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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

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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.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Cafe Roze

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1115 Porter Rd
Nashville, TN 37206
(615) 645-9100
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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

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305 Arrington St
Nashville, TN 37207
(615) 891-7960
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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.

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3. The Pharmacy Burger Parlor & Beer Garden

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731 Mcferrin Ave
Nashville, TN 37206
(615) 712-9517
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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

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411 Gallatin Ave
Nashville, TN 37206
(615) 226-3566
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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.

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5. Saint Stephen

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1300 3rd Ave N
Nashville, TN 37208
(615) 974-0121
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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.

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6. Mother's Ruin

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1239 6th Ave N
Nashville, TN 37208
(615) 953-7317
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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.

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7. Jack Brown's Beer and Burger Joint Germantown

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1123 3rd Ave N
Nashville, TN 37208
(615) 818-0318
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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

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708 Monroe St
Nashville, TN 37208
(615) 457-2145
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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.

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9. Joyland Restaurant

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901 Woodland St
Nashville, TN 37206
(615) 922-4934
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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 yesteryearAt 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”.

double cheeseburger, close up, plenty of sauce dripping down the side Jeff Scott / Joyland

10. Bare Bones Butcher

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906 51st Ave N
Nashville, TN 37209
(615) 730-9808
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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.

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11. Husk

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37 Rutledge St
Nashville, TN 37210
(615) 256-6565
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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.

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12. Burger Republic

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420 11th Ave S
Nashville, TN 37203
(615) 915-1943
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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

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404 12th Ave S
Nashville, TN 37203
(615) 248-2662
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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.

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14. Hugh-Baby's

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4816 Charlotte Pike
Nashville, TN 37209
(615) 610-3340
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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.

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15. Gertie's Whiskey Bar

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507 12th Ave S Fl 1
Nashville, TN 37203
(615) 251-1404
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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. 

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16. The Patterson House

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1711 Division St
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.

17. Tennessee Brew Works

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809 Ewing Ave
Nashville, TN 37203
(615) 436-0050
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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.

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18. Martin's Bar-B-Que Joint

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2400 Elliston Pl
Nashville, TN 37203
(615) 747-2473
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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

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493 Humphreys St
Nashville, TN 37203
(615) 733-3119
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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

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2102 Blair Blvd
Nashville, TN 37212
(615) 269-5509

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

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2535 8th Ave S #107
Nashville, TN 37204
(615) 712-8160
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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”.

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22. Burger Up

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2901 12th Ave S
Nashville, TN 37204
(615) 279-3767
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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.

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23. Brothers Burger Joint

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2821 Bransford Ave
Berry Hill, TN 37204
(615) 712-7607
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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

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413 W Thompson Ln
Nashville, TN 37211
(615) 832-3167
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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.

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25. Subculture Urban Cuisine And Cafe

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5737 Nolensville Pike
Nashville, TN 37211
(615) 955-1223
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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.

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1. Cafe Roze

1115 Porter Rd, Nashville, TN 37206

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.

1115 Porter Rd
Nashville, TN 37206

2. Redheaded Stranger

305 Arrington St, Nashville, TN 37207
Andrew Cebulka / 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.

305 Arrington St
Nashville, TN 37207

3. The Pharmacy Burger Parlor & Beer Garden

731 Mcferrin Ave, Nashville, TN 37206

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.

731 Mcferrin Ave
Nashville, TN 37206

4. Dino's Bar

411 Gallatin Ave, Nashville, TN 37206
Dinos Nashville

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.

411 Gallatin Ave
Nashville, TN 37206

5. Saint Stephen

1300 3rd Ave N, Nashville, TN 37208
Saint Stephen/Facebook

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.

1300 3rd Ave N
Nashville, TN 37208

6. Mother's Ruin

1239 6th Ave N, Nashville, TN 37208
Mother’s Ruin/Facebook

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.

1239 6th Ave N
Nashville, TN 37208

7. Jack Brown's Beer and Burger Joint Germantown

1123 3rd Ave N, Nashville, TN 37208

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.

1123 3rd Ave N
Nashville, TN 37208

8. Germantown Pub

708 Monroe St, Nashville, TN 37208
Germantown Pub/Facebook

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.

708 Monroe St
Nashville, TN 37208

9. Joyland Restaurant

901 Woodland St, Nashville, TN 37206
double cheeseburger, close up, plenty of sauce dripping down the side Jeff Scott / Joyland

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 yesteryearAt 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”.

901 Woodland St
Nashville, TN 37206

10. Bare Bones Butcher

906 51st Ave N, Nashville, TN 37209
Maddie Teren/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.

906 51st Ave N
Nashville, TN 37209

11. Husk

37 Rutledge St, Nashville, TN 37210
Husk Nashville

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.

37 Rutledge St
Nashville, TN 37210

12. Burger Republic

420 11th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203

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.

420 11th Ave S
Nashville, TN 37203

13. Emmy Squared - Gulch

404 12th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203
Emmy Squared burger Nick Solares/Eater

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.

404 12th Ave S
Nashville, TN 37203

14. Hugh-Baby's

4816 Charlotte Pike, Nashville, TN 37209
Hugh-Baby’s/Facebook

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.

4816 Charlotte Pike
Nashville, TN 37209

15. Gertie's Whiskey Bar

507 12th Ave S Fl 1, Nashville, TN 37203
Gertie’s/Facebook

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. 

507 12th Ave S Fl 1
Nashville, TN 37203

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16. The Patterson House

1711 Division St, 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.

1711 Division St
Nashville, TN 37203

17. Tennessee Brew Works

809 Ewing Ave, Nashville, TN 37203
Tennessee Brew Works [Official Photo]

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.

809 Ewing Ave
Nashville, TN 37203

18. Martin's Bar-B-Que Joint

2400 Elliston Pl, Nashville, TN 37203

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.

2400 Elliston Pl
Nashville, TN 37203

19. Gabby's Burgers & Fries

493 Humphreys St, Nashville, TN 37203
Gabby’s Burgers Gabby’s Burgers

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.

493 Humphreys St
Nashville, TN 37203

20. Brown's Diner

2102 Blair Blvd, 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.

2102 Blair Blvd
Nashville, TN 37212

21. M.L.Rose Craft Beer & Burgers - Melrose

2535 8th Ave S #107, Nashville, TN 37204
M.L.Rose [Official Photo]

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”.

2535 8th Ave S #107
Nashville, TN 37204

22. Burger Up

2901 12th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37204
Burger Up/Facebook

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.

2901 12th Ave S
Nashville, TN 37204

23. Brothers Burger Joint

2821 Bransford Ave, Berry Hill, TN 37204

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.

2821 Bransford Ave
Berry Hill, TN 37204

24. Rosie's Twin Kegs

413 W Thompson Ln, Nashville, TN 37211
Rosie’s Twin Kegs/Facebook

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.

413 W Thompson Ln
Nashville, TN 37211

25. Subculture Urban Cuisine And Cafe

5737 Nolensville Pike, Nashville, TN 37211
Subculture/Facebook

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.

5737 Nolensville Pike
Nashville, TN 37211

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