If a single food could embody all 50 states, it has to be the classic hamburger. The all-American staple of ground beef and melted cheese sandwiched between a fluffy bun has been around long before fast food made its debut.
Regardless of who took the first bite out of the first-ever burger, we’ve rounded up which ‘wich reigns supreme in our homeland. From the serene northeastern coastlines to the perpetual rivers that snake through the south, we partnered up with Yelp to pinpoint the best burger joint in every state. To do this, Yelp started with businesses that are listed in their “Burgers” category. The “Best” was measured using an algorithm that looks at the number of reviews and star rating for a business. Find out the many ways local restaurants manage to manipulate the bovine’s many bestowals, and then plan a visit to your state’s winning joint.
Locals (Fairhope, Alabama)
Locals proclaims itself as the home of the best burger on the Eastern shore and Yelpers couldn’t agree more. You’ll find a selection of both traditional and gamey meats from grass-fed beef to hearty bison, which you can top over spiced focaccia and douse with roasted pepper aioli in this shoreline-nestled shop.
Tommy’s Burger Stop (Anchorage, Alaska)
Hit up this graffitied dive in Anchorage for Cajun burgers on a toasted potato bun with all the fixings. Whether you pile your sandwich high with cheddar, sweet bell peppers, sauteed mushrooms, or just stick to Tommy’s homemade Creole Mustard, we guarantee you’ll be mentally penciling in your next visit.
Lucky’s Burgers & Shakes (Phoenix, Arizona)
This five-star rated parlor serves up some of the juiciest burgers and decadent milkshakes in the Grand Canyon State. Pair the meaty concoction with one of Lucky’s made-to-order shakes and malts for a truly satisfying cheat meal.
Tailgater’s Burger Company (Hope, Arkansas)
If you’re hoping to spot the best burger shop in Arkansas, look no further than Tailgater’s Burger Company in the southwestern city of Hope. The hand-cut fries are crisp, filling, and a popular go-to, but you can pair your hamburger with a plethora of potato-ey sides including chips, tater tots, and potato salad, or add some vitamin A to your order with sweet potato fries.
Daddy O’s Rockin Cafe (Upland, California)
Daddy O’s garnered almost 500 Yelp reviews and an impressive five stars (!!!), so you know this cafe is as rockin’ as its retro storefront sign hints. Upon strolling into the checker-spotted shop, you’ll notice a cooler stocked with gourmet ice cream and an overhead, euphoria-rousing menu.
Harvest Grill & Greens (Durango, Colorado)
Colorado is celebrated for its majestic mountains and green plains, and there’s no better backdrop to enjoy a farm-to-table hamburger than in the midst of nature. Bite into the Signature Burger, a local favorite stuffed with a third-pound of beef, homemade Belford cheese, and herby mayo al fresco at a picnic table overlooking the James Ranch.
Riley’s Hot Dog & Burger Gourmet (New Britain, Connecticut)
Pair the Classic Patty Melt clad with sauteed onions and tangy swiss with a side of comforting mac and cheese or baked beans. While the store’s industrial decor will lure you in, the craft beers will encourage you to overstay.
Grub Burger Bar (Wilmington, Delaware)
This spacious shop off Route 202 boasts a myriad of burger options made with a variety of proteins including rich wagyu and wild-caught salmon to quell even the hungriest road tripper’s appetite. Even vegetarians have their pick at this place: The Hippie Chickpea features a blend of ground chickpeas and eggplants adorned with roasted peppers, arugula, red onions, goat cheese, and tabbouleh for a fiber-packed lunch.
Hate Mondays Tavern (Miami, Florida)
Beat the Monday blues by ordering a burger and playing a round of pool in this cozy Miami tavern. The signature Monday Remedy burger stacks a beef patty with smoked pork belly and gouda, and kicks up the heat with piquant jalapenos before simmering things down with sweet caramelized onions. You’ll get a burst of both succulent and savory flavors in each juicy bite.
