These Are the Best Burgers in All 50 States
When a meat craving hits, there's nothing more satisfying than a juicy, flavorful, mouthwatering burger, am I right? The simple pairing of a beef patty and a bun is one of the most classic American dishes you can get and, when done right, one of the tastiest. If you're a burger-lover, you know how many different varieties there are out there, from fast-food burgers to gourmet ones to the recently popular plant-based burgers (those are delicious, too). But with so many burgers to choose from, where do you even start when trying to narrow down the best ones in the US? Allow us to present you with the ultimate burger bucket list, featuring the best burgers in all 50 states! Just be warned that scrolling through these photos will make you epically hungry.
Every burger at Chubbfathers is big and juicy, which is just the way we like 'em! Its Zydeco Burger is a spicy twist on a traditional bacon cheeseburger with lettuce, tomato, cajun horseradish, and onion straws on top. You'll be dreaming about this burger long after you take your last bite.
Alaska: Tommy's Burger Stop
Head over to Tommy's Burger Stop to try one of its weekly specials, our favorite being the Battered Husband Burger, which includes Swiss, Cajun-battered fried jalapeños, and garlic jalapeño aioli, for those who can handle the spice. The restaurant may be small, but it's accumulated a cult following for good reason.
Arizona: Rehab Burger Therapy
If you're looking for more than just a little spice, head over to Rehab Burger Therapy in Arizona and order the Spice Mac-N-Cheese Burger. It's loaded with pepper jack, macaroni and cheese, poblano peppers, jalapeños, green chilies, and bacon, so basically, what's not to love?
Arkansas: Leo's Greek Castle
Leo's Greek Castle in Little Rock serves delectable gyros and the cheapest beer in the state, but its Signature Burger is the real star of the menu. This perfectly tender 10-ounce beef patty oozing with American cheese will tempt you to order more than one.
California: GD Bro Burger
If you want more than just a regular cheeseburger, give the Chimichurri Burger at GD Bro Burger a try. Bursting with bold and addictive flavors, this burger features marinated beef short ribs, melted pepper jack cheese, chimichurri sauce, and raw red onion slices.
For a handful of goodness, order a Richie's Lunch from Grind, which is topped with lettuce, caramelized onions, bacon, gremolata mayo, and smoked provolone. Grind burgers are no ordinary burgers. This Glenwood Springs restaurant grinds every single patty it serves and only uses grass-fed beef of the highest quality.
Connecticut: Louis' Lunch
For a little taste of history, stop by Louis' Lunch in New Haven for an Original Burger — a medium-well-cooked burger with cheese, tomato, and onions that's still served on toast. Although there are many restaurants that claim to have invented the hamburger, Louis' Lunch is the only one recognized by the Library of Congress.
Delaware: Kid Shelleen's Charcoal House and Saloon
The Belsnickle Burger from Kid Shelleen's, which comes with grilled bratwurst, beer cheese, and crispy onions on a pretzel roll, is a one-way ticket to the best afternoon food coma of your life. The award-winning char-grilled burgers at this Wilmington restaurant have made it a staple destination for burger fanatics in Delaware.
Florida: Le Chick
For a true world-class burger experience, try the Royale with Cheese at Le Chick. This trendy Miami restaurant takes inspiration from its Amsterdam counterpart and is famous for featuring comfort food with a modern twist. With two beef patties, tomato, lettuce, house pickles, cheddar, and secret sauce, this burger hits all the right notes.
Georgia: The General Muir
Craving something super American? Try the Burger Stack at The General Muir, which features American cheese, shaved onion, bread and butter pickles, and perfectly golden fries. This Atlanta-based restaurant was inspired by a classic New York Jewish deli, and it's proven that it has really tasty grub and showstopping burgers.
Hawaii: Teddy's Bigger Burgers
Order a double burger topped with furikake grilled onions, American cheese, and bacon at Teddy's for a true "love at first bite" experience. Teddy's Bigger Burgers is a '50s-themed burger chain that has locations all over Hawaii. Its lip-smacking burgers are made of 100 percent fresh chilled ground chuck, making them a no-brainer when it comes to a good meal. The menu might be small, but the burgers are mighty.
Idaho: Hudson's Hamburgers
A fast, friendly, and tasty meal for under $10? Count us in! Order the cheeseburger at Hudson's Hamburgers for a taste of goodness in every mouthful. This burger joint has been serving delicious, mouthwatering hamburgers since 1907, and you can tell it's mastered its craft.
