Nowadays there are many craft and unique burger restaurants offering highly inventive burgers and specialty combinations. While these restaurants offer incredible flavors and creative dishes, do you remember when you could just walk into a diner or burger joint and order a burger and milkshake, without all of the extras? If you’re nostalgic for burgers of the past, you’ll want to check out these 15 retro burger joints in the Hoosier state that are still making burgers the way you grew up loving them.
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1. Schoop's Hamburgers - Hammond
Schoop's now has a bunch of locations across Indiana and Illinois, but the original began in Hammond in 1948. Their award winning hamburger recipe remains unchanged and continues to impress new Hoosiers every day. Try a burger, a fresh cup of chili, and an apple pie milkshake for the ultimate meal. You'll find this Schoop's location at 7235 Indianapolis Blvd, Hammond, IN 46324.
2. Hinkle's Hamburgers - Bloomington
Hinkle's in Bloomington has been serving up ground chuck hamburger patties the way your parents and grandparents loved them since the 1930s. These patties are cooked with onions on a flat top and offer a distinct, simple taste. Try one of these beloved burgers with a side of fries at 206 S Adams St, Bloomington, IN 47404.
3. The New White Steamer - Washington
The New White Steamer (originally just the White Steamer) is well known in Washington for their retro style burgers. Enjoy a few burgers, some fresh onion rings, and a delicious milkshake at this incredible burger joint. Find them at 21 E Main St, Washington, IN 47501.
4. Hinkle's Sandwich Shop - Madison
Hinkle's Sandwich Shop in Madison (not to be confused with Hinkle's Burgers in Bloomington) is well known for their delicious slider-style burgers. Hinkle's has been around since the 1930s and is still the place in town for the best, most affordable burgers. Check out this vintage joint at 204 W Main St, Madison, IN 47250.
5. Triple XXX - West Lafayette
Triple XXX is the local joint in West Lafayette for locals and Purdue students alike. Their chopped steak burger recipe has remained unchanged, though they have more selections than before. Triple XXX is famous as Indiana's first and oldest drive-in, so you'll definitely want to give them a try. Find them at 2 N Salisbury St, West Lafayette, IN 47906.
6. Miner-Dunn Hamburgers - Highland
Miner-Dunn has been serving the residents of Highland for over 70s years. You'll want to try a traditional cheeseburger or Miner-Dunn burger complete with onion rings and sherbet. Find them at 8940 Indianapolis Blvd
Highland, IN 46322.
7. T-Berry's Diner - La Porte
Another tasty retro burger joint is T-Berry's, home of the famous smash burger. This historic diner has been heralded as having the best flat top burgers ever, so put them to the test and give them a try. You'll find them at 501 Lincolnway, La Porte, IN 46350.
8. The Brick - Jonesville
This local haunt has been serving up some of the best burgers around for decades. This no frills burger joint is in the middle of nowhere, but well worth the journey for one of the best burgers you've ever tasted. Find it at 309 Walnut St, Jonesville, IN 47247.
9. South Side Soda Shop - Goshen
This diner is one of Indiana's most beloved, with some of the best diner foods, including burgers, ice cream floats, and milkshakes. Come here hungry and with high expectations. You'll find this diner at 1122 S Main St, Goshen, IN 46526.
10. Steer-In Restaurant - Indianapolis
This historic Indianapolis restaurant has been serving up great burgers since 1960. If you're looking for a retro diner where you can get a burger and breakfast all day, the Steer-In is your place. You'll find it at 5130 E 10th St, Indianapolis, IN 46219.
11. Powers Hamburger Shop - Fort Wayne
Powers in Fort Wayne is well known for their incredible hamburger sliders. Be sure to come here for incredible cheeseburger sliders made fresh on a well seasoned grill, as well as a tasty bowl of chili. Find them at 1402 S Harrison St, Fort Wayne, IN 46802.
12. The Lemon Drop - Anderson
The Lemon Drop is a staple in Anderson with a retro vibe, vintage jukebox, and fantastic hamburgers made on toast. Enjoy yours with a side of fries, cherry coke, and a classic milkshake. Visit them at 1701 Mounds Rd, Anderson, IN 46016.
13. Oasis Diner - Plainfield
This small town diner is known for its incredible food, including their hamburgers. Stop by and try the oasis burger made with half ground beef and half ground bacon. You'll find this diner at 405 W Main St
Plainfield, IN 46168.
14. Larrison's Diner - Seymour
This greasy spoon is the old fashioned diner you've been dreaming of. From their incredible breakfasts to their top notch chili to their mouthwatering burgers, you'll want to eat every meal here. Find them at 200 S Chestnut St, Seymour, IN 47274.
15. Joe's Shelby Street Diner - Indianapolis
This nostalgic old diner on the south side of Indianapolis offers all of the comforts of diners past. From their finger lickin' good onion rings to their classic hamburger, you'll fall in love with this vintage diner. Find it at 3623 Shelby St, Indianapolis, IN 46227.