Neighborhood Eats (Atlanta, Georgia)
“When I visited I understood the hype,” Yelper Lauren G. writes. “The owner Andrew went to culinary school in Rhode Island and is very food-savvy and attentive. I tried the Asian pulled pork with the Thai peanut noodle side … It was juicy, different, and hit the spot,” she says, additionally recommending the herbed chicken cutlet sandwich with sriracha mayo and homemade cookies. “Excited to come back for the friendly service and awesome food. Next on my bucket list for this place is the steak and brie sandwich.”
Dinos Gourmet On-The-Go (Kahului, Hawaii)
Whether you’re landing in Maui’s airport or lazing along the turquoise shore, you won’t want to miss Dino’s in Kahului. The inviting food truck cooks up some of the raddest burgers in town. Pro tip: Take a few minutes to chat with Dino, the uber passionate chef and owner, who will fill you in on how he crafts crave-worthy fare in this little gem.
Junkyard Bistro (Salmon, Idaho)
Yelpers swear that Junkyard Bistro holds its own in the smalltown of Salmon and houses some of the best food in all 50 states. The shop hosts a myriad of unique eats from the Vietnamese pork sandwiches to the Veggie Grilled Cheese and the garlicky Junkyard Burger.
Patino’s Grill (Chicago, Illinois)
This family-owned grill infuses its menu with Latin-inspired eats for a truly flavorful and memorable experience. Try the Patino with red Mexican mole and queso fresco or take it breakfast-style with the Sunny Side Up—a burger that’s topped with a fried egg, crunchy bacon, gooey cheddar, and a poblano aioli that’s sure to spark salivation.
Fifi’s Lunch Box (Terre Haute, Indiana)
Fifi’s BBBLT is stacked with so much bacon, they had to denote that in the sandwich’s nomenclature. If you’re the type who can get enough bacon, you’ve gotta get your paws on the Twisted Burgers—which let you choose between thick-cut toast, a fresh pretzel bun, or sugary doughnut (yeah, seriously) as your beefy vessel.
Jimmy’s Pancake House (Bettendorf, Iowa)
Jimmy’s Pancake House may sound like IHOP’s main competitor in Bettendorf, but the bistro is actually known for its superb burgers. (But we’re not deterring you from ordering the buttermilk flapjacks for dessert.) Owner Jim Kardaras and his son have been flipping Angus ground chuck for years before opening up their second location in Moline, Iowa last year.
Do-B’s (Emporia, Kansas)
Do-B’s burgers begin with a six-ounce USDA-grade patty seasoned in the parlor’s own spice blend and seared to medium-well perfection before getting dressed with mayo and topped with lettuce, pickles, tomatoes, and onions. Wow, that’s a mouthful—and so are the burgers. The lunch spot keeps it classic with seasoned fries but also grants you the option to pair your ‘wich with sweet potato spuds or onion rings.
Mussel and Burger Bar Downtown (Louisville, Kentucky)
The seasoned chefs at Mussel & Burger craft bar classics with a culinary twist for a truly gastronomic dream. This surf and turf spot features some of the most glorious burger toppings: think fig marmalade, Spanish bleu cheese, truffle aioli, and Taleggio. While the meat is 100 percent Certified Black Angus beef, the globe-spanning options range from the Mediterranean coastline to aromatic Cuban, and even sneak in robust Argentinian influences.
Broaddus Burgers (Lafayette, Louisiana)
Crowds flock to this Louisiana kitchen to sink their teeth into spicy beef on sourdough and the savory fried eggplant wheel. Broaddus Burgers began as a drive-in situated in the former Sonic space, allowing customers to take a seat indoors or place their orders via the comfort of their cars. Most folks chose to take the joyride.
Mount Battie Take Out & Ice Cream (Camden, Maine)
Traditionalists and adventure seekers can find their bliss in this one-stop-shop that serves a mean Lobster Roll as well as an unbeatable cheeseburger. After scarfing down the protein, seal the deal with one of Mount Battie Take Out & Ice Cream’s creamy cones.
