Burger Bonanza

Where to Find a Good Cheap Burger in All 50 States

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Burger Bonanza

Burger Bonanza

Burgers are one of America's favorite comfort foods — and one with a particularly fascinating history — even outranking hot dogs for some people. From California to Connecticut, local eateries serve up versions both classic and inventive for prices in the same neighborhood as a Whopper or Big Mac. We looked into the nooks and crannies of the country to find inexpensive, crave-worthy burgers in every state. 

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Hamburger Heaven, Alabama

Alabama: Hamburger Heaven

Known for burgers for over 30 years, Hamburger Heaven has kept prices low. A cheeseburger with pickles, onions, Hamburger Heaven sauce, and mayo goes for $4.19. Each of the four locations in Birmingham is locally owned and operated. 

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Alaska: Burger Queen
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Alaska: Burger Queen

The hamburger runs $7.50, but this roadside stand is famous for its oversize portions. It also boasts free delivery, for when you want the burger to come to you.

Lenny's Burger Shop, Arizona
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Arizona: Lenny's Burger Shop

Phoenix and vicinity
At $4.69 for a cheeseburger, this burger shop with six outposts in the Phoenix area is a staple for local burger lovers. At Lenny’s Burger Shop, everything on the menu is fresh and never frozen, and the '50s-style decor attracts nostalgia buffs.

BubbaLu’s Bodacious Burgers

Arkansas: BubbaLu’s Bodacious Burgers & Classy Dogs

Hot Springs
Who wouldn’t be enticed by a restaurant offering “bodacious burgers”? But the affordable prices are just as alluring. Hefty one-third pound burgers go for $5.50 at BubbaLu’s, while the Doublelicious Burger is only $8.35. Not surprisingly, lines form fast at the ’50s-style diner, but it’s a restaurant that’s worth the wait

Olympian Burgers, California

California: Olympian Burgers

Los Angeles
Olympian Burgers sells burgers for as little as $3.97, as well as inexpensive stuffed breakfast burritos and omelets. The restaurant also takes pride in its special recipes for salsa, Thousand Island dressing, and onion rings.

Snarfburger, Colorado

Colorado: Snarfburger

This little burger hut is popular among university students looking for cheap and tasty comfort food. Snarfburger’s small $4.25 burgers come fully loaded with cheese, lettuce, tomato, pickles, onion, and sauces, including mayo and hot sauce. Avocado, mushrooms, A1, relish, and Thousand Island dressing are also available.

Merritt Canteen, Connecticut
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Connecticut: Merritt Canteen

Featured on Food Network and in business since 1942, Merritt Canteen specializes in burgers. Small burgers start at $2.25, and third-pounders go for $3.50. In addition to extra toppings such as fried peppers and chili cheese, turkey, bison, and veggie patties are available. 

Related: 30 Wild and Wonderful Burger Toppings for Your Next Cookout

The Dog House in New Castle, Delaware
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Delaware: The Dog House

New Castle
This bare-bones greasy spoon boasts $3.55 hamburgers and $3.75 cheeseburgers. It's not fancy, but it is dependable American comfort food. Bring cash, because credit cards are not accepted at the Dog House.

The Burger Place, Florida

Florida: The Burger Place

The Burger Place is a no-frills, patty-flipping outpost that serves all its burgers on homemade buns. While it may not be a tourist attraction, it is a beloved spot for locals to enjoy burgers starting at $4.90 for a quarter-pound patty.

Grind House, Georgia

Georgia: Grind House

Specializing in Southern hospitality and house-ground burgers, Grind House has junior burgers for $4.99, with cheese, grilled onions, and sauteed mushrooms available for 50 cents each. The Grind House empire now includes five outposts.

W&M Bar-B-Q Burger, Hawaii
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Hawaii: W&M Bar-B-Q Burger

This bare-bones spot in Honolulu is a local go-to for inexpensive, fast-food-style burgers that are purported to be a step above the big chains. Tourists in the know can pop in at W&M to try a hamburger for $4.85.

