Double. Triple. Vegan. If you’re seeking some of the best burgers in Salt Lake City, Utah, this is the list for you. From the unpretentious charm of Crown Burger’s no-frills patties to the mouthwatering decadence of Copper Common’s brunch burger, SLC is a dream for foodies.
Check out these top ten burger spots the next time you’re in SLC.
Within walking distance of downtown Salt Lake City, Lucky 13 is a lively burger joint with a biker bar vibe. From the neon signs to hip string lights on the outdoor patio, you can chow down on a great burger in this fun local hangout. Try The Nut Butter Burger smothered in peanut butter, cheddar cheese and bacon. Like it spicy? The Ring of Fire will have your tastebuds screaming – it’s loaded with roasted jalapenos and habaneros with bacon. If you’re up to the task, try the Lucky 13 Challenge where you must finish two monster-sized burgers that equal over 2.5 pounds of beef! Clean your plate, and you can win $1000.
At first glance, you might wonder why Copper Common is on this list. Located on East Broadway, this swanky establishment isn’t a burger restaurant, but it does have one of the best burgers in Salt Lake City tucked away on the menu – the CC Burger. Imagine thick and savory slab bacon piled on top of bread and butter pickles, smoked cheddar and hashbrowns. Top it all off with a fried egg and 1000 Island Dressing, and this burger is pure food nirvana.
Crown Burgers may be a local fast-food chain, but don’t let that fool you. Their burgers can stand bun-to-bun with the best in the city. Featuring an old-school vibe with retro high-back booths, this spot’s menu is straightforward, with tasty burgers that are anything but pretentious. Order the namesake Crown Burger piled high with tender and juicy pastrami, onions, tomato and cheese. Or, bite into the juicy and cooked-to-perfection Westerner featuring a sweet, tangy barbecue sauce and crispy onion rings.
It’s all about building the perfect burger at Proper Burger Co. in downtown Salt Lake City. Pick your protein, from a 1/3 pound Angus beef patty to a chicken breast, then choose your style profile. In the mood for something classic? Try the Plain Jane with just lettuce, tomato and American Cheese. If you’re feeling adventurous, order a specialty burger like the Hipster smothered in red onion jam, kale pesto and a fresh herb cheese spread. Vegans won’t feel left out at this spot – indulge in the Bollywood Burger with mango and apple chutney on a grain protein patty. Wash it all down with a craft brew on tap, like a Czech-style Pilsner or Pale Ale.
Rich’s Burgers-N-Grub on East Broadway is a casual joint with a streetside patio and hipster flair, serving 22 different burgers that range from classic to unique. Their burgers are made with 100% Angus grass-fed beef between fresh-baked artisan buns. And when it comes to toppings, the veggies and cheeses are sourced straight from the farm. Indulge in the Maui BBQ topped with grilled pineapple, honey ham and a house barbecue sauce.
Cooked to order at the perfect temperature is the motto at Burgers Grilled Right. Located on East Wilmington Avenue, this popular burger restaurant is all about having it your way. From well-done to still mooing, these burgers are some of the best in the city. Order the restaurant’s claim to fame – the Caprese Burger. Bite into a toasted ciabatta bun with pesto mayo, fresh basil, tomato, mozzarella and a sweet, thick balsamic glaze. Pair it with a delicious and creamy huckleberry shake!
You’ll feel like you’ve been transported to an old-fashioned diner at Millie’s Burgers, a Salt Lake City staple for over 40 years. You’ll order at the cafeteria-style counter and sit in one of the red, retro-style booths. Order the Millie Burger, the house special quarter-pounder with lettuce, tomato and cheese. Grab some onion rings or deep-fried mushrooms on the side. Millie’s also serves an extensive shake and malt menu. During the fall, order the pumpkin brownie!
B&D Burgers (or Big and Delicious Burgers) is a simple burger place that’s all about serving good burgers. A short walk from the Rice-Eccles stadium, this is a popular spot for University of Utah college students. Pick up a Bacon Ranch burger smothered in crispy bacon and a creamy ranch sauce for a bite on the go. Or go for the Double Pastrami burger – two big beef patties topped with thinly sliced pastrami – it’s a belly buster and oh-so-good!
Winner of Utah’s Best of the State for seven years in a row – Apollo Burger has been flipping burgers in Salt Lake City for over 40 years. There are several locations within Salt Lake City, all with a trendy wood and brick aesthetic and a casual atmosphere. Grab a Hawaiian Teriyaki burger topped with broiled pineapple slices, teriyaki sauce, ham and Swiss cheese. Feeling Mediterranean? Order the Athenian burger smothered in homemade tzatziki, feta cheese and broiled red peppers.
Garage on Beck may look like a warehouse from the outside, but it serves up some of the best burgers in the city. It was once an auto repair shop, but now it’s a laid-back place to hang out with friends, drink a few beers, and chow on delicious and unique burgers. Order The Stinger – a flavorful combination of candied jalapeno peppers, honey, bacon, and creamy white cheddar cheese. Vegan? No problem! The menu features a multitude of veggie-friendly morsels, from the impossible burger to their vegan chicken wings.