Sometimes, the only thing that will fully satisfy your appetite is a serious burger. Whether it’s a burger piled high with all the fixings or a drive-thru staple with just the right sauce, it simply hits the spot. Ohio is home to several delicious burger joints, so we thought it was necessary to compile a bucket list that features every legendary burger in Ohio you simply have to try. Check it out:
1. The Thurmanator (Columbus)
Tucked away in German Village at The Thurman Cafe are mouthwatering overloaded burgers just waiting for a contender to take on the joint's specialty, the Thurmanator. It's piled high with lettuce, tomato, mayo, American cheese, provolone cheese, ham, sauteed onions, mushrooms, a 12 ounce burger, bacon, cheddar cheese, hot peppers—and another 12 ounce burger.
2. Crabill’s Hamburgers (Urbana)
Now in its third generation of local owners, this tiny burger joint —with just eight dine-at-the-counter seats—appropriately specializes in tiny burgers. (White Castle's sliders have nothing on these.)
3. Terry’s Turf Club Burger (Cincinnati)
Deemed Ohio's Best Burger by Thrillist, this Cincinnati burger joint features all the fix-ins you could ever want on a burger—even if that's crab cakes.
4. Swenson’s (Akron area)
If something has been around for more than 80 years, there's a reason why. This popular fast food joint features the world famous Galleyboy, milkshakes and fries. There are three Swenson's locations, with one in West Akron, North Akron and Stow/Kent.
5. Tank Burger (Dayton)
Tank’s Bar and Grill is home to a hefty, meaty and legendary burger, known as the "Tank Burger." (It's so big you'll either have to skip out on appetizers or dessert. )
6. Hamburger Wagon (Miamisburg)
A rolling cart that's served burgers in the same location for nearly 100 years features a serious burger. The catch? You'll find no cheese, ketchup or mustard here. The onions and pickles only method gives the wagon its distinct reputation and allows your taste buds to focus more on the main, tastiest feature: the burger itself.
7. B-Spot (Columbus, Cleveland)
Although we share this joint with Detroit (and that's the ONLY thing we'll share with Michigan) these burgers are undeniably to die for—and they have several recognitions from the Sobe Burger Bash to prove it.
8. Wilson’s Sandwich Shop (Findlay)
Known for their burgers and homemade chili, this local joint has been in business since 1936. (And for good reason.)
9. Sumburger (Chillicothe)
Where you only order via your booth's telephone or old fashioned curb service style. (Important side note: The specialty burger sauce is where it's at.)
10. Kewpee Hamburgers (Lima)
Within the fictionalized setting of “Glee,” this signature fast food joint in Lima has three locations that serve up the city's best burgers. french fries and malts. When you're in town or passing through, you've got to stop for a Kewpee burger.