Eating quality burgers is all about options. Ketchup or mustard? Lettuce and tomato? Cheese, bacon, onions, a fried egg, or maybe even jalapeño poppers? How complex or simply wonderful do you want your burger to be? The choices aren’t always easy, but the results are almost always delicious!
When you step back and think about all of the fantastic local places to eat a burger in and around Buffalo, things gets even more fun. Numerous restaurants have instilled unique twists and tastes on burgers to help their menus stand out – by no means is this a list of them all. But we rounded up a list of places where you could and should eat a delicious burger in Buffalo., some dedicated burger joints, others simply offering one or two delicious burger options.
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175 Allen St, Buffalo / (716) 768-0386 / More Info
Allen Burger Venture (ABV) is a restaurant focused around delivering delicious burgers…and beer of course. It’s hard not to enjoy yourself picking from staples like “the TWO” (New York State Cheddar, Caraway & Horseradish Aioli with Au Jus Dipping) or “the THREE” (Caramelized “Ommegang” onions & Applewood Bacon with Porter Cheddar). They pair everything with hand cut fries, craft beers, and fun side dishes which is all we can really ask for!
55 E Huron St, Buffalo / (716) 854-5050 / More Info
While Big Ditch Brewing Company’s fantastic craft beer can be found flowing through taps across town, you have to travel to their downtown taproom to get a peek at their food menu. There’s a ton to choose from, but the “Cheddar Bacon Burger” equipped with sharp cheddar cheese, bacon, and spicy mayo really stands out. If you’re feeling extra indulgent go ahead and pair your burger with a plate of Hayburner Wings and always -I repeat always -a pint of your favorite Big Ditch brew.
4401 Transit Rd, Buffalo / (716) 633-9630 / More Info
One thing we can say for certain is that Brennan’s never disappoints. Their Bacon-Jam Buger grilled and topped with a house bourbon bacon jam, fried egg, lettuce, tomato, and onion, and the Pacific Beach Burger with avocado, pepper jack cheese, chipotle onions, and chipotle mayo more than do the trick. The burgers here come with regular or sweet potato fries and you can add 5 wings as well.
4. Chris’ NY Sandwich Shop
395 Delaware Ave, Buffalo / (716) 854-6642
A popular lunch time destination for those who find themselves downtown during the early afternoon, Chris’ is definitely more of a sandwich joint than a burger joint. Still, during the grueling research for this piece Chris’ turkey burger kept coming up in conversation. It comes with lettuce, tomato, and a choice of plain, Cajun, or Jamaican Jerk seasoning all on a toasted roll. It’s different but solid and deserves a spot on this list for an option between mid-day meetings as they close at 3pm.
474 Abbott Rd, Buffalo / (716) 436-3302 / More Info
Doc Sullivan’s in South Buffalo is widely renowned for its delicious pub food. The restaurant has large, scrumptious burgers on their menu that are worth a visit any day of the week. Stop by on a Wednesday and these big burgers are discounted for burger night. Fries can be added too. If you find a better way to celebrate hump day you let us know.
5445 Transit Rd, Williamsville // 2470 Military Rd, Niagara Falls // 634 Main St, East Aurora – More Info
The Griffon Gastropub is celebrated for boasting 150 beers on tap across its Niagara Falls and Clarence locations, but it’s equally respected for its menu. When it comes to burgers, The Griffon offers a wide array with unique themes and off the charts flavor.
1 Buffalo St, Hamburg / (716) 648-3200 / More Info
Juicy Burger Bar’s website identifies burgers as the ultimate comfort food – and their menu works to deliver on that idea. Guests at Juicy can enjoy a full menu dedicated to burgers including the “Hogzilla” with smoked bacon, cheddar, hard cider BBQ, and fried onions or the “Yolks on You” with cheddar, smoked bacon, and a farm fresh egg. Most of the burgers on this menu are not for the fiant of heart – in the best way possible.
8. Marble + Rye
112 Genesee St, Buffalo / (716) 853-1390 / More Info
Marble & Rye serves a killer double cheeseburger complete with 2 Local Grass-fed smash patties, mayo, American cheese, mustard, brioche bun, and served with crispy potato, chimichurri, cremé fraiche, and house pickles. It’s a great casual place to pair a burger with a glass of your favorite whiskey, scotch, wine, or one of their craft cocktails.
