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Belly-Up for the Best Burgers in Detroit

Posted on Wednesday, July 18 2012 in Dining

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Detroit is home to an impressive collection of hamburger restaurants. For a city that made the Coney Dog famous, Detroit’s burgers are consistently at the top of national rankings, and garner a cult following throughout the Motor City and beyond. From sliders and big meaty burgers to exotic, gourmet burgers and creative toppings and side items, these burgers will satisfy any craving. Here are a few of the best burgers in Detroit:

Miller’s, Dearborn: Featured on seemingly every best burger list in the nation, including Food & Wine magazine’s, Miller’s is a come-as-you-are, no-frills favorite. Their “World Famous Ground Round,” served on waxed paper with condiments on the side, is one of Detroit's best. Bring cash, and remember your order — payment is on the honor system.

Hunter House Hamburgers, Birmingham: Hunter House Hamburgers, established in 1952, is Detroit’s most recognizable place for sliders — steamy buns and onions pressed into meat on a grill that may as well be original to the diner. The smell of a bag-full of Hunter House sliders will make any red-blooded Detroiter jealous.  

Mercury Burger & Bar, Detroit: The new burger bar in Corktown features burgers cooked in lard, and add-on items such as fried eggs and fried bologna. The Mercury Burger & Bar also serves classic milkshakes and Boston Coolers, as well as Poutine French fries for the Canadians among us.HunterHouse9386 200

Red Coat Tavern, Royal Oak: Redcoat Tavern is as famous for its thick, juicy burgers as it is for its atmosphere — tightly-packed tables and vinyl seats in low-light give Red Coat a classic, mysterious ambiance and a real sense of history.

Poole’s Tavern, Northville: Downtown Northville’s famous tavern has won multiple Taste of Northville awards for their Certified Angus Beef® burgers, which are among the best in Detroit, as chosen by the Detroit Free Press.

Greene’s Hamburgers, Farmington: The alternative to Hunter House, these sliders pass the test — the see-through paper bag test, that is. Order as many sliders as you can handle in one sitting, then watch the bag soak up to translucent with slider magic.

Nemo’s Bar, Detroit: This popular burger spot is right next to old Tiger Stadium, and offers shuttles to Tigers and Red Wings games. Its large, juicy burger is cooked to order on a sesame seed bun, with special mustard sauce if you need that extra kick to get you through the game.

Town Tavern, Royal Oak: This popular “upscale tavern” is known as much for its burgers as it is for its fancier dishes. You can’t go wrong with the premium steakhouse Tavern “Blue Ribbon” Cheeseburger. You might also consider upgrading your French fries for the famous lobster mac & cheese — surf and turf?

Doyle’s Tavern, Plymouth: Doyle’s Tavern keeps sophisticated downtown Plymouth honest with its traditional Certified Angus Beef® hamburgers and a neighborhood bar atmosphere that is perfect for watching a game or talking about the good old days.


What is your favorite Detroit burger, and who did we miss? Let the banter begin.