When it comes to a great burger, serious eaters don’t mind throwing their steadfast healthy eating decisions out of the window, only if momentarily. Arkansas food in general is known to make even the strictest dieter indulge in even the most decadent of dishes, and the burgers are no exception. These restaurants, diners, and burger stands are boasted by many of the best minds (and mouths) of the Natural State as having the greatest of the grill.
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life. While we continue to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, please take proper precautions or add them to your bucket list to see at a later date. If you know of a local business that could use some extra support during these times, please nominate them here:
25. The Root Cafe in downtown Little Rock
This hip cafe serves both vegetarian and standard dishes (along with fabulous cheeseburgers and mushroom burgers) made with locally sourced ingredients.
24. Salem Dairy Bar in Benton
Having been around for a few generations, this local favorite offers delicious "smashed-on-the-griddle" burgers served on big flat buns, and there's also a lot of ice cream treats on the menu for dessert.
23. Bulldog Restaurant in Bald Knob
Well-known and loved for its strawberry shortcake, the Bulldog Restaurant is also known for its juicy square-patty burgers.
22. Morrilton Drive-Inn (there are 16 different burger listings on the wall!)
Try the the Super Cheeseburger, a full pound of beef on a big bun with the fixings. There's also a Super DOUBLE Cheeseburger on the menu!
21. DJ's Drive-In, Bismarck on Arkansas Highway 7
This cheerful spot on Hwy 7 serves up juicy burgers and highly recommended homestyle cooking as well. Try the double bacon cheeseburger!
20. Thirst N' Howl in West Little Rock (the name alone is a great attraction)
Adventurous eaters can try the "Volcano Burger," which comes with jalapenos not only on top of, but ground in the meat, creating a spicy yet flavorful experience.
19. Chopping Block Steakhouse in Mena
Located on Highway 71, this quaint eatery with a log cabin interior features the aptly-named Huge Burger.
18. Boss' BBQ in Benton
Boss', a Benton favorite, has delicious burgers (the cheeseburger is very good!), barbecue, and excellent service.
17. Red Door Restaurant in Little Rock
Located on Cantrell (that's 'Can-truhl') Road, this restaurant features "modern Southern cuisine" including nice, big burgers.
16. Feltner Brothers in Fayetteville
This College Avenue (off of Dickson Street) burger joint opened in 2009 and has been a hot spot for serious burger eaters (the triple cheeseburger is recommended) ever since.
15. Dairy Shack in Waldenburg
Considered an Arkansas traveler's classic, burgers at this Northwest Arkansas eatery are especially made to order - so be sure to tell exactly everything you want on your burger!
14. Johnny B.'s Grill in El Dorado
Originally Wood's Grill, which dates to 1939, this restaurant serves a variety of burgers and features items on the menu known as legendary to locals - especially the "Johnny Jack" Burger.
13. Cotham's in Scott and Little Rock
Home of the Hubcap Burger! A personal childhood favorite of your intrepid Arkie author, don't let the antique look of the original rustic mercantile store and restaurant in Scott fool you - the food here is fresh and hot!
12. Hamburger Barn in Arkadelphia
Known for its great burgers and awesome cheesedip, this is one of Arkadelphia's favorite places to eat. Try the Swiss & Mushroom Burger!
11. Viola Stampede in Viola
This little country diner knows what they're doing when they serve up their burgers! Try the Stampede Burger or the Double Cheeseburger.
10. Boardwalk Cafe in Jasper
This organic restaurant on the Buffalo River is located on Scenic Highway 7. I recommend the buffalo or elk burgers here. Be sure to check out the historic Arkansas House Inn as well!
9. Sparky's Roadhouse in Eureka Springs
This restaurant features a diverse burger selection, including the Gourmet Cheeseburger served with your choice of a selection of cheeses.
8. Myer's Cruizzers in Mena
This retro drive-in serves burgers, fries and tots, shakes and drinks and dogs...and that's just part of its loaded menu, including the highly recommended turkey burger.
7. Back Forty in Mountain Home
Established in 1980, this long-time establishment never disappoints with its sandwiches and burgers along with the rest of its great menu. Try the Barnbuster burger!
6. Hamburger Station in Paragould
You can find this burger joint corner of East Main and Second Street in Paragould - try the Hum-burger!
5. Dairyette in Mount Ida
Among many delicious choices on the menu to pick, the burgers here come in 1/3 pound sizes or junior burgers.
4. Asher Dairy Bar in Little Rock
Another personal favorite, this burger joint is one of the capital city's hidden gems with made-to-order burgers like the Jumbo Cheeseburger.
3. Greenhouse Grille in Fayetteville
This green eatery specializes in organic food with an on-site garden. Try the Steak Burger!
2. Benson's Grill in Fort Smith
This restaurant has great food and a jukebox that never stops. Try the bacon cheeseburger with its long strips of bacon!
1. David's Burgers in Little Rock and Conway
Arguably the most popular burger joint in the capital city, David's Burgers features an old school menu with single and double meat burgers with an abundant serving of fries. Truly one of the best places to get a burger in Arkansas!
Honorable mentions go to Big Orange, the Arkansas Burger Company, Zack’s Place, Shorty Smalls, EJ’s Eats, and Buffalo Grill (all in Little Rock), Jason’s in Lake Hamilton, and Marketplace Grill in Conway!