Our only requirement for a burger is a juice patty grilled to perfection — the rest is up to the chef. In the case of these 25 burgers, each chef took creative liberties to kick the classic burger up a notch — making them above average and, frankly, pretty delicious! Whether topped with bacon, cheese or something special, served on a bun or biscuit, or made with beef or veggies, these burgers meet our requirement and fit the bill for being some of the best in town.

Nashville Burgers with Bacon

Few things complement a burger better than a crispy piece of bacon (or two!). While bacon can be found on plenty of burgers around town, we had to highlight these five, which are completed by the addition of perfectly fatty, salty, fried pieces of bacon.

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The Green Hills Grille burger is finished off with a few slices of crispy bacon!

Green Hills Grille — BLBIGH Burger

2002 Richard Jones Road, Suite #104-A, Nashville, TN 37215 • (615) 620-8390
Hours: Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday & Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Green Hills Grille re-opened their doors under new ownership last fall, and locals rejoiced over the return of this local dining staple that held court in the neighborhood for many years. Their menu brings back old favorites that live alongside new dishes, all of which fit into the category of modern American cuisine. Of course, the freshly ground beef burger, which comes with the traditional fixings of cheddar cheese, mayonnaise, lettuce, tomato, red onion and — you guessed it — bacon, is one of the top menu items.

Edgehill — The Edgehill Burger

1201 Villa Place, Suite #101, Nashville, TN 37212 • (615) 942-5717
Hours: Monday through Sunday, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Edgehill, recently opened in a new spot steps away from their old location, is serving up breakfast, brunch, lunch and (soon) dinner. When we can convince ourselves not to order breakfast at any time of the day (which is rare), we are drawn toward the Edgehill Burger, which modernizes a classic cheeseburger and is topped with bacon, smoked cheddar, mayo and homemade pickles.

Firefly Grille —Firefly Burger

2201 Bandywood Dr, Nashville, TN 37215 • (615) 383-0042 

Hours: Monday through Thursday 11 a.m. to 9 a.m.; Friday & Saturday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Offering American food with Southern comfort food flair, Firefly Burger is a fun Nashville staple. Their seasonal menu includes a number of fantastic meat dishes, including their popular grilled chicken thighs and the 18 oz Flintstone Pork Chop. However, their burger is a mouthwatering standout — bacon, white cheddar, lettuce,  tomato-onion marmalade and horseradish aioli on a brioche bun.

McCabe Pub — Best Bacon Cheeseburger in Town

4410 Murphy Road, Nashville, TN 37209 • (615) 269-9406
Hours: Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

McCabe Pub opened their doors in Sylvan Park in 1982 and has been providing the neighborhood with mouth-watering burgers ever since. The folks at McCabe don’t mess with tradition and continue to draw folks in for their juicy cheeseburger that only is made better with the addition of crisp bacon. All of McCabe’s burgers (eight in all) are cooked well-done and served with mayonnaise — so if you like yours another way, just ask.

Nashville Burgers That Pair Well with a Cold Beer

A grilled burger and cold beer go hand in hand. And although these burgers are delicious enough to stand on their own, there is something about the perfectly greasy burger and the lively environments in which they are served that calls for a glass — or a pitcher — of ice-cold beer.

Jack Brown’s Beer & Burger Joint — Cheeseburger

1123 Third Ave. N., Nashville, TN 37208 • (615) 818-0318
Hours: Monday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.

Despite its popularity in the Virginia area, we were first introduced to Jack Brown’s by our friends in Birmingham. We were elated to hear that this burger and beer joint was making its way to Nashville and welcomed them to the Germantown neighborhood when they opened their doors last summer. If you are looking for something other than a burger, might we suggest you look elsewhere. Try one of the everyday burgers — such as the Wagyu patty topped with American cheddar — and pair it with a craft beer.

Brown’s Diner — Cheeseburger

2102 Blair Blvd., Nashville, TN 37212 • (615) 269-5509
Hours: Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

For more than 85 years, Brown’s Diner has been a well-loved watering hole and the diner’s patrons are known to order cold, refreshing beers to wash down Brown’s hot-off-the-grill cheeseburgers. Dubbed by many as the best burger in Nashville, Brown’s Diner’s cheeseburger with mayo, lettuce, tomato, onion and pickle lives up to the title.

Nashville Burgers That Go Beyond the Traditional Bun

Many say that the burger starts with the bun and, in the case of these four burgers, those words could not be more accurate. They are here to prove that buns can be crafted from French bread, biscuits, pretzels, sweet potatoes — and everything in between. So if you are hunting for a burger that lives outside the norm, look no further than these local spots.

