The Best Cheeseburgers from Across America
One thing you can count on finding anywhere in America is a great burger, and we've rounded up the best each state has to offer!
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Chez Fonfon, Birmingham
With a name like Chez Fonfon, you might not expect to see a burger on the menu, much less a stellar one that is expertly prepared. This French bistro sets its Hamburger Fonfon apart by topping it with Comté, a creamy and nutty French cheese similar to Gruyere.
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Tommy’s Burger Stop, Anchorage
This tiny venue packs huge flavor into its burgers! You can’t go wrong with any of the Cajun-seasoned offerings, but a favorite is the Bacon Cheeseburger, topped with all the typical goodies plus American cheese and crispy bacon.
The Chuckbox, Tempe
Located near Arizona State University, this burger joint broils every burger over an open flame fueled by mesquite charcoal for an amazing aroma and flavor. There are numerous options. And while all are good, the Tijuana Torpedo with pepper jack cheese and green chile is a must-try.
Pig Trail Bypass Country Cafe, Elkins
If you’ve ever wondered what a classic burger would taste like if it included Persian spices, this is the restaurant for you! The Hooshburger, named for the place’s owner, consists of a handmade patty infused with a secret blend of those spices and topped with American cheese.
Father’s Office, Los Angeles
The Office Burger has brought much-deserved acclaim to this busy gastropub. Their freshly made patty is topped with pungent blue cheese and sweet caramelized onions, and it’s the rule of the house that no adjustments be made (not that any are needed).
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TAG Burger Bar, Denver
The hilariously and aptly named Truffle Shuffle burger features mushrooms, Swiss cheese, truffle aioli and Parmesan truffle chips. The duck fat fries that are also served at TAG are the perfect accompaniment to such an umami-rich burger and shouldn’t be skipped.
K LaMay’s, Meriden
Some might argue that the steamed cheeseburger should be added to Connecticut’s list of official state foods, and though K LaMay’s is a rookie compared to some of the older restaurants preparing burgers this way, they’re undeniably knocking it out of the park.
Redfire Grill, Hockessin
This may be a restaurant specializing in steak, but their burgers are on point. They blend brisket, chuck and ribeye in their patties, and the REDfire burger is topped with aged cheddar and what some claim is the best maple pepper bacon ever made.
M.E.A.T. Eatery and Taproom, Islamorada
You may have eaten a Juicy Lucy before, but M.E.A.T. Eatery takes it to another level. Its Inside-Out Juicy Lucy incorporates pimiento cheese, a Southern classic, and bacon into the patty, and the whole thing is topped with even more cheese!
The Bocado Burger Stack is well-known and well-loved in Atlanta. Its two patties are composed of a mixture of short rib, chuck and brisket, and are simply topped with American cheese and house-made pickles. A lot of testing went into determining the proper bread-to-meat ratio, and it paid off!
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W&M Bar-B-Q Burger, Honolulu
Honing its craft for more than 75 years means this restaurant puts out a fantastic old school teriyaki burger, which is common in Hawaii but nowhere else. It’s juicy and saucy, sweet and salty, and it will meet all of your burger needs.
Brakeman American Grill, Victor
Freshly ground meat and sourdough buns are staples at this popular restaurant. Go for the Crazy Brakeman, a real knife-and-forker half-pound patty topped with mushrooms, onions, jalapeno and cheese. It’s daunting to even behold, much less consume.
The Loyalist, Chicago
The Loyalist Cheeseburger, also known as the Dirty Burg, was brought into the limelight last year when Bon Appétit declared it one of the best burgers in America. With its blend of bacon, chuck and short rib, it’s no surprise this burger is drawing national attention.
Bru Burger, Indianapolis
Since opening in 2011, this chain of burger joints has won or been a finalist for the best burger in Indianapolis a staggering six times. Their Bru burger is a particular favorite among patrons and consists of sirloin, chuck and brisket-blended patty, taleggio cheese, lettuce, tomato jam, bacon, caramelized onions and mayonnaise on a freshly baked bun.
Smokin’ Hereford BBQ, Storm Lake
The Hereford Burger was named Iowa’s best burger in 2017. It earned that title thanks to its Hereford beef patties, which are made with some steak in the grind. The burgers (you can get either a quarter pound or a half pound) are simply dressed and mouthwateringly delicious.
The Burger Stand at the Casbah, Lawrence
This restaurant proves that burgers don’t have to be made of meat to be wholly satisfying (though their meaty options are great too!). Patrons adore the Garbo, a Garbanzo bean patty topped with sweet dill relish, citrus-garlic aioli and cheddar cheese.