Illinois: Little Bad Wolf
If you've tried the Wolf Burger at Little Bad Wolf in Chicago, then you've experienced the feeling of out-of-body burger heaven. With its three beef patties, creamy American cheese, onion straws, house-made pickles, mayo, and a fried egg, you better be showing up at this stylish restaurant with a big appetite.
If you want to experience pure burger indulgence, head over to all-day cafe Brew, located in Jasper. The Brew Burger, loaded with cheddar cheese, smoked bacon, coffee BBQ sauce, and an onion ring, takes the crown for best burger. Just be sure to wash it all down with one of its craft cocktails or beers.
Iowa: Short's Burger & Shine
Of all the burgers at Short's Burger & Shine, the Larchwood is particularly heavenly. Topped with grilled onions and peppers, sautéed mushrooms, Swiss, and roasted red pepper mayonnaise, this burger pushes all of the right buttons. This gourmet burger joint has 25 different burgers on the menu, each one dripping with flavor and loaded with toppings.
Kansas: Bomber Burger
We like big burgers, and we cannot lie. If you're looking for a burger challenge, try the Bus #36 at Bomber Burger. This whopper is famous for including two pounds of ground beef wrapped in six slices of cheese (we're not kidding). For the less ambitious (and less hungry), we recommend the bacon cheeseburger. Mouth-watering, every time.
Kentucky: Holy Grale
The 3D Farm Burger at Holy Grale is definitely worth worshipping. Topped with Broadbent bacon, caramelized onions, cheddar, arugula, and fritje sauce, this burger is a massive creation of deliciousness. This Louisville restaurant, once a small Unitarian church built in 1905, is now home to the best burger in Kentucky.
Louisiana: The Company Burger
The signature Company Burger takes the meaning of burger to a whole new level with two thin patties, bread and butter pickles, red onions, and American cheese. The Company Burger is a trendy burger joint with homemade condiments such as tomato jam, chili mint glaze, pickles, and a condiment bar, giving you the opportunity to craft the burger of your dreams.
Maine: Nosh Kitchen Bar
Burger, burger on the wall, who is the tastiest of them all? If you want your mind truly blown, order the Big Mack at Nosh Kitchen Bar, which includes lettuce, special sauce, American cheese, pickles, onions, and a triple-stack sesame seed bun. This Portland-based burger joint serves the best burgers in Maine, with each patty full of chuck and brisket perfectly seared on a flattop grille.
Maryland: Hamilton Tavern
Hamilton Tavern's Crosstown Burger is an absolute treat that you won't forget in a hurry. Half sweet, half savory, the patty has local beef covered with horseradish-cheddar, onion, and shredded iceberg. The indisputable must-add-on for this burger is sticky-spicy bacon. The tavern provides the perfect dark, cozy neighborhood vibe with only a few rules. No talk of religion and politics, and TVs only get turned on during Orioles games.
Massachusetts: MET Back Bay
Despite very much being in Massachusetts at MET Back Bay, you still need to go to Paris when you're there. The Paris Burger is a thing of decadence and beauty topped with brie, fried egg, caramelized onions, and truffle mayo. With its six city-themed burgers, this gourmet restaurant takes you on a trip around the burger-verse.
Michigan: Stella's Lounge
This retro arcade and whisky bar in Grand Rapids serves up more than just good drinks and games. You'll be hard pressed to find a better vegan burger than Stella's Hippie, which is a house-made black bean and lentil burger stuffed with tempeh sausage, pesto, and vegan Thousand Island.
Minnesota: Matt's Bar
In 1954, a local customer asked for two hamburger patties with a slice of cheese in the middle, and the Jucy Lucy was born. Each individual Jucy Lucy is carefully crafted with fresh, high-quality beef, filled with oozing, molten-hot cheese. Does that sound like the best burger in Minnesota to you? Because it is. And you'll find it at Matt's Bar.
Mississippi: Neon Pig Cafe
The Smash Burger at Neon Pig Cafe in Tupelo has been voted the best burger in America. As soon as you take your first bite, you'll see that it's a statement that's seriously difficult to argue with. The patty is made with bacon, aged filet, ribeye, strip steak, and sirloin. And if that wasn't enough, the patty goes on a ciabatta bun with melted cheddar, dripping hoisin, comeback sauces, pickled onion, and pickles. Perfection? You bet.