Idaho: Frankie's Burgers
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Idaho: Frankie's Burgers

Mountain Home
Frankie's is a straightforward joint offering a burger for $5.95, including fries, as a Monday special. The menu has many of the usual suspects for toppings, including pickles, tomatoes, and onions. Almost everything is under $10.

Big & Little's, Illinois
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Illinois: Big & Little's

Forget ketchup and mustard — at Big & Little's, try spicy Thai sauce, Samurai sauce, chili aoli, or sweet and spicy chili sauce. A classic burger, which costs $6.79, can still come with the usual condiments if preferred.

Hinkle's Sandwich Shop, Indiana
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Indiana: Hinkle's Sandwich Shop

It's almost hard to believe the prices are so low at this sandwich shop, which opened in 1933. Hinkle's offers burgers for $1.65 and cheeseburgers for 10 cents more, although lettuce and tomato are an additional 39 cents each.

Jim's Coney Island, Iowa

Iowa: Jim's Coney Island

Des Moines
Family-owned for 40 years, this burger joint pays homage to New York's Coney Island. The restaurant offers plain hamburgers for $2.85 and "Coney style" burgers with chili for $3.35.

Broadway Burgers & BBQ, Kansas

Kansas: Broadway Burgers & BBQ

Broadway Burgers & BBQ sells basic hamburgers for $3.29, and a burger combo with fries and a drink is $5.79. The family establishment always serves up friendly hospitality on the side.

Kentucky: Home Run Burger

Kentucky: Home Run Burger

This humble Louisville spot is beloved by locals and people passing through for honest food at cheap prices. At Home Run Burger, the basic burger goes for $4.69, and a bacon cheeseburger is $6.19. The original has won a number of "Best Burger" awards over the years.

Louisiana: Judice Inn
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Louisiana: Judice Inn

The Judice Inn is a local institution that has been around since 1947, when the owners built the original building themselves with the help of friends and family. Hamburgers have the distinction of a "secret sauce" made daily on the premises and run $3.75  — including sales tax.

Burger Boy, Maine

Maine: Burger Boy

Burger Boy is a seasonal fast-casual place with the look of an old-fashioned drive-in burger stop. The burgers start at $3.89 and can be upgraded to include fries and slaw for $5.25.

Maryland: Sunshine General Store
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Maryland: Sunshine General Store

The small Sunshine General Store is an unassuming culinary hotspot, charging $6.40 for a half-pound burger and $6.95 for a cheeseburger. Go early, as lines often start forming by 11 a.m.

The Fill-A-Buster, Massachusetts

Massachusetts: The Fill-A-Buster

Insiders know this Boston cafe offers great value, with a burger and fries for only $4.95. Serving the neighborhood for more than 35 years, the Fill-A-Buster has a loyal following.

Laura's Little Burger Joint, Michigan
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Michigan: Laura's Little Burger Joint

A Decatur staple, this seasonal, no-frills walk-up shop sells burgers starting at $4.95. Typical add-ons such as bacon and cheese are available at Laura’s, with a focus on consistency over creativity.

Matt's Bar Minneapolis Burger, Minnesota
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Minnesota: Matt's Bar

This Twin Cities landmark has a $7.75 Jucy Lucy, but budget seekers can get a burger for $3.95 and a cheeseburger for $4.50. Be prepared to wait (and to pay with cash or local checks), as Matt’s has many devoted followers. 

Stamps Superburger, Mississippi
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Mississippi: Stamps Super Burgers

This greasy spoon is a bare-bones place serving burgers for $6.45 and cheeseburgers for $6.95. The small sign and plain decor inside and out might not catch the eye, but Stamps Super Burgers is worth a visit for great, cheap burgers.

Missouri: Booches Billiard Hall

Missouri: Booches Billiard Hall

This college-town pool hall serves a legendary burger that has been named to a national top 10 list. Served unceremoniously on wax paper and starting at $4, it's a deliciously unpretentious bargain.

Montana: Nap’s Grill

Montana: Nap’s Grill

Located in the tiny town of Hamilton (pop. 4,809) at the far western edge of the state, Nap’s earns high praise for the quality and the size of their burgers. Diners can enjoy 3-ounce, 6-ounce, and 12-ounce burgers for $3.75, $6.25, and $9.25, respectively. There’s even a Belly Buster for $17.50. 

