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The Best Burgers in Nashville Right Now

The Southern Steak and Oyster
The Southern Steak and Oyster

Nashville has a thriving food scene on its hands, and with most thriving food scenes comes a juicy, meaty thriving burger scene. Whether the secret is the local, grass-fed beef, or the good ol’ Southern extras served on the side, Nashville’s burgers are kind of amazing. Here are the best you can find right now. 

The Southern Burger

The Southern Steak & Oyster

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SoBro

Made with all-natural Angus beef from Bear Creek Farm in Leipers Fork, TN, the Southern Burger is topped with house-made pimento cheese using Kenny's Farmhouse cheddar, jalapeño bacon (cured in-house and thinly sliced), and fried onion rings, all sandwiched between fresh-baked bread from Provence bakery. Throw in a little of their bottle-aged ketchup for good measure.

Jack Brown's Beer & Burger Joint

The Greg Brady

Jack Brown's Beer & Burger Joint

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Germantown

Jack Brown's is casual to the point of being campy, but its sense of humor shines through in both the decor and the menu. Who could resist a burger named after the oldest Brady brother? Not to mention it's topped with decadent mac & cheese and crispy, crunchy barbecue potato chips. Grab extra napkins. 

The Gabby Burger

Gabby’s Burgers & Fries

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Wedgewood/Houston

The Gabby is the gigantic signature burger here, with two huge beef patties and American cheese underscoring custom toppings that range from bacon to banana peppers to fried eggs. If you aren’t ready to take those training wheels off, order the Seamus, which is the same thing with a single patty.

The Pharmacy Burger Parlor & Beer Garden

The Cheese Burger

The Pharmacy Burger Parlor & Beer Garden

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East Nashville

Where a good burger really is the best medicine, The Pharmacy offers up a cheeseburger that has 100% Tennessee-raised beef in every patty, smothered in a trio of melted goodness with yellow cheddar, Swiss, and muenster cheese. They top it off with tomato and roasted garlic aioli. You’ll feel better after every bite. To wash it down, they have an old-school soda rail using 100% sugar cane syrups.

The Brisket Burger

Martin's Bar-B-Que Joint

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Belmont

Backed by the almighty power of two American traditions combined, Pat Martin delivers the Brisket Burger. Starting with his custom blend of fresh ground beef cooked on the griddle, he then adds grilled onions, American cheese, BBQ sauce, and tops it off with slow-smoked beef brisket that's cooked for 15 hours.

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Grillshack Burger

Riverside Grillshack

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East Nashville

There's nothing fancy about the Riverside Grillshack, which wears its "shack" status proudly. Its signature burger is a straightforward crowd-pleaser, a 1/3lb of local grass-fed beef served on an artisan roll from Provence Breads & Cafe. The novel addition of Muenster cheese contributes sweet and nutty notes, and we suggest taking advantage of the grilled sweet onion option as a topping for the full experience.

The 1808 Burger

1808 Grille

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West End

This guy is made with 100% ground Angus sirloin on a grilled brioche roll, made locally, topped with aged white cheddar, a thick slice of tomato, Old Bay slaw, and the piece de resistance, house-made Thousand Island dressing. Get it served up with a side of specialty garlic fries and aioli dipping sauce.

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The HUSK Cheeseburger

Husk

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SoBro

This is an ever-evolving work in progress for Chef Sean Brock to create the perfect cheeseburger -- they take a Double H Farms beef patty, then layer three slices of American cheese, white onions, and bread & butter pickles atop it. It's all held together between a buttermilk bun with local benne seeds.

The Nash Vegas burger

M.L. Rose Craft Beer & Burgers

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8th South

The Nash Vegas is loaded in a sweet potato bun with pimento cheese, crispy tobacco onions, and BBQ sauce. Not crazy about pimento cheese? We won’t judge too harshly. Just try The Nite Owl with smoked tomato jam, stout-braised onions, bacon and Kenny’s Farm House cheddar.

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The Marathon burger

Burger Up

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12South

Burger Up serves some fine Triple L Farms beef in a variety of fashions, but any non-beef burger eater can attest to the difficulty of finding the perfect veggie burger. Enter the Marathon, a black bean and quinoa patty topped with locally grown lettuce, tomato, red onions (ask for them caramelized), and cilantro lime crème fraîche. Get it with a fried Vidalia onion tower drizzled in house-made ketchup.

