RROYCE – RROARR (LISTEN HERE)
Rue Oberkampf – Liebe (LISTEN HERE)
Sacred Skin – The Decline Of Pleasure (LISTEN HERE)
Saft – Dansar Med Satan (LISTEN HERE)
She Hates Emotions – Happy Pop Music (LISTEN HERE)
Solitary Experiments – Transcendent (LISTEN HERE)
Stereoskop – Silk (LISTEN HERE)
Sweet Tempest – Going Down Dancing (LISTEN HERE)
Sydney Valette – Home Alone (LISTEN HERE)
Tempers – New Meaning (LISTEN HERE)
Tragic Impulse – Distant Worlds (LISTEN HERE)
Undine – Ether (LISTEN HERE)
Unidad Obscura – Entre La Agonia (LISTEN HERE)
Unify Separate – Music Since Tomorrow (LISTEN HERE)
Vandal Moon – Queen Of The Night (LISTEN HERE)
Vanguard – Spectrum (LISTEN HERE)
Voicecoil – Strange Days (LISTEN HERE)
VVMPYRE – Neon Night Fright (LISTEN HERE)
X Marks The Pedwalk – New/End (LISTEN HERE)
Xenturion Prime – Prisma (LISTEN HERE)
Zynic – Best Before End (LISTEN HERE)

My Favorite St. Joseph Burgers

There were not enough good burgers in St. Joe to get into my original Top 10, which included the surrounding areas. So this list is only for St. Joe burgers!

How do I judge a burger?

First thing I always do is eat just a piece of hamburger meat with nothing on it. Does the meat have its own flavor? Is it juicy? Is it cooked correctly at medium and no more than medium well (exception made for smash/slider)? Is the bun too dry or does it perform the job of sopping up juice and add flavor and depth to the burger? Do the condiments and add-ons actually add to the flavor or detract/distract from it?

Honestly, there are not a lot of great burgers in St. Joseph, so I had to include surrounding areas extended out to Kansas City, Topeka, Omaha, etc. A burger has to at least be great to make my list (an amazing will bump a great every time), but what I’m always on the lookout for is pure bliss, what I call a “hallelujah burger.” The burger that hits your mouth and sends you to that special place in your head where you’re at peace with yourself. It should be noted that not all the burgers are from exclusively “burger joints:” a great burger can come from anywhere.

I fully acknowledge that taste is subjective. I don’t think judging a burger on the quality of the meat, how it’s cooked, if it’s juicy and has flavor on its own is subjective, or whether the bun is too dry or performs its function is subjective, but once you get to condiments, and add-ons, then you enter subjective taste. I fully expect people to disagree with my list and that’s okay. I encourage you to post your own top burgers from the area!

The List

So here is my list. If you have a suggestion of a place that’s not on my list that you think I’d like, by all means let me know and I’ll try them! NOTE: As I try new places, I will add the burgers on here if they meet my Top 10 requirements.

  • 06 Ford’s Drive In
    • 5028 Lake Ave, St Joseph, MO 64504
    • Ford’s is all sliders and those rarely make my list. Ford’s is one of those “don’t judge a book by its cover” places and you could easily drive by it: and you would be wrong to do so. Ford’s is vastly underrated. Their burgers are juicy and loaded with condiments. Get the double bacon cheeseburger and a shake! If you’re a larger person, seating will be uncomfortable, so you may want to get your food to go.
  • 05 Adam’s Bar & Grill
    • 1612 Commercial St, St Joseph, MO 64503
    • Adam’s is busy and that’s a good sign. Several people have told me that while their burgers are good, I should be trying other food on their menu, and I definitely will be going back to do so. They have a variety of burgers to try and all are good. I think the burger meat needs to be seasoned better, but they’re not dry and are thicker than a lot of places (I really wish places would be willing to do their hamburgers medium or medium well if they’re that thick).
  • 04 Vogel’s Burgers
    • Vogel’s is a food truck, so check their FB page for daily locations.
    • You’re going to wait for your burger as they are hand made to order. A variety of styles of burgers are available. Vogel’s locations and hours vary, so make sure you check their FB page ahead of time.
  • 03 D&G
    • 1918 Frederick Ave, St Joseph, MO 64501
    • D&G is one of the few places in town open for lunch on Sunday and their rock & roll themed menu makes perfect sense if you know the quirks of the rock & rollers their items are named after, like the Elvis with peanut butter or the Lemmy with pulled pork on the burger. I recommend both for sure! While there, you can also try one of their amazing tenderloin sandwiches and I definitely recommend the hushpuppies as an appetizer!
  • 02 First Ward House
    • FirstWardSJFDFireBurger2101 St Joseph Ave, St Joseph, MO 64505
    • The SJFD Fire Burger is phenomenal. From the perfectly seasoned meat, seared for those crunchy notches, complimenting condiments, flavorful and thick bacon, and an amazing overall flavor profile. I’m looking forward to trying their other burgers for sure! They are open Sunday, so they may be part of my Sunday routine.
  • 01 RC’s Lunch Car
    • 505 Francis St, St Joseph, MO 64501
    • RC’s is 100% my favorite place to get a burger in St. Joseph. In addition to their normal burger, which are always perfectly cooked medium to medium well and are super juicy, they offer specialty burgers almost every week. I basically eat dinner at RC’s every Friday night. Also worth trying is one of their hand-spun milkshakes, Smoked Pork Tacos, and the BBQ Brisket and Gouda sandwich. Enjoy a diner atmosphere as you watch the cooks prepare your food!

