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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

All the Best Burgers Can Now Be Found in Your Pocket

Posted By on Tue, Jun 17, 2014 at 11:00 AM

So many burgers, so little time. - BURGERATOR
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  • So many burgers, so little time.

Burgers are arguably the most popular sandwich in the world, if not the country. It's even split the nation regionally; from In-N-Out, Whataburger, Shake Shack, it could be a physically and mentally daunting task to find the best burger around. Burgerator, a new app, doesn't think so.

James Madison University alum Ammar Shallal and Jack Kahan, created the app after being in a club dedicated to finding the best burger in New York City.

"It was a group of us friends, there's about eight of us, who've been going to different burger places for the last five years every other Wednesday," Shallal says. "Over time we've been to over 100 places in the city."

From the Burger Club, Shallal and his friends put together their findings on a website which he describes to be a "glorified Excel sheet." And from the website, Shallal and Kahan birthed the idea of the app to "let everyone be a part of our Burger Club."

Shallal says that the app uses data from Yelp as well as their own findings to give users more information on their burgers.

The app allows users to rate their burger based on cheese, burger-to-bun ratio, prep, taste, toppings, and the bun itself. It also showcases the 10 best burgers in your area.

The app launched on May 21, a week before National Burger Day. As of Monday, Shallal says that thousands of people have downloaded the app and more than 500 burgers have been rated.

"People take their burgers super-seriously," he says. "And we love that we've been able to find people that are as passionate and fanatical about burgers as we are."

The newest version of the app, which will be available in the App Store later this week, allows users to see other burgers from all around the world (or wherever people are using Burgerator), including London, Ohio, and Tennessee. It currently only shows burgers from New York City, but users elsewhere can still rate and share their sandwiches.

Shallal also says that he wants the app to focus more on the product and not so much the restaurant. Burgerator will have a reconfigured database that will allow users to rate burgers from other restaurants and not just burger joints.

"So it's really going to actually be where can you find the best burger versus where can you find the best burger place," Shallal says. "We wanted to have our users kind of start finding all the best places around first, and now that we have those hundreds of burgers that are already in there, that can kind of help us with that process."

Shallal says that future versions of the app will incorporate likes, or "pounds," into the ratings of the burgers. He says that they're also looking to expand to Andriod users as the app is currently only available in the Apple store.

Shallal says that his favorite burger is from Good Stuff Eatery in his hometown, Washington D.C.

Shallal also says that the company is looking to expand and create other apps like Sushirator, Cupcakerator, Saladrator, and Tacorator.

The Burgerator boys are also offering an award for the first city to hit a target amount of reviews.

"The city that has 500 burgers rated first, our Burgerator team will actually fly to that city and throw a burger bash in that city at one of the top ten restaurants that are rated by the users," Shallal says. "Every single person who's rated a burger on there will get invited to that party."

All the more reason to profess your love for burgers to the world wide web.

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