A truly great burger, whatever its proportions and however tidy its construction, is a perilous proposition. That this sandwich-in-the-round sits not only on a bun but also on the brink of greasy collapse is fundamental to its gratification.

The photo was taken by Andrea Chu Takeoka at the Lazy Ox Canteen in LA’s Little Tokyo. Los Angeles Times restaurant critic S. Irene Virbila called it the best burger in town.