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Biscuit Love serves their burger (topped with pimiento cheese and bacon jam) between a handmade biscuit. Image: Biscuit Love

Rotier’s Restaurant — Rotier’s Signature French Bread Burger

2413 Elliston Place, Nashville, TN 37203 • (615) 327-9892
Hours: Monday through Thursday, 10:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.; Wednesday through Friday, 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Rotier’s Restaurant is home to the famous Signature French Bread Burger that is served on toasted French bread and topped with melted cheese. The burger has held court on the menu since the restaurant opened in the 1940s and, as the name suggests, is the restaurant’s signature dish.

Biscuit Love — Wash Park

316 11th Ave. S., Nashville, TN 37203 • (615) 490-9584
Hours: Monday through Sunday, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

It is only fitting that Biscuit Love’s burger is served atop one of their flaky, handmade biscuits. The Wash Park, as the burger is named, features a beef burger with pimiento cheese and bacon jam (If this doesn’t scream Southern, we don’t know what does). Biscuit Love’s version of a burger is the perfect hangover elixir — or so we hear — and the biscuit makes it ideal for brunch or lunch.

M.L. Rose — NashVegas Burger

2535 Franklin Pike, Nashville, TN 37204 • (615) 712-8160
Hours: Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.; Saturday & Sunday, 10 a.m. to 2 a.m.

4408 Charlotte Ave., Nashville, TN 37209 • (615) 750-2920
Hours: Monday & Tuesday, 11 a.m. to 12 a.m.; Wednesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 a.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 12 a.m.

The sweetness of the sweet potato bun on M.L. Rose’s NashVegas Burger is a welcomed complement to the barbecue sauce, rich pimiento cheese and crispy tobacco onions that top this craft burger. M.L. Rose does not have a shortage of burger options but this one is a stand-out, as it’s served on something other than the traditional bun.

Nashville Burgers That Save the Cows

Whether it be lamb, bison or black beans and beets, burgers that steer away from traditional beef patties can also be found on menus across town. For those looking to explore burgers crafted with beef alternatives or veggies, we have found a few varieties that are nothing short of delicious. And a cow might just thank you for opting for one of these.

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Sunflower Cafe has veggie burgers of many varieties — and all are equally delicious. For a healthier spin, order yours on a bed of greens!

Chauhan Ale & Masala House — Lamb and Mushroom Burger

123 12th Ave. N., Nashville, TN 37203 • (615) 242-8426
Hours: Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday, 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Saturday, 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.

This traditional Indian restaurant, owned by beloved chef Maneet Chauhan, incorporates modern and Southern flavors in many of the lunch and dinner dishes, including the Lamb and Mushroom Burger. Indian flavors are apparent in the kabab-spiced lamb burger that is blended with mushrooms. This burger is part of the Blended Burger Project — an effort to make burgers more delicious, nutritious and sustainable with mushrooms — and can be found on the lunch menu.

Sunflower Vegetarian Cafe — Bánh Mi Burger

2834 Azalea Place, Nashville, TN 37204 • (615) 457-2568
Hours: Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday & Saturday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

This veggie burger is amazing and combines flavors that you’d never imagine. Topped with Asian slaw, red onions, spinach, tomato and Sriracha aioli, you can order the veggie patty on a bun, in a wrap or over lettuce. If the Asian variation isn’t for you, try one of their seven additional topping styles. (We also love the arugula bistro burger!)

Nashville Burgers that are Elevated with Cheese

Cheese, please! What burger is complete without everyone’s favorite topping? Different types of cheeses really can change the flavor profile of any burger. From American and cheddar to manchego and rustico, we’ve rounded up all of the cheesiest burgers in town for you to feast on when that craving hits!

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Sink your teeth into the 360 Bistro burger!

 1808 Grille — 1808 Burger

1808 West End Ave., Nashville, TN 37203 • (615) 340-0012
Hours: Monday through Sunday, 10:30 a.m. to 12 a.m.

Located inside the hip Hutton Hotel, the 1808 Grille offers something delicious for everyone to enjoy — and the 1808 Burger certainly does not disappoint. Topped with sharp white cheddar, shaved lettuce slaw, tomato and Thousand Island dressing, this burger is nothing if not unique. Served with garlic parsley fries, this sandwich will leave you full and happy!

Husk — Husk Cheeseburger

37 Rutledge St., Nashville, TN 37210 • (615) 256-6565
Hours: Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Originally hailing from Charleston, South Carolina, Husk is known for its unique and high-end, truly Southern culinary experience. While a burger may seem too simple for their menu, the Husk Cheeseburger has become a sort of legend in the foodie world. A classic burger boasts big flavor with a fluffy bun, two patties ground with Benton’s bacon, perfectly gooey American cheese and their special sauce.

360 Bistro — Chuck Burger

6000 Highway 100, Nashville, TN 37025 • (615) 353-5604
Hours: Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

360 Bistro offers one of the more unique cheese options on our list. Their chuck burger is served on a buttermilk bun with aioli and rustico cheese — a creamy Italian cheese with peppers — that complement this juicy burger flawlessly.

