The Best Burger Joints in Nashville

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A burger craving is not one to mess with, so when you’re seeking satisfaction, count on these top burger joints in Nashville. In addition to creative savors and tried-and-true basics, you’ll find excellent toppings, sides, and more. Vegetarians will also appreciate the list of tastiest veggie burgers. Ahead, the best burgers in town.

The Best Burger Joints in Nashville


M.L. Rose

With locations in Melrose, Sylvan Park, and Capitol View, M.L.Rose is the go-to burger joint in Nashville. Menu items like the Angry Dragon (with egg and sriracha) and Nash Vegas (served on a sweet potato bun) keep things interesting. Also one of the city’s best neighborhood bars, M.L.Rose has dozens of rotating craft beers on draft—plus bottles, cans, and cocktails—to pair with your burger.

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The Pharmacy Burger Parlor & Beer Garden

As its name suggests, The Pharmacy is much more than a burger joint. Grab a seat outside in the biergarten, which is full of picnic tables and string lights, for the perfect casual meal. (The Pharmacy is also a great spot to bring groups and out-of-towners.) The burgers are solid, and you might as well wash yours down with a root beer float, since this place has its own soda shop—just like every good pharmacy should.

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Burger Up

Burger Up is a local favorite for burgers served in a sophisticated atmosphere. Try the Woodstock (with bacon, white cheddar, and Jack Daniel’s ketchup) or Ramsey Pimento Cheeseburger (with truffle aioli and bacon) plus a side of sweet potato fries. Burger Up’s original 12 South location has a cozy, rustic vibe, thanks to its vintage lumber tables, while the newer East Nashville offshoot offers prime outdoor seating.

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Rotier’s Restaurant

If a restaurant has been in business since 1945, you know it’s doing something right. Delicious burgers are guaranteed at Rotier’s, as are ice-cold beers and divine handmade milkshakes. The interior is fairly small and outdated, but the recipes are still made to please. Other famous dishes here include fried chicken okra and mashed potatoes.

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Brown’s Diner

Founded in 1927, Brown’s has been around almost as long as the cheeseburger itself, and that’s what you must order here. From the outside, this place isn’t much to look at—it’s a trailer-turned-diner—but amazing things happen in the kitchen. The best part is that Brown’s prices haven’t seemed to change much since it opened nearly a century ago.

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Gabby’s Burgers & Fries

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It’s no wonder the motto at Gabby’s Burgers & Fries is “Living the Dream”: The menu is packed with all-American treats like grass-fed hamburgers (with classic toppings like bacon, chili, cheese, and barbecue sauce), crispy French fries, and homemade milkshakes. If you want a peek at the locked-down secret menu on Gabby’s website, here’s a hint: The password is the name of owner Doug Havron’s son and one of his signature burgers.

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Burger Republic

Burger Republic definitely serves a mean burger. From the Tennessee (with Jack Daniel’s honey glaze) to the Jalapeno Popper (with tempura jalapenos), you’ll find your favorite in no time. A harder choice might be figuring out which spiked shake to order. Frozen Black Irish? Spiked Reese’s Malt? Maple Bourbon? You may have to try them all.

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Hopdoddy Burger Bar

This Austin-based chain recently branched out to Nashville, scoring prime real estate in Hillsboro Village. Hopdoddy not only focuses on fresh ingredients (daily ground meat, scratch-made sauces) but also directly supports local causes—one dollar from every Goodnight/Good Cause burger, for example, goes to to the W.O. Smith Music School.

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Hugh-Baby’s

Cheap eats aren’t always delicious, but a visit to Hugh-Baby’s will satisfy both your appetite and your wallet. A new venture from the man behind the beloved Martin’s Bar-B-Que Joint, this burger and BBQ spot keeps it simple with a streamlined menu of Southern classics—including the slugburger, a Depression-era staple made with deep-fried ground pork and soy meal.

