Burgers are a part of American culture, so there’s naturally a deep connection to our beloved beef-and-bun beauties.The quest for the best burger is always met with heated debate and fierce loyalties that can date back to childhood.
We felt like throwing our hat in the ring, coming up with a list of eateries to enjoy a delicious burger in and around Detroit. Whether you’re a local looking to satisfy your burger craving or are just visiting the area, here’s our list of burger destinations around Detroit to add to your bucket list.
One-Eyed Betty’s (Ferndale)
The Betty Burger at Ferndale’s One-Eyed Betty’s is one of the best around because of its juicy patty and the garlic aioli that sets it off. There’s no shortage of pairing options with their extensive tap list featuring Michigan brews and beyond.
Checker Bar (Detroit)
The Checker Burger at Detroit’s Checker Bar checked all of our boxes. The burger was simple, but juicy and flavorful. Choose their 1/3 lb. patty or upgrade to the original 1/2 lb. patty. Either way, you can’t go wrong.
Bronx Burgers (Warren)
Our only regret with Bronx Burgers in Warren is that we didn’t try them sooner. Their menu features an extensive lineup of mouth-watering burgers. We can vouch for the Manhattan Burger with its muenster cheese, bacon, sautéed onions, Russian dressing, and Texas toast “bun.”
Good Burger (Dearborn & Garden City)
A name like Good Burger sets the bar high for having taste-tacular burgers. No worries here. Good Burger serves 100% Halal burgers, including their signature The Good Burger. It features mozzarella sticks, an onion ring, and a next-level sauce.
Don’t be fooled by the location of Harry’s. Serious burgers are available inside this Detroit institution that has foodies and locals raving. Order a legendary burger or build your own. We recommend the Motor City Burger with a grilled Angus steak burger topped with sautéed mushrooms, melted Swiss, house smoked bacon, lettuce, and tomatoes on a Brioche bun.
Hunter House Hamburgers (Birmingham)
If you read reviews about burger joints around Detroit, you’re bound to find a strong Hunter House following. Since 1952, Hunter House Hamburgers has served up steamy-bun sliders on Woodward Avenue in Birmingham. Now with a second location, Ann Arbor burger lovers can get their Hunter House fill at 609 E. William Street.
Basement Burger Bar (Farmington, Canton & Detroit)
After you eat the Junk Burger at Basement Burger Bar, you may want to follow it up with a visit to your cardiologist. This delicious, gluttonous burger is topped with mozzarella sticks, fried pickles, and crispy onion straws among other things. Warning: It may literally add some junk to your trunk.
Irish Craft (Sterling Heights)
Irish Craft’s Paddle Board Sliders is the burger version of a beer flight. Taste the burger rainbow with four of their signature burgers served up with fries. Not only was Irish Craft voted Macomb County’s Best Burger according to Metro Times, their Corned Beef Sandwich won a Sammy Award.
Motz’s Burgers (Detroit)
Touting “the taste you’ll be back for,” Motz’s Burgers has been serving up satisfying sliders since 1929. If you appreciate the freshness of hand-rolled beef and hand-diced onions, Motz’s is a dream come true.
Ale Mary’s (Royal Oak)
You don’t have to be a true beer nerd to love the food menu at Ale Mary’s in Royal Oak, but it certainly helps. The acclaimed Beer Cheese Burger is hype-worthy because of its tasty toppings, notably the beer cheese made with Dragonmead’s Final Absolution. It wouldn’t be right if we didn’t shout out Ale Mary’s fried McClure’s Pickles, a fantastic way to start your meal.
Brome Burgers & Shakes (Dearborn)
For a burger that reads more like breakfast, the One-Eyed Brome from Dearborn’s Brome Burgers & Shakes should do the trick. This burger starts with 100% grass-fed beef and is topped with provolone cheese, avocado, beef bacon, tomato, mayonnaise and a fried egg. When in Brome…
Long before Detroit was hip, Michael Symon’s Roast set up shop downtown and created a happy hour to be envied. For a glorious burger experience, get happy with the Roast Burger. Symon put an egg on it before it was cool and it’s still a shining star.
When in Northville, chow down on the Garage Burger at the Garage Grill & Fuel Bar. We recommend supercharging this 8 oz. Angus beauty with bacon and cheddar.
Green Dot Stables (Detroit)
Lions, Tigers, and Ostrich, oh my! If it’s edible, Detroit’s Greet Dot Stables has probably put it on one of their Mystery Meat sliders.
Mallie’s Sports Grill & Bar (Southgate)
Home to the world’s largest commercially available burger, Mallie’s is one of our favorite spots for burgers downriver. Whether you decide to tackle one of their mammoth burgers or not, you’re sure to leave satisfied.
Miller’s Bar (Dearborn)
If you grew up near Miller’s Bar in Dearborn, chances are you’re a rabid fan. Miller’s has a dive bar sensibility, serving up delicious no-fuss burgers on wax paper. Don’t expect any fancy toppings here because, truth be told, you don’t even need them.
Made with 100% grass-fed Piedmontese beef from Michigan, the Revolution Burger at Republica has patrons flocking from near and far. You my need a nap after devouring this monster, but the combination of beef, smoked gouda cheese, bacon, tomato, fried egg, onion ring, and srirachannaise will be worth it.
Seeburger’s Cheeseburgers (Mt. Clemens & Roseville)
The Big Clem at Seeburger’s Cheeseburgers features two beef patties, cheese, lettuce, thousand island dressing, and an onion ring. Speaking of onion rings, Seeburger’s onion rings are so big, we’re pretty sure they could sink the Titanic.
Famous Hamburger (Dearborn)
If you haven’t noticed already, Dearborn has some phenomenal burger joints. If you have a gigantic appetite, order the appropriately titled Famous Burger from Dearborn’s Famous Hamburger. This burger behemoth features two 1/3 lb. patties, American cheese, and a fried egg.
Telway (Madison Heights)
Sliders are great, especially after a few beers. Open 24-hours, Telway in Madison Heights is a great place to grab a bag of legendary sliders any time of day.
Great Lakes Burger Bar (Detroit)
If you like the build-your-own burger concept, your imagination will run wild at Great Lakes Burger Bar in Detroit. This carry-out only spot gives you far too many options to list, but highlights include garlic butter shrimp and lobster, grilled pineapple, and fresh avocado. Although we’re proud carnivores, we were impressed with their non-meat options, too.
Vinsetta Garage (Berkley)
Burgers are the spice of life, or at least that’s our version of the popular saying. Vinsetta Garage in Berkley has a few signature burgers, but we love exploring their burger of the month. For our vegan friends out there, you can substitute a vegan patty.
Jaws Jumbo Burgers (Farmington Hills)
Unlatch your jaw for a massive burger at Jaws Jumbo Burgers in Farmington Hills. This quirky Jaws-themed burger joint features plenty of burgers to choose from, including ones named after celebrities.
Redcoat Tavern (Royal Oak & West Bloomfield)
Redcoat Tavern has been voted Detroit’s best burger over 60 times, largely in part due to their divine Piedmontese burger. With tons of available toppings, you’re free to dress up this high-quality, lower-fat burger any way that tickles your taste buds.