While many attempt to make great tasting burgers, it’s not as easy as it sounds. Even the best chefs can fall flat on their grill game. The next time you’re in the mood for a tasty burger, don’t run to the nearest fast food hamburger chain. Instead, settle for nothing less than the best burger in your state.
Where these outstanding burgers can be found varies. Sometimes it’s at a well-known, fine-dining restaurant. At other times, the best burgers are located in a food truck or at an inconspicuous hole in the wall that only locals know about.
By factoring in customer reviews, local and national awards, personal experiences, and recommendations, we’ve successfully pinpointed every state’s best burger. If it made the cut, you can count on the hamburger being excellent. Review the list, circle the places close to you, grab your car keys, and go get at least one of these magnificent burgers.
Alabama: Zydeco at Chubbfathers
Even though Chubbfathers has only been around since 2013, it has already separated itself as being the best burger joint in Alabama. Of all the burgers on their menu, it’s the Zydeco that is getting national attention — and for good reason. This bad boy is a cheeseburger that has been supercharged by the addition of bacon, onion straws, lettuce, and tomato. To kick things up a notch, cajun horseradish is added as the final touch. While not for faint of heart, the Zydeco is a burger that will leave your taste buds in a state of euphoria.
Alaska: Kodiak Islander at Arctic Roadrunner
With a history that dates back to 1964, Arctic Roadrunner has been the go-to burger restaurant in Anchorage, Alaska, for decades. Their biggest hit is the Kodiak Islander, a burger that stacks salami, bologna, ham, American cheese, mozzarella cheese, green pepper, onion, tomato, lettuce, and mayonnaise on a quarter-pound beef patty. To top it off and add the perfect amount of pizzazz, an onion ring is added to the mix. This burger is so good that you will never forget it.
Arizona: Jalapeno Popper Burger at Rehab Burger Therapy
It’s no longer a secret that Rehab Burger Therapy is the home of the best burgers in Arizona. Where it gets challenging is picking which one is the best of the best. While this burger place has a lot of scrumptious options, it’s the Jalapeno Popper Burger that you really need to try. This thing is even more than the name suggests. In addition to the expected fried jalapeno and cream cheese, it also has cheddar cheese and delicious guacamole.
Rehab Burger Therapy is in Scottsdale and has a fun, beachy atmosphere.
Arkansas: Double Burger at David’s Burgers
With nine locations in Arkansas, to say that David’s Burgers is a local favorite would be an understatement. The key to success for David’s Burgers is their consistency. No matter which location you go to or what time of day you visit, you’re going to leave this eatery with a giant smile on your face.
At David’s Burgers, you just need to keep it simple and order a Double Burger. They have a long list of available toppings that will allow you to create the exact burger that your taste buds are demanding.
California: Double at Monty’s Good Burger
How is a burger restaurant that doesn’t offer meat so highly reviewed? Give Monty’s Good Burger an honest try and you will no longer be asking that question. Even if you think you hate meatless burgers, a Double from Monty’s Good Burger will change your mind. They take a burger patty made by Impossible Foods and house it inside of an artisan bun. Then plant-based cheese is added along with lettuce, pickles, tomatoes, and onions. By your final bite, you may have second thoughts about ever going back to meat burgers again.
Colorado: Onion Fried Burger Deluxe at The Green Line Grill
The Green Line Grill is stacking up accolades and it’s their Onion Fried Burgers that are drawing the most attention. Get the deluxe version to get the full experience and understand why many agree that this joint has the best burgers in Colorado.
Located in Colorado Springs, The Green Line Grill is fairly priced. For example, the Onion Fried Burger Deluxe will only set you back $6.75. Despite the relatively small price tag, this burger will leave you feeling stuffed.
Connecticut: Double Trouble at Artisanal Burger Company
Getting the best burger in Connecticut is as easy as remembering ABC. Artisanal Burger Company uses local ingredients to create absolute masterpieces. The Double Trouble features ten ounces of beef blessed by bacon, gooey cheese, lettuce, and tomato. To help wash it all down, they also have a wide array of adult beverages including beer, wine, cocktails, and spiked shakes.
ABC, as the locals call it, is located a short drive from Hartford in the city of Manchester.