Vagabond Sandwich Company (Bel Air, Maryland)
Both wanderers and locals alike line up at Vagabond for their local aged Angus, fresh-baked buns, and organic poultry. The obsession began in the mid-1950s, when grandma Nancy brewed coffee and stacked sandwiches for San Bernardino residents. Now, the Bel Air stop serves Maryland’s best burgers with a smile and a side of fresh fries.
Porter Cafe (West Roxbury, Massachusetts)
“Porter Cafe is my go-to whenever I want something quick, delicious, and not too far from home,” Megan O. states, adding that the Pork Schnitzel with Roasted Smashed Potatoes is her go-to. “It comes with a huge portion of pork and a warm cabbage slaw with apples and thick-cut bacon … I highly recommend bringing leftovers home and turning it into a sandwich. Seasonally (Fall/Winter), they have a Sriracha-Honey Fried Brussels Sprouts that come with a Lime Crema that is to die for … My BF loves their Braised Beef with Horseradish Mash (another seasonal offering), and the Double Hamburger.”
Chuckwagon (Mackinac Island, Michigan)
Hungry visitors have been watching the flipping take place atop one of the counter seats for over 60 years. Chuckwagon’s BBQ Bacon and Rattlesnake Burger are major hits, but passersby come back for the breakfast. Just take a short ferry ride into Mackinac Island, where you’ll find the charming brick-and-mortar directly across from the Shepler Ferry dock.
Brunson’s Pub (Saint Paul, Minnesota)
Stung by the entrepreneurial bug, founder Thomas LaFleche and his partner opened Brunson’s Pub’s doors to unite good food with good people. The restaurant’s menu also fuses the neighborhood’s melting pot of cultures—Irish, German, Swedish, and Italian—into one cohesive menu crafted by Le Cordon Bleu graduate Chef Torrance, who adds his special touch in the form of kraut, cumin lime aioli, and blackberry vidalia jam to burgers.
Stamps Superburger (Jackson, Mississippi)
Walk into this old-timey outhouse and you’ll find monstrous burgers served in tin foil paired with gloriously golden battered onion rings—or fresh-cut fries if you’re more into that. All ‘wiches are uniformly dressed with the classics, and while additional toppings are minimal, you’ll find that the juicy beef holds its own.
Mary Jane Burgers & Brew (Perryville, Missouri)
Aside from small plates and street tacos, the extensive list of burgers usurps half the menu. Whether you’re in the mood for savory or sweet, Mary Jane’s Burgers & Brew serves up the classic with toppings such as pulled pork and porter BBQ sauce or even caramelized onions and peanut butter for a truly taste-bud-shocking treat.
The Burger Dive (Billings, Montana)
This Billings-based dive was crowned Burger Champion at the World Food Championships and was even featured on the Travel Channel’s Man V. Food. A trip to The Burger Dive would be incomplete without ordering the award-winning I’m Your Huckleberry burger which slaps Huckleberry Hatch chili barbecue sauce, bacon, goat cheese, roasted red pepper mayo, arugula on a ⅓-pound Angus patty.
Stella’s Bar & Grill (Bellevue, Nebraska)
Omaha may be known for its superb steaks but this bar and grill serves never-frozen patties that demand full attention. Spunky add-ons range from PB&J to fried eggs, justifying the out-the-door lines. Since the shop started serving hamburgers in 1936, it’s been named Omaha’s Best Burger for seven consecutive years and deemed Nebraska’s Best Burger by the Nebraska Beef Council in 2014. Seems like Stella never really lost her groove.
Fat Boy (Henderson, Nevada)
“If I could have only one burger for the rest of my life, it would be a Fatboy Boyger,” Yelper Jason W. says. “Able and Co. know how to cook amazing grub and they know how to take care of a customer. Family owned and run, you will not be disappointed … The only thing you will be, is looking forward to the next time you eat here. My faves: the The Double Cheese Boyger, you can also get a triple, the Pastrami Sandwich, the Pastrami Boyger, the Monster add Pastrami … Truth be told, I haven’t had a bad meal at Fatboy. Ever.”
