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.
City: 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 $5.25 at BubbaLu’s, while the Doublelicious Burger is only $8.25. Not surprisingly, lines form fast at the ’50s-style diner, but it’s a restaurant that’s worth the wait.
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 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, 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.
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 $4.39, and a bacon cheeseburger is less than $6. The original has won a number of "Best Burger" awards over the years.
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 $3.60 -- including sales tax.
Located in the tiny town of Hamilton (pop. 4,674) 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 $3.25, $5.75, and $8.75, respectively. Sliders are $7.50, and there’s a Belly Buster for $17.
This burger joint in Hackensack (not to be confused with White Mana in Jersey City) sells hamburgers for $1.05 and cheeseburgers for $1.25 and is the stuff of myth and legend in New Jersey. With an almost cultish following, White Manna is generally packed for dine-in and takeout orders at all hours.
There's no better place to try a green chile cheeseburger ($10.49 -- but 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.
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.
City:Fargo and two other cities
With three locations in North Dakota, this roadside stand with a biker vibe offers a Garage cheeseburger for $6.99 and Supercharged burgers starting at $7.99. At Sickies, you can choose from a Jameson burger (made with Jameson whisky barbecue sauce), a pizza burger and more.
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.
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 $5.49, which includes a long list of free toppings.
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.
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.
Located in the foodie city of Austin, Hut's Hamburgers proudly offers burgers made from grass-fed, humanely raised Texas beef, starting at $6.25. It also offers vegan, buffalo, and chicken patties, with a variety of topping options. Even gluten-free buns are available at an additional charge.
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.
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.