Memphis, Tennessee may be known as the childhood home of Elvis Presley, but it’s also an excellent place to find tasty burgers–a staple of American cuisine. Whether you’re looking for classic fast food burgers and shakes or gourmet reinterpretations of the hamburger, you’ll find them in Memphis. Here’s where to find the best burgers in town.
A burger joint since 1912, Dyer’s Burgers is known for the deep-fried burgers and tasty, greasy fast food of a true burger place. There’s no frills here, just plain and simple juicy burgers. With the ambiance of a 1950s diner, featuring plenty of neon and colorful tile walls, you’ll feel like you’ve sock hopped into the past as you sink your teeth into your burger. You can also order tasty Southern fried chicken tenders, hot wings, and specialty desserts like deep-fried peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.
Dyer’s Burgers, 205 Beale St Memphis, TN USA +1 901-527-3937
Located in downtown Memphis, this burger joint grills mouthwatering burgers, both original and classic, in a family-style restaurant. Their menu includes the ‘Poutine’—a burger with tasty cheddar cheese curds, fries, and gravy—and the award winning ‘Memphis’ Best’ with a fried egg, lettuce, avocado, barbecued onions, cheddar cheese and herb garlic mayonnaise.
Kooky Canuck, 97 S 2nd St Memphis, TN USA +1 901-578-9800
Huey’s makes tasty original burgers like the ‘Old Tyme A1 Burger’ with cheddar, Swiss, and pepper jack cheeses, topped with bacon, sautéed mushrooms, onion straws, and drizzled with A1 sauce on a sourdough bun, and the ‘West Coast Burger’ with guacamole, Monterey jack cheese on a buttered, toasted whole wheat bun. They also host live music at their burger joint on Sundays, from jazz, to the blues.
Huey’s, 77 S 2nd St Memphis, TN USA +1 901-527-2700
Serving the ‘Soul Burger’ with special ‘Soul Sauce’ and the simple fixings a good hamburger needs, Earnestine & Hazel’s is not just a dive bar, but a sweet place to stop by for a juicy burger. They serve only the one type of burger at their bar, along with a variety of beers to wash it down with. The decor features a jukebox that they claim to be the ‘greatest in the country,’ Their bar has also featured in nine different movies since their opening in 1992.
Earnestine & Hazel’s Bar & Grill, 531 S Main St Memphis, TN USA +1 901-523-9754
An American burger joint with a Japanese twist, Oshi Burger Bar serves delectable burgers like the ‘Oshi Burger’ with Wagyu American Kobe Beef, soy glaze, Shiitake tapenade, Swiss cheese, and Umami mayonnaise, and the ‘Father’s Office’ with Creekstone Farms Natural Angus Beef, arugula, bacon, blue cheese, onion jam, and truffle aioli. They also make innovative milkshakes with or without booze, like the ‘Godzilla’ with crème de menthe, Godiva white chocolate, vanilla ice cream, and Oreo pieces.
Oshi Burger Bar, 94 S Main St Memphis, TN USA +1 901-341-2091