A burger is a simple yet classic staple on the American food menu. The concept is simple – burger patty sandwiched between two buns, topped with cheese, lettuce, pickles, mayo or whatever your heart desires. But the simplicity allows for mouthwatering possibilities with unique twists – think peanut butter or even an egg.
We worked with our friends at Yelp Indy to find the top places for a burger in Hamilton County. Did your favorite make the list? Read on to find out.
Methodology: This is an all-time list of the top 10 restaurants with burgers in Hamilton County according to Yelp. We identified businesses in the restaurant category that mentioned burgers in reviews and are not part of a national chain, then ranked those spots using a number of factors including the total volume and ratings of reviews.
BRU features gourmet chef burgers using locally-sourced meats and vegetables. You can’t go wrong with the namesake Bru Burger with taleggio cheese, bacon, tomato jam, caramelized onion, chopped lettuce and mayo. Other popular burgers include the Bourbon Burger with peppercorn-bourbon glaze, Provençal with herbed goat cheese, and Melt Your Face with all things habañero and jalapeño.
“I recently moved out of state, and my boyfriend and I continue to talk about how we wish we could find a burger place like Bru Burger where we live now. The burgers are always cooked to perfection with the right amount of flavor, and the fries are the right combination of crispy on the outside and soft on the inside.” – Yelper Sara M.
Located on Main Street in the Carmel Arts & Design District, The Pint Room serves gourmet burgers alongside its enormous menu of craft beer – more than 100 drafts, to be precise. The burger selection is small but mighty, with options like the P-B-B & J with peanut butter, candied bacon and fresh strawberries, or the Hangover featuring hash browns and a fried egg.
“The Pint Room Carmel is the place to go for burgers. Don't be afraid to try the PBB&J burger either! Best on the menu. And with 125 or so beers on tap, what do you have to lose?” – Yelper Geoff R.
Burgerhaus is a small business adventure of the father-son team John and Evan Costas. Their quest was to take an American tradition - the hamburger - and make it international. The menu shows the international flair with items like the Monaco, Tuscan, Vienna and Cozumel. The Burgerhaus team also creates a unique burger of the month.
“Let me just start by saying that I don't like burgers, but they've changed my mind. Their burgers are juicy and melt in your mouth.” – Yelper Natalie W.
As the name suggests, burgers are Bub’s specialty – with ice cream for dessert, of course. The burgers here are hand-pattied and served on locally baked (and toasted) buns. Challenge yourself to eat the infamous “Big Ugly®” One Pound burger and you can get your picture on the wall of fame. For smaller appetites, there’s the “Not So Ugly®” Half Pound, “Settle for Less Ugly®” Quarter Pound and even elk burgers.
“It's a normal burger that goes above and beyond. It's a seasoned burger that tastes a little salty, but it balanced perfectly with the char and flavor that is filled with nostalgia from a burger off your family's grill for a holiday celebration.” – Yelper Colton M.
Find 101 Beer Kitchen in the Fishers District, a restaurant dedicated to rustic food, craft beer and how they pair well together. The burger options are limited but tried-and-true with the 101 Burger featuring Angus ground beef, bacon, American cheese and horseradish mayo or the Open-Face Vegan Burger made with black beans, cremini mushrooms and roasted broccoli patties.
“This was our first time in and all we could say is WOW. Service and food were phenomenal. I got the 101 Burger and my husband got the pretzel-crusted chicken sandwich. Both were absolutely incredible. I can't say enough good things about this experience. It's definitely a must-try.” – Yelper Rachel D.
One Trick Pony (or OTP, as it’s called) is a pop-up restaurant in the Fishers Test Kitchen that specializes in diner-style burgers. Chef Neal Brown’s menu is simple: the “Old John” with American cheese, shredded lettuce, onion, tomato, pickle, mayo and mustard. Choose your size and add customizations like “Whiz Bang” with cheese whiz and roasted jalapeños or “Razorback” with Smoking Goose bacon.
“This is a wonderful addition to a trendy section of Fishers. It is a semi-fast food joint that is available for dine-in or carry-out. If you are looking for a good burger, look no further. This is the spot.” – Yelper Tank G.
Along the Monon Trail in Westfield, you’ll find Grindstone on the Monon. This restaurant has a diverse menu featuring locally-sourced ingredients, but Yelp reviews suggest you can’t miss the burgers. Go for the classic Monon Burger or try a Bison Burger or Beyond Burger made with plant-based protein if you want something different.
“This is one of my favorite spots to eat in Westfield! I have eaten here many times and I have never been disappointed! The first time I went I got the Heat Wave burger and it was so good! It is very spicy so if you like spice you will love this!” – Yelper Nick S.
Foodies can’t get enough of Best Bet, which is also on the list of Yelp’s best places for breakfast and lunch in Hamilton County. For a taste of breakfast and lunch, try the Donnie burger, topped with Ava taters, two eggs, American cheese and two slices of bacon. If you like spice, try the Route 66 burger made with Cajun spices and swiss cheese.
“The burgers here are incredible!! Burger comes with a deviled egg and small portion of baked beans. You should really give this place a try!” – Yelper Rob W.
This is the sister business of Grindstone on the Monon, located near the Historic Noblesville Square. The look and feel of the restaurants are similar, but not quite identical. At Grindstone Public House, try the Clancy’s Topper - a double-stacked burger with American cheese, house tartar sauce and double-decker sesame seed bun.
“Every single time I've been here they knock it out of the park. The impossible burger is SO good! I often order whatever is on special because it’s usually awesome.” – Yelper Colleen S.
This family-friendly restaurant in Fishers is heroes-themed, like the name suggests, honoring local firemen to superheroes and everyone in between. As for the burgers, CR Heroes offers options like the Jalapeño Beer Cheeseburger, Blackened & Bleu burger, Don’t Go Bacon My Heart and more.
“I had a burger the size of my head and it was so delicious. the meat was cooked perfectly and it was put together so yummily.” – Yelper Nina O.