Dining April 03, 2016
These 9 Burger Joints In Maine Will Make Your Taste Buds Explode
When it comes to food, many people think Maine can only handle lobster. But as Mainers across the state will tell you, our culinary prowess extends far beyond the buttery crustacean you’re envisioning. From our Maine-only “Italians” to our highly rated sushi, the culinary experience in Maine matches that of any big city.
In an effort to highlight this, we’ve told you about the
best outdoor dining, the best Italian food, along with many other food-related topics. But, we have yet to tackle the best burgers. So, here without any further waiting are some of the best places to get a burger in Maine.
Note: Restaurants are in alphabetical order.
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1. Fat Boy Drive-In, Brunswick
Fat Boy's does a lot of things right. From seafood to fried accompaniments (awesome onion rings, for instance) there is plenty on offer. But, try the Whoperburger first. It's classic and messy, just as it should be at a place with "fat" in the name. And, the good news is that they've just recently re-opened for the season. Take advantage of the throwback drive-in feel and munch out in your car until the temps match the mood of the place! Visit them at: 111 Bath Road, Brunswich / 207-729-9431
2. Fresh Restaurant, Camden
So, you're in Camden and in need of a burger, but with a bunch of people who DON'T want a burger? Look no further than Fresh. In addition to a full menu of a variety of foods, their wide range of burgers is what makes you'll love. Try the Grass Fed Skillet burger if you're a meat-lover. If you're a vegetarian but don't want to miss out, be sure to order the Moroccan Spiced Lentil Burger. It comes with Yogurt Tzatziki, Olives, Tomatoes, Pea Shoots, Fried Kale Chip and Grilled Pita Bread. They may not specialize in them, but they certainly know burgers. Visit them at: 1 Bay View Landing, Camden / 207-236-7005
3. Fog Bar & Cafe, Rockland
Fog's menu features their signature burger front and center. Featuring grass-fed, humanely raised beef, topped with sriracha onion rings, bacon jam and melted asiago cheese, this guys comes on a toasted brioche bun with a side of duck dusted fries. If that's not exciting enough for you, they also have a daily special burger which changes...daily. Visit them at: 328 Main Street, Rockland / 207-593-9371
4. Grace Restaurant, Portland
Portland's Grace makes this list for two reasons. One is their $6 Grace Burger, which GRACES the bar menu every day. It's small, perfect and inexpensive enough to eat every single day. The other reason is for those that bore easily. For you, there's always The Rival. Every two-weeks, Grace comes up with a unique take on burgers with a creation that is meant to stand up against the Grace Burger. Check them both out and then decide which is better. Visit them at: 15 Chestnut Street, Portland / 207-828-4422
5. Harmon's Lunch, Falmouth
A veritable institution in Falmtouth, Harmon's is known for their loaded cheeseburger. It's a simple classic without any crazy toppings and comes with a steamed bun. I've been told to order more than one next time to truly satisfy a hefty hunger, but check it out and you be the judge. As with a few of the places on this list, they only accept cash so come prepared. Visit them at: 144 Gray Road, Falmouth / 207-797-9857
6. Nosh Kitchen Bar, Portland
Telling you which burger to get at Nosh would be like telling you which lobster in the sea is the best to eat. There are so many options and each one is unique and impressive. If you want to branch out you may be impressed with the Mac N' Stack, which features two "buns" made of fried mac and cheese. If you love another Slab, another Portland love of ours, you'll want to order the burger that comes with two pizzas as buns. And then, of course, finish off the meal with a dessert burger such as this S'mores option. Visit them at: 551 Congress Street, Portland / 207-553-2227
7. Owl's Head General Store, Owls Head
You've heard the stories, you've nay-sayed the hype, but the reality is that the Seven Napkin Burger is actually pretty incredible. It was voted best burger in Maine by Food Network, which had us feeling a bit wary, actually. But, it won't disappoint. It's piled with cheese, pickles, tomatoes, lettuce and onions along with a hearty slather of mustard, mayonnaise and ketchup. In addition to being one of our favorite general stores in the state, we love the overall laid back vibe of this place. They've got plenty of other food on the menu, but don't miss out on this burger. Our pro-tip is to grab more than seven napkins though. Visit them at: 2 South Shore Drive,
Owls Head / 207-596-6038
8. The Rack BBQ, Carrabassett Valley
Come to the rack for a night of drinks and live music after spending the day at Sugarloaf. When you get hungry, get the Rack Burger, which seems to get better reviews than the BBQ itself. Visit them at: 5016 Access Road, Carrabassett Valley / 207-237-2211
9. Rollie's Bar & Grill, Belfast
If you want a casual place to watch the game, have some beers and enjoy a burger head to Rollie's. With daily changing burgers and the ever-popular Rollienator, you'll leave feeling satisfied. Visit them at: 37 Main Street, Belfast / 207-338-4502
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