The Tennessee burger

Burger Republic

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The Gulch

The Tennessee burger adds a sweet and savory flavor to its 100% Angus beef with maple-glazed Benton’s bacon, Jack Daniel's honey bourbon sauce, and Memphis BBQ-dusted onion straws. Get it with an order of Truffle Tots or one of their adult milkshakes like the Spiked Reese’s Malt with house-infused peanut butter cup vodka.

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Chris Chamberlain has lived in Nashville his whole life, except for four years in college in California where he learned to use chopsticks. He's a big fan of the burger. Follow him: @CeeElCee.

Kendall Gemmill is a Nashville native who believes in the power of a good burger.

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1. The Southern Steak & Oyster 150 3rd Ave S, Nashville, TN 37201 (Sobro)

The Southern Steak & Oyster is a downtown favorite, with a menu that offers a combination of down-home dishes like the Saffire Steak Biscuits and seafood delights like fried oysters, which are shucked in-house and served atop a mash of veggies, in a rustic-chic setting. And don't forget about their sweet shot-and-beer specials.

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2. Jack Brown's Beer & Burger Joint 80 S Main St, Harrisonburg, VA 22801

Jack Brown's is a ranch-to-table burger and brew chain that uses 100% Wagyu beef and offers over 100 craft beers from around the world.

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3. Gabby's Burgers & Fries 493 Humphreys St, Nashville, TN 37203 (8th Ave)

Located in South Nashville, Gabby's name says it all, with excellent burgs and crispy, golden-brown fries. But it also offers up tasty chicken burgers, hot dogs, and unexpectedly good chili.

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4. Husk 37 Rutledge St, Nashville, TN 37210 (Sobro)

This SoBro spot focuses on dishes from the dirt, changing its menu twice a day according to what produce and protein goods are freshest that day. Self-described as “a celebration of Southern ingredients,” most of the courses here use local ingredients (including herbs for a backyard garden), and diners are encouraged to pair courses like shrimp and grits and hot fish sandwich with a pick from the lauded drink menu of over 60 bourbons. And while the dress code is casual, the meals are all served in a historic mansion setting, turning your comfort food into regal fare.

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5. 1808 Grille 1808 West End Ave, Nashville, TN 37203 (West End)

Located in the beautiful Hutton Hotel, the 1808 Grille features the perfect setting for relaxed evenings out, romantic dinners, and even casual lunches. There's an extensive wine list and Executive Chef Jake Strang has crafted a mouth-watering menu with solid upscale American options with a "global flare", like burgers, hot chicken, and more. If you want to bring a big group, reserve one of the two private rooms for your special event.

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6. The Pharmacy Burger Parlor & Beer Garden 731 McFerrin Ave, Nashville, TN 37206 (East Nashville)

This beer garden also boasts an old-school soda fountain, allowing you to hop between pilsner and egg creams all night long.

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7. Riverside Grill Shack 1000 Riverside Dr, Nashville, TN 37206 (East Nashville)

The grub at this roadside shack packs a punch for a low price. Flavorful, juicy burgers and handcut, Belgian style fries are what's on the menu, all of which you can get for under $10. Stop by for their breakfast served Friday through Sunday if you feel like brunchin'.

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8. Burger Up 2901 12th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37212 (12south)

Don't be fooled by its name, Burger Up is sleek, upscale burger place with guilt-free menu items (and amazing happy hours to boot). Burgers here are made with locally-raised beef and sustainable ingredients for a gourmet, healthy alternative to your favorite guilty pleasure. Start off right with some quinoa fritters before you try the mushroom swiss or the turkey and avocado burger — bonus points if you opt for a gluten free bun.

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9. Martin's Bar-B-Que Joint 3108 Belmont Blvd, Nashville, TN 37212 (Music Row)

This Belmont meatery does an array of BBQ deliciousness (brisket, turkey legs, fried bologna sandwiches, etc.), but its claim to fame is the classic pulled pork BBQ sandwich drenched in the Sweet Dixie Sauce. Martin's is definitely in the top ranks for the best BBQ in Nashville.

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10. M.L. Rose Craft Beer & Burgers 4408 Charlotte Ave, Nashville, TN 37209 (8th Ave)

Grab a pint at this local, craft beer bar, which gained even more favor when they started kicking mainstream beers off the taps in favor of local and regional, craft brews. Join their beer club, working your way through each seasonal menu.

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11. Burger Republic 420 11th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203 (Downtown)

This Downtown spot (or its Lennox Village counterpart) is the perfect place to gobble a beef puck, with a number of options to choose from and sides/apps like nachos, tots, and crab dip, the only thing that could make this place better is a boozy milkshake. Which it HAS.

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