Lobster might be what we’re known for, but Maine does a pretty good job at a variety of foods. We won’t try to claim pizza or burritos (New York and California, you win that one) but we do make a mean hamburger. Whether you love it smothered with cheese, covered in condiments or plain and simple (hold the bun!) we’ve got you covered in Maine. Here are some of our favorite spots. Make this your burger bucket list and you’ll know you’ve tasted the best!
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1. Roy's All Steak Hamburgers and Golf Center, Auburn
If you're looking for the fanciest burger you've ever had, you won't find it here. Roy's is known for their burgers made of steak - and that's what you get. Simple, delicious and served up with a smile. Some say they're on the small side, but we think that's a good excuse to get two! Visit them on Cruise Night for good, Maine summer fun!
Visit them at: 5 Washington Street N, Auburn / 207-783-4304
2. King Eider's Pub, Damariscotta
King Eider's Pub is a great spot for a pub-style burger. This half-pound burger is packed in house and you'll be packing it into your mouth.
Visit them at: 2 Elm Street, Damariscotta / 207-563-6008
3. 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 that it's paradise 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
4. 3 Crow Restaurant & Bar, Rockland
3 Crow is truly one of the most iconic burger spots in Maine. The bacon burger gets rave reviews - it's ground on the premises and comes with an entire slab of bacon.
Visit them at: 449 Main Street, Rockland / 207-593-0812
5. Owls Head General Store, Owl's 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
6. Fat Boy Drive-In, Brunswick
Fat Boy 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, Brunswick / 207-729-9431
7. 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
8. The Bag and Kettle, Carrabassett Valley
After a sunny day skiing, there's nothing like tucking into a Bag Burger. Consistently juicy and with two delicious slices of cheese - it's worth grabbing even when it's not ski season.
Visit them at: 9004 Main Street
Carrabassett Valley / 207-237-2451
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
10. Nocturnem Draft Haus, Bangor
Behold, the pretzel burger. This grass-fed burger comes from Herring Brothers in Guilford. It's cooked to perfection, then smothered with sautéed onions and mushrooms, along with melted Swiss on a toasted pretzel bun. The bus is also locally made at Fork and Spoon. This one is a must-try!
Visit them at: 56 Main Street, Bangor / 207-907-4380