We are absolutely delighted to share this updated guide to the best burgers in Salt Lake City. After several years of writing and eating our way through the city, we’ve gathered quite a collection of our top picks for one of America’s favorite foods. From cheap and casual burgers to gourmet and one-of-kind creations, there’s something here for everyone. So settle into your stretchy pants and get the low down from a team that has tried them all. One last thing: when your server asks you, “How do you like your burger cooked?”, medium is always the right answer. Enjoy!
15. Beaumont Bakery & Cafe
Why is it that some of the best burgers in Salt Lake City are found at killer brunch spots? Super popular Beaumont Bakery in Millcreek is one such spot. The Beaumont Burger is HUGE, piled high with fresh veggies, your choice of cheese, garlic aioli, and a flavorful beef patty. Beaumont’s brioche bun, with its flaky, crescent-roll like texture, is the most memorable part of this burger. You’ll love the unique buttery flavor mixed with garlic aioli — absolutely killer in the flavor department. It might just be the perfect brunch burger.
Beaumont Bakery & Cafe
$$ Coffee & Tea, Bakeries, Cafes
14. Nomad East
Next up on our guide to the best burgers in Salt Lake City is a Female Foodie go-to. Nomad East is located on one of the four corners of a small neighborhood market district. This cozy restaurant serves up shared plates and pizza, but we’re here for the crispy burger. Sitting sky-high with fresh toppings and homemade chips, the Nomad Burger is a unique rendition on the classic American cheeseburger. Served with a side salad, this is a great option for anyone looking for a substantial burger that will leave you feeling comfortably full and energized.
$$ Pizza, Sandwiches
13. Cotton Bottom Inn
Second only to brunch spots are bars when it comes to who is serving the best burgers in Salt Lake City. Cotton Bottom Inn is a relaxed and unassuming bar that makes a mighty delicious garlic cheeseburger that is totally worth writing home about. This masterpiece is the very definition of a fresh, no-frills burger. You’re looking at a perfect garlic beef patty, a freshly baked ⅓ loaf of french bread, and classic burger veggies. The bar scene not for you? No worries–Cotton Bottom Inn offers walk-up-window ordering so the whole family can get in on the action.
Cotton Bottom Inn
$ Dive Bars, Burgers
12. Central 9th Market
The Monday-only burger from Central 9th Market unquestionably deserves a spot on our guide to the best burgers in Salt Lake City. The details change around the holidays but this one-day-a-week creation always includes two juicy smash burger patties topped with American cheese all on an in-house baked bun. Add on some crispy bacon that is always as good as it sounds and get ready to line up for this bad boy. The grill fires up around 5:30 but our Central 9th friends won’t take orders until 6:00 pm. Get in line early – it’s absolutely worth the extra effort to score one.
Central 9th Market
$$ Pizza, Pasta, Vegetarian
11. SLC Eatery
SLC Eatery: where backyard BBQ burger meets aioli at a trendy modern American restaurant. Although Eatery features internationally-inspired plates (which we highly recommend), the Eatery Burger is anything but exotic. Bite into comfort, throwbacks, and summer days with this classic beef patty, iceberg lettuce, dill pickles, grilled onions, smoked cheddar, and yellow mustard. This beauty is everything you want in a cheeseburger without having to sweat over the grill yourself.
$ American (New), Seafood, Breakfast & Brunch
10. Hires Big H
A guide for the best burgers in Salt Lake City wouldn’t be complete without the nostalgic Hires Big H cheeseburger. Hires has been around since 1959, and there is no place more all-American. Picture beef patties coated with cheese and topped with burger veggies, all situated on a soft house-made bun that’s perfectly soft and plush. The flavor of this burger is impeccable and is 100% one of the best burgers in Salt Lake City.
