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By Farheen Syed, Staff Writer

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I think everyone can agree burgers are consistently in the top five foods to eat for a person. Now that summer’s right around the corner, I think they’ll become even more popular, because it is, after all, the food for picnics and people who like to grill. However, for the person that likes to eat a burger at a restaurant rather than making their own, Metro Detroit has some pretty great burger joints.

The first is Red Coat Tavern. There are two locations, West Bloomfield and Royal Oak. Both are pretty great, but the original in Royal Oak is slightly better. The best thing about these burgers is the fact that you can decide exactly what you want on these burgers. If you’re not in the mood for a burger, Red Coat offers many other awesome food choices. It’s definitely a must try!

So if you like hamburgers, but don’t like the complicated burgers that can’t fit into your mouth, Dearborn’s Miller’s Bar is the place to go. Their burgers are known all over the country. This cash only bar provides a simple, yet amazing meal. Add it to your list and be prepared to get more than one burger!

Now for those people who are willing to take a hike, Krazy Jim’s Blimpy Burger in Ann Arbor is a must try. This iconic burger joint of University of Michigan closed down about a year ago, the building being purchased for student housing. However, it has since been relocated due to the high demand and love residents hold for this burger joint. They have a variety of burgers and all are equally good.

For those people who are looking for something different, and not just a traditional burger with toppings, Jay’s Stuffed Burgers in Plymouth is the place for you. This burger joint opened in 2012 and has some interesting options! From the classic mushroom and Swiss burger to a mac and cheese stuffed burger, this place is definitely one to turn to on an empty stomach!

Now last but not least is Mercury Burger. This small vintage diner-style restaurant is located in Corktown. When I tried this place I was not disappointed; the burgers here are awesome! The restaurant itself is a whole in the wall, and like Red Coat, it offers some other options, but the burgers here are the best! When the weather is warm, they even have outdoor seating. I’ve never been disappointed.

Burgers are a classic food that everyone likes, and the best thing about them is that you can personalize them however you like. From the way it’s cooked all the way to the toppings you add. These in particular are my top five for the consistency, quality, taste, and even uniqueness. Metro Detroit has so many different hidden gems, I’m sure there’s some other awesome options I’ve missed, but if you’re willing to venture out to find amazing food, try venturing out to try these first. They’re definitely worth it!