But What About?

Where are the standard ones you see on so many other lists from St. Joseph? A lot of the ones on those lists seem to be based more on nostalgia than taste. For example, I’m always going to get me some Town Topic burgers in Kansas City because of the nostalgia (and they’re good), but they’re not in my Top 10 unless I’m doing a nostalgia-based list. If I’m being honest, a lot of the ones on those lists are just not good. There’s one at the top of most people’s lists for St. Joseph that I don’t include because the burgers are always overcooked and as dry as a hockey puck. It doesn’t matter how good your condiments’ flavor profile is if your burger is a hockey puck.

My Favorite St. Joseph (& Surrounding Areas) Burgers

How do I judge a burger?

First thing I always do is eat just a piece of hamburger meat with nothing on it. Does the meat have its own flavor? Is it juicy? Is it cooked correctly at medium and no more than medium well (exception made for smash/slider)? Is the bun too dry or does it perform the job of sopping up juice and add flavor and depth to the burger? Do the condiments and add-ons actually add to the flavor or detract/distract from it?

Honestly, there are not a lot of great burgers in St. Joseph, so I had to include surrounding areas extended out to Kansas City, Topeka, Omaha, etc. A burger has to at least be great to make my list (an amazing will bump a great every time), but what I’m always on the lookout for is pure bliss, what I call a “hallelujah burger.” The burger that hits your mouth and sends you to that special place in your head where you’re at peace with yourself. It should be noted that not all the burgers are from exclusively “burger joints:” a great burger can come from anywhere.

I fully acknowledge that taste is subjective. I don’t think judging a burger on the quality of the meat, how it’s cooked, if it’s juicy and has flavor on its own is subjective, or whether the bun is too dry or performs its function is subjective, but once you get to condiments, and add-ons, then you enter subjective taste. I fully expect people to disagree with my list and that’s okay. I encourage you to post your own top burgers from the area!

The List

So here is my list. It’s still growing since I only moved to the area in May of 2022. If you have a suggestion of a place that’s not on my list that you think I’d like, by all means let me know and I’ll try them!

