Nebraska takes burgers seriously. Like,
really seriously. We all have our favorites, and it’s pretty hard to get us to change our minds once we’ve picked the one we like the most. But when you’re looking for something new, there are so many great burgers in Nebraska that it’s sometimes hard to figure out where to start. Based on the Nebraska Beef Council’s 2015 Best Burger winners, your recommendations, and restaurant ratings, we’ve picked the 18 burgers that you absolutely must try in Nebraska before you die.
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:
18. Mac's Drive-In, McCook
Step back in time while you enjoy a killer burger at Mac's. Each table features a phone on the wall next to the menu; you place your order by picking up the phone and telling the staff what you want.
809 W B St
McCook, NE 69001
17. HF Crave, Lincoln
Gourmet burgers made with local ingredients make HF Crave one of the absolute best burger places in Lincoln. Build your burger the way you want it - there are even vegetarian options for those who are keeping it light.
2801 Pine Lake Road Lincoln NE, 68516
16. The Hide-Away Grill, West Point
Blink and you might miss the Hide-Away, but it's definitely worth stopping in to try their delicious homemade burgers. Reasonable prices and a beach theme make for a laid-back place to grab a burger and a beer.
744 W Park St West Point, NE 68788
15. The Speakeasy, Sacramento
You can't go wrong no matter what you order at the Speakeasy, but you'll fall in love with the burgers. There's only one burger on the regular menu, but you can customize it as you like - and their changing burger specials are always awesome.
72993 S Road Holdrege/Sacramento, Nebraska 68949
14. Tub's Pub, Sumner
This local favorite is full of character, excellent food, and cold beers. The locals will tell you that the burger is right up there with the prime rib on their list of favorite meals at Tub's.
107 W 5th Ave Sumner, NE 68878
13. Sinful Burger, Bellevue
A fun "seven deadly sins" theme makes Sinful Burger a fun place to grab lunch. Can you handle the massive five-pound Goliath Challenge?
4005 Twin Creek Dr Bellevue, NE 68123
12. Open Range Grill, Ogallala
Open Range is a super-casual spot where you can expect juicy burgers, awesome fries, a great beer selection, and amazing service.
1108 N Spruce St Ogallala, NE 69153
11. Louie M's Burger Lust, Omaha
This classic Omaha burger joint has a loyal following who will sing the praises of Louie M's burgers to the ends of the earth. Honestly, look at that fried bacon and broccoli mac & cheese burger. That is a work of art right there.
1718 Vinton St Omaha, NE 68108
10. Dempsey's Burger Pub, Lincoln
Local ingredients that change with the seasons and a commitment to quality are just the beginning of why Dempsey's receives consistently high customer ratings. A wide variety of immensely creative burgers means that you'll never get menu fatigue here.
228 N 12th St Lincoln, NE 68508
9. Sin City Grill, Grand Island
This Vegas-themed restaurant serves up inventive and delicious burgers that never disappoint. They make their own fresh-cut fries and chips to perfectly complement the juicy hamburgers.
410 W 3rd St Grand Island, NE 68801
8. Drifter Cookshack, Crawford
The Drifter Cookshack is located on the grounds of High Plains Homestead, and you'll get good, down-home cooking here. The Coffee Burger is a Nebraska legend which originated at the former Sioux Sundries and was resurrected by the Cookshack. It consists of two one-pound beef patties, six slices of American cheese, lettuce, tomato, onions, and pickles on a standard size hamburger bun, making it a treat for your eyes as well as your mouth.
263 Sandcreek Rd Crawford, NE 69339
7. Dinker's Bar, Omaha
Dinker's serves up classic American bar food that's been among Omaha's best since it opened in 1965. The burgers here have been called the best in Omaha - you should definitely stop by to judge for yourself. Bring cash - Dinker's doesn't take cards.
2368 S 29th St Omaha, NE 68105
6. Bob's Bar, Martinsburg
You might not find yourself in Martinsburg very often, but after you taste their burgers that may change. Bob's is an insanely popular eatery with burgers so big and juicy you might not actually need to eat the next day.
5205 Main St Martinsburg, NE 68770
5. Stella's, Bellevue
Stella's snagged the number five spot in the 2015 Nebraska's Best Burger competition sponsored by the Nebraska Beef Council. This tiny eatery has been a Bellevue staple for decades, and recent remodels have made the inside more comfortable. But what hasn't changed are the top-quality ingredients and always-tasty burgers.
106 Galvin Rd S Bellevue, NE 68005
4. The Cellar Bar & Grill, Kearney
The Cellar walked away with the #4 spot on the 2015 Nebraska's Best Burgers list. They serve up some pretty imaginative creations, including the crab rangoon burger that comes with sweet and sour sauce and fried wontons, topped off with a crab rangoon. Their certified Angus beef burgers and unstoppable onion rings are among the tastiest in the state.
3901 2nd Ave Kearney, NE 68847
3. Sozo American Cuisine, Kearney
Ground steak burgers and fresh local ingredients won Sozo third place in the 2015 Nebraska's Best Burgers competition. It's attached to a Holiday Inn, but don't let that fool you - this is real food made by real people, and just about everything is made on-site from scratch.
110 S 2nd Ave Kearney, NE 68847
2. Union Bar, Gering
Union Bar is one of those places that you'll keep dreaming about long after your meal is over. Pictured is the Mack Daddy burger which comes with bacon and mac & cheese. This hometown favorite took the #2 spot in the 2015 Nebraska's Best Burgers competition.
1403 10th St Gering, NE 69341
1. Goonies, Gering
Another Gering eatery walked away with the top spot in 2015. Goonie's Sports Bar & Grill has only been open since 2013, but they've quickly earned a place in the hearts - and on the plates - of Nebraska burger lovers. Goonie's fun and friendly atmosphere is partially to thank for the restaurant's wild popularity...but let's be honest - their insanely delicious burgers are the stars of the show.
310 M Street Gering, NE 69341
It might take you a while to work your way through this list, but we have to highly recommend trying them all. For more of Nebraska’s best burgers, check out our list of
10 great places here and 30 more awesome restaurants here.