Lexie’s Joint (Portsmouth, New Hampshire)
Don’t let the no-frills exterior of this little Portsmouth joint dampen your expectations. Lexie’s prime chuck blend is cooked to medium perfection and you can pair it with anything from truffle fries to fried pickles and still keep the bill low.
Diesel and Duke (Montclair, New Jersey)
Eclectic wall drawings, hanging plants, and caged light bulbs surround the concise overhead menu that will blow your senses away. Kick things up a notch with the Holypeno burger featuring jalapeno and spicy mayo or stick to the tried-and-true Standard burger. After licking your fingers of au jus, seal the deal with a fried Oreo smothered in Nutella.
Big D’s Downtown Dive (Roswell, New Mexico)
Whether you’re driving through the Chihuahuan Desert or photographing the city’s immersive colonial architecture, you’ll want to refuel with Big D’s outrageous burgers. Test your palate against the Tomahawk with Native American fry bread, red chile, and black bean pico or go the traditional route with the Good Ole Reliable. Choose between regular, garlic, and sweet potato fries—or slurp up all three!
That No Good Burger Joint (Baldwin, New York)
If you’re heading east from the Big Apple, hit pause on your diet for a treat at this Long Island gem. While cardiologists concur that the joint’s offerings are as good as its name implies, you’ll surely want to sink your teeth into the mac-and-cheese-oozing Mac Daddy or fulfill your hearty breakfast hankerings with the egg-topped Winzie.
Bros Sandwich Shack (Avon, North Carolina)
No surprise here, Bros Sandwich Shack is owned by two burger-lovin’ brothers who resigned from their restaurant manager positions and took their culinary degrees into their own kitchen. Since then, the siblings have been serving North Carolina’s best burgers.
JL Beers (Fargo, North Dakota)
While JL Beers won the title of best burger joint in ND, the shack serves up a mean brew, too. The impressive beer selection ranges from robust Belgians to a hot beer cheese dip accompanied by crunchy chips. We’ll take another round of both, please.
Flavor 91 Bistro (Whitehall, Ohio)
Flavor 91’s scratch-made meals are crafted with organic ingredients hailing straight from local Ohio farms. From the beef bacon to the crisp baby greens to the creamy avocado puree and tangy goat cheese, each ingredient is non-GMO, farmed sustainably, and responsibly-raised. And everything tastes pretty darn good, too.
Fat Bully’s (Sulphur, Oklahoma)
As the name suggests, you’ll find the biggest burgers around in this picturesque Oklahoma city. Fat Bully’s couples most of its giant half-pound Angus patties with classic American cheese, lettuce, and tomato slices on buttery brioche. The best part? You can chug down the grease with a refreshing ice-cold beer.
PDX Sliders (Portland, Oregon)
PDX’s humble food truck beginnings lent it the dedicated clientele it needed to expand into the bustling brick-and-mortar that lives in Portland today. Scrumptious options such as beef with strawberry preserves and goat cheese as well as house-made smashed meatball with roasted Roma tomatoes keep the customers loyal while the nearly impeccable ratings lure curious tummies in.
The Chop Shop (Butler, Pennsylvania)
After honing his grilling skills as a dishwasher in a Meridian restaurant, and hurdling over obstacles in a 13-year road, the zealous founder finally opened up the Chop Shop. Business boomed thanks to the sole science of word of mouth. I mean, who wouldn’t rave about a Chili Mac and Cheese burger and over-the-top toppings like frazzled onions and duck egg?
Mission (Newport, Rhode Island)
Couple your tour of the quaint Northeastern city with a big bite out of Newport’s yummiest burgers. House-made toppings such as sauerkraut, grilled jalapenos, and sweet pickles add extra oomph but what folks really flock here for is the Mission sauce: a drool-worthy aioli with ketchup, cornichons, capers, herbs, and brandy.
