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.
Known for burgers for over 30 years, Hamburger Heaven has kept prices low. The daily special is a cheeseburger with pickles, onions, Hamburger Heaven sauce, and mayo for $3.49. Each of the five locations in Birmingham is locally owned and operated.
The hamburger runs $7.50, but this roadside stand in Ketchikan is famous for its oversize portions. It also boasts free delivery, for when you want the burger to come to you.
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.
The Burger Place in Melbourne 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 $4.60 for a quarter-pound patty.
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.
Located in Mountain Home, Frankie's is a straightforward joint offering a burger for $5.95, including fries. The menu has many of the usual suspects for toppings, including pickles, tomatoes, and onions. Almost everything is under $10.
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 $5.50, can still come with the usual condiments if preferred.
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.
This fast-food-style restaurant sells basic hamburgers for $3.09, and a burger combo with fries and a drink is $5.29. The family establishment in Wichita always serves up friendly hospitality on the side.
This humble Louisville spot is beloved by locals and people passing through for honest food at cheap prices. 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.
This Lafayette institution 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 $3.50 -- including sales tax.
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.
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.
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.
This pool hall in Columbia serves a legendary burger that has been named to a national top 10. Served unceremoniously on wax paper and starting at $3.50, it's a deliciously unpretentious bargain.
Specializing in beef, elk, and buffalo burgers, this Missoula diner has hamburgers for $4.99 daily. The small menu and personal service make any visit far more welcoming than the drive-thru at a chain fast food joint.
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.
"Home made" burgers start at $6.99 at this Las Vegas eatery. The restaurant gets rave reviews from diners, who praise the location for cleanliness, service, and food quality.
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.
Half old-school diner and half hipster joint, the Starlight offers the Tom, a $5 burger. The American-cheese-topped patty on a soft bun is a throwback to classic diner fare, in an atmosphere to match.
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.
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 the three Oklahoma City locations, a basic burger starts at $5.49, which includes a long list of free toppings.
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.
This Providence bar 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.
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 Salt Lake City, this humble eatery is known for inexpensive burgers. Prices start at $3.25 for a hamburger, $3.75 for a cheeseburger, and 50 cents extra for the usual add-ons, like hot peppers and mushrooms.
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.
A late-night Seattle 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.
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.
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. The menu is simple, the atmosphere is homey, and the prices can't be beat.
This longtime staple in Rock Spring offers a homemade alternative to fast food chains. The basic burger is a "juicy patty on a warm bun" for $5.29. Add-ons and specialty burgers include toppings such as cheese, pastrami, and bacon, all 99 cents.