Nashville Burgers with Double the Meat

These burgers are not for the faint of heart! They pack twice the meat, cheese and toppings to create one delicious sandwich. Go hungry, because we promise you will be full after trying these whopping options.

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With two thick patties, Butchertown Hall‘s burger sure is a mouthful!

FLIP Burger Boutique — Classic Burger

4111 Charlotte Ave., Nashville, TN 37209 • (615) 454-2917
Hours: Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday & Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Any one of FLIP’s delicious options could have made this list but this burger is a classic for a reason. Angus beef, Bibb lettuce, pickled onions, sliced tomato, pickles, ketchup and FLIP sauce are piled high on a fluffy bun — and will satisfy even the largest of appetites.

Gabby’s Burgers and Fries — Gabby Burger

493 Humphreys St., Nashville, TN 37203 • (615) 733-3119
Hours: Monday through Thursday, 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.; Friday, 10:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Two patties and American cheese are the only necessary staples for the perfect burger and few places make a burger better than Gabby’s. Head over for lunch and prepare to leave full. You won’t want to leave a single bite of this burgers-and-fries combo behind!

Fido — Double Burger

1812 21st Ave. S.NashvilleTN 37212 • (615) 777-3436
Hours: Monday through Sunday, 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Fido’s large menu appeals to every crowd, serving food all day for every appetite. They have many sandwiches from which to choose but their Double Burger — complete with local grass-fed beef patties, cheddar, spicy mustard, lettuce, tomato, pickles and red onion on a bun — takes the top prize, in our eyes.

The Oak Bar at The Hermitage Hotel — Double H Farms TN Stack

231 Sixth Ave. N., Nashville, TN 37219  • (615) 345-7116
Hours: Sunday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Friday & Saturday, 11 a.m. to 12 a.m.

Located in the Hermitage Hotel since 1910, The Oak Bar claims an illustrious history and an extensive bourbon collection. Enjoy the swanky atmosphere and a delicious burger made with Double H Farms beef, cheddar, bacon jam, sweet onion, Bibb lettuce and dijonnaise.

Butchertown Hall — Butchertown Double Burger

1416 Fourth Ave. N., Nashville, TN 37208 • (615) 454-3634
Hours: Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Located in the heart of Germantown, Butchertown Hall is a classic beer house with a twist, taking influences from Mexican and German flavors. Their burger is cooked on an oak-fired grill and topped with American cheese, pickles, onion and aioli — all charred to perfection!

Nashville Burgers with Specialty Toppings

Why settle for the simplicity of bacon or cheese when you can top your burger with chili, truffle butter, pimiento cheese or special sauce? These burgers rival the classic with their specialty toppings.

IMG_6844Sinema doesn't settle for the traditional toppings on their burger. Instead, they top their eight-ounce patty with cheese, onions, mushrooms and barbecue sauce.

Sinema doesn’t settle for the traditional toppings on their burger. Instead, they top their eight-ounce patty with gourmet toppings.

The Pharmacy — Chili Burger

731 Mcferrin Ave., Nashville, TN 37206 • (615) 712-9517
Hours: Sunday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday & Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

While The Pharmacy has a whole menu of burgers from which to choose, the chili burger — topped with house-made chili, sour cream, chives and cheddar — is one of their most unique options to help you branch out from the traditional. Paired with one of the many craft brews they offer, as well as sweet potato fries or tater tots, The Pharmacy can offer a delicious alternative to the usual burger and fries.

{PUB}licity — Truffle Burger

Hwy. 70 S., Nashville, TN 37221 • (615) 730-6400
Hours: Monday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

This family friendly gastropub tucked away in Bellevue serves up classic pub food using local ingredients. Their decadent take on a cheeseburger, served with garlic fries or sweet potato chips, is crafted from Hereford beef, truffle butter, Swiss cheese, arugula and black pepper mayo — and pairs perfectly with one of the many beers on tap from local breweries.

The Southern Steak & Oyster — Southern Burger

150 Third Ave. S., Nashville, TN 37201 • (615) 724-1762
Hours: Monday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 12 a.m.; Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 12 a.m.; Sunday, 9:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.

The Southern’s menu is full of decadent options and their burger does not disappoint. A Bear Creek beef patty is stacked with lettuce, tomato, jalapeño bacon, pimiento cheese and crispy fried onions and, as if that isn’t filling enough, is served with sweet potato fries. Enjoy it for brunch, lunch or dinner at this downtown spot.

Sinema — The Burger

2600 Franklin Pike, Nashville, TN 37204 • (615) 942-7746
Hours: Monday through Thursday, 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Friday, 5 p.m. to 12 a.m.; Saturday, 5 p.m. to 12 a.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

This massive burger is the perfect example of Sinema’s adventurous take on classic American staples. For dinner, eight ounces of Angus beef is piled high with smoked gouda, bacon, caramelized onions, pickles and special sauce. For brunch, enjoy it with buttercup cheese, caramelized onions, sautéed mushrooms and barbecue sauce.

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