The West Coast Burger from Huey’s (Memphis’ classic burger restaurant, with locations across the Mid-South) comes with all the fixings, plus guacamole and Monterey Jack cheese.
Try the Good Night/Good Cause from Hopdoddy. Yes, it’s a chain, but a portion of proceeds for this particular burger (with cheddar, caramelized onions, caffeinated BBQ, jalapeños) are donated back to local charities.
Mojo Cheeseburger from Memphis Mojo Cafe in Bartlett is a solid choice, or you can go for one of their more adventurous burgers with all kinds of toppings.
Find the Gourmade Burger from Gourmade Food Truck at breweries and fests around town.
The Beetle Burger is from the Green Beetle, downtown’s oldest tavern (no, the burger does not contain beetles.) Every Tuesday all their burgers are $2 off.
Do the Double Double from Dyer’s—either on Beale Street or at their Collierville location. Fried in 100-year-old grease, this burger comes with two patties and two slices of cheese.
Eat a Bibimbap Burger from Kwik Chek, which adds bibimbap veggies and a fried egg to a grilled cheeseburger.
Wimpy’s Burgers in Germantown, Bartlett, and Southaven offers a great greasy griddle burger that’s affordable and tasty. It goes wonderfully with their sweet potato fries with praline dipping sauce.
Pimento’s serves up all kinds of burgers including a bacon pimento cheese burger, naturally.
Angus Burgers from Elwood’s come with all kinds of toppings, from their amazing brisket and bacon to fried eggs and avocado. Just put Elwood’s on every “Best” Memphis food list. Everything they do is excellent.
Smacker’s is known for their salmon club, but don’t sleep on the burgers. They have multiple combinations of hamburgers, cheeseburgers, slider-sized burgers, and their namesake Smack Burger with two patties, bacon, fried egg and Smack sauce!
Bibimbap Burger from Kwik Chek
The Whiskey Burger from the Flying Saucer downtown: it’s a chain, but Memphis is the only location with a menu of gourmet-style burgers.
The Poutine Burger from Kooky Canuck is available at their downtown and Cordova locations, and it’s topped with Canadian-style fries + gravy + cheese curds poutine.
The Big Deuce from the Slider Inn in midtown may not count technically as a burger even though it’s got two patties, cheese, and all the fixings, but it won’t hurt anyone to be on this list, right? (The parameters of what constitutes a Memphis burger sound like a debate we can have another time, preferably while consuming said burgers/alleged burgers.)
The John T. Edge Burger from Hog & Hominy is named for the famous food journalist and is included on a couple of “best burgers in the country” lists.
Babalu Burger from Babalu is available at their Overton Square and East Memphis locations, and people really love it.
Get a Sidestreet Burger from Sidestreet Burgers in Olive Branch, Mississippi, perhaps paired with a beer from the MS Ale House next door.
Go for a Prime Burger from 117 Prime, which comes with Jarlsberg, sauteéd mushrooms, and Dijonaise.
The Bomba-B Burger from Sabor Caribe in the Medical District is more than your average burger; this Memphis Venezuelan restaurant adds all kinds of stuff to their burger including but not limited to an egg, salami, bacon, and slaw.
The Early Riser from Belly Acres in comes with fried eggs, bacon, and served between sweet waffles.
Chef José’s Sirloin Burger from River Oaks in East Memphis: it’s a thick, juicy patty on a crusty bun with your choice of cheese.
The No. 1 Farm Burger and Double Bacon Cheeseburger can be found in the Crosstown Concourse. It’s a chain, but they are all about that grass-fed local beef, so here they are.
The Homestyle Seasoned Burger from Young Avenue Deli goes beyond the cheese sticks and fries you love, with a half-pound patty. Add cheese (or pimento cheese if you’re feeling frisky).
Go for an Awesome Sauce Burger from Buon Cibo in Hernando, Miss. This burger comes topped with fried onions, bacon jam, and piquillo pepper aioli.
Don’t want beef? Try venison, bison, or wold boar burgers from Off The Hook in Arlington, which is top rated by local burger experts.
The Wing Guru’s speciality is obviously chicken wings, but please don’t sleep on their Cheeseburger.