Grind Burger Kitchen, Louisville
The deep-fried burgers at Dovie’s Cafe may be the most famous burgers in Kentucky, but the B&B from Grind is one of the best. It’s topped with a winning combination of brie and bacon, all slathered with a spicy habenero jam.
Company Burger, New Orleans
The Company Burger’s eponymous burger is its specialty. It’s simply composed of two patties, American cheese, house-made pickles and onions, and it has earned much acclaim since its birth in 2011. Perhaps even more noteworthy is the mayonnaise bar full of homemade options, or the pizza burger!
East Ender, Portland
Cold-smoked beef makes the House Smoked Burger uniquely aromatic and flavorful. It came to life in a food truck but can now be found at this brick-and-mortar establishment, along with some amazing fries that are simmered then deep-fried two times.
Abbey Burger Bistro, Baltimore
It’s only right that one of the best burgers in Maryland includes its official state food: crab meat. Yes,The Baltimore Burger at Abbey Burger Bistro tops a patty made from Angus beef with homemade crab dip, plus bacon and cheddar cheese. It’s a surf and turf delight!
Alden & Harlow, Boston
The deceptively named Secret Burger is no longer a secret at all. In fact, it’s well-known that the patty made from ground brisket, short rib and beef and topped with homemade pickles, cheddar and a specialty sauce is (understandably) in high demand.
Redcoat Tavern, Royal Oak
There aren’t any particularly exciting or unique components in the Original Redcoat Special Hamburger, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t deserve to be called special. This burger is a winner simply because the bun, patty, and typical toppings are fresh and masterfully prepared.
This may be a restaurant focused on fried chicken, but they make one heck of a good burger. The patty is a combination of brisket and short rib (ground in-house), and it’s simply topped with mayonnaise, American cheese and pickles. It’s a real people-pleaser.
Although tacos are the main cuisine at Babalu, its Baba Burger is one of the best in the state. The toppings are abundant (caramelized onions, tomatoes, avocado, bacon, white cheddar cheese and chipotle aioli are all piled on), but the flavor of the Angus beef still shines.
Westport Flea Market Bar & Grill, Kansas City
Bargain hunting can really work up an appetite, so it’s no coincidence that this combination of flea market and restaurant exists. Not only can you grab lunch after shopping, but you can get the Flea Market Burger—one of the best burgers Missouri has to offer.
Parkers’ Restaurant, Drummond
The burger list at Parkers’ is EXTENSIVE (more than 100 options at last count, including the Piggy Back Cheeseburger, which is a miniature cheeseburger atop a regular cheeseburger!). But the straightforward bacon cheeseburger is an especially tasty choice. It comes with all of the standard toppings and is made with local grass-fed beef.
Honest Abe’s Burgers & Freedom, Lincoln
Giving something the name Greatest Burger Ever takes guts, but Honest Abe’s isn’t lying! Their patty is topped with chopped bacon, onions, American cheese, and what it calls “awesome sauce.” It’s a popular choice for Nebraskans and burger aficionados willing to make the trip.
Fukuburger, Las Vegas
There are so many burger places in Las Vegas that it’s hard to stand out, but Fukuburger does just that with its eponymous burger. The all-beef patty is topped with standard fare and given an Asian twist with the seasoning in the patty, as well as wasabi mayo and Fuku sauce.
Tuckaway Tavern & Butchery, Raymond
A restaurant doubling as a butchery pretty much has to put out a good burger, and Tuckaway Tavern does. Its popular namesake burger is made from the absolute freshest ground Angus beef and topped with your choice of cheese.
Blue Monkey Tavern, Merchantville
The Blue Monkey Burger is special because the patty, consisting of short rib, brisket and chuck, shines even though it’s topped with flavor powerhouses like mushrooms and blue cheese. It all comes together beautifully to form one of the best burgers in New Jersey.
The best burger in New Mexico simply must incorporate green chiles, and Sparky’s makes a green chile cheeseburger that’s garnering some much-deserved attention. The juicy patty, topped with a generous portion of those special peppers and American cheese, makes for a delightful combination.
J.G. Melon, New York City
This outstanding Upper East Side institution has been serving delicious cheeseburgers since it opened in 1972. The meat is griddled, topped with American cheese, and placed into a potato bun. There are no frills, and none are needed.
The Loaded Goat, Mt. Airy
Burgers might not be the focus of this sports bar, but they should be—the Loaded Goat was named on of the best burgers in North Carolina. Their cheeseburger is made from half a pound of Angus beef and comes out juicy and cooked to perfection. Try one with pimiento cheese!
