Top 15 Burgers in Salt Lake City

Brooke Eliason

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Burgers. 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 with a special bonus list at the end. Note: this post has been revised since its original publication.


15. Coppercreek Pub & Grub

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*Coppercreek Pub & Grub (3451 5600 West, West Valley City, UT // 801.417.0051)

14. Cotton Bottom Inn

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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! Cotton Bottom Inn (2820 East 6200 South, Holladay, UT // 801.273.9830)

13. Manoli’s

This list has an extensive array of different styles of burgers but one of the best burgers in the city has unquestionably been the lamb burger from the relatively new restaurant, Manoli’s. The flavors of this lamb and beef patty are unbelievable, served with red pepper feta spread, garlic aioli, and fennel slaw. All served on an artisan bun with a light side salad. Manoli’s typically encourages a dining culture of small plates and sharing but this burger is one that simply cannot be shared. Manoli’s (402 E Harvey Milk Blvd, #2, Salt Lake City, UT // 801.532.3760)

12.Proper Burger Co.

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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*Proper Burger Co. (865 Main Street, Salt Lake City, UT 84111 // 801.906.8604)

11. Bambara

After the original publication of this post I was told by several burger lovers in SLC that the burger at Bambara is an absolute MUST. Although we were informed by our server that there have been recent changes to the classic burger, this burger should still be at the top of your list. Cooked to order this beef patty is served with smoky cheddar and a side of some of the BEST fries on this entire list. Don’t forget to dip in the side of aioli. Bambara (202 Main St, Salt Lake City, UT // 801.363.5454)

10. R&R BBQ

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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. R & R BBQ (307 West 600 South, Salt Lake City, UT // 801.364.0443)

9. East Liberty Tap House

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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. East Liberty Tap House (850 East 900 South, Salt Lake City, UT // 801.441.2845)

8. The Copper Onion

Talk to any burger connesuier in Salt Lake City and they’ll mention The Copper Onion Burger without fail- and for good reason too. This juicy Niman Ranch beef burger is cooked to order and served with caramelized onions, aioli, and iceberg lettuce all on a delicious house bun. Always order with a slice of cheddar! The Copper Onion (111 East Broadway #170, Salt Lake City, UT // 801.355.3282)

7.  Lucky 13

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 Lucky 13 (135 West 1300 South, Salt Lake City, UT // 801.487.4418)

6. The Garage on Beck

The Garage on Beck 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. The Garage on Beck (1199 Beck Street, Salt Lake City, UT // 801.521.3904)

5. Chedda Burger

Burgers with Attitude! Owner Nick Watts originally started his burger infatuation in the original Chedda Truck and has since then opened up a storefront location on 600 south and most recently a new location on Foothill. These burgers are creative, delicious, and oh so chedda-licioussss. Menu favorites include The Green Mile, The Mother Hen, and The Dirt Bag. Read our full review on Chedda Burger *HERE*Chedda Burger (26 East 600 South, Salt Lake City, UT // 801.448.6116)

4. From Scratch

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*From Scratch (62 East Gallivan Ave. Salt Lake City, UT // 801.961.9000)

3. Pago

The Pago Burger is truly fit for a queen and among all of the other amazing burgers on this list stands out for its incredible flavor within and surrounding the beef patty. Served with bacon, white cheddar, pickled onion, black truffle aioli, and truffle frites, you are bound to fall in love at first bite. Pago (878 900 E, Salt Lake City, UT // 801.532.0777)

2. Hires Big H

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. Hires Big H ( 425 South 700 East, Salt Lake City, UT // 801.364.4582 )

1. HSL

The number one burger on our list this year goes to undoubtedly to the folks at HSL (Handle Salt Lake). Served both during lunch and dinner, the HSL burger is truly unforgettable. There isn’t anything too fancy or too frivolous about this burger- just an amazingly flavorful beef patty adorned with the greatest american cheese you’ll ever taste alongside pickled red cabbage and tomato jam. HSL (418 E 200 S, Salt Lake City, UT // 801.539.9999)

Bonus: Best Burgers Near Salt Lake City

5. Logan: Morty’s Cafe

For a delicious, juicy burger while dining in Logan, Morty’s is the best place in town. Opening in 2014, Morty’s set out with the goal of creating “Cache Valley’s Best Quick-Serve Hamburger”. The burger patties are incredibly flavorful and adorned with all fresh toppings depending on what suits your fancy. Make sure you enjoy some of their amazing homemade classic or sweet potato fries with your burger, and if you’re especially hungry a raspberry shake! Morty’s Cafe (780 E 700 N, Logan, UT // 435.535.3276)

4. Saratoga Springs: Seven Brothers

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