Missouri: Five Star Burgers
Five Star Burgers in St. Louis very much lives up to its name! Providing all-natural, hormone-, and antibiotic-free beef since 2008, these black angus beef patties taste best when topped with hatch chiles, pepper jack cheese, and green chile mayo. Sound good? Order Dad's Green Chile Cheeseburger, pronto.
Montana: Naps Grill
To say the burgers at Naps Grill are large would be the understatement of the year, as each burger starts off as a customizable 12-ounce patty of locally farmed beef. We recommend adding some bacon, grilled onions, and mushrooms on top for good measure. Naps proves that a burger from a small town can be just as good (if not better) than anything from a major city.
Nebraska: Dinker's Bar and Grill
Dinker's Bar and Grill is known for its drool-worthy Haystack Burger with American cheese, honey-smoked ham, and a fried egg on a delicious grilled kaiser bun. Make sure to order a side of onion rings; you'll regret it if you don't. Famous for its beer and burgers, Dinker's has been an iconic Omaha institution since 1965. It still makes its burgers the old-fashioned way with an ice cream scoop and hand press.
The Moo, The Cluck, and The Oink at Beefy's is the burger of all burgers: a burger topped with chicken breast, pastrami, bacon, pepper jack, BBQ sauce, and an onion ring. These bad boys are big, juicy, and delicious, so you should definitely arrive with an appetite. With all the burger stops across the state, Beefy's won't let you down.
New Hampshire: Gilley's Diner
After one bite of its double cheeseburger, you'll understand why Gilley's Diner won the award for best late-night eats. Originally a mobile lunch cart, Gilley's was built in 1940 and hauled into Market Square every evening to serve burgers and hot dogs to workers late at night. Now a permanent institution, Gilley's Diner makes the best diner-styled burger in the state.
New Jersey: White Manna
White Manna is a local institution famous for its delicious sliders and crinkle-cut fries. We recommend ordering its cheeseburger sliders (at least four of them), which are only $1.25 apiece. Each patty comes with sliced onions, melted cheese, and a pickle and is served on a potato roll. An added bonus? You get to watch your food being cooked right in front of you.
New Mexico: Sparky's Burgers & BBQ
You can't visit New Mexico without trying a classic green chile cheeseburger. Order the Oinker at Sparky's Burgers & BBQ, a roadside spot in Hatch, for a healthy helping of smoked pulled pork on top of a green chile cheeseburger. You'll never want to eat a regular burger again.
New York: Raoul's
The best burger in New York can be found at Raoul's in Manhattan. The catch? It only makes 12 burgers a night. If you happen to be one of those lucky customers, you'll get to experience a perfectly seared and spiced burger with creamy St. Andre cheese, peppery watercress, and tangy cornichons on a fluffy challah bun. It might cost you a pretty penny at $26, but oh boy, is it worth it.
North Carolina: Moo & Brew
Moo & Brew might win the contest for best burger joint name. Our favorite burger is the Peter Piper with jalapeño bacon firecrackers, pepper jack, house pickled jalapeño, and diablo mayo. This Charlotte eatery features burgers with a bit of heat, but that's also what makes them so freakin' irresistible.
North Dakota: Sickie's Garage
The Sickie's Burger takes the cake for the best burger in North Dakota with a magnificent combination of peppered bacon, fried egg, pulled pork, BBQ sauce, and American cheese, topped with onion rings and a splash of Frank's Red Hot Sauce. Sickie's Garage in Fargo has a menu with 50 beers and 50 burgers to ensure there's a delicious meal waiting for any craving.
Ohio: Smoke the Burger Joint
The Dirty Vegas at Smoke the Burger Joint is a true beast of a burger with balsamic mayo, spinach, cheddar, jalapeño bacon, caramelized onions, and fried egg. The fresh angus beef combined with the hickory smoke gives it the incredibly flavorful taste of umami. Wash it down with a shake for a true match made in a heaven. You won't need to eat again for a week.
Oklahoma: Tucker's Onion Burgers
If you're in Oklahoma, you've got to try one of its famous onion burgers. After eating one at Tucker's Onion Burgers, you'll find yourself an onion burger convert for life. And with four locations around the state, you won't have to travel too far to get your burger fix.