Delaware: 3 Cheese Bacon Burger at 2 Fat Guys
Less than 20 years ago, a pair of big-boned dudes named Tom and Jeff teamed up to open a restaurant in Delaware. They named their eatery 2 Fat Guys and it’s been a hit since the beginning. While the menu is extensive, it’s the burgers at 2 Fat Guys that are cherished the most. Appropriately, their burgers are big, juicy, and full of love.
The three cheeses on the 3 Cheese Bacon Burger are cheddar, swiss, and jack. To add even more savoriness to the burger, extra crispy bacon hops on for a ride.
Florida: The Glazed One at Thee Burger Spot
The Burger Spot literally couldn’t get much better reviews. Based in Tampa, this joint has some epic creations to their name. However, when you’re in the market for the best burger in the state of Florida, you must order The Glazed One. This thing is just like their Bacon Cheeseburger — with one yummy difference. Instead of hamburger buns, The Glazed One is bookended by glazed donuts from Krispy Kreme. Yes, it’s as good as it sounds.
There’s one caveat, though. This menu item is only available on Fridays, so be sure to plan your life accordingly.
Georgia: That Night Night Burger at That Burger Spot
If you ever have trouble sleeping, That Burger Spot has the key to your dreams. This eatery, which has three locations in Georgia, has a monstrosity called That Night Night Burger that promises to help you fall asleep. The stars of the show for this gigantic sandwich are the five patties, but don’t overlook the slices of pepper jack and American cheese.
While the sheer size of That Night Night Burger will leave you in awe, the flavor is what will really steal your heart.
Hawaii: 50’s Burger at Chubbies Burgers
While you can’t always expect culinary excellence when you order from a food truck, that’s exactly what you can bank on when you get a burger from Chubbies Burgers in Honolulu, Hawaii. Even though their menu is somewhat limited, Chubbies Burgers will have something you will rave about. Their most popular item is the 50’s Burger, which has American cheese, tomato, lettuce, and a special sauce.
Chubbies Burgers uses only local beef that is grass-fed and you’ll be able to taste the difference.
Idaho: Big Jud Special at Big Jud’s
Big Jud’s is an Idaho burger joint that was put on the map when it was featured on the second season of Man v. Food. This place is known for their behemoth burgers that are tasty until the last bite. If you order the Big Jud Special, you will be presented with a burger that has one pound of meat and your choice of toppings.
Illinois: Double Cheeseburger at Au Cheval
Is Au Cheval the place to go for the best burger in Illinois? Yes, there’s no doubt about it. The better question is whether Au Cheval has the best burger in the United States. Some believe they do. While this restaurant is definitely fancy, there’s nothing posh about their Double Cheeseburger. There are no gimmicks at play. What makes this burger special is it’s spectacularly high quality — from bun to meat and everything in between.
Be warned that the wait at Au Cheval can sometimes be measured in hours, not minutes. But it’s worth it.
Indiana: Wagyu Burger at Burger Study
Burger Study is a casual restaurant in Indianapolis, Indiana, that is very serious about their hamburgers — and their glowing reviews illustrate just how much their customers enjoy the results.
While most of the burgers on their menu are worthy of your hard-earned dollar bills, it’s the Wagyu Burger that stands out from the pack. This sandwich has blueberry jam, brie, arugula, and wagyu beef from a farm in Indiana. Don’t be weirded out by the presence of the blueberry jam. It works.
Iowa: Baby Bella Burger at Saucy Focaccia
When it comes to the best burgers in Iowa, Saucy Focaccia has been a mainstay for years. You can’t talk about scrumptious burgers in this state without bringing up this eatery. In 2013, Saucy Focaccia began life as a food truck. Today, they have a full-fledged restaurant in Cedar Rapids.
The Baby Bella Burger is not only fun to say, it’s fun to eat. It has bella mushrooms, crispy bacon, swiss cheese, onions, and jalapeno aioli. If normal mushroom swiss burgers are too bland for your taste buds, give this bad boy a try and be sufficiently blown away.
Kansas: Grandstand at Grandstand Burgers
Grandstand Burgers is an unassuming restaurant in Overland Park, Kansas, that sells amazing burgers that you will be telling your friends about. They’ve been all about the art of the hamburger since 2002 and it shows.
The Grandstand is more than a token namesake. This is a burger that has a generous amount of philly steak, a slice of swiss cheese, and a stack of grilled onions. It’s quite the mouthful but you’ll be thrilled with your order.