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Louie M's Burger Lust, Nebraska

Nebraska: Louie M's Burger Lust

Louie M's is an Omaha favorite for American classics. Score a half-pound hamburger for less than $6 every day for lunch. Other options under $7 include a taco burger and a Cajun burger.

Tasty Grill, Nevada
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Nevada: Tasty Grill

Las Vegas
"Home made" burgers start at $6.99 at this Las Vegas eatery. Tasty Grill gets rave reviews from diners, who praise the location for cleanliness, service, and food quality.

New Hampshire: Lexie's Joint

New Hampshire: Lexie's Joint

Portsmouth and three other cities
This upbeat restaurant with a "Peace, love, and burgers" motto now has four locations across New Hampshire. The menu features a $5.75 burger called the Green Muenster, which comes with muenster cheese, bacon, avocado and chipotle aioli.

New Jersey: White Manna Hamburgers

New Jersey: White Manna Hamburgers

This burger joint in Hackensack (not to be confused with White Mana in Jersey City) sells hamburgers for $1.60 and cheeseburgers for $1.95 and is the stuff of myth and legend in New Jersey and has enjoyed visits by Guy Fieri and Anthony Bourdain. With an almost cultish following, White Manna is generally packed for dine-in and takeout orders at all hours. 

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New Mexico: Sparky's Burgers

There's no better place to try a green chile cheeseburger ($10.99 but that includes one side order and a drink) than at Sparky's Burgers in Hatch, the town that provides the namesake to the famed New Mexican chile. The colorful art-deco restaurant has also become a major roadside destination for its exceptional wood-fired barbecue dishes, as well as weekly live music events.

The Starlight, New York
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New York: The Starlight

Half old-school diner and half hipster joint, the Starlight offers a 5-ounce burger with lettuce, tomato, and onion for $6. The beef patty on a soft bun is a throwback to classic diner fare, in an atmosphere to match. 

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Only Burger, North Carolina

North Carolina: Only Burger

This food truck-turned-restaurant (with two locations, no less) specializes in all types of burgers, from beef to vegan and even lamb. At Only Burger, a classic hamburger with traditional toppings costs $4.99. Smaller sliders are also on the menu for $2.59. Fried green tomato and pimento cheese sliders are also available.

Sickies Garage Burgers & Brews, North Dakota
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North Dakota: Sickies Garage Burgers & Brews

Fargo and four other cities
With three locations in North Dakota, this roadside stand with a biker vibe offers a Garage cheeseburger for $7.99 and Supercharged burgers starting at $10.99. At Sickies, you can choose from a Jameson burger (made with Jameson whisky barbecue sauce), a pizza burger, and more.

Hamburger Inn Diner, Ohio

Ohio: The Hamburger Inn Diner

Burgers at this humble restaurant go for as little as $4.25. Double and triple versions are available for more per patty. A classic luncheonette-style diner, the Hamburger Inn has been owned by the same family since 1932 and is also the home of the Monster Hangover Burger.

Oklahoma: Tucker's Onion Burgers

Oklahoma: Tucker's Onion Burgers

Oklahoma City
This burger joint pays homage to the 1920s tradition of including onion in the patty to stretch the beef. These days there's no shortage of high-quality beef, but the onion remains in the recipe. At Tucker's Onion Burgers’ three Oklahoma City locations, a basic burger starts at $5.75, which includes a long list of free toppings.

Oregon: Little Big Burger

Oregon: Little Big Burger

With eight locations around Portland, Little Big Burger features local and natural products. It offers $5.00 hamburgers and $7.00 Beyond Burgers, and the $3.00 truffle fries are also a bargain.

Pennsylvania: Coney Island of Scranton
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Pennsylvania: Coney Island of Scranton

This New York-themed restaurant has been continuously operating in the same location since 1923, and although the prices likely have gone up since then, they haven't gone up much. A Texas hamburger at Coney Island of Scranton costs $3.50, and a cheeseburger sets diners back $3.75.  

