Few dishes are as iconic in American culture as the hamburger. Twenty years ago, Nashville’s burger options may have been restricted mostly to fast-food joints, but the city’s bustling food scene has added many options that span the gamut from high-end to grab-and-go. From cheap classics served for over 50 years to ones served in smoky dive bars to expensive newer takes with modern twists and hefty price tags — this map covers them all.Read More
Where to Eat 25 of the Juiciest Burgers in Nashville
Whether at a legendary dive bar or swanky steakhouse, here’s where to find the city’s most beloved burgers
1. Cafe Roze
The standout $14 Cafe Roze smash burger is stacked with mustard-grilled Pinewood Farms grass-fed patties, cheddar, house pickles, and special sauce. Opt to add avocado, egg, and bacon for a few bucks more.
2. Redheaded Stranger
Yes, Bryan Lee Weaver brought great queso, fancy-ass Crunchwraps, and killer breakfast tacos to his newest East side hang last year — but he also brought a steal of a stellar green chili cheeseburger. The $6 Bear Creek Farms patty comes served on a potato roll with chopped hatch chilies, American cheese, Gifford’s bacon, and ranch. Call or order online for pick-up, or get it delivered.
3. The Pharmacy Burger Parlor & Beer Garden
The draws a crowd for its killer beer garden as well as burgers, wursts, and changing tap . The large landscaped outdoor space offers plenty of picnic table seating, with string lights overhead helping it transition from daytime to evening dining.
4. Dino's Bar
Sometimes a burger and fries can cost as much as $24 in new Nashville. Dino’s is still here for the everyman, thankfully, with its well-loved single-patty burgers starting at $7.
5. Saint Stephen
Lots of people rave about the burger at this swanky Germantown spot. Saint Stephen’s cheeseburger is available only during happy hour on Wednesday through Saturday, so take note.
6. Mother's Ruin
While meat lovers flock to the double cheeseburger alongside their cocktails here, the vegetarian-friendly falafel burger is another solid pick. The cheeseburger at Mother’s Ruin comes layered with aged cheddar, lettuce, pickles, and secret sauce on a sesame bun — and don’t miss the Old Bay seasoned waffle fries on the side.
7. Jack Brown's Beer and Burger Joint Germantown
Surviving tornado damage and even opening a new location during the pandemic, the Virginia import serves up strong Wagyu burgers crowned with quirky toppings not found elsewhere in town. Popular options include the Greg Brady, crowned with mac and cheese plus Martin’s BBQ potato chips — as well as the the Cobra Kai with Philadelphia cream cheese, pickled jalapenos, and jalapeno jelly.
8. Germantown Pub
As the name would suggest, this neighborhood hang is located smack dab in the heart of Germantown, and there’s a killer happy hour and excellent pub fare — burgers included. The Nashville Hot Burger is a must-try here, a patty seasoned with their signature spice rub then topped with pico, pickles, sand pepperjack cheese, and crowned with a fried jalapeno.
9. Joyland Restaurant
Celebrity chef Sean Brock opened the first of his highly anticipated Nashville restaurants during the pandemic — and it’s a meticulously planned, colorful nod to the fast-food joints of yesteryear. At Joyland, Brock’s latest burger variation comes with single or double 4-ounce patties of a customized beef blend from Bear Creek Farm (a sustainable cattle and heritage hog farm located in Williamson County, Tennessee), but you can also change it up with a pimento cheese-topped burger or a crispy “crustburger”.
10. Bare Bones Butcher
The whole animal butcher shop opened in the Nations in early 2018. But not to be missed — Bare Bones’ note-worthy burger, cooked right there in the kitchen. No home grill is required for this one — a simple stack of two patties layered with American cheese, house pickles, Duke’s mayo, and mustard. It also plays well with their standout beef fat fried potatoes.
Brunch is the time this outpost of the Charleston restaurant truly shines, with daylight allowing diners to take in the stunning surroundings while getting their fill of savory midday fare. The menu changes every weekend, but the Husk cheeseburger is always a must-order.
12. Burger Republic
From a locally inspired Tennessee burger with Jack Daniel’s honey glaze to the West Coast burger with grilled onions, this Gulch spot is a favorite among the locals. Be sure and save room for a spiked milkshake, at the end.
13. Emmy Squared - Gulch
Emmy Squared might be known for its square Detroit-style pizza, but the round “Le Big Matt” upped Nashville’s burger game. Bear Creek Farms beef is the star of the burger here — splayed on a Tom Cat Bakery pretzel bun with a piquant sambal sauce.
