The 10 Best Burgers in Michigan!
Finding that perfect burger can be a challenge, but not in the Great Lake State! You may rest assured we've got no shortage of burger places here, and some absolutely staggering examples of burger craft to show off. From the biggest to the fanciest and everything in between. Here are 10 great examples of burger craft eagerly awaiting your need to chow down!
1. Fifth Third Burger at Fifth Third Ballpark, Comstock Park, MI
The Fifth Third Burger, available at Fifth Third Ballpark in Comstock Park, is something of an unusual entry that must be mentioned for its sheer volume. The Fifth Third Burger weighs in at a whopping five pounds, including five third-pound patties, topped with—and you may want to consult a cardiologist before you even read this—American cheese, nacho cheese sauce, salsa, chili, shredded lettuce, diced tomato, sour cream and tortilla chips. The whole thing is placed on an eight-inch bun.
Brace yourself for the monster Brown Bear Burger, offered up at the Brown Bear tavern in Shelby. This beauty features not only burger, but also ham, onions, peppers, mushrooms, lettuce, tomato, and a complete mix of cheeses. Staggering? Better believe it at the Brown Bear. Though this isn't near as big as the Fifth Third, it's still going to be the kind of thing that will fill up just about any appetite.
Naturally, breweries that offer food commonly turn to burgers, and for the Grand Rapids Brewing Company in Grand Rapids, that means some unusual new twists. Perhaps the oddest of the odd twists here is the Peanut Butter & Jelly Burger, a hamburger that boasts jalapeno jelly along with its peanut butter. Served on toast cut diagonally, it's a very grown-up twist on a childhood favorite that many still enjoy as adults.
When you go to a place called Freakin' Unbelievable Burgers—located, perhaps not surprisingly, in Flint with a second location in Louisville, Kentucky—you expect a burger that's ahead of the ordinary. Freakin' Unbelievable is likely aware of the onus placed upon it, and has thus taken steps to present some truly innovative burger options. The All Day Brunch Burger might be one of the oddest names that ever made sense, as it boasts fried egg and bacon with roasted garlic and onion jam, allowing brunch from a burger.
With Slabtown Burgers' offering, Traverse City has made it on the list once again. Slabtown Burgers offers up a surprising combination of hamburger and fruit called the TC Cherry Burger, a burger made with, you guessed it, locally-grown dried cherries. Also included are blue cheese and grilled onions, a combination which is said to be shocking, yet tasty.
Head to Ashley's in Ann Arbor to take on the Badger Burger, an enormous slice of burger goodness boasting some of the most standard ingredients you'll ever see: bacon, cheddar, lettuce and tomato on an onion roll. It may sound uninspired, but the combination of simplicity and volume—most call this a massive burger by general standards—but it's going to be a knockout when you try it.
When GQ Magazine takes notice of a Michigan burger, it's likely a good idea to take notice. This particular burger is the Stella's Burger, a burger stuffed with cheese and served therein. While it's been a couple years since GQ's deputy editor Michael Hainey handed out the honor of “Best Burger in America” to Stella's, reports suggest that it hasn't fallen off any. Stella's itself offers other notable features, like a whiskey selection of over 250 bottles strong as well as a complete video arcade, making it a real draw.
Served out of the Eat at State Food Truck at Michigan State University at East Lansing, the MSU's Own Smoked Cheddar Cheeseburger represents not only an impressive cheeseburger, but it also represents the direct produce of MSU itself. While the beef used is merely Michigan beef, the smoked cheddar cheese blend used is the produce of the MSU Dairy Store. Backed up by a slate of standard toppings and prepared by MSU students, this one is frequently recommended by Lansing area burger buffs.
There are several locations of the Old Detroit Burger Bar, but they'll have plenty of burgers in common. Go to the one in Baldwin and try the Burger Island, a burger that draws on one great Detroit classic: The Coney dog. No, there's no hot dog in this burger, but it will feature both cheese sauce and Coney sauce, and both in sufficient quantities that the restaurant recommends using a knife and fork to chow down on this half-pound beauty.
It may sound ludicrous to point out a hamburger on this list that's just called “hamburger,” but this no-frills offering from the West Pier Drive-In in Sault Ste. Marie has a lot to recommend it. This little beauty has found itself on two best-of lists, one from MLive and one from Movoto. Featuring an 80-20 blend of lean and fat ground beef, grilled on a flattop grill, the West Pier Drive-In burger is often cited as one of the best of its craft. Served on coffee filters, these simple, unassuming burgers served within easy view of the Soo Locks and the bridge to Canada have won a lot of fans.