Zagat’s Annual Fast Food Survey recently declared the 5 Guys burger the best burger in America. So I wanted to know who in El Paso you thought had the juiciest, tastiest, best burger in town. After tabulating your emails and Facebook comments, I’d be lying if I didn't say I was somewhat surprised with your overwhelming choice.

Not because I don’t think they serve up some yummy burgers, because I do, but because it’s not one of the usual suspects. In fact, the burger you voted the best comes from a chain restaurant. And now, without further adieu … (drum roll, please!) The Top 3 Burgers in El Paso …

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    Papa Burgers

    Good old-fashioned diner quality hamburgers served out of a converted house on N. Piedras. It’s not a big place, I counted 8 tables and 3 ½ booths, and they don’t knock them out as fast as a Mickey D’s or a BK does but they’re definitely worth the wait. 

    3 locations:

    2519 N. Piedras St.

    1023 E. Yandell

    10100 N. Loop in Socorro

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    Like the Papa Burgers on Piedras, Roscos grills their burgers out of a converted house in Central El Paso. And the available seating isn’t much better either with a seating capacity of 50. But there ‘s a reason why it wins Best Of accolades time after time, and the parking lot starts filling up fast by 11:30: the juicy, greasy burgers with grilled onions, diced lettuce, pickles, and sliced tomatoes consistently kick butt!!! But bring cash. They don’t take debit cards.

    3829 Tompkins. Open from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday

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    Unlike the other burger joints on the list, Whataburger—or  Waterburger as its endearingly referred to around here,  is a chain. You can't drive more than a few miles without seeing an orange W hanging up in the air, and that’s probably one of the reasons it was the clear winner. There’s something to be said for convenience. But that’s just a plus. The burger itself is your standard 1/4-pound patty on a toasted bun. Something about that simplicity coupled with the lettuce, tomato, pickles and onions that just works. I honestly can’t explain why they’re so good. They just are. A word to the wise, though; don’t ever leave a Whataburger bag – empty or full - in your car for any amount of time!