4068 N Buffalo St, Orchard Park, NY 14127 / More Info
Off The Wall specializes in wacky burgers and sandwich concoctions, located in a casual spot and offering a large menu also consisting of starters, grilled cheese sandwiches, and sides along with a kids menu. One of the most notable items on the menu is The Billz Mafia Burger, 8oz ground steak blend burger with extra sharp white cheddar, house made buffalo chicken wing dip, 2 slices of thick cut bacon, 2 pieces of deep fried chicken tossed in Buffalo sauce and smothered in Buffalo blue cheese. It’s a mouthful in more ways than one! We’re not drooling, you’re drooling. 🤤
10. Stack Burger
1506 Abbott Rd, Lackawanna, NY 14218 / More Info
Anthony Giangrosso, head chef and owner of Stack Burger in Lackawanna, knows all about execution, whether it’s putting together a crazy new burger or winning awards at the Taste of Buffalo. Stack Burger turned heads at the 2016 Taste of Buffalo with its deep-fried PB&J, and continued on to win Best Overall Item and Beat Meat Item for its Demon burger – an absolute burger masterpiece. They don’t cut corners when it comes to the food, trust us.
11. Rock Burger
2810 Union Rd, Cheektowaga, NY 14227 / More Info
1750 Niagara Falls Blvd, Tonawanda, NY 14150 / More Info
8529 Niagara Falls Blvd, Niagara Falls, NY 14304 / More Info
At Rock Burger, you could eat a basic cheeseburger, vegan burger or chicken sandwich. You could. But why do that when you can have a burger stuffed with Bison chip dip, chicken wing dip and/or crushed Oreos? Rock Burger heavily traffics in foods and food products that put Buffalo in the Flavortown Hall of Fame: chicken wings, Bison dip and blue cheese dressing. Other fillings like Reese’s peanut butter cups and Fruity Pebbles are yanked from the shelves of your typical Buffalo bodega. Sounds fun, doesn’t it?
9160 Transit Rd, East Amherst, NY 14051 / More Info
Western New Yorkers feel strongly about Grover’s being one of the best burger spots in town. Their menu features specialty burgers and grilled cheeses, wings, sandwiches, and other standard Buffalo menu items. Check out their “Buger-of-the-week” for something unique and special every time like their Loaded Mashed Potato with red creamy mashed potatoes, bacon, cheddar cheese and scallions. Woof.
2 Pine St, Lockport, NY 14094 / More Info
Honestly, the name says it all. Stuffed burgers aren’t super common around here, but Stooges takes what’s inside their delectable burgers just as seriously as what’s on top. They are known for taking classic or favorite dishes and making them into a stuffed burger. Some options include The Stinger: Your classic Western New York sub in burger form with medium chicken fingers, shaved ribeye, provolone cheese, blue cheese, and topped off with chopped lettuce and tomato, The Cuban: smoked pulled pork burger with Dijon mustard, ham, dill pickle and Swiss cheese, and The Krazy, a mac & cheese stuffed burger topped with cheese sauce.
64 W Chippewa St, Buffalo / (716) 856-7646 / More Info
While Soho is less of a burger bar than it once was, the burgers they offer are worth a try. The “Red Hot Chili Burger” is topped with aged cheddar, roasted tomato, and jalapeño compote and the Gold Standard Burger features aged cheddar, applewood smoked bacon, arugula, garlic chive aioli, and tomato confit. Plus, don’t sleep on their tots.
16. Mister Sizzles
346 Connecticut Street, Buffalo / (716)-919-4949 / More Info
Mister Sizzles combines quality and flavor into sizzlin’ entries that will have you coming back time and time again. Their signature burger menu is nothing short of incredible boasting several unique options. The “Saucy Cowboy” is a beef patty smothered with melted cheddar cheese and barbeque sauce, equipped with bacon, sauteed onions, and pickles. The “Planet Eater” is an ‘impossible’ burger patty topped with vegan cheese, sauteed mushrooms, and onions drizzled in barbecue sauce. It’s safe to say there’s an option for everyone at Mister Sizzles.
1541 Hertel Ave, Buffalo / (716) 833-9899 / More Info
The Wellington Pub has the staples covered as well as unique burgers like the Cajun 5 Alarm Burger grilled with Cajun spices, John’s Hot Sauce, sautéed hot peppers and onions, and hot pepper jack cheese.
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This post was originally published in 2016 and has been updated.