  • 10 Ford’s Drive In (St. Joseph)
    • 5028 Lake Ave, St Joseph, MO 64504
    • Ford’s is all sliders and those rarely make my list. Ford’s is one of those “don’t judge a book by its cover” places and you could easily drive by it: and you would be wrong to do so. Ford’s is vastly underrated. Their burgers are juicy and loaded with condiments. Get the double bacon cheeseburger and a shake! If you’re a larger person, seating will be uncomfortable, so you may want to get your food to go.
  • 09 Vogel’s Burgers (St. Joseph)
    • Vogel’s is a food truck, so check their FB page for daily locations.
    • You’re going to wait for your burger as they are hand made to order. A variety of styles of burgers are available. Vogel’s locations and hours vary, so make sure you check their FB page ahead of time.
  • 08 D&G (St. Joseph)
    • 1918 Frederick Ave, St Joseph, MO 64501
    • D&G is one of the few places in town open for lunch on Sunday and their rock & roll themed menu makes perfect sense if you know the quirks of the rock & rollers their items are named after, like the Elvis with peanut butter or the Lemmy with pulled pork on the burger. I recommend both for sure! While there, you can also try one of their amazing tenderloin sandwiches and I definitely recommend the hushpuppies as an appetizer!
  • 07 Tay’s Burger Shack (Kansas City)
    • The Triple from Tay's Burger Shack1019 Armour Rd, North Kansas City, MO 64116
    • I love that their menu is simple: they make what they make and they’re good at it. It’s a matter of how much meat you want! The Triple is the perfect amount for me (I’m not sure I can get my mouth around the Homerun). These are smash burgers and they’re juicy and lots of delicious char in the grooves. I get grilled jalapenos and and bacon as an add-on to give that Triple some extra goodness. My only gripe is that I wish they seasoned the meat a bit more.
  • 06 Sinful Burger Sports Grill (Bellevue)
    • 4005 Twin Creek Dr #101, Bellevue, NE 68123
    • Each of their burgers is named after one of the Seven Deadly Sins. The Wrath is my favorite, because I love the hot stuff! If you’re extra hungry, try the Gluttony!
  • 05 First Ward House (St. Joseph)
    • FirstWardSJFDFireBurger2101 St Joseph Ave, St Joseph, MO 64505
    • When I finally got around to trying this place I knew it was an instant on my list. The SJFD Fire Burger is absolutely phenomenal. From the perfectly seasoned meat, perfectly seared for those crunchy notches on the side with complimenting condiments, crunchy and flavorful bacon, and an amazing overall flavor profile. The excellent fries on the side are a bonus. I’m looking forward to trying their other burgers for sure! Bonus is they are open Sunday from lunch until late, so this will likely now be part of my Sunday routine.
  • 04 RC’s Lunch Car (St. Joseph)
    • 505 Francis St, St Joseph, MO 64501
    • RC’s is 100% my favorite place to get a burger in St. Joseph. In addition to their normal burger, they offer specialty burgers almost every week that are absolutely worth trying. I basically eat dinner at RC’s every Friday night. Also worth trying is one of their hand-spun milkshakes and their BBQ Pork Tacos.
  • 03 Beer Kitchen (Kansas City)
    • 300399943_1679597432409626_7612029134766416080_n435 Westport Rd, Kansas City, MO 64111
    • The Smokestack is probably their most sold burger and for a reason, a perfectly cooked (get it medium like you’re supposed to) and seasoned burger with burnt ends, jalapeno straws, smoked gouda, whiskey glaze, and chipotle aioli come together for a flavor extravaganza. Ask for a little extra chipotle aioli (trust me). Add that smoked chipotle and smoked bacon sauces for your fries as well. Definitely an amazing burger.
  • 02 Pennant (Topeka)
    • The Triple Threat from Pennant in Topeka.915 S Kansas Ave, Topeka, KS 66612
    • The Triple Threat is my favorite and if you like spicy, definitely give it a try: it’s a hallelujah burger for sure. Also check out the P.B.J. which uses Thai peanut butter sauce for some kick. Using Thai peanut butter sauce has been my recommendation over a regular peanut butter on burger for a long time and I was so happy to see a place using it on a burger. Also worth checking out is their tater tot nachos.
  • 01 Brewer’s Kitchen (Kansas City)
    • 3107 Gillham Road Suite 100, Kansas City, MO 64109
    • Every one of their burgers is a hallelujah burger. My favorite by far is their Blueberry Stout Burger. It’s over-indulgent and I love everything about it. Bonus is that it’s situated in an area you should explore more of!

But What About?

Where are the standard ones you see on so many other lists from St. Joseph? A lot of the ones on those lists seem to be based more on nostalgia than taste. For example, I’m always going to get me some Town Topic burgers in Kansas City because of the nostalgia (and they’re good), but they’re not in the Top 10 unless you’re doing a nostalgia-based list. If I’m being honest, a lot of the ones on those lists are just not good. There’s one at the top of most people’s lists for St. Joseph that I don’t include because the burgers are always overcooked and as dry as a hockey puck. It doesn’t matter how good your condiments flavor profile is if your burger is a hockey puck.