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 & OysterAddress and Info
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.
The Greg Brady
Jack Brown's Beer & Burger JointAddress and Info
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 & FriesAddress and Info
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 Cheese Burger
The Pharmacy Burger Parlor & Beer GardenAddress and Info
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 JointAddress and Info
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.
Riverside GrillshackAddress and Info
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 GrilleAddress and Info
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.
The HUSK Cheeseburger
HuskAddress and Info
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 & BurgersAddress and Info
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.
The Marathon burger
Burger UpAddress and Info
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 RepublicAddress and Info
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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1. The Southern Steak & Oyster150 3rd Ave S, Nashville
2. Jack Brown's Beer & Burger Joint80 S Main St, Harrisonburg
3. Gabby's Burgers & Fries493 Humphreys St, Nashville
4. Husk37 Rutledge St, Nashville
5. 1808 Grille1808 West End Ave, Nashville
6. The Pharmacy Burger Parlor & Beer Garden731 McFerrin Ave, Nashville
7. Riverside Grill Shack1000 Riverside Dr, Nashville
8. Burger Up2901 12th Ave S, Nashville
9. Martin's Bar-B-Que Joint3108 Belmont Blvd, Nashville
10. M.L. Rose Craft Beer & Burgers4408 Charlotte Ave, Nashville
11. Burger Republic420 11th Ave S, Nashville
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.
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.
I'm gonna let you in on a little Nashville secret: Gabby's Burgers & Fries is one of the city's best spots for... burgers and fries. Oh, you already knew that? Then you also know that chicken burgers, hot dogs, and chili are some of Gabby's other specialties, and that even know it looks like a diner, and has diner-adjacent prices, that the the burgers are grass-fed, the sweet potato fries hand-cut, and that there's a secret menu. Right? That's a secret you'll have to figure out for yourself. You're welcome.
The Nashville outpost of Chef Sean Brock's Charleston-born restaurant, Husk changes its menu twice daily depending on the freshest finds in produce and protein. Self-described as “a celebration of Southern ingredients,” local ingredients (including herbs from a backyard garden) are at the forefront, and diners are encouraged to pair modernized Southern classics like shrimp and grits or a hot fish sandwich with a cocktail from the lauded whiskey list, over 60 bourbons on offer. But one thing that doesn't change: the Husk Burger. It's (one of) Brock's culinary masterpieces: two Tennessee-raised beef patties are ground with bacon, griddled with onions are tucked onto the patty then smothered by American cheese, topped with pickles and mustard on a squishy sesame bun.
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.
The Pharmacy Burger Parlor & Beer Garden dubs itself “Nashville’s Wurst-Burger Joint,” which is a cute play on words but might lead the uninitiated to believe the burger here is not, in fact, one of the best in the city. Which it is, and it also happens to have a variety of traditional wursts on offer. It’s also Nashville’s original beer garden -- with an extensive selection of German brews -- as well as an old-school soda jerk. Get some wurst, get the burger, get a pilsner, and definitely get an egg cream to wash it down.
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'.
Don't be fooled by its name, Burger Up is a sleek, upscale burger joint with (almost) guilt-free menu items -- contrary to your standard burger shack -- and an unbeatable happy hour to boot. Burgers are made with locally-raised beef and sustainable ingredients for a gourmet, healthy alternative to your favorite greasy patty. Start with some fried mushrooms before you bite into the quinoa and black bean burger, or the turkey and avocado burger -- and by now you've figured out you can enjoy it on a gluten free bun.
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.
Between M.L. Rose's 34-tap craft beer program, eight of which rotate through local, seasonal, and small batch brews, and the simple, greasy American pub fare, the relaxed and decidedly cool atmosphere will make you want to hang around and have a few (especially when the fire pits get going on the patio). If you have any trouble picking what you want from the short menu, it's because you can't choose between loaded waffle fries and a fat, craft burger like the signature Nash Vegas stacked with a thick beef patty, savory pimento cheese, crispy tabasco onions, and tangy barbecue on a fluffy potato bun. The best part is that the full menu is served nightly until 1am.
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.