Hires Big H
9. Franck’s Restaurant
Franck’s dishes out an incredible burger that’s only available on Thursday nights. And with a unique burger recipe every week, don’t be surprised if you find yourself making your way to Franck’s for a pre-weekend indulgence more often than not. Pictured above, the wagyu sirloin burger is hands down the messiest and juiciest burger on this guide. The servers will even bring you a much-needed extra napkin with your meal. The patty is a wagyu beef tartare that melts in your mouth. And there’s an addicting umami-mustard mayo dripping from every bite accompanied by truffle-porcini house potato chips. No matter what burger you get, get ready to sink your teeth into a gourmet burger unlike any other. It will become a weekly tradition.
$$$ Southern, Soup, American (Traditional)
8. East Liberty Tap House
East Liberty Tap House is a modern, minimalistic, neighborhood tavern serving up inventive and picturesque burgers. You can always count on something flavorful and locally sourced at East Liberty. Choose between their Tap House Burger, bacon burger, or veggie burger. We reach for the bacon burger with its habanero jack cheese, pickled jalapenos, and cilantro-lime aioli. All of it is chef’s kiss, and the fries won’t let you down either.
East Liberty Tap House
$$ Burgers, American
We absolutely love the cheeseburger from Provisions, and it’s easily one of the best burgers in Salt Lake City. Provisions is a locally sourced, American-fare restaurant that features its incredible burger on Saturdays and Sundays only. Picture two thin beef patties, both coated with cheese, and topped with special sauce, pickles, onions, bacon, and the softest bun known to man. The flavor of this burger is unmatched, and we’re still thinking about it weeks, even months, after eating it again.
$$ American (New), Bars, Breakfast & Brunch
6. The Copper Onion
The Copper Onion is home to a Salt Lake City burger with a lot of hype, and this one shatters every single expectation. There isn’t anything crazy or over the top about the burger and house fries at The Copper Onion, but everything is done with high-quality ingredients (you’ll agree once you taste the patty) and prepared to perfection. This classic burger is served with grass-fed beef, house bun, caramelized onion, and duck fat aioli, and it’s so so good. When you order the Copper Onion Burger, you have the option of adding bacon and cheddar, but this burger can 100% stand on its own. This patty is seriously one of the best in town, so make reservations.
The Copper Onion
$$ American (New)
5. Cafe Niche
The burger from Cafe Niche is timeless and classic. Their whiskey-infused wagyu is the absolute star of the show with unbeatable flavor and juiciness. Order your burger medium-rare and save room for their fresh and colorful Niche salad. This is the kind of burger that you cannot put down once you pick it up, and it’s not for the faint of heart. Cafe Niche has this burger down to a science, and it’s absolutely one of the best burgers in Salt Lake City.
$$ Cafe, Breakfast & Brunch
Typically known for its Mediterranean small plates, Manoli’s is a great neighborhood spot that also happens to have one of the best burgers in Salt Lake City. With one of the coziest and most welcoming vibes, you won’t want to leave the minute you sit down. The menu features one burger – the lamb burger – which is unlike any burger you’ve ever had before. From the lamb and beef patty to the red pepper feta spread, garlic aioli, and fennel slaw, this burger is simple but executed perfectly. Manoli’s offers breakfast potatoes on the side, which are the perfect accompaniment.
3. Urban Hill
Urban Hill is the place for special occasions. And what completes nearly every special occasion? A smash burger, of course. This is a smash burger in its purest form, with crispy, salty edges and melty American cheese bubbling on top. Served with smoked bacon that is literally spilling over onto the table and fiery hatch chile that adds a kick to the entire experience, Urban Hill is not to be missed. We love it, and we’re going back for more very soon.
$$ New American, Seafood, Steakhouses
Simply put the breakfast burger at Oquirrh is to die for. It’s hard to pick a “favorite” burger for a guide of the best burgers in Salt Lake City, but this one is right up there. Say hello to the Oquirrh Burger: Alpine cheese, Foie Gras aioli, Yeti’s bacon onion jam, and a durably soft brioche bun (add a fried egg for an even more extra burger). The juiciness and flavor in every bite is a dream come true, and you most definitely won’t be able to put it down. We absolutely won’t say no to the hash browns on the side, but the burger is definitely the leading lady.
$$$ American (New)
Walking through the doors of Pago will give you a good idea of what to expect from their burger: an elevated, chef-crafted experience. The Pago burger features an 8oz grass-fed Utah beef patty, a griddled brioche bun, crisp bacon, cheddar, pickled onion, arugula, black garlic aioli, and brunch potatoes (pro tip: ask for a side of hollandaise for the brunch potatoes). The patty melts in your mouth like an incredible steak yet somehow manages to be even more tender and utterly delicious. It’s at the top of our guide for a reason–this burger will floor you.
$$ American (New), Tapas/Small Plates