There’s no shortage of burger choices on the menu at Sickies, but the favorite has to be their eponymous option. It’s loaded down with bacon, pulled pork, an egg, onion ring and cheese, plus barbecue and hot sauces. Pro tip: Bring a moist towelette…or five.
Stevenson’s Bar & Grill, Cleveland
This nondescript restaurant was recognized by Thrillist for delivering the 14th best burger in America. The Lil Fella, a single 1/3-pound patty topped with cheese, lettuce, pickles, and special sauce, is perfectly composed and griddled. You might need more than one.
Nic’s Grill, Oklahoma City
Nic himself may very well prepare your hamburger on his flat top. If you opt to add cheese and onions, the topped patty gets covered and steamed to meld everything together. It’s described by many as a delicious mess and it has earned Nic’s a spot on many “best of” lists.
Little Bird Bistro, Portland
The Double Brie Burger is everything you would expect from a James Beard award-winning chef putting out inventive and eclectic fare. It consists of two patties each topped with brie, and it comes served on a brioche bun with spiced ketchup, onion and house-made pickles.
Sketch Burger, Philadelphia
This restaurant is unashamedly gaudy and decorated with customers’ artwork, but that’s not the only reason to go. Their Truffle Butter Burger is lightly seasoned and griddled, but the real magic comes from the topping of onions and mushrooms sautéed in truffle butter.
Blackie’s Bulldog Tavern, Smithfield
There are a few burger options at this laid-back yet sophisticated joint, but the Breakfast Burger is the best. It comes on toasted white bread and is topped with sweet and savory maple mayonnaise, bacon and a perfectly fried egg.
Little Jack’s Tavern, Charleston
The Tavern Burger serves up a simply great burger. It’s small, just 4 ounces of ground chuck and brisket, and it comes topped with American cheese, special sauce and a unique sunchoke relish that you’d be hard-pressed to find anywhere else.
Black Hill’s Burger & Bun, Custer
The burgers here range from inventive vegetarian to loaded beef, and their best may very well be the Western, a hand-formed and well-seasoned patty topped with bacon and smothered with grilled onions, cheese, and barbecue sauce.
The HUSK Cheeseburger is a marvel, with two perfectly seared patties of very loosely packed Tennessee-raised beef complemented by onions and American cheese and nestled into a squishy, fluffy bun. It may seem simple but its execution is masterfully done.
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Keller’s Drive-In, Dallas
Open for over 50 years, this drive-in is the go-to burger place for many. Order the No. 5 Special and enjoy two patties melded together with cheese and special dressing and encased in a unique but common-to-Dallas poppy seed bun.
HSL, Salt Lake City
As seems to be a common trend, the HSL burger has straightforward components that are expertly prepared. The patty is thick and juicy and simply topped with American cheese (another common trend!), pickled cabbage and sweet and savory tomato jam.
Prohibition Pig, Waterbury
In addition to a fun name, Prohibition Pig also has a stellar House Burger. It has a Southern flare with pimiento cheese and crispy fried green tomato, and the patty is big, juicy and made with local grass-fed beef. Plus, every burger comes topped with a pickle spear.
MELT Gourmet Cheeseburgers, Leesburg
The list of cheeseburgers here may include several gourmet options, but you’re good to go with just the plain and simple cheeseburger. Carefully sourced Angus beef is ground fresh daily for the half-pound patty which is topped with the standard produce plus a special sauce and American cheese.
Uneeda Burger, Seattle
The Classic Burger at this cleverly named restaurant is a fantastic deal, costing just $5 for a quarter-pound patty of all-natural locally sourced beef plus typical toppings. Don’t let the price tag fool you—it’s a dynamite burger!
There are lots of places to get a proper burger in DC, but you can only get the Proper Burger at Duke’s Grocery. And get it, you should! Two patties of Angus beef, Gouda cheese, dill pickles, sweet chili sauce and garlic aioli all come together to form one mouthwatering burger.
Your only choices of doneness at Tailpipes are pink or no pink, and regardless of which you prefer, you can’t go wrong with the Tailpipes Deluxe. The patty is topped with cheddar and pepper jack and will leave both your cheese and burger cravings sated.
Solly’s Grille, Milwaukee
As America’s Dairyland, you can’t be surprised to see butter and cheese as ingredients in one of the best burgers in Wisconsin. The Original Solly Cheeseburger is composed of a juicy sirloin patty, butter, stewed onions and cheese. It’s slightly gluttonous and completely delicious.
Roxie’s on Grand, Laramie
Bison is big in Wyoming, and the Bison Burger at Roxie’s is one of the best in not just the state, but also the nation. The grass-fed buffalo meat patty is topped with cheddar cheese, huckleberry ketchup and crispy onions.