Pat Martin’s latest rapidly expanding, meaty brainchild serves up burgers and barbecue in a fast-casual setting. Though technically a fast-food restaurant, Hugh Baby’s puts an emphasis on quality by grinding patties in-house every day and serving up the same slow-smoked barbecue that makes Martin’s other Nashville restaurant (Martin’s Bar-B-Que Joint) a crowd favorite.
15. Gertie's Whiskey Bar
Matt Bolus’ $23 404 Burger is available at both 404 Kitchen and Gertie’s Bar. It’s a double patty Bear Creek Farm smash burger cooked over diced onions and topped with Benton’s bacon, American cheese, braised onions, charred romaine, Duke’s mayonnaise, and truffled mushrooms. The bun, dubbed the ‘Nashville Potato Muffin,’ is an English muffin and potato bun hybrid.
16. The Patterson House
Nashville, TN 37203
An unexpected but oh-so-satisfying find at the intimate, dimly lit Midtown cocktail bar? One of the best damn burgers in the city. The TPH burger is layered with umami onions, “special” sauce, and melty American cheese and pairs mighty well with just about any of their fancy custom cocktails.
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17. Tennessee Brew Works
Tennessee Brew Works serves a fantastic five-beer Black Hawk Farms beef burger that incorporates (as one might’ve assumed) five craft beers. From the sauces to the pickle brine and onions, TBW has done exactly what a brewery should do: merge beer and burgers seamlessly.
18. Martin's Bar-B-Que Joint
Pat Martin’s barbecue joint attracts lines for his smoked meats, but is also a crowd favorite burger destination. The classic cheeseburger comes with melted American cheese, comeback sauce, lettuce, pickle, and onion — while the brisket variation adds a hunk of smoked brisket and sweet dixie sauce.
19. Gabby's Burgers & Fries
Seamus is Gabby’s little brother and is the perfect burger for the beginner at the Wedgewood-Houston hang (it also just might be the password to access the secret menu online, shhhhh). It’s a single five-ounce grassfed beef burger with a choice of cheese. Or, make it a double with the eponymous Gabby burger.
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20. Brown's Diner
Nashville, TN 37212
Those who want to remember the Nashville of yesteryear, look to Brown’s Diner, which holds the city’s oldest beer license. Recently under new ownership. the trolley-turned-restaurant has plated one of Nashville’s favorite cheeseburgers since 1927. In the days of new and shiny Nashville, there’s certainly something to be said for tried and true.
21. M.L.Rose Craft Beer & Burgers - Melrose
The neighborhood burger restaurant now has fou0r different locations — and all of them have crowd-pleasing burgers on tap for dine-in and patio seating, takeout, and delivery. The Nash Vegas burger comes slathered with pimento cheese and topped with crispy tobacco onions and barbecue sauce, while the ANM.L. Burger features two smashed patties, American cheese, grilled onions, lettuce, tomato, pickles, and “awesome sauce”.
22. Burger Up
This 12 South neighborhood staple runs the gamut when it comes to burgers — choose from beef, bison, chicken, or veggie, with toppings ranging from pimento cheese and bacon to truffle aioli and pickles. Sweet potato fries with housemade ketchup make an excellent burger companion here, as do the fried mac and cheese bites.
23. Brothers Burger Joint
Yes, this Berry Hill burger joint is owned by brothers Jeremiah and Cole James and it’s a great neighborhood hang for live music, drinks, and of course, burgers. What began as a food truck in 2015 is now a fixed location (well two locations, actually) for favorites like the Jumpback Jack burger topped with candied bacon, caramelized onions, jalapenos, pepperjack, and cumin aioli.
24. Rosie's Twin Kegs
Don’t let the new front patio space fool you — Rosie’s is still the same burgers, beer, and karaoke joint folks have always flocked to. Go with the classic Keg burger ($9.50) or switch it up by choosing one slathered with pimento cheese or crowned with onion rings or an egg.
25. Subculture Urban Cuisine And Cafe
Head south on Nolensville Pike to a strip mall and you’ll find a refreshing hidden gem complete with Chilean menu inspiration and a coffee bar. Beyond their impressive churrasco and Cubano sandwiches, the SC burger on a house bun with Tennessee beef, bacon, white cheddar, and aioli is another fan favorite.