Oregon: PDX Sliders
PDX Sliders in Portland was voted the fourth best burger joint in America by Yelp, and it's easy to understand why. All burgers are under $6, and you can't go wrong with the Steel (which is a freakin' steal). A whopping double cheeseburger with American cheese, bacon, caramelized onions, and aioli on brioche, it'll make you think you died and went to burger heaven. This slider is so huge, it can barely get away with the term "slider."
Pennsylvania: KQ Burger
KQ Burger is a local favorite committed to sustainability and responsible sourcing practices, which helps contribute to the overall deliciousness of the KQ Classic. Made with pickled red onions, lettuce, chili aoili, and cheddar cheese, this is hands down the best burger in Pennsylvania. This burger joint has a wide variety of interesting burgers, freshly cut fries, and fried chicken sandwiches with seasonal toppings.
Rhode Island: Mission
The cheeseburger at Mission is so good, you'll drive miles for it. Located in Newport, this burger is an absolute gem of a find. Its house-made "Mission Sauce" combines ketchup, aioli, cornichons, capers, fine herbs, and brandy, making every burger truly delicious.
South Carolina: Moe's Crosstown Tavern
You haven't tasted true burger perfection until you've tried the Eye Opener at Moe's Crosstown Tavern. Served with a fried egg, bacon, cheddar, lettuce, and tomato, it's all you could ever ask for in a burger. You'll leave with a smile on your face and a very full stomach.
South Dakota: Lewie's Saloon and Eatery
Located just outside the small town of Lead, the Bacon Cheeseburger at Lewie's Saloon and Eatery redefines the genre of bacon cheeseburgers. It's served slightly pink on an open-faced bun, and you'll be hard pressed to find a better burger in South Dakota.
Tennessee: The Pharmacy
Not only does The Pharmacy Burger Parlor & Beer Garden serve one of the best burgers in Nashville, but it also serves one of the best burgers in all of Tennessee. Its Pharmacy Burger topped with cheddar, lettuce, tomato, onion, pickles, and yellow mustard is out of this world. Wash it down with a drink from its impressive selection of German beer or from its old-school soda fountain menu.
Texas: Bubba's Texas Burger Shack
Bubba's Texas Burger Shack has been serving fantastic burgers in Houston for 30 years. For every burger, you have the choice between beef and bison; we recommend the Vegas Burger with jack cheese, bacon, avocado, egg, and special hot sauce. If you're feeling adventurous, give the Frito Pie Burger a try!
Utah: HSL Restaurant
HSL Restaurant in Salt Lake City dishes out a devilishly delicious burger. With only one burger on the menu, the HSL Burger is a work of art that's almost too pretty to eat. It's topped with American cheese, pickled red cabbage, and tomato jam and served with a side of salt-and-vinegar fries, and you'll definitely want to take a picture before you tuck into this masterpiece.
Vermont: Prohibition Pig
If you're a mushroom fan, we love the Smoked Portobello Mushroom Burger from Prohibition Pig featuring roasted garlic, pickled onions, clothbound cheddar, and arugula. Pair it with one of its craft beers, and be prepared to have your mind blown. When it comes to burgers and charm, Prohibition Pig in Waterbury is a step above the rest.
Virginia: Basic Burger
Great beef, crisp veggies, fantastic buns; what more can you ask for? You'll need to order a Basic Cheeseburger from Basic Burger in Arlington to truly understand the magic behind the basic sauce. It likes keeping things simple and letting its burgers do the talking.
Washington: 8oz Burger & Co
8oz Burger & Co's fandom is extreme but oh so deserved. Case in point? The 8oz., which features arugula, balsamic onions, hills bacon, beeches flagship cheddar, and truffle aioli. This Seattle burger joint is a bustling heaven of burgers with a whopping 16 burger choices on the menu.
West Virginia: Avenue Eats
The Diner Burger at Avenue Eats should definitely make your burger bucket list. Featuring sharp cheddar, lettuce, onions, pickles, and diner sauce on a kaiser bun, this is the best burger you'll find in the entire state. And that's a fact.
Wisconsin: Solly's Grille
When searching for a burger in Wisconsin, it feels wrong to go for anything but the godfather of the butter burger: the Original Solly Burger. Solly's Grille in Glendale is famous for its bun that's heavily drenched in Wisconsin butter. The portions are huge, so wear some stretchy pants, and get ready to feast!
Wyoming is cattle country, so every town you enter will no doubt feature an incredible burger. Our choice is the Local Burger at Cowfish with melted white cheddar, pickled red onions, shaved iceberg, dijon, and lemon aioli. Absolutely delish!