Burgers. What would we do without them? There’s nothing that can comfort the soul quite like a thick, juicy beef patty encased in melted cheese, two fluffy pillows of carbs, and topped with anything under the sun. Bacon? Avocado? Grilled onions? The more glutenous the better. Even in the heart of a so-called “small” city, Salt Lake has an impressive inventory of incredible burgers- from old to new, classic to innovative, simple to outrageous. The SLC Female Foodie team had a great time putting this list together to highlight, what we feel to be, are the BEST burgers in Salt Lake City. Enjoy!
Chedda Burger (26 East 600 South, Salt Lake City, UT // 801.448.6116)
Burgers with Attitude! Owner Nick Watts originally started his burger infatuation in the original Chedda Truck and has since then opened up s storefront location on 600 south. His burgers are creative, delicious, and oh so chedda-licioussss. Try the Green Mile- my favorite (pictured above)! It’s a beef patty topped with mac ‘n cheese, bacon, green chiles, and whole grain mustard. Read our full review on Chedda Burger *HERE*.
A sister restaurant to Avenues Proper and Proper Brewing Co., Proper Burger Co. completes the trio. Whether you’re feeling sweet, savory, hot, or creamy, they’ve got a burger specialized just for you- their range of choices will satisfy any and every palate. As they say, “Never prim always PROPER!” Read our full post on Proper Burger Co. *HERE*.
Lucky 13 (135 West 1300 South, Salt Lake City, UT // 801.487.4418)
Lucky 13 has been a Salt Lake City staple for years and there’s good reason for it! Located just a block west of Smith’s Ballpark, they’re constantly busy filled with loyal SLC customers looking to break ground on some of their delicious (and huge) beef patties. Our pick: the Celestial Burger. It’s a large beef patty served with house-smoked bacon, grilled onions, cheddar cheese, and house barbecue sauce. Make sure to bring your ID for this one! #nomnomnom
From Scratch (62 East Gallivan Ave. Salt Lake City, UT // 801.961.9000)
From Scratch has become one of our favorite restaurants in the town! It’s situated on a lesser known street- Gallivan Avenue, just off of State Street and Broadway downtown. This new-ish SLC restaurant takes their name to heart and literally creates everything From Scratch (even the ketchup- who does that??) with their locally sourced menu of bistro fare from pizza to salads to pasta to burgers. We suggest the Egg Burger. Schedule a date for this SLC hotspot and in the meantime read our full post *HERE*.
Coppercreek Pub & Grub (3451 5600 West, West Valley City, UT // 801.417.0051)
A fantastic pub grub spot for those located west of downtown. If you haven’t visited Coppercreek Pub & Grub in West Valley, then put it on your list for one reason and one reason only: THE CHUBBY. AKA a ground chuck patty smashed between TWO GRILLED CHEESE SANDWICHES. Smothered in grilled onions, mushrooms, and Thousand Island dressing. Read our full post on Coppercreek Pub & Grub *HERE*.
R & R BBQ (307 West 600 South, Salt Lake City, UT // 801.364.0443)
Roger and Rod Livingston started off as champions of nine cooking competitions and ended as famous restauranteurs and bbq-ers. Not only have they captured the hearts of native southerners living in SLC, but have stirred up some of the best meat in town. The Caveman burger holds many of their famous slices of meat: melt-in-your-mouth pulled pork, flavor blasted andouille sausage, and a perfectly cooked 1/3 lb burger all topped with fried jalapeños, Monterey jack cheese, and their special sweet sauce. A side of sweet potato fries and you’ve hit a bonus.
East Liberty Tap House (850 East 900 South, Salt Lake City, UT // 801.441.2845)
If you’re in the mood for a classic, delicious burger, the Tap House Burger is for you. The thick, juicy burger itself is so craveable, but when you combine it with their house-made pickles (they’re truly amazing) and the signature peppercorn aioli, you have a winner. And don’t even get us started on the fries. Major heart eyes.
The Garage on Beck (1199 Beck Street, Salt Lake City, UT // 801.521.3904)
Along with the rest of Salt Lake City, we’ve been enjoying the fruits of the newly revamped menu at The Garage for the past few years! The Garage does a fantastic job of serving comfort food items to match the ambiance and aesthetic of this once auto repair shop turned into roadhouse bar. Although the Fried Mormon Funeral Potatoes and Southern Fried Chicken top the charts for menu items, The Garage serves over half a dozen quality burgers. Our pick: the Cowboy Burger. This hand-pressed patty is served with golden and crispy onion rings, bacon, cheddar cheese, leaf lettuce, and fresh tomato with a pat of BBQ sauce. Unreal.
Cotton Bottom Inn (2820 East 6200 South, Holladay, UT // 801.273.9830)
This small pub will not catch your eye as you’re driving past, but the big talk about its Garlic Burgers definitely will! Many Salt Lake City natives have tried or heard of this authentic sandwich and have come back for years craving a bite. A slab of juicy garlic meat squished between a crispy flaky bun and topped with classic condiments make for a unique take on the typical burger!
Hires Big H ( 425 South 700 East, Salt Lake City, UT // 801.364.4582 )
Our longest standing foodie affair on this collection and also on our list of Top 10 Places to Eat in Salt Lake City! Their burgers are nothing crazy or outrageously fancy- just a classic, darn good burger. Order their namesake burger (The Big H) for a ground chuck hamburger topped with fry sauce, lettuce, tomato, and American Cheese. I like to add grilled onions and avocado to mine. Make sure to enjoy your Big H with some of their homemade onion rings or hand cut fries and a thick, homemade oreo shake.