It’s National Burger Day, but every day in Tennessee, burger joints around the state serve up juicy burgers you can really sink your teeth into. From big city eats to small town, mom-and-pop restaurants, here are just a few places to go when you’re craving a finely-made burger.
Hog & Hominy – Memphis
The culinary masters at Food & Wine salivate over the John T. Burger with its onion, pickled lettuce, American cheese and mustard trimmings, served with perfectly crisped fries. Did we mention Food & Wine also named this one of the best burgers in the U.S.?
Dyer’s Burgers – Memphis
Touted as one of the best burgers in the U.S. by Food & Wine, these thin patties are tossed in a cast-iron skillet for a crispy edge and topped with pickles, onions and mustard (with chili, extra cheese and bacon offerings as well). Served since 1912, travelers get a good bite on Beale Street.
Brownsville Burger Basket – Brownsville
The bacon double cheeseburger will be calling your name when you step foot inside Brownsville Burger Basket. With a side of fries and one of the homemade desserts like chocolate pie, lemon square or a brownie, this is one meal you won’t soon forget.
Fat Mo’s – Nashville
Try to conquer the Fat Mo’s Super Deluxe Burger (more than 27 oz.) with onion rings and a large butterscotch milkshake. They also have veggie burgers and falafel for your choosing.
Honey’s Restaurant – Fayetteville
Home to the original slawburger, Honey’s has been serving up these delicious burgers since 1923.
Huey’s – Memphis
Winning ‘Best Burger in Memphis’ since 1984, you can guarantee each burger is certified Angus beef, topped with the special Huey’s seasoning. Order the Bluff City Burger that’s chargrilled and slathered in barbecue sauce, decorated with bacon, cheese, lettuce, onion straws, and pickles.
Mid-City Grill – Johnson City
Locals love coming to Mid-City Grill to get their burger fix. Choose the heater burger if you can handle the sriracha mayo, cheddar, jalapeño bacon, sautéed jalapeños lettuce tomato and onions. Add a side of sweet potato fries to complete your meal.
Pal’s Sudden Service – Kingsport
Pal’s is iconic in Northeast Tennessee, so while you’re there, add Pal’s to your list. Order the Double Big Pal or the Sauceburger that comes with Pal’s famous, ketchup-based sauce (add cheese and bacon) with a Frenchie Fry and milkshake in classic flavors (chocolate, vanilla and strawberry).
The Pharmacy Burger Parlor – Nashville
Home to Nashville’s original Biergarten and the city’s “wurst-burger” joint, The Pharmacy serves up delicious German wurst and soda fountain treats, including phosphates. The Pharmacy uses 100% Tennessee-raised beef and even has vegetarian options like the scrumptious Black Bean Burger and Falafel Burger.
Soda Pop Junction – Lynnville
Travel to this small Tennessee town for ½-pound double bacon cheeseburger, onion petals and your favorite flavored milkshake served up at Soda Pop Junction, established in 1860 that also has the original pharmacy and the original 1950s soda fountain.
Stock & Barrel – Knoxville
Voted “Best Hamburger” by Metro Pulse, locals and travelers alike pack the restaurant for the burgers, bourbon and great atmosphere. Order the Free Bird, a turkey burger dressed with Tennessee Honey, mustard, pressed avocado, bourbon onions, tomato and greens. If you have a large appetite, The Big Nasty may be for you: double meat, bacon and cheese with fried onion straws, tomato jam and mayo. Try the Nutella shake to crave your chocolate fix.
Urban Stack – Chattanooga
Take a seat at Urban Stack and feast on The Steakhouse, a burger topped with barbecue sauce, bacon, cheddar cheese, green onion, crispy onion and bacon. Add a side of mac & cheese or the traditional house-cut fries. Elevate your burger with the Kobe beef or chicken breast. You can even make any burger, a lettuce wrap if you want to take the healthy route.