Kentucky: Southern Bell Burger at Mussel & Burger Bar
Mussel & Burger Bar is a fun restaurant with live music and an assortment of American favorites on their menu. While you may be tempted to stray, you should really stay focused and order a burger. The Southern Bell Burger, to be exact. It comes with fried green tomatoes, pimento cheese, and remoulade on a pretzel bun. It’s different, for sure, but oh-so yummy.
When you’re finished with your burger, you’ll understand why Mussel & Burger Bar gets almost flawless reviews.
Louisiana: Mushroom Cheeseburger at Port of Call
Port of Call is a world famous restaurant in New Orleans known primarily for their burgers. Zagat says that their Mushroom Cheeseburger is one of the best burgers in the nation — and we wholeheartedly agree. It’s relatively simple (it’s just mushrooms on a cheeseburger, after all) but put this thing in your mouth and you will fully comprehend why Port of Call has been a Louisiana favorite since it came on the scene in 1963. The next time you’re in the French Quarter, make sure to stop here.
Maine: Cheeseburger at Blazes Burger
Maine has a surprisingly high number of really, really good burger restaurants. The one that stands out from the rest, though, is Blazes Burger. If the great reviews don’t convince you to try this place, one look at their burgers should do the trick.
At Blazes Burger, order the Cheeseburger and then select the cheese and the toppings you want added to the mix. Your chosen cheese and toppings will join the six ounces of beef within a brioche bun that has been grilled to perfection.
Maryland: Cherrywood Smoked Angus Burger at Abbey Burger Bistro
If you’re in Maryland, you won’t be able to get enough of the "sexy burgers" at Abbey Burger Bistro. They look beautiful and they taste even better. Cherrywood Smoked Angus Burger, the best sandwich on their menu, has cheddar cheese, bacon, crispy onions, jalapeno slices, and barbecue sauce. Their beer list is also pleasingly extensive, which will help elevate your meal to the next level.
Abbey Burger Bistro has two locations in Baltimore and one in Ocean City.
Massachusetts: Green Monstah at Boston Burger Company
Boston Burger Company has four locations in Massachusetts and it has become the place to go if you want a seriously great burger. Guy Fieri visited this joint and he was thoroughly impressed. And he’s not the only one, as Boston Burger Company has received an amazing amount of buzz in recent years.
While Guy Fieri went with the Mac Attack, it’s actually the Green Monstah that gets the most recognition. The ode to Fenway Park’s Green Monster has guacamole and pico de gallo. Don’t worry, it’s more zesty than it is spicy.
Michigan: All-American Burger at Basement Burger Bar
While Basement Burger Bar has only been around for about a decade, it didn’t take long before this restaurant started winning awards for having the best burger in Detroit. This restaurant makes it extremely easy to build your own hamburger but instead of doing the customization yourself, just go with the All-American Burger. You can’t go wrong with this burger that has American cheese, pickles, onions, lettuce, tomato, and mayonnaise.
Outside of Detroit, Basement Burger Bar has locations in two other cities in Michigan: Farmington and Canton.
Minnesota: Speed Limit Breaker at The Patty Wagon
One viewing of the juicy burgers in their commercial is all it will take for you to sprint to The Patty Wagon. When you get there, you won’t be disappointed. Customers agree that their burgers are phenomenal.
While The Patty Wagon has a large selection of burgers on their menu, it’s the Speed Limit Breaker that deserves to be your choice. This burger is powered by bacon, mushrooms, cheddar, a crunchy onion ring, caramelized onions, and chipotle mayonnaise.
Mississippi: Bacon Cheddar Burger at Laid Back Burger Shack
If you want to relax, recline, and dine on a divine burger, join the pack at the Laid Back Burger Shack. This Florence, Mississippi, eatery gets shockingly good reviews no matter where you look. They make sure all their ingredients are fresh and the result is a collection of very flavorful burgers.
The Bacon Cheddar Burger doesn’t have any surprising toppings on it but it’s a sandwich that you will be reminiscing about for weeks to come.