Harry's Bar & Burger, Rhode Island

Rhode Island: Harry's Bar & Burger

With two locations in Providence, Harry's Bar & Burger is popular with university students for its $3.99 mini-burgers, which come two per order. Harry's features local beef in its patties and is committed to making this classic food from quality ingredients. Harry’s also has locations in Lincoln and Newport.

Steve's Classic Burgers, South Carolina

South Carolina: Steve's Classic Burgers

Steve's Classic Burgers is a faith-based food ministry and restaurant that offers daily low prices across its menu, with junior burgers starting at $3.99. Burgers are marinated overnight to ensure a juicy and flavorful patty.

South Dakota: Lewie's Saloon & Eatery

South Dakota: Lewie's Saloon & Eatery

Lewie's slings half-pound burgers for $5.50 every day. The restaurant cultivates a fun, community vibe with trivia nights and free Wi-Fi. Not far from Sturgis, bikers are welcome!

Tennessee: Tony B's Fresh Hamburgers & Fries
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Tennessee: Tony B's Fresh Hamburgers & Fries

Open since 2010, Tony B's has become a local staple for grilled burgers and fresh-cut fries. Starting at $5.85, the burgers come with the basics (tomato, lettuce, onion, pickle, mayo, and mustard). Be warned: Tony B's is closed on weekends. 

Texas: Freiheit Country Store

Texas: Freiheit Country Store

New Braunfels
Located between Austin and San Antonio, this “burger joint with German heritage” earns praise for its reasonable prices and its truly Texas-sized portions. Basic quarter-pound burgers start at $5.49, but there’s also a hefty menu of special “Freiheit Burgers” that weigh at least a half pound and top out at “Der King,” ($12.99) which weighs in at a full pound. Diners can eat indoors or out at Freiheit Country Store, which also hosts live music.

California Burgers and Deli, Utah
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Utah: California Burgers & Deli

Salt Lake City
This humble eatery is known for inexpensive burgers. At California Burgers & Deli, prices start at $3.50 for a hamburger, $4 for a cheeseburger, and 50 cents extra for the usual add-ons, like hot peppers and mushrooms.

Burger Barn, Vermont
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Vermont: Burger Barn

This seasonal stand — open spring through fall — is easy to miss but a local favorite for takeout. The Burger Barn's grass-fed burgers start at $5.50, with three pages of specialty options such as a Reuben burger with kraut and Thousand Island dressing.

Virginia: Carytown Burger & Fries

Virginia: Carytown Burger & Fries

Located in a 19th-century house, this quirky burger joint offers one-third-pound hamburgers for $7.49  and cheeseburgers for $7.69. With three locations, Carytown Burger & Fries takes pride in using fresh meat, never frozen.

Freddy Junior's, Washington
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Washington: Freddy Junior's

A late-night haunt known for cheap mini-burgers, Freddy Junior's offers a variety of specialty burgers that start at $2.50. The offerings range from grilled pineapple and jalapeños to blue cheese and fried onions. Almost everything on the menu is less than $5.

Crockett's Lodge, West Virginia

West Virginia: Crockett's Lodge

With prices starting at $7.95, this pub serves up classic burgers with a few twists, like a mac 'n' cheese burger. In addition to good burger prices, Crockett's Lodge offers a full bar with equally low drink prices.

Mary's Place, Wisconsin
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Wisconsin: Mary's Place

Wisconsin Dells
This Wisconsin Dells outpost is beloved for straightforward sausage sandwiches and hot dogs but also serves up burgers. A basic hamburger starts at $3.95 and a cheeseburger is $4.25. At Mary's Place, the menu is simple, the atmosphere is homey, and the prices can't be beat.

Wyoming: Broadway Burger Station
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Wyoming: Broadway Burger Station

Rock Springs
This longtime favorite offers a homemade alternative to fast food chains. Broadway Burger Station’s basic burger is a "juicy patty on a warm bun" for $5.99. Add-ons and specialty burgers include toppings such as cheese, pastrami, and bacon.