Anelo Grill (Fair Play, South Carolina)
Fried green tomatoes are a southern staple and pairing the oil-drenched veggie with your burger is a common practice in Anelo Grill. You’ll also find other southern classics (hello, pimento cheese) done right, which you can enjoy under a pine-tree-shaded picnic table alongside the food truck.
Black Hills Burger and Bun Co (Custer, South Dakota)
Yelper Amy M. highlights this Custer joint’s myriad of must-tries: “The cheese curds were amazing! Crispy, great seasoning, and delicious. I got the Black Hills Blues burger with blue cheese, bacon, garlic aioli, and grilled onions, and I had it made with bison! … It was absolutely lick-the-plate fantastic! … It really was the BEST burger I have ever eaten! … Our server was attentive, witty, and personable. One other thing that I LOVED about this restaurant [is that] they had a ‘Pay It Forward Board’ [where] you could buy a burger and fries for someone and they could eat for free the next time they stopped in.”
Nick’s Grill (Pulaski, Tennessee)
Whether you choose the Mediterranean wraps, Philly cheese steak subs, pressed paninis, or craft burgers, Nick’s won’t disappoint. What really sets this shop apart is their sauce bar. The stretch of scratch-made dipping sauces—from smoky bourbon to jalapeno ranch—elevate your burger to untapped levels.
Jewboy Burgers (Austin, Texas)
The Jewish-American founder capitalized on his Latino community upbringing by combining the two cultures into a menu that’s as eccentric as his childhood. Think crunchy latkes meet chile con queso. No word on whether the beef is kosher.
Chubby’s Cafe (Pleasant Grove, Utah)
“My absolute favorite thing to get here is the Cheesesteak burger. Does it get better than having steak as a condiment for a burger?! No! It’s flavorful, filling, juicy, cheesy, and just so deliciously indulgent. A second favorite is the Jalapeno Ranch Deluxe burger … Always, always, always pair your burger with a side of scones because why the heck not?! The scones here are some of my favorite that I’ve tried,” Chelsea C. writes.
Sandwich Shoppe (Rutland, Vermont)
The Green Mountain State’s best burger spot’s menu is so extensive that scribbled-on chalkboards line half of the perimeter to get the point across. After you’re done skimming and pondering, you’ll wait for your order by the countertop and scurry for a seat in the small establishment. Don’t fret; the wait is surely worth it.
Around The Corner (Henrico, Virginia)
The cheerful cartoons drawn on brick will call you in but the beyond-appetizing menu will encourage you to take a seat. Options are uncomplicated: choose from a single, double, or triple, and top it off with cheese, tomato, egg, bacon, or chili. It’s clear that simplicity works its magic in this little hub.
Skagit Valley Burgers Express (Sedro-Woolley, Washington)
You’ll find some of the tallest burgers around at this pit-stop off Cascade Highway. The Washington favorite uses only grass-fed beef for a both healthier (hello, mood-boosting omega-3s!) and tastier burger. The Le Cordon Bleu-trained chef prides himself in reimagining the classic hamburger with the help of quality, rather than pretentious, ingredients.
Secret Sandwich Society (Fayetteville, West Virginia)
“Secret: Check. The hidden restaurant isn’t super visible from the road, so I’ll call this one adequately named. Sandwich: Check. They have an array of delicious sandwiches and burgers. If you can find it between two buns, it’s here. Society: Possibly? If it is its own society, I wanna be Mayor, Governor, or President. I love this place,” Luci H. writes.
Kopp’s Frozen Custard (Greenfield, Wisconsin)
It’s no secret that frozen desserts go hand-in-hand with jumbo burgers, which is why Kopp’s combined the two in this glorious shop with the swankiest outdoor seating. Your decisiveness will be tested against the ever-changing custard flavors. Fortunately, the grill options are a bit more concise.
MacPhail’s Burgers (Jackson, Wyoming)
Who doesn’t love a mouthwatering burger sandwiched between a crusty bun and oozing melted cheese? MacPhail’s does it best in Wyoming thanks to its grass-fed, hormone-free meat, Idaho taters, and the bread that’s baked daily.