How I Met Your Mother

Season 4 Episode 2

The Best Burger in New York

Aired Monday 8:00 PM Sep 29, 2008 on CBS
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Episode Summary

A "burger-mad" Marshall is on a quest to find the place where he ate the first hamburger he ever had in New York.

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  • Marshall tries to find a burger

    At this time Marshall in the depths of unemployment. While this episode was not as good as the first episode of season 4, for me the downgrade was not as far as others due to my unemployment at this time. Speaking of jobs, Barney has a new job that as of this time in the series he still has. It was a little weird how much Barney was promoting GNB. even for him. Marshall tries to find some fulfillment in trying to find a burger. Time and time again they enjoy the burger except Robin to only find out that it's not. Somehow Regis Philbin is involved in this. However he still did a good job. The story of that best burger Marshall had was kind of cute. (spoiler alert) Marshall does find it and also had a new job working with Barney. There wasn't much of a second story, but Marshall finding a burger was nice before he works for another big company.moreless
  • The gang tries to find the best burger in New York.

    "The Best Burger in New York" is a great How I Met Your Mother episode. It really made me crave a hamburger after watching this episode. This episode made a good point about how things change, and they can either change for the better, or for the worse. It was entertaining that the gang was trying to find the hamburger place in which Marshall had the best burger ever, although it seemed to drag on for a bit. I wish there were more subplots in this episode. Overall, pretty good episode. I love how they found the exact place where Marshall ate his best burger. I give this episode a 8/10.moreless
  • One of the best storylines that they have come up with!

    I definitely really enjoyued this episode, and I have enjoye d watching it on numerous occasions! While there are some really good episodes of HIMYM, the sign of a really awesome episode is the fact that you can get never get tired watching that episode.

    I thought the whole concept of the best burger was hilarious, an d all of the adventures to the burger were absolutely hilarious!

    Moreso, Robin's constant hunger problems made the storyline even more funnier than it really was.

    All up, this was definitely a great episode. Lily's comment about the 'wedding vows off the Internet' was hilarious! I definitely recommend it!moreless
  • Marshall tries to find a hamburger he ate eight years ago.

    HIMYM does not seem to be getting much better this season than it was post-strike last season. Carter Bays and Craig Thomas are desperately reaching for these storylines and they don't get any sillier than this. Stuntcasting has become How I Met Your Mother's thing but the Regis Philbin appearance here was completely unnecessary. People are going to say how great Million Dollar Heads Or Tails was, but it was just terrible.

    Neil Patrick Harris was funny here, and the running gag involving Global National Bank was entertaining, but that's one of the few positives to take from this. Normally a Marshall-centric episode would be hilarious but ever since Forgetting Sarah Marshall Jason Segel just isn't very funny anymore.moreless
  • Marshall and his gang hunt for a very special burger, which he had eaten a number of years back.

    I found it very counter intuitive to give this episode a 8.5 and at the same time classify it as unoriginal. Unoriginal in the sense, this installment reminded me of the movie - Harold&Kumar go to whitecastle; which also has a similar plot line. Nevertheless, I found this episode nearly as good as the previous ones, when judged in terms of the humor content.

    The plot here revolves primarily around Marshall, and has clearly taken a break from the main storyline. This was good in way, because it steers the focus from Ted and Stella, and of course, the moist side of Barney. Regis Philbin's cameo appearance was a nice move as well. Story wise, I felt Barney's dialogues this time were bland. The parts where he vouches for his company were not in line with his character, and definitely didn't evoke any laughter. I liked the part, where Marshall talks to himself facing the mirror. There were certain small funny sub-sequences, which many would have missed -such as Robin eating from the trash near the ATM, Regis receiving a text message in the middle of his show.

    Overall, it was a pretty enjoyable installment. However, I would prefer they stick to the main story and retain the original character attributes.moreless
Regis Philbin

Regis Philbin


Guest Star

Casey Washington

Casey Washington

Strip Club Guy

Guest Star

Jay Lay

Jay Lay

Nicest Guy in the World

Guest Star

Bob Saget

Bob Saget

Voice of Ted, 2030

Recurring Role

Charlene Amoia

Charlene Amoia


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Lily claims to be upset that Marshall can speak at length on loving a hamburger when he got wedding vows off the Internet, but in the season 2 episode "Something Borrowed", Lily and Marshall spontaneously have their wedding ceremony take place outdoors. Instead of reading their previously written vows, which they did not have with them at that moment, they each spoke whatever came to mind, making it impossible for Marshall to have gotten them from the Internet.