Missouri: The Goat Burger at Stacked STL
Stacked STL is a hip burger joint in the historic Carondelet neighborhood in St. Louis, Missouri. Each of the Stacked Burgers on their menu is worth ordering, however it’s The Goat Burger that is the greatest of all-time. This immaculate sandwich has a ground chuck patty surrounded by onion jam and goat cheese on a brioche bun. For lovers of goat cheese, this is a burger worth flying into town to try. Once you put The Goat Burger to your lips, you will undoubtedly join the chorus of very satisfied customers.
Montana: The "I’m Your Huckleberry" Burger at The Burger Dive
Want to eat a burger that won the Burger Champion award at the World Food Championships? In Billings, Montana, you can go to The Burger Dive and do just that. The award-winning burger, The "I’m Your Huckleberry" Burger, is featured prominently on their menu so you can’t miss it. The key to this bad boy is the huckleberry-infused barbecue sauce that gets slathered on top of all the other ingredients. On your first bite, you will fully understand why the judges were so impressed.
Nebraska: El Cubano Burger at Angus Burgers & Shakes
You wouldn’t think that Nebraska is the state to visit if you want to enjoy a slice of Havana — but that’s genuinely the case. El Cubano Burger at Angus Burgers & Shakes is excellent by all accounts. On it you’ll find ham, bacon, swiss cheese, pickles, and a yummy mojo sauce. This thing is so authentic that your entire familia will approve.
Angus Burgers & Shakes uses only high-quality, local beef. You can find their restaurants in the cities of Omaha and Kearney.
Nevada: The Great American Cheese at Bar Code Burger Bar
If you’re on the Las Vegas Strip and looking for the best burger in the area, skip Heart Attack Grill (it’s good but not the best) and go straight toward the Bar Code Burger Bar. And since you may lose track of time when you’re in Vegas, you’ll be relieved to learn that this burger joint is open 24 hours a day and seven days a week.
The Great American Cheese is a splendid burger with a corresponding motto of "Make Burgers Great Again." It’s delicious — and there’s no red hat required.
New Hampshire: Triple Trouble Burger at Black Mtn Burger Co.
Black Mtn Burger Co. is a cozy restaurant that is extremely popular with locals and travelers alike. Set in New Hampshire’s breathtaking White Mountains in the city of Lincoln, you will enjoy your burger as much as you enjoy the beautiful scenery.
New Jersey: Habanero Burger at Burger 25
Why does Burger 25 get such exquisite reviews? Maybe the secret is the angus beef they use is never frozen. Maybe it’s their vast menu that is sure to have something for everyone. Whatever the truth is, this burger place in Toms River, New Jersey, is worth every penny.
If you like spicy food, you will adore the Habanero Burger. It has sliced jalapenos, chipotle sauce, chipotle mayonnaise, pepper jack cheese, and a "super hot" salsa. This thing isn’t for cowards but if your taste buds are willing to hang on for a spicy ride, you’ll love it.
New Mexico: Mushroom Swiss Burger at Holy Burger
Holy Burger has won awards for having the best burger in Albuquerque and don’t be surprised if your first bite qualifies as a religious experience. Reviewers love this place and you will too if you pay it a visit. Although everything on their menu looks delicious, the Mushroom Swiss Burger is the answer to your prayers (and hunger pangs). This amazing sandwich has mushrooms that have been expertly sauteed and a large, all-encompassing, omnipotent slice of swiss cheese.
New York: The Bacon 1000 at New York Burger Co.
If you want a fantastic burger in New York City without breaking the bank, New York Burger Co. is the place. Located in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan, this burger joint can stand toe to toe with any competitor in the Big Apple.
Unfortunately, The Bacon 1000 doesn’t come with one thousand slices of bacon. But, regardless, you’ll still be very pleased with this burger. It featured cheddar cheese, Thousand Island dressing, and a benevolent amount of bacon.
North Carolina: The Old Glory Burger at Burger Warfare
If you believe that searching the nation for the best burgers is serious business, you’ll enjoy Burger Warfare. This Greensboro eatery has a military theme and a menu to match. But don’t fret, it’s all actually quite fun. They have cool robots and futuristic trinkets that can entertain all ages. Oh, and their burgers are the best you can find in North Carolina. The Old Glory Burger is highlighted by American cheese and a special sauce that will have you ordering seconds.
