Food & Drink

Here are Detroit's 7 best burgers

Published On 01/15/2014 Published On 01/15/2014
Best Burgers DET
Courtney Ochab
The Daily Bacon
Eat It Detroit
Courtney Ochab
Michigan Burger Boys
The Rattlesnake Club
Michigan Burger Boys
Cutter's Bar & Grill
Vegan Road Runner
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1. Cutter's Bar & Grill 2638 Orleans St, Detroit, MI 48207 (Eastern Market)

Cutter's Bar & Grill has an awesome happy hour (10a-6p!), strong and cheap drinks, and one of Detroit's favorite hamburgers. The greatest -- and most dangerous -- part? You can have a 2lb burger for just over $10. Your self-control is optional.

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2. Nemo's 1384 Michigan Ave, Detroit, MI 48226 (Corktown)

Nemo’s is a charmingly divey, Detroit mainstay featuring a host of America’s favorite bar foods like its world-famous chili, stacked club sandwich, hot soup, and hearty list of juicy, griddle burgers. The good ol’ reliable Cheeseburger, with gooey cheddar and standout fixings like crunchy, briny pickles, is our choice for best in grease. Have a can and enjoy a game at the bar in the cozy, weathered, and beloved watering hole — or take a free shuttle directly to the Tigers game. All aboard!

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3. The Rattlesnake 300 River Place Dr, Detroit, MI 48207 (Rivertown)

This upscale riverfront resto serves up locally sourced eats whenever possible. When it warms up, have dinner out on the garden terrace and soak up the views.

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4. Mercury Burger Bar 2163 Michigan Ave, Detroit, MI 48216 (Corktown)

Mercury is a diner-style burger joint that serves a long list of creative, greasy burgers and milkshakes among other American cuisine staples like hot dogs, tater tots (poutine tots are by far the best), and the coveted Fried Bologna Sandwich. In our opinion cheese is king, so we favor the Juicy: a beef patty stuffed (and topped) with cheddar cheese with all the fixings. Swig some of Michigan’s finest craft brews at the wrap around bar that, along with the low ceilings and plethora of booths, reminds you of every iconic diner on TV. It’s notoriously hard to find a seat in this lively Corktown favorite, especially on the weekends, so plan accordingly just in case you get seated on the spacious patio beer garden.

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5. Motz's Burgers 7208 W Fort St, Detroit, MI 48209

Motz’s is an American short-order joint that can only be described as a burger-slinging shack in the middle of nowhere. Motz’s is the home of the original Detroit slider, and almost exclusively serves sliders, specialty burgers (beef, salmon, veggie, and grilled chicken), and sides like chili cheese fries, onion rings, and jalapeño poppers. It keeps its impressively long, greasy history alive with fresh patties cooked to order on a griddle just behind the stainless steel diner counter. Sitting upon our retro, chrome diner thrones we sunk our teeth into the double cheeseburger slider cooked medium for optimal tenderness making every mouth-filling bite alive with the combinations of salty beef, gooey cheddar, and soft, sweet onions along with the crunch of fresh fixings. Pro tip: Motz's is cash only, so hit the ATM first.

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6. Sonny's Hamburgers 20001 Schoolcraft Rd, Detroit, MI 48223

Super cheap, delicious sliders whose only condiments are onions and grease. Grab some fries and a cup of coffee and enjoy!

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7. Detroiter Bar 655 Beaubien St, Detroit, MI 48226

The Detroiter in Bricktown is the best place to booze before, during, and after game days. Shuttle service to Comerica, Ford Field, or the Joe means your time spent not drinking is kept to a minimum... while burgers, coneys, and gyros are kept to a maximum.