Updated October 2020
When we think burgers, the solid go-tos immediately come to mind. You know; Juicy, Grover’s, ABV…the classics! While we’ll never get sick of these obvious-but-great burger joints, there are plenty of awesome burgers on menus out there at restaurants you might not think of right away. To clarify, we’re not surprised these guys have good burgers, but they might not be on the top of your list when you have a burger craving, and they should be.
These spots should be on your radar:
367 Connecticut Street, Buffalo / (716) 884-1100
Hours: Wednesday-Saturday 5 PM – 10 PM and Sunday 11 AM – 2 PM
The Black Sheep regularly puts out awe-inspiring dishes, including one of my personal faves, a clam dish paired with fried lemons (hashtag bring back the clams with fried lemons!). Their double cheeseburger is no different. As one of the more popular items on the menu, it closely resembles a big mac in terms of flavor (and not in terms of quality of ingredients) and is topped with onion, American cheese, and a coating of tangy thousand island dressing. Get after it.
1502 Niagara Street in The Crescendo, Buffalo / (716) 259-9306
Hours: Wednesday-Saturday 11AM-10PM and Sunday 11AM-3PM
I admire Roost for constantly changing things up on their menu. Sure, tons of local chefs are great about including specials and adding new options, but Roost legit full on changes the entire theme of their menu every couple months. They’ve done everything from Asian to Italian, and the burgers served at lunch adapt to the theme – and they’re always bomb. We recently tried a bacon jam burger blanketed with creamy swiss cheese with a side of truffle parm fries. Previously, they had a teriyaki burger with pork belly and slaw on the side. That’s the shit we’re talking about here, people. Don’t walk.
Corner of Rockwell Rd. & Cleveland Circle, Buffalo / (716) 955-1511
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 AM-9:30 PM, Friday and Saturday 7 AM-10 PM, and Sunday 10:30 AM-2 PM
I came to 100 Acres with extremely high expectations and they did not disappoint. In addition to the ambiance, which is enough of a draw, their burger is on point. On their brunch burger specifically, the patty was juicy, full of salty flavor, and coated with rich egg yolk. Fun fact about 100 Acres, they make their own bread and butter in-house which has proven to be a serious game changer when it comes to the burger.
228 Allen Street, Buffalo, NY 14201
Hours: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday 5 PM-1 AM with dinner service until 10 PM, Friday – Saturday 5 PM-2 AM with dinner service until 11 PM, Sunday Brunch 11 AM-3 PM
Ok, this one is no hidden gem – they’re a regular old mainstream gem. But the house grind burger here deserves a mention either way. They grind the burger meat in house for added freshness and top it with peppery arugula, acidic pickled red onions, and pour a generous amount of their creamy, homemade bleu cheese dressing. You heard that right people, Bar Bill is not the only spot in town whipping up their own version! Scoop the rest of the sauce up with fresh, crunchy chips that come as a side.
220 Grant St, Buffalo / (716) 883-1738
Hours: Tuesday-Thursday 5–11 PM and Friday-Saturday 5PM–1AM
In case you haven’t heard, the cool old building next to Sweet_ness 7 Cafe has finally been put to good use as The Tabernacle. Decor and art aside, which is absolutely reason enough to check this place out, their loaded burger (vegetarian or regular) brings something different to the table with a crunchy topping other than pickles. It’s made from grass-fed organic beef (or the organic veggie homemade burger) with melted cheese (cheddar or provolone), crispy bacon, onion, lettuce, tomato, a fried egg, mayo, and…. wait for it … freaking Cheetos. Mind. Blown. Oh, and a side salad. You know, to be healthy.
6120 Seneca Street, Elma / 716-652-2583
Hours: Tuesday – Thursday 5 PM – 9 PM, Friday and Saturday 5 PM – 10 PM
We’re here to give credit where credit is due, and Blue Lantern deserves some for their giant, add-your-own-toppings burgers. Plus they have an ahi tuna burger with spicy boom boom sauce and a double veggie burger for a healthier alternative. They even have a leveled up fry game including beer-battered potato sidewinders with house-made jalapeno ketchup. BRB drooling.
210 Franklin St suite 2, Buffalo / (716) 842-6800
Hours: Monday -Thursday 11:30AM–2:30PM, 5–10PM, Friday 11:30AM–2:30PM, 5–11PM, Saturday 5–11PM, and Sunday 5–10PM
The Curtiss Hotel has captured the attention of WNYers with their lit up, rooftop bar and for good reason. But The Curtiss is actually serving more than just swanky cocktails and rooftop vibes. Chez Ami has a rich, creamy, flavorful burger that will make you feel fancy AF while chowing down. The Chez burger skips the traditional American cheese and opts for a triple cream soft cheese, salty onion bacon jam, tomato, Dijonnaise (aka dijon mustard mixed with mayo), and frisee (bitter leafy greens). They do have a basic burger, but with something like this on the menu why would you even?