Where to Find a Good Cheap Burger in All 50 States
Burgers are one of America's favorite comfort foods, 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.
At $3.99 for a hamburger, this burger shop with five outposts across Arizona is a staple for local burger lovers. Everything on the menu is fresh and never frozen, and the '50s-style decor attracts nostalgia buffs.
Opened in 2000, this mom-and-pop shop makes old-fashioned hamburgers served with a pickle spear and potato chips. A hamburger with all the fixin's starts at $5.69, with plenty of add-on options such as mushrooms and Swiss, or a vegetarian patty instead of beef. All the burgers are under $8.
Olympian Burgers sells burgers for as little as $3.66, 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.
This Boulder burger hut is popular among university students looking for cheap and tasty comfort food. The small $4.25 burgers come fully loaded with cheese and sauces, including mayo and hot sauce. Sauerkraut, A1, relish, and Thousand Island dressing are also available.
Featured on Food Network and in business since 1942, this Bridgeport tradition 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.
This bare-bones greasy spoon in New Castle boasts $3.50 hamburgers and $3.70 cheeseburgers. It's not fancy, but it is dependable American comfort food. Bring cash, because credit cards are not accepted.
Specializing in Southern hospitality and house-ground burgers, this Atlanta spot has junior burgers for $4.99, with cheese, grilled onions, and sauteed mushrooms available for 50 cents each. The Grind House empire now includes four outposts.
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 to try a hamburger for $4.
It's almost hard to believe the prices are so low at this sandwich shop, which opened in 1933 in historic downtown Madison. Hinkle's offers burgers for $1.60 and cheeseburgers for 10 cents more, although lettuce and tomato are an additional 39 cents each.
Family-owned for 40 years, this Des Moines burger joint pays homage to New York's Coney Island. The restaurant offers plain hamburgers for $2.65 and "Coney style" burgers with chili for $2.95.
Burger Boy in Caribou is a seasonal fast-casual place with the look of an old-fashioned drive-in burger stop. The burgers start at $2.05 and can be upgraded to include fries and slaw for $4.50.
The small Sunshine General Store in Brookeville is an unassuming culinary hotspot, charging $5.75 for a half-pound burger and $6.20 for a cheeseburger. Go early, as lines often start forming by 11 a.m.
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, with a focus on consistency over creativity.
This Minneapolis tradition has a $7.50 Jucy Lucy, but budget seekers can get a burger for $3.50 and a cheeseburger for $4.50. Be prepared to wait, as this dive bar has many devoted followers.
This greasy spoon in Jackson is a bare-bones place serving burgers for $5.95 and cheeseburgers for $6.45. The small sign and plain décor inside and out might not catch the eye, but it's worth a visit for great, cheap burgers.
Louie M's is an Omaha favorite for American classics. Score a half-pound hamburger or cheeseburger for less than $6 every day for lunch. Other options under $7 include a taco burger and a Cajun burger.
This upbeat restaurant with a "Peace, love, and burgers" motto now has three locations across New Hampshire. The menu features $5.75 burgers such as the Blue Angel, which comes with blue cheese, barbecue sauce, onions, and bacon.
This burger joint in Hackensack (not to be confused with White Mana in Jersey City) sells mini-cheeseburgers for $1.60 and is the stuff of myth and legend in New Jersey. With an almost cultish following, the place is generally packed for dine-in and takeout orders at all hours.
Known for friendly service as much as "good, old-fashioned burgers," this Albuquerque spot slings patties for $4.39. The goal here isn't wild creativity so much as a consistent and nostalgic product based on quality ingredients.
This Durham food truck-turned-restaurant (with two locations, no less) specializes in all types of burgers, from beef to vegan and even lamb. 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.
With three locations in North Dakota, this roadside stand with a biker vibe offers a "supercharged" burger for $6.99 all day on Sundays. Choose from a Jameson burger (made with Jameson whisky BBQ sauce), a pizza burger and more.
Burgers at this humble restaurant in Delaware, Ohio, go for as little as $4.25. Double and triple versions are available for more per patty. The classic luncheonette-style diner, which has been owned by the same family since 1932, is also the home of the Monster Hangover Burger.
With eight locations around Portland, this quick-service burger stop features local and natural products. It offers $4.25 beef and veggie burgers, and the $2.75 truffle fries are also a bargain.
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 $3.25, and a cheeseburger sets diners back $3.50. There's also a location in Dickson City.
Located in Columbia, this faith-based food ministry and restaurant 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.
In the town of Lead, Lewie's slings $6 half-pound burgers every day. The restaurant cultivates a fun, community vibe with trivia nights and free Wi-Fi. Bikers welcome!
Open since 2010, Tony B's in Dickson has become a local staple for grilled burgers and fresh-cut fries. Starting at $4.95, the burgers come with the basics (tomato, lettuce, onion, pickle, mayo, and mustard). A junior version is available for $3.95. Be warned: Tony B's is closed on weekends.
Located in the foodie city of Austin, Hut's Hamburgers proudly offers a $5.95 burger made from grass-fed, humanely raised Texas beef. It also offers vegan, buffalo, and chicken patties, with a variety of topping options. Even gluten-free buns are available at an additional charge.
Located in a 19th century house, this quirky burger joint offers hamburgers for $5.99 and cheeseburgers for $6.49. The restaurant and food truck business takes pride in using fresh meat, never frozen.
With prices starting at $7.50, this Morgantown pub serves up classic burgers with a few twists, like a mac 'n' cheese burger. In addition to good burger prices, it offers a full bar with equally low drink prices.