Nashville’s Best Burgers
The burger is America’s iconic beloved choice all day every day. We know not all burgers are created equally and I’m always on the search for the best of the best combination of bun, meat and cheese.
Doug and I both agree that meat needs to be good enough to stand alone (I often put mine on top of a salad), and the bun to meat ratio has to be just right. Too much bun and the burger is a fail. It needs to smash down on the burger and the ingredients need to be stacked in such a way that the bun doesn’t get soggy.
Nashville’s Best Burgers from Casual to Fancy
Grass Fed Burger at True Food Kitchen. What a surprise! This burger blew me away with quality, quantity and might be the best burger you can eat without a bun! The kale side is my personal choice. Upscale casual. Extensive AIP menu. Coffee and Cocktails.
Fido’s Lamb Burger – The lamb beef combination never disappoints me. Follow up with their famous coffee. This burger has been popular for years! Casual. Nashville’s First Ever Coffee House. Iconic.
Germantown Pub – The Gerst Burger, beer braised with onions and muenster served on a pretzel bun. It’s sloppy, messy, drippy, and phenomenal. I also like the GTP Burger with a fried egg.
Jack Brown’s Beer and Burger Joint– I can’t get the pepper jelly, cream cheese burger out of my mind ever since I discovered how amazing this combination is. Wagyu burgers are grilled on flat top, not too thin, not to thick, with the perfect soft bun to burger ratio. You might be able to eat two of these, and you’ll probably want to. Choose from over 100 beers. Funky Bar Casual.
The Tavern – Not only would I go back for the burger, but those fries are everything. Crispy, thin, salty. Gastropub, Cocktails, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch. Eat on patio when you can.
Bobbie’s Dairy Dip – I’ve been eating burgers at this legendary walk up ice cream stand since I lived in Sylvan Park 18 years ago. Save room for the dipped cone! Get the Onion Rings! The sesame bun makes you forget this is fast food (made to order).
Husk – Fancy Southern Restaurant features a knock out burger. Try this with a Red Eye Manhattan or Old Fashioned. (Upscale with full menu). Lunch, Dinner.
Hop Doddy in Hillsborough Village- Burger or burger salad, you cannot go wrong. The meat by itself is very tasty. Very unique choices, including a breakfast burger, a Kobe Beef Burger, a Bison Burger and a spicy Llano Poblano Burger. Casual. Serves cocktails and milkshakes. Family friendly.
Nothing better than a great pimento burger and a rye old fashioned. Located on Main Street in Franklin. Very small and noisy, but great place to grab a burger and a drink.
Favorite Burgers in Nashville off the Beaten Path in Strip Malls
Ground (Franklin) – I love this burger place, nestled in a little strip mall off Carothers with modest hours 11-2 and 4-8 Monday through Saturday. You can get a burger salad which is so good, and if you love french fries, they have the best! I usually get the caesar salad with burger and avocado. They also have a burger stuffed sweet potato that comfort food perfection. (Casual). Delivery available.
Jumbo and Delicious (Hendersonville) If you happen to be in Hendersonville and you’re starving, this giant burger will do the trick. They aren’t kidding when they say jumbo. You can get a 3/4 pound burger for $9.99 You’ve been warned. (casual)
Sub Culture Cafe- A tiny joint in a strip mall that cares about their food. Won Best burger in 2017 and came in at number 2 in 2018. That’s all you need to know folks. (casual)
Mill Creek Taproom at 12 South- This is my number one favorite burger at the moment, although there’s not a burger on this page I wouldn’t enjoy eating.
I took one bite during burger week and said “you win.” I was right! They won out of thirty burgers.
Try this with a dark beer. Get the rosemary potato chips. I ate this burger on their first day in their new second location on 12th Avenue South. They didn’t need any practice at all to get it right. It’s all in their sauce which they’re keeping under wraps.
Most Impressive Burger is a bit out in the country.
We recently tried the burger at 1892 in Leiper’s Fork. The quality of meat is amazing and it’s big, so bring an appetite. 1892 get busy quickly on Saturdays so go early or make a reservation as it’s a small place serving excellent gourmet farm to table food.
Nashville Burgers I’ve yet to try, but hear good things.
Hugh Baby’s – Fast food burger place that people rave about. Have you been. Tell me. Fast food, cooked to order. Burgers, Shakes, Fries, Dogs.
Tennessee Brew Works – Five Beer Burger for $18. The person that told me about this burger was gushing over it. Everything I hear says go try it along with one of their craft beers.
Please let me know your favorite burger in town, and I’ll make sure I get out and try it.