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Farm Burger

Another popular chain with shiny new digs in Nashville, Farm Burger proudly sources many of its ingredients (beef, bacon, veggies) locally. Vegan and build-your-own offerings—plus a spacious covered patio—only increase this place’s appeal to all varieties of burger lovers.

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Oak Bar

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The Oak Bar in the Hermitage Hotel may seem a little unexpected on this list, but it boasts one of the most talked-about burgers in town. Listed on the bar’s relatively limited menu as the Tennessee Stack, this guy is topped with pepper jelly, cheddar cheese, sweet onion, and hot mustard. If you’re looking for a classy way to dig into a burger, this is it.

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Dino’s

No dive bar is complete without a greasy burger on its menu, and no “best burger joints” list is complete without Dino’s. East Nashville’s original late-night hangout got a makeover in 2015, but its no-frills menu remained intact—just the way regulars like it. Another thing that hasn’t changed: The burger tastes even better with a basket of Velveeta-covered fries.

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Jack Brown’s Beer & Burger Joint

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If you love craft beer as much as you love burgers, Jack Brown’s is your one-stop shop. In addition to more than 100 local and international brews, you’ll find burgers made with all-natural wagyu beef—from straightforward classics to creative takes like The Elvis (topped with peanut butter, mayo, bacon, and cheese). Daily specials and a neighborhood feel keep customers hooked.

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Nashville’s Best Veggie Burgers

Plant-based and vegetarian burgers are all the rage these days, making them priority menu items. This list of veggie burgers includes some of the best in Nashville.

  • Burger Up‘s Troyathlon
    Quinoa and black bean patty with lettuce, tomato, yellow cheddar, Jack Daniel’s maple ketchup, jalapeño, and avocado
  • Hopdoddy Burger Bar‘s The Impossible
    Plant-based patty with Tillamook cheddar, Sassy Sauce, lettuce, tomato, and onion (substitute Follow Your Heart smoked gouda & Vegenaise to make it vegan)
  • Hopdoddy Burger Bar‘s La Bandita
    Black bean and corn patty with avocado, Laura Chenel goat cheese, arugula, cilantro pesto, chipotle aioli, tomato, onion (substitute Follow Your Heart smoked gouda & Vegenaise to make it vegan)
  • Chauhan Ale & Masala House‘s Black Eyed Pea Tikki Burger
    Black eyed pea patty with arugula, avocado, and sweet pepper sauce
  • Hugh-Baby’s Veggie Burger
    Housemade black bean, onion, smoked mushroom, and cashew patty with pickle, lettuce, onion, tomato, and Comeback Sauce
  • The Pharmacy‘s Falafal Burger
    Housemade vegetarian chickpea patty with yogurt raita, goat cheese, tomato, and onion
  • The Pharmacy‘s Black Bean Burger
    Housemade vegetarian black bean patty and choice of three toppings
  • Farm Burger‘s The Vegan Burger
    Black eyed pea, smoked Short Mountain tempeh, and butternut squash patty with sprouts, red cabbage, and basil tofu spread
  • Gabby’s Coreen Burger
    Black bean, brown rice, beet, and oat patty topped with barbecue sauce and Swiss cheese (the burger is vegan without the cheese)
  • Wild Cow‘s Veggie Burger
    Soy-free black bean patty with lettuce, tomato, onions, and pickles
  • Fido‘s Veggie Burger
    Black bean, oat, and chipotle pepper patty with mayo, mustard, lettuce, tomato, and red onion
  • PM‘s Veggie Burger
    Housemade veggie patty with lettuce, tomato, onion, and sweet chili teriyaki
  • Graze‘s All American Veggie Burger
    Housemade veggie patty with vegan cheddar, Hollandaise, lettuce, tomato, onion, and pickles
  • Burger Republic
    Get any of their signature burgers with a housemade veggie patty
  • Sunflower Café
    Get any of their signature burgers with a housemade veggie patty—almost everything is vegan at this spot in Berry Hill

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