The Best Burgers You Have To Eat In Memphis

The Best Burgers You Have To Eat In Memphis

Here are the more than 30 of the best Memphis burgers that you absolutely have to try. These best Memphis hamburgers and cheeseburgers are in no particular order. 

This certainly isn't everywhere you can get a burger, just a list to get you started. 

Best Burgers In Memphis

The Cheeseburger (and honestly everything on the menu) from Tops, a greasy griddle burger topped with all the fixin's is one of my favorites.

Get the Greek Burger from Alex's Tavern: legendary, juicy, and served with Greek seasoning and cheese. Cash only and available very late.

A Muy Grande Cheeseburger from the Chile Verde food truck. This Mexican food truck in the parking lot of the gas station at Park and Mt. Moriah offers top-notch burgers with one, two, three, or even four patties, lots of salsas, and my favorite—crinkle-cut seasoned fries.

Catch some heat with the Diablo burger from Mommas. It is topped with ghost pepper & American cheese, sauteed jalapeno, avocado, tomato, onion & Momma's Mayo on brioche bun. 

chile verde burger and fries
Holly Whitfield
Chile Verde Burger
Earnestine and Hazels Soul Burgers
Holly Whitfield
Soul Burger from E&H

Order a Soul Burger from Earnestine & Hazel's, a Memphis burger classic, griddle fried with all the toppings (cheese, onions, and pickles, if you like) melted all together.

The Bishop Burger at Bishop in Central Station comes with two patties topped with bacon, melted Cheddar, and slathered in steak sauce. Leave it to Memphians to require a big, juicy burger from a fine dining French brasserie. I love us for it.

RP Tracks's burger continues their tradition of taking no-frills pub grub and making it into something delicious and crave-worthy. The Angus patty comes with your choice of one of five cheese options and all the fixin's, plus their delicious fries (or sweet potato fries...)

Shelby Forest General Store's cheeseburger is 100 percent what you want after a few hours of hiking through the woods. It's got a great flavor and is so satisfying—get it with some spicy fries or sweet corn nuggets and you're good to go!

Lot A Burger is the definition of your hole-in-the-wall spot, aka you know the food is going to be amazing. This classic spot on Third Street serves up homemade taste in their burgers and sandwiches. 

Go for an Original Jerry's Burger from Jerry's Sno Cones. Did you know the famous Memphis sno cone stand has more than just cold treats?

Burger from Farmburger
Farm Burger's Double Bacon Cheese Burger

The West Coast Burger from Huey's (Memphis' classic burger restaurant, with locations across the Mid-South) comes with all the fixings, plus guacamole and Monterey Jack cheese.

Try the Good Night/Good Cause from Hopdoddy. Yes, it's a chain, but a portion of proceeds for this particular burger (with cheddar, caramelized onions, caffeinated BBQ, jalapeños) are donated back to local charities.

Burger from Hopdoddy

Mojo Cheeseburger from Memphis Mojo Cafe in Bartlett is a solid choice, or you can go for one of their more adventurous burgers with all kinds of toppings.

Find the Gourmade Burger from Gourmade Food Truck at breweries and fests around town.

The Beetle Burger is from the Green Beetle, downtown's oldest tavern (no, the burger does not contain beetles.) Every Tuesday all their burgers are $2 off.

Do the Double Double from Dyer's—either on Beale Street or at their Collierville location. Fried in 100-year-old grease, this burger comes with two patties and two slices of cheese.

Eat a Bibimbap Burger from Kwik Chek, which adds bibimbap veggies and a fried egg to a grilled cheeseburger.

Wimpy's Burgers in Germantown, Bartlett, and Southaven offers a great greasy griddle burger that's affordable and tasty. It goes wonderfully with their sweet potato fries with praline dipping sauce.

Pimento's  serves up all kinds of burgers including a bacon pimento cheese burger, naturally. 

Angus Burgers from Elwood’s come with all kinds of toppings, from their amazing brisket and bacon to fried eggs and avocado. Just put Elwood’s on every “Best” Memphis food list. Everything they do is excellent.

