Today we’re sharing a (fully loaded) feature on Cincy’s Best Burgers from our July issue. Check out the issue online, or pick up a copy at your local grocery, bookstore or library! (But first, go get a burger. Seriously. We dare you to NOT want a burger after reading this roundup!
Here in Cincinnati, we know how to do burgers. From classic hamburgers to veggie burgers to fully loaded, bacon-and-avocado topped specialty burgers, we’ve got something for every taste and appetite. The next time you have a hunger that only a hamburger will satisfy, check out one of these top ten places to get your burger fix!
Anderson location: 8221 Beechmont Ave., Cincinnati
Hyde Park location: 3516 Edwards Rd., Cincinnati
Go with a classic here and get the Original Arthur’s Burger. This behemoth boasts a half pound of well-seasoned, grilled-to-order meat, topped with lettuce, tomato and sliced pickles. Have a vegetarian in the family? Try Arthur’s award-winning Black Bean Burger, a homemade vegetarian patty served with a side of house-made pink salsa.
Frisch’s Big Boy Restaurant
Several locations around the tristate
No Cincinnati list would be complete without Frisch’s. The “Big Boy” is Cincy’s version of the Big Mac, complete with the diner’s signature special sauce. If you’re not into red meat, you have to try the melt-in-your-mouth Fish Sandwich, a Lenten favorite in the tristate. You may be full, but definitely order a piece of Hot Fudge Cake for a little “to-go” treat later – with layers of rich cake, light cream and decadent fudge, you won’t be disappointed!
Gas Light Cafe
6104 Montgomery Rd., Pleasant Ridge
This small café located in downtown Pleasant Ridge serves up one fantastic, totally unpretentious burger. We especially love the signature Gas Light Burger, a half-pound, cheese-topped patty complete with the standard onion, lettuce and tomato toppings.
Green Dog Cafe
3543 Colombia Parkway, Cincinnati
Vegetarians, rejoice! The Green Dog Cafe’s Green Dog Burger is a fully loaded veggie delight: a patty made from garbanzos, nuts, mushrooms and herbs, topped with baby arugula, cheddar, red onion and tomato jam. Served on homemade bun, this burger will tempt even the most devoted carnivore.
Park + Vine
1202 Main Street, Cincinnati
Even vegans crave a good burger – and Park + Vine delivers. This all-veg café delivers a different “burger of the week” based on what’s local and fresh. (Think options like beets, acorn squash, sweet potatoes, lentils and seasonal herbs.) We recommend getting the Caesar salad or gluten-free mac n’ cheese on the side – these veganized classics are sure to please even the pickiest palate!
3200 Madison Rd., Oakley
Everything’s better with bacon… and Red Feather’s burger comes topped with candied bacon and red onion marmalade, taking the concept of gourmet burger to a whole other dimension.
Terry’s Turf Club
4618 Eastern Ave., Cincinnati
The hardest-to-please palates will be thrilled by all the options at Terry’s Turf Club. Patrons can choose any combination of nearly 40 different extras (like fried eggs, avocado and goat cheese to name a few) to add to a juicy burger that already comes loaded with tomato, pickles, onions, banana peppers, mayo and two slices of cheese.
The Rookwood Bar & Restaurant
1077 Celestial St., Cincinnati
Every burger at the Rookwood is a culinary masterpiece, but if you have to choose just one, try the Sin City Pork Belly. A burger topped with bacon mayo, crispy goetta, oven dried tomato, a quail egg and greens, this burger is a meal unto itself.
The Root Beer Stand
11566 Reading Rd. Sharonville
You wouldn’t expect a place called “The Root Beer Stand” to serve up a notable burger. However, the Root Beer Stand’s classic Quarter Pounder is one of the best in the city – and a total steal at just $3.50! We strongly recommend ordering one of the eatery’s classic Root Beer Floats for dessert as well.
1036 Delta Ave., Mt. Lookout
The eponymous Zips Burger is the way to go at this beloved Mt. Lookout diner. It’s been a Cincinnati favorite for nearly 90 years, consistently topping the charts as one of the city’s best burgers. This no-frills burger is well seasoned, tender and juicy – and you have to enjoy it with a side of onion rings.
So whether you’re a carnivore or vegan, culinary connoisseur or no-frills foodie, Cincinnati has a burger for you. Which one will you try first?