When your stomach is rumbling and you’re so hungry you could eat a bear, there’s only one hearty food item that always seems to satisfy: a burger. Luckily for you, Michigan is home to some of the country’s best burgers — and we’re here to steer you in the right (delicious) direction.
1. Stella’s Lounge (53 Commerce Avenue SW, Grand Rapids)
This Grand Rapids fixture offers a unique array of burgers for diners with all sorts of palates. Try the Queso Jalapeño burger to satisfy your spicy side, or grab a Hippie Stuffed black bean and lentil burger for a vegetarian-safe option.
2. Brown Bear (147 N. Michigan Avenue, Shelby)
This tavern in Shelby is home to the incredible Brown Bear burger, which has kept customers piling in for decades. Come hungry: Brown Bear certainly doesn’t skimp when it comes to portion sizes, and you’ll need an appetite to finish the Brown Bear burger’s huge slab of beef with peppers, ham, onions, mushrooms, multiple cheeses, lettuce, and tomato.
3. Krazy Jim’s Blimpy Burger (304 S. Ashley Street, Ann Arbor)
Since 1953, Blimpy Burger has been a fixture in Ann Arbor. Since moving to its new location on Ashley Street, it’s lost none of its character and still offers insanely good burgers. Be forewarned: ordering here happens quickly, so make sure to know what you want!
4. The Torch Bar & Grill (522 Buckham Alley, Flint)
Stop by Flint for a meal at Torch Bar & Grill, where you’ll enjoy a mouthwatering Torch Burger made to your specifications. Add a variety of toppings or keep it simple — either way, you’ll leave with a full and happy belly.
5. Redamak’s (616 E. Buffalo Street, New Buffalo)
This legendary eatery in New Buffalo prides itself on a variety of fresh, hearty, and juicy burgers that appeal to diners of all ages. If you’re feeling extra hungry, take on “The Ultimate,” which is comprised of 8 oz. of meat.
6. Slabtown Burgers (826 W. Front Street, Traverse City)
Don’t visit Traverse City without a meal at Slabtown, a family-friendly spot that offers delicious burgers and hand-cut fries. If you’re feeling adventurous, try a TC Cherry burger made with dried cherries, bleu cheese, onions, and mayonnaise.
7. West Pier Drive-In (W. Pier Drive, Sault Ste. Marie, MI)
It’s worth a trip up to Sault Ste. Marie for a bite to eat at West Pier, where you’ll enjoy thick, delectable burgers at the small but charming restaurant. It’s no surprise that this eatery has been a local favorite since 1958.
8. Miller’s Bar (23700 Michigan Avenue, Dearborn)
Head into this Dearborn bar for a taste of the World Famous Ground Round, a hearty burger served on a steamed white bun. No matter how you prefer your burger cooked, you’ll remember your hunger-satisfying visit to Miller’s Bar — which prides itself on being “Pure Detroit!”
Tell us about the best burger you’ve ever had. Was it made here in Michigan?