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, we have you covered on where to go for the best burger! 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. Here are Nashville Guru’s top burger joints in Nashville.

The Best Burger Joints in Nashville


Jack Brown’s Beer & Burger Joint

Neighborhood: Edgehill | Germantown

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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Emmy Squared

Neighborhoods: Green Hills | The Gulch | Germantown

Emmy Squared is not only known for their Detroit-style pizza, but also their delicious burgers! Stop in and try their Le Big Matt burger which includes two grass-fed beef patties, American cheese, Sammy sauce, greens, and pickles all on a pretzel bun. Take your burger to the next level with an order of crispy waffle fries.

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Germantown Pub

Neighborhood: Germantown

Germantown Pub is a neighborhood bar and restaurant that’s been compared to the bar from Cheers, bringing together regulars, neighbors, and sports fans. The laid back environment is suitable for lunch or dinner, but be prepared for crowds on game days. The Nashville Hot Burger is a must-try.

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The Pharmacy Burger Parlor & Beer Garden

Neighborhood: East Nashville 

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—also a great spot to bring groups! 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

Neighborhood: 12 South

Burger Up is a local favorite for burgers served in a sophisticated atmosphere. Try the Woodstock (bacon, white cheddar, and Jack Daniel’s ketchup) or Ramsey Pimento Cheeseburger (truffle aioli, bacon, and a jalapeño bun) with a side of sweet potato fries. Burger Up takes care of their customers by sourcing pasteurized raised beef with no hormones and no antibiotics.

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Burger Republic

Neighborhood: The Gulch

Burger Republic definitely serves a mean burger. From the Tennessee burger (Jack Daniel’s honey glaze, cheese, smoked ketchup, bacon, and crispy onions) to the West Coast burger (two thin pressed patties, cheese, special sauce, and grilled onions), you’ll find your favorite in no time. A harder choice might be figuring out which spiked shake to order. Frozen Evil S’mores? Spiked Reese’s Malt? Maple Bourbon? You may have to try them all.

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Brother’s Burger Joint

Neighborhood: Berry Hill

At Brother’s Burger Joint you can expect delicious burgers, ice-cold beers, and savory bites. Back in 2015, Jeremiah and Cole James, owners of Brother’s Burger Joint, were operating out of a food truck and then opened up their first restaurant in 2017. The Uncle Sam burger (lettuce, tomato, mayo, mustard, and cheddar cheese) and Fun Guy burger (sautéed mushrooms, caramelized onions, creamy horseradish, and Swiss cheese) come highly recommended. All burgers can be made veggie for no extra charge.

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Hugh-Baby’s

Neighborhood: Berry Hill | East Nashville | Sylvan Park

Cheap eats aren’t always delicious, but a visit to Hugh-Baby’s will satisfy both your appetite and your wallet. This popular burger spot, created by the man behind the beloved Martin’s Bar-B-Que Joint, 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

Neighborhood: Sylvan Park

Farm Burger, another popular burger chain, 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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Dino’s

Neighborhood: East Nashville 

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, 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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Gabby’s Burgers & Fries

Neighborhood: Wedgewood-Houston

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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Grillshack

Neighborhood: Germantown | East Nashville

Grillshack has been serving up delicious burgers and fries since 2012. This local favorite has locations in Germantown and East Nashville. Guests can expect juicy burgers made with grass-fed, local beef from Bear Creek Farm and crispy, thick cut fries.

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Brown’s Diner

Neighborhood: Hillsboro Village 

Founded in 1927, Brown’s Diner 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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M.L. Rose

Neighborhood: Melrose | Sylvan Park Capitol View

M.L.Rose is the go-to burger joint in Nashville. Menu items like the Taproom (two patties, bacon, Swiss cheese, horseradish sauce) and The Southern Belle (pimento cheese, Belle Meade Bourbon bbq sauce, 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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Joyland

Neighborhood: East Nashville 

Joyland is a fast-food inspired burger joint created by award-winning Chef Sean Brock. The burgers at Joyland are simple, classic, and mouthwatering. The most popular burger, JoyBurger Deluxe, is made with Bear Creek Private Label Beef, Joy sauce, pickles, onions, American Cheese, and served on a potato roll (gluten-free roll available).

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Hopdoddy Burger Bar

Neighborhood: Hillsboro Village 

This Austin-based chain 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 goes to local neighborhood charities and organizations.

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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
  • Joyland‘s Impossible* Burger
    Impossible meat patty, Joy sauce, pickles, onion, American Cheese, potato roll
  • 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)
  • Grillshack‘s Veggie Burger
    housemade veggie patty, grilled Charpier’s bakery roll, cheese, lettuce, tomato, red onion, and pickles
  • 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
    Quinoa, black eyed peas, kale, roasted mushrooms, sweet potatoes and spices patty
  • Wild Cow‘s Veggie Burger
    Soy-free black bean patty with lettuce, tomato, onions, and pickles
  • Wild Cow‘s Beyond Burger
    Secret sauce, onion, lettuce, tomato, 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
  • Brother’s Burger Joint
    Get any of their burgers made veggie for no extra charge
  • M.L.Rose
    Get any of their signature burgers with the Impossible Burger patty

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