Belly Up for the Best Burgers in Detroit

July 18, 2012  |   Photos by Mercury Burger Bar, Nemo's

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.

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 Poole’s 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, Greene’s Hamburgers has sliders that 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. Nemo’s 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

The popular and upscale Town 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?


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Mentioned Attractions And Venues
  1. Mercury Burger & Bar
    2163 Michigan Ave., Detroit, MI 48216313-964-5000 Highlight on map | More Details
  2. Nemo's Bar
    1384 Michigan Ave., Detroit, MI 48226313-965-3180 Highlight on map | More Details
  3. Miller's
    23700 Michigan Ave, Dearborn, MI 48124, United States313-565-2577 Highlight on map | More Details
  4. Hunter House Hamburgers
    35075 Woodward Ave, Birmingham, MI 48009, United States248-646-7121 Highlight on map | More Details
  5. Red Coat Tavern
    31542 Woodward Ave, Royal Oak, MI 48073, United States248-549-0300 Highlight on map
  6. Poole's Tavern
  7. Greene's Hamburgers
    24155 Orchard Lake Rd, Farmington, MI 48336, United States248-474-7980 Highlight on map
  8. Town Tavern
    116 West 4th Street, Royal Oak, MI 48067, United States248-544-7300 Highlight on map | More Details