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Top 10 Burgers in the South

July 16, 2019

Ahh, the mighty burger—one of America’s favorite foods. Its versatility allows for plenty of serious customization in search of the ultimate palate-pleaser.

Whether you like your burgers rare or well-done, with cheese or without, or made from 100% ground chuck or a blend of different meats, a road trip through the southern U.S. will put you on the path to discovering some absolutely amazing burgers. Here are the ones that have us making pit stops—our top 10 burgers in the South.

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1. Flamethrower: Blue Rooster 

Off Highway 22 in Flora, Mississippi, you’ll find the Blue Rooster, a picturesque brick building adorned with a welcoming awning. Head on in and—if you feel your stomach is up to the task—order the Flamethrower, a half-pound beef patty topped with sirloin, onions, jalapeño pepper, pepper jack cheese and ranch dressing, all served on a jalapeño cheddar bun. Blue Rooster has limited hours, so be sure to check that it’s open before you go.

2. Bacon Cheeseburger: Jiffy Burger

Thanks to its vintage black-and-white checkered floor and a seemingly endless supply of collectibles lining its walls, Manchester, Tennessee’s Jiffy Burger was once featured on an episode of American Pickers. However, its hot, juicy burgers are worth a visit, too. Order the bacon cheeseburger or its grilled sibling, which comes on grilled white bread like a patty melt. If you’re looking for a little something extra, go with the fried egg, bacon and onion ring-laden Bonnaroo Burger. Jiffy Burger is located just four miles from Old Stone Fort State Park.

3. Ghetto Burger: Ann’s Snack Bar

Ann’s may look pretty nondescript, but this small snack bar boasts a large following in Atlanta, Georgia—and for good reason. You simply must try this decades-old landmark’s “Ghetto Burger” at least once. Bring your appetite and be prepared to make a mess—the five-inch-tall Ghetto consists of two eight-ounce patties, cheese, bacon, chili, onion, mustard, ketchup, lettuce and tomato. It’s definitely not for the faint of heart, or stomach.

4. Clarksville Burger: Midtown Grill 

Not far off Highway 115, after it becomes Monroe Street in Clarksville, Georgia, is the Midtown Grill. The restaurant offers some unique burger combinations, including the “Clarksville,” a six-ounce handmade beef patty topped with pimiento cheese, bacon, strawberry jam and jalapeños. The Clarksville is meaty and cheesy, sweet and savory—with just enough heat to keep you coming back for more.

5. Hamburger: Bill’s Hamburgers

Give or take a few years around World War II—when it closed because of meat rationing—Bill’s has been serving up simple hamburgers in Amory, Mississippi, since 1929. The single and double burgers (with or without cheese) both get flattened and cooked on the griddle in front of you, placed on a steamed bun, and then served “with” (onions and mustard) or “without,” depending on your preference. There’s nothing else—no lettuce, no tomatoes, or any fancy stuff. Try it with some hot sauce or go traditional with ketchup.

6. Deluxe Cheeseburger: Hamburger King 

Just a few blocks from the Civil War home of Jefferson Davis, Hamburger King in Montgomery, Alabama, is Hamburger King—a hole-in-the-wall burger joint that looks exactly what you’d think one should. With minimal seating and a loyal following, chances are you’ll have to take your meal to go, but it’s worth it to taste the Alabama Cattlemen’s Association 2018 finalist for Deluxe Cheeseburger. It’s juicy, simple and delicious.

7. Smash Burger: Neon Pig Café 

Tupelo, Mississippi’s Neon Pig Café has been featured on both the Food Network and the Travel Channel, so it’s not exactly unknown. But that’s okay—this butcher shop/market/restaurant’s fame is well-deserved and it’s truly worth a visit. Its “Smash Burger” has been voted “America’s Best Burger,” and once you taste this unique blend of beef—made from a mixed grind of ribeye, sirloin, NY strip, and aged filet, along with Benton’s bacon–topped with bacon bits, cheddar cheese, pickles, pickled onions, hoisin and the Pig’s comeback sauce, you might just want to move in. You can’t, but you CAN purchase the “smash” grind from the butcher counter to go, which may be the next best thing.

8. Donut Burger: Brooks Gourmet Burgers & Dogs 

File this one under, “What will they think of next?” At Brooks Gourmet Burgers & Dogs in Naples, Florida (there are three locations to choose from), amid the many specialty burgers with various meat choices (including alligator), you’ll find the Donut Burger, and your heart will jump for joy. America’s two favorite foods are combined into one filling meal: a half-pound Angus patty topped with American cheese and bacon served between two glazed donuts. What’s left to say?

9. The Bulldog: Bulldog Burger Company

Bulldog Burger Company was created to bring the world’s best burger to Starkville, Mississippi—home of Mississippi State University and its mascot, Bully. The Bulldog features a pile of smoky bacon, sharp cheddar and all the fixings on top of a thick, juicy, fresh burger patty, all stuffed between two halves of a fresh-baked, never-smushed bun.

10. Butch Burger: Butch Cassidy’s Café 

As you’d expect, Butch Cassidy’s Café features lots of Butch Cassidy memorabilia on its walls. The Mobile, Alabama-based restaurant/bar has been serving its “Now Famous” Butch Burger for more than 25 years, earning it a “best burger in Mobile” distinction for nearly as long. This char-grill flat-top burger comes layered with lettuce, tomato, pickle, red onion and bacon, along with mayo on one side of the bun and mustard on the other. The layers add amazing flavors, but it’s Butch Cassidy’s special seasoning that helps this burger stand out.

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