North Dakota: Double Cheeseburger at The Wood House Restaurant
With a history that dates back more than 50 years, The Wood House Restaurant claims to serve the finest hamburgers in the world. Try one and you won’t have the gall to tell them that they’re wrong about that. Located in South Dakota’s capital city of Bismarck, all of their burgers are memorable but the best of the bunch is the Double Cheeseburger. What it lacks in the quantity of ingredients, it more than makes up in quality.
Ohio: The Avon Burger at Heck’s Cafe
Heck’s Cafe is a relatively fancy eatery for a burger restaurant. Instead of simply being a restaurant, they bill themselves as an experience. While that may be true, it’s the deliciousness of their burgers that will make you want to come back.
With a plethora of gourmet burgers on their menu, it can be overwhelming when it comes time to make your pick. However, if you go with the Avon Burger, you will be more than satisfied. This classy sandwich features bleu cheese, candied onions, truffle fries, and arugula.
Heck’s Cafe can be found in the cities of Cleveland and Avon.
Oklahoma: Cheese Burger at Nic’s Grill
Many Oklahomans agree that Nic’s Grill is the creator of the state’s best burgers. It exploded in popularity after being featured on Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives, and yet the reviews remain virtually perfect. Beware that Nic’s Grill has extremely limited seating so you should be prepared to wait.
At this Oklahoma City establishment, all you need to do is order the Cheese Burger, sit back, and prepare for the glorious sandwich that will be presented to you. You can add extra toppings like bacon or jalapenos if you wish — but this burger really doesn’t need it.
Oregon: The Alternator at Junkyard Extreme Burgers & Brats
Be prepared to get messy at Junkyard Extreme Burgers & Brats. Located in Junction City between Portland and Eugene, the restaurant offers food that is oozing with flavor. This is another burger joint that got a boost when Guy Fieri showed up for a visit. Hungry customers leave satiated and very happy.
On their junkyard-themed menu, go with The Alternator. This beauty is a mushroom swiss burger with eight ounces of fresh, juicy beef topped with tomato, lettuce, and mayonnaise.
Pennsylvania: Triple Cheeseburger at Route 66 Restaurant
Your burger at Route 66 Restaurant will be cooked before your very eyes and you will enjoy the homemade quality of your sandwich. The portions are big, the prices are fair, and the atmosphere is pleasantly relaxed.
Route 66 Restaurant, which is in the city of Lancaster, is a place where bigger is definitely better. With that in mind, select the Triple Cheeseburger and all the angus beef and cheese you receive will cause you to celebrate.
Rhode Island: Brisket Hash Burger at Chomp Kitchen and Drinks
Chomp Kitchen and Drinks has restaurants in the Rhode Island cities of Providence and Warren. Both locations get equally outstanding ratings. While some of the burgers on the menu sound a bit too adventurous (like the Crab Rangoon Burger and the Bolognese Burger), you can safely order with confidence knowing that what you receive will be tasty. If you can only pick one burger, go with the Brisket Hash Burger. This sandwich tops a beef patty with brisket hash that has been smoked for an entire day, Korean barbecue sauce, cheddar, and onions.
South Carolina: The Classic at Steve’s Classic Burger
Although it hasn’t been around long (it opened in 2015), Steve’s Classic Burger in Columbia, South Carolina, has become an instant favorite. Their reviews are unanimously strong, with satisfied patrons pointing to the service, the family atmosphere, and, yes, the burgers as why others should pay this establishment a visit.
The Classic has one-third of a pound of meat and comes with a slice of cheese. If you want to jazz it up a bit, add bacon, a fried egg, pimento cheese, or grilled onions.
South Dakota: The Hot Granny at Black Hills Burger & Bun Co.
Custer, South Dakota, may have a population of fewer than 2,000 people, but it’s big enough to be home to the best burger in the state. The wait at Black Hills Burger & Bun Co. can be long, but the burgers are so good that it’s well worth the extra time.
The Hot Granny is truly a delight. This burger sets your taste buds on fire with sliced jalapenos and jalapeno sauce but then cools them off with cream cheese. It also has bacon — and who doesn’t love bacon?
Tennessee: The Tennessee at Burger Republic
The Tennessee is a burger so good that they named it after the state. This bad boy has maple bacon, fried onions, American cheese, smoked ketchup, and a honey glaze made by Jack Daniel’s. You can only find it at Burger Republic, a Tennessee burger joint with four locations (two in Nashville and one each in Murfreesboro and Mt. Juliet).