    • After Ted hits Marshall with the bat, you can see it wobbling as he pulls it away, revealing that it's a soft prop.

    • This episode is also known as "The Greatest Burger in New York."

  • QUOTES (12)

    • Marshall: Do you remember where it is?
      Regis Philbin: No, I never wrote it down. But not a day goes by that I don't regret it. Why, do you know where it is? And if you tell me it's at the Corner Bistro, I'm gonna smack you right in the face!
      Barney: Listen, Regis, we don't know where it is.
      Regis Philbin: (grabs Barney) Listen, blondie, don't mess with me! Daddy needs his meat.

    • Lily: We've got to find Marshall that burger.
      Ted: Lily, I think we're all eating that burger.
      Robin: I'm not eating that burger.

    • Marshall: I can't believe I found it! I've actually prepared a few words...
      Robin: I will eat your hand!
      Marshall: Okay, let's just go inside, then!

    • Ted: Marshall, you have to get over this paranoia. You are not going to get mugged.
      Marshall: What if I do? I don't have a switchblade, I don't know how to breakdance and win the grudging respect of a street gang.

    • Barney: This tastes so good, I'm worried I'm going to get this burger pregnant.
      Marshall: If he does get that burger pregnant, I have dibs on the delicious burger babies.

    • Ted: We didn't know our way around. Just getting back to the apartment took us three hours and a very helpful drag queen.
      Marshall: Wait, Penny Noir was a drag queen?
      Robin: Where do you think it was?
      Lily: Probably tucked between her legs.

    • Marshall: (about his favorite burger place) And there it was, stuffed between a taxidermist and a triple-x bookstore.
      Barney: Name two places where things get stuffed.

    • Marshall: Just a burger? Just a burger. Robin, it's so much more than "just a burger." I mean, that first bite-oh, what heaven that first bite is. The bun, like a sesame freckled breast of an angel, resting gently on the ketchup and mustard below, flavors mingling in a seductive pas de deux. And then… a pickle! The most playful little pickle! Then a slice of tomato, a leaf of lettuce and a-a patty of ground beef so exquisite, swirling in your mouth, breaking apart, and combining again in a fugue of sweets and savor so delightful. This is no mere sandwich of grilled meat and toasted bread, Robin. This is God, speaking to us in food.
      Lily: And you got our wedding vows off the internet!?

    • Lily: But you wanna be an environmental lawyer!
      Marshall: Yeah, you know I also wanna be a Harlem Globetrotter and get paid in candy.

    • (Discussing what to eat)
      Ted: Chinese?
      Barney: I don't like Chinese.
      Ted: Indian?
      Barney: I just said, I don't like Chinese.
      Ted: Indian isn't Chinese.
      Barney: Weird meats, funny music, side of rice. Why are we splitting hairs?
      Ted: Mexican?
      Barney: I just said, I don't like Chinese!

    • Ted: Okay, first of all you look like the last pick in the draft and second why are you so excited about some bank?

    • Lily: This burger is so good, its like Christmas in my mouth. Meat Christmas.
      Ted: Its like an angel from heaven landed in the kitchen of McClaren's... where the chef killed it and ran it through the meat grinder.
      Barney: I love this burger so much I want to sew my ass shut.

  • NOTES (3)

    • The German episode title is "Der beste Burger in New York", and the Italian title is "Il migliore hamburger di New York", both exact translations. The French title is "Le Hamburger de Proust", meaning "Proust's Hamburger".

    • Music: "Lost and Found" by Ola Podrida (Marshall finds the burger)

    • International Airdates: Australia: February 2, 2009 on Network 7; United Kingdom: December 24, 2009 on E4; Czech Republic: October 25, 2010 on Prima COOL


    • When Marshall is describing the best burger in New York, it is parody of the scene in Amadeus when Salieri is describing Mozart's music.

    • Million Dollar Heads or Tails, the gameshow hosted by Regis Philbin in this episode, parodies his one-time hosting of Who Wants to be a Millionaire? At one point, Regis says, "You polled the audience; it came out split, 50/50," referring to one of the three "lifelines" given to contestants on Who Wants to be a Millionaire?