Our love of burgers is famous: we’ve eaten them throughout our American cheese-and-beef-loving country, tracking down the finest damn burgers in America and the best one to rep every state. All this burger eating made one thing clear: it's our American duty to take a deeper dive into some states' backroad burgers. From a simple, griddled, thin-patty diner burger in Al Capone’s playground of Hot Springs to a fresh-ground half-pounder at a crossroads pitstop in the middle of the wilderness, these are the best burgers in Arkansas.
What you’re getting: The Hogzilla
As an Arkansas spin on a meat-centric gastropub, Tusk and Trotter has bison, lamb, and beef burgers. But you’re in noted heart of Razorback country, so the only option is to eat a bunch of pig. The Hogzilla is a wild-boar patty topped with house-made bacon, face bacon jam, garlic aioli, lettuce, tomato, pickles, and onion on a squishy potato bun. Order it with a side of salt & pepper pork rinds and get your porcine fix for the next decade.
What you’re getting: The burger (single patty, with cheese for .20 extra)
For generations, Hog fans taking I-40 from Little Rock to Fayetteville for University of Arkansas games stopped in Russellville for a burger at the venerable Feltner’s Whatta-Burger. But, in 2005, CJ’s Butcher Boy popped up just half a mile away and turned Arkansas burger orthodoxy on its head. CJ’s burgers come as 1/3lb singles or 2/3lb doubles and are smashed and cooked flat on a griddle the second you order. They may be from the new guys in town, but they are old-school burgers in the best sense.