Louisville’s 15 Most Epic Burgers



The Harvest Burger is one locals fanboy over and advise you to not make any changes to the way it is described on the menu. It is topped with hog jowl bacon, chevre (read: goat cheese) and served on a pretzel bun.

80% of Harvests ingredients are sourced from within a 100-mile radius, making it a local leader in the farm-to-table movement.

Every Thursday night features a burger special, allowing the chef an opportunity to get creative. Pictured below is one of the many specials, the “Ground Strip & Flat Iron Steak Burger with Bourbon Sweet Potato Onion Jam, Smoked Blue Cheese and Crispy Onions.”

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Bluegrass Burgers

No list of Louisvillea��s Best Burgers would be complete without Bluegrass Burgers. Serving up Kentucky grass-fed, hormone and antibiotic-free black Angus beef and bison complemented with a full toppings bar with fresh, local produce. Create your own burger and have it with some hand-cut fires or house-made coleslaw. The possibilities are endless.

This place also offers vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options if you’re dining with someone less enthusiastic about beef patties.

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Grind Burger Kitchen

Louisville’s favorite burger truck is now in a permanent location! These gourmet burgers are blended from locally-sourced, grass-fed beef. The fixed menu offers delightful delicacies like the B&B, a favorite topped with bacon and Brie and habanero or apricot jam. In addition to the everyday menu are weekly featured specials.

Grind also serves delicious vegetarian and gluten/allergen-free options and has been touted as serving one of the best vegetarian burgers in town.

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The Philadelphia Attorney is the burger everyone raves about here and insists you must try — delicious bleu cheese atop braised short rib, bourbon mushrooms and onions all on top of a certified Angus beef burger. Order it with a side of truffle fries or zucchini fries and you’re pretty much in Heaven.

This place also happens to be a bourbon and beer-lovers destination. Come on down to Sidebar to “”exercise your right to swig bourbon, drink a cold beer, and eat a damn good burger.”

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Holy Grale

The Holy Grale takes burgers to the next level of sophistication. How often do you have a burger topped with arugula? Thata��s what I thought. Ita��s served on a toasted pretzel bun with caramelized onions, Benton’s bacon and cheddar. You cana��t afford to not know what youa��ve been missing any longer.

The Holy Grale is a creation of the masterminds behind The Louisville Beer Store. So while the Grale’s food is fantastic, you really should check out the beer while you’re there. It’s poured from 26 ever-changing taps which features beers from around the world.

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Bunz Burgerz

The originality and creativity of Bunz makes it the closest thing Louisville has to Boba��s Burgers. Try some of Bunz’ unique offerings – like their “Highland Bunz” with feta cheese, fried capers and olives, or customize your own burger with their endless toppings – with a base of beef, salmon, portabella, grilled chicken, turkey, veggie or bison.

Bunz offers unique creations that will keep you coming back for more. They are certainly among the leaders for burger originality in the city.

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Hammerheads is a gastropub that has created such a sensation that ita��s been featured on national television. The Chorizo Burger is a favorite – a chorizo patty served with sun-dried tomato aoli on a kaiser bun, and the Elk Burger also comes highly recommended – topped with with brie cheese, tomato aoli on a pretzel bun. Try it with some French fries fried in duck fat or truffle oil to experience the goodness for yourself.

There are many other interesting sandwiches and tacos, with all kinds of fillings from roasted duck to pork belly (even vegetarian options, which is nearly unheard of at a gastropub). All of this and an excellent beer selection. Don’t be a square, check out Hammerheads.

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Jack Fry’s

If you want a good, old-fashioned, no-frills kind of cheeseburger, Jack Fry’s does it best. This Louisville treasure hearkens to a 1920s speakeasy piano bar and they know how to cook a mean burger. It’s a flavorful interpretation of a classic that has all of Louisville raving about it. Jack Fry’s takes more of a “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” approach to burgers, and there’s nothing wrong with that.

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This restaurant is a celebration of the union of Southern cuisine and Asian ingredients, presented by Chef Edward Lee and Chef Kevin Ashworth. The Pork Burger is what is raved about here, made with organic pork, topped with napa kim-chi, cracklins, harvati, remoulade and cilantro, served on a pretzel bun.

Located inside the internationally-renowned Actor’s Theatre, MilkWood is certainly an original Louisville original. It is focused on small plates and, of course, features phenomenal bourbon cocktails.

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Proof on Main

The Bison Burger from Proof is one of the most raved about in the city. It is served with Applewood Smoked Bacon, Tillamook Cheddar and Jezebel Sauce. For you non-Southerners, Jezebel Sauce is apple jelly, horseradish and black pepper.

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Ever wanted to eat a kangaroo? Now you can, at this sister restaurant of Hammerheads. Choose from a variety of exotic meats or just stick with bison or Angus if thata��s more your style. Build your own burger with exquisite house-made sauces, a formidable selection of cheeses and an unconventional selection of bread.

Elk Burger also comes highly recommended – topped with with brie cheese, tomato aoli on a pretzel bun. Try it with some French fries fried in duck fat or truffle oil to experience the goodness for yourself.

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The Mayan CafA�

Mayan CafA� offers one of Louisvillea��s most original burgers. Juicy, grass-fed beef served on bolillo bread with pickled onions, Havarti cheese, chili aioli, tomatoes, greens and fried plantains. Come for the burger, stay for the unique ambiance.

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Mussel & Burger Bar

More burgers than you can shake a stick at. Quality is not compromised by variety and you can even get a side of truffle fries on the side, in addition to well-executed appetizers. Intriguing chorizo burgers, veggie burgers, burgers topped with egg. Original, creative, stacked to ceiling and enticing.

The Frita Cubana is a pride and joy of Mussel & Burger Bar – it’s a black Angus burger and Spanish chorizo patty, manchego cheese, crispy Serrano ham, baby arugula, caramelized onions, tomatoes and crispy potatoes.

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Four Pegs

Foodies agree – the Angus Beer Glazed Burger is out of this world. Beer + Burger. Sometimes the simplest solutions are the best solutions.

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The Nachburger is something worth getting excited about. Grass-fed beef topped with white cheddar and bacon on a challah bun. Stop in to try some a�?European-inspired Southern food.a�?

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