Smacker’s is known for their salmon club, but don’t sleep on the burgers. They have multiple combinations of hamburgers, cheeseburgers, slider-sized burgers, and their namesake Smack Burger with two patties, bacon, fried egg and Smack sauce!

Bibimbap Burger from Kwik Chek

The Whiskey Burger from the Flying Saucer downtown: it's a chain, but Memphis is the only location with a menu of gourmet-style burgers.

The Poutine Burger from Kooky Canuck is available at their downtown and Cordova locations, and it's topped with Canadian-style fries + gravy + cheese curds poutine.

The Big Deuce from the Slider Inn in midtown may not count technically as a burger even though it's got two patties, cheese, and all the fixings, but it won't hurt anyone to be on this list, right? (The parameters of what constitutes a Memphis burger sound like a debate we can have another time, preferably while consuming said burgers/alleged burgers.)

The John T. Edge Burger from Hog & Hominy is named for the famous food journalist and is included on a couple of "best burgers in the country" lists.

Babalu Burger from Babalu is available at their Overton Square and East Memphis locations, and people really love it.

Get a Sidestreet Burger from Sidestreet Burgers in Olive Branch, Mississippi, perhaps paired with a beer from the MS Ale House next door.

Go for a Prime Burger from 117 Prime, which comes with Jarlsberg, sauteéd mushrooms, and Dijonaise.

The Bomba-B Burger from Sabor Caribe in the Medical District is more than your average burger; this Memphis Venezuelan restaurant adds all kinds of stuff to their burger including but not limited to an egg, salami, bacon, and slaw.

The Early Riser from Belly Acres in comes with fried eggs, bacon, and served between sweet waffles.

Chef José's Sirloin Burger from River Oaks in East Memphis: it's a thick, juicy patty on a crusty bun with your choice of cheese.

The No. 1 Farm Burger and Double Bacon Cheeseburger can be found in the Crosstown Concourse. It's a chain, but they are all about that grass-fed local beef, so here they are.

The Homestyle Seasoned Burger from Young Avenue Deli goes beyond the cheese sticks and fries you love, with a half-pound patty. Add cheese (or pimento cheese if you're feeling frisky).

Go for an Awesome Sauce Burger from Buon Cibo in Hernando, Miss. This burger comes topped with fried onions, bacon jam, and piquillo pepper aioli.

Don't want beef? Try venison, bison, or wold boar burgers from Off The Hook in Arlington, which is top rated by local burger experts.

The Wing Guru’s speciality is obviously chicken wings, but please don’t sleep on their Cheeseburger.

jerrys sno cone and burger
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Burgers and fritters at Jerry's Sno Cones

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My favorite used to be the Pub Burger at Local, but they changed the recipe a bit in the last few months, added a stewed/roasted tomato thing to it, and it just doesn't taste as good anymore. So, I have to default to Ernestine and Hazel's. It's simple and delicious.
September 19, 2018 11:06am
Buckley's Lunchbox burger is awesome, and Butcher Shop Burger Fridays are a can't miss!
September 19, 2018 12:08pm
Holly Whitfield
They do change their menu constantly. :-/ Can't go wrong with E&H!
September 19, 2018 12:12pm
A couple more vegetarian opinions... You mentioned 117 Prime, but they also do a version of their burger replacing the beef with an Impossible patty (as does the chain Hopdoddy). And Next Door American Eatery at Crosstown Concourse has both an excellent Beet burger and an Impossible burger.
May 30, 2019 10:48am
Holly Whitfield
Awesome addition to the list, Steven!
June 3, 2019 12:33pm

Thanks for the list. Will try them, but…Huey’s, dude! 

December 1, 2021 4:35pm
Darrien McGraw

The best burger in Memphis Tn to me is The Skybox on Popular in Collierville.  You will not be disappointed.  It is a juicy steak burger seasoned to perfection. 

November 15, 2022 1:16pm