Summertime beckons burgers on the grill in the backyard, but sometimes it just tastes better when someone else makes it. Whether you’re looking for that fast $5 burger or a sit down 5-sensory-engaged experience, you are sure to find a palate pleaser with these choice burger places around town:

FOODBAR

FOODBAR’s burger is where it’s at! Every component of the burger is handmade in-house. Their mouthwatering 1/2 pound of beef comes from Miller Farms in Delta, AL tying in all things local. Perfectly accented with caramelized onions and a parmesan crisp, this tantalizing gourmet burger is the mother load. www.foodbarbham.com.

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FLIP Burger

FLIP Burger aims to “take the American classic and flip it on its head to deliver a unique culinary experience on a bun.” The organic beef burgers are handmade and all of the condiments and sauces are made in house daily. Whether you are a traditionalist or a culinary dare devil, FLIP will not disappoint! www.flipburgerboutique.com.

The classic burger reinvented! Photo credit: flip burger.com.

The classic burger reinvented! Photo credit: flip burger.com.

Five Guys

GQ Magazine called this “the best $5 burger a man can eat.” We have to agree with them. This burger joint has developed a cult like following all over the country. The burgers are hand formed using fresh, never frozen ground beef, and according to their website, there are 250,000 possible ways to order that burger! www.fiveguys.com.

Pile on the toppings with no added charge! Photo credit: wordsbynovak.com.

Pile on the toppings with no added charge! Photo credit: wordsbynovak.com.

Milo’s

No roundup of Birmingham burger joints would be complete without a mention of Milo’s! This Bessemer homegrown business was founded in 1946. The burgers, perfected during the early years through customer feedback, are served with pickles, onions and their famous special sauce. Milo’s sweet tea is perhaps the crown jewel, now carried in stores in over 38 states! The famous sweet tea was created by Milo Carlton while he was flipping burgers during World War II. There was a ration on sugar so he had to take it off the restaurant tables and instead he put it in the tea himself while brewing it in the back. That is how Milo’s Tea was born! www.miloshamburgers.com

The secret is in the sauce at Milo's!

The secret is in the sauce at Milo’s! Photo credit: b1017online.com.

Pop’s Neighborhood Grill

Pop’s serves the best burger in Southside. The restaurant is your typical “greasy burger joint” but it’s clean and once you take a bite of that burger, you won’t mind the humble decor! The peppery flavor of the meat and the fresh toppings make for a savory delight! popsneighborhoodgrill.com.

Pop's burgers will have you seeing double! Photo credit: Pop's fb page.

Pop’s burgers will have you seeing double! Photo credit: Pop’s fb page.

Sam’s Super Samwiches

This Homewood institution has been around for more than 40 years. It’s the typical paper plate, hole-in-the-wall deli with counter service and very limited seating. The burger is a sloppy delight, so ask for extra napkins! And just an fyi, they do not serve fries, only chips. www.samssupersamwiches.com.

Sam's "special sauce" adds to the flavor and the mess factor!

Sam’s “special sauce” adds to the flavor and the mess factor!

Tip Top Grill

The mountain top view of Bluff Park’s Tip Top Grill makes this place worth the drive. Once a gas station, the restaurant is situated on one of the highest points along Shades Mountain and overlooks the Robert Trent Jones Golf Course. And they just happen to serve one of Birmingham’s finest burgers. www.facebook.com/pages/Tip-Top-Grill.

Definitely worth the trip! Photo credit: thehillhangout.com.

Definitely worth the trip! Photo credit: thehillhangout.com.

Hungry yet?!

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