While you’re here, get one of their unique shakes like the Assassinated by Chocolate, the White Chocolate Strawberry, or the Zebra Corn Shake.
Texas: Cheddar Cheezy at Chris Madrids
Chris Madrids has been an institution in South Texas for more than 40 years. While they have a lot of yummy burgers on their menu, the Cheddar Cheezy is everyone’s favorite. Though this sandwich has lettuce, onion, tomatoes, pickles, and mustard, it’s the awesomely gooey cheddar cheese that steals the show. If you want a cheeseburger that emphasizes the cheese, this is your nirvana.
Another hit at Chris Madrids is the Tostada Burger. This one of a kind burger features refried beans and salsa.
Utah: Sundance Kid at Proper Burger Co.
It’s difficult to be prim and proper when you have a burger as appetizing as the Sundance Kid staring at you. That’s the challenge you will face if you ever visit the Proper Burger Co. in Salt Lake City, Utah. As you are furiously gobbling the Sundance Kid, you’ll take note of the bacon, onion ring, Frito crumbs, American cheese, and barbecue sauce that is within this unforgettable sandwich.
Vermont: Worthy Burger at Worthy Burger
If you’re ever in Vermont, you have one clear objective: go to Worthy Burger and order a Worthy Burger. This burger joint wins awards and it’s their signature sandwich that is their specialty. The Worthy Burger has cheddar cheese, red onion, lettuce, and a secret sauce on top of a flavorful patty of grass-fed beef.
Worthy Burger is located in the city of South Royalton, which is about 40 miles south of Montpelier. Even if you need to drive out of your way to get this burger in your mitts, it’s worth it.
Virginia: Shhhrooms at Repeal Bourbons and Burgers
Repeal Bourbons and Burgers is a Virginia Beach hotspot where you can find stupendous burgers with entertaining names like the Wicked Pissah, the Silly Gringo, and the Prohibition. But it’s the Shhhrooms that will stick in your head for the rest of your days. This beast is a mushroom swiss burger that is souped-up with the help of caramelized onions and an amazing bourbon gravy. Be sure to also get a side of their highly-regarded truffle fries.
Washington: Bacon Cheddar Burger at The Gourmet Burger Shop
Found in Gig Harbor, Washington, The Gourmet Burger Shop delivers exactly what it promises. Their gourmet burgers get effusive praise, with some customers claiming their sandwiches are the best ever. While you’ll be happy if you go with the Bacon Avocado Burger, you’ll be even happier with the Bacon Cheddar Burger. This classic comes with white cheddar, bacon, onion, tomato, pickle, mixed greens, and a special sauce. The white cheddar is aged and the result is a rich flavor you rarely find on a burger.
West Virginia: Clutch Burger at Oscar’s Breakfast, Burgers & Brews
Oscar’s Breakfast, Burgers & Brews is a casual eatery in Barboursville, West Virginia. While they have legitimately great breakfast options on their menu, their burgers are the real winners. The Clutch Burger reigns supreme and is overloaded with goodness. Stuffed between the buns you’ll discover 100 percent fresh angus chuck, an egg over medium, slices of avocado, hickory bacon, lettuce, onion, tomato, and a slathering of spicy mayonnaise. Once you finish it, you’ll join the litany of overjoyed patrons.
Wisconsin: Cheese Curd Cheeseburger at Milwaukee Burger Company
Fried cheese curds are a delicacy in Wisconsin, so you just knew that they had to be incorporated into the state’s best burger. And you’re right. The Cheese Curd Cheeseburger from the Milwaukee Burger Company is the cheese-powered burger the cheese state deserves. You might have some trouble keeping all the cheese within this burger while you eat it, but your taste buds will agree that it’s definitely worth the hassle.
What’s the perfect appetizer to go with the Cheese Curd Cheeseburger? More cheese curds, of course!
Wyoming: The Nooner at Liberty Burger
Located in the gorgeous city of Jackson, Wyoming, Liberty Burger is the restaurant to visit if you want a burger that will fill you up right. The Nooner is the cream of the crop. This burger has bacon, American cheese, hash browns, ham, and ketchup. But that’s not all. Before the sandwich is closed, a fried egg is placed on top. The deliciousness of this thing is part of the reason why Liberty Burger’s reviews are so positive.