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Best Burgers in Buffalo & WNY According to Western New Yorkers

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Written by Step Out Staff

Published on June 9, 2022
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Whether you’re in the mood for a uniquely crafted burger with off the wall ingredients or a classic cheeseburger with traditional fixin’s, Buffalo and Western New York has tons of options.

We asked our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram followers where to find the best burgers in Buffalo and WNY, and they answered with their top picks. Below we’ve included the full list of reader recommendations – if it was mentioned, it’s listed below. With over 75 recommendations, there’s an option in almost every neighborhood. Some are specifically burger restaurants, some just have one burger or two burgers on the menu, and a few are even vegan restaurants with vegan burger options! All have a burger worth recommending according to our readers.

Which restaurants were mentioned the most? By far Juicy Burger (Hamburg), Off The Wall (Orchard Park), Rock Burger (Cheektowaga, Niagara Falls), and Grover’s Bar & Grill (East Amherst) had the most recommendations, with majority of the others having multiple mentions.

Check out the comments on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for specific menu item recommendations! Plus find more guides with recommendations according to our readers.


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Best Burgers in Buffalo & WNY According to Western New Yorkers


Full Service

189 Burger

189 Main St East Aurora, New York 14052 • $$$$$

South Towns

  • American
  • Burgers

189 is a celebration of American tradition. Founded in 2014, this whiskey and music emporium prides itself in exploring and showcasing the finest of both ...

  • Brunch
  • Patio
  • Bar Area
  • Happy Hour
  • Late Night
  • Lunch
  • Reservations
Full Service

Allen Burger Venture

175 Allen St. Buffalo, New York 14201 • $$$$$

Buffalo

  • American
  • Beer Bar/Hall
  • Burgers

These guys specialize in three of the things we cherish most: food, beer, and atmosphere. But ABV goes above and beyond when it comes to each one, and ...

  • Heated Patio / Outdoor Seating
  • Lunch
  • Bar Area
  • Happy Hour
  • Late Night
  • Patio
  • Take-out
  • Good for Whiskey Lovers
Fast Casual

Belt Line Brewery and Kitchen

545 Swan St Buffalo, New York 14204 • $$$$$

Buffalo

  • Brewery
  • American

From the late 1800's to the end of the first World War, Buffalo's Belt Line made moving around Buffalo a welcome part of everyday life. Working dutifully ...

  • Patio
  • Good for Beer Lovers
Full Service

Big Ditch Brewing Co.

55 E Huron St Buffalo, New York 14203 • $$$$$

Buffalo

  • Brewery
  • American

Big Ditch Brewing Co. is one of Downtown Buffalo's shinning stars when it comes to brewery/restaurant combos. The tap room is huge, yet welcoming and does ...

  • Brunch
  • Bar Area
  • Happy Hour
  • Late Night
  • Lunch
  • Patio
  • Private Parties
Full Service

Billy Club

228 Allen St Buffalo, New York 14201 • $$$$$

Buffalo

  • New American

Billy Club is a full service restaurant and whiskey bar located in the historical Allentown district of Buffalo, New York. In addition to good wine, ...

  • Brunch
  • Bar Area
  • Happy Hour
  • Late Night
  • Reservations
  • Good for Whiskey Lovers
Full Service

BOCO Kitchen

7375 Boston State Rd North Boston, New York 14025 • $$$$$

South Towns

Rustic, Creative Food! Gourmet salads, not your average burgers, Roman style pizzas, authentic Italian dishes, homemade desserts $ much more. Something ...

  • Patio

Bourbon and Burger Co.

9 Jackson St Batavia, New York 14020 • $$$$$

Genesee County

Laid back friendly environment where you can enjoy darts, pool, drinks and food with all of your friends. 35+ burgers, 75+ bourbon choices, and 24 rotating ...

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Full Service

Buffalo Brewpub

6861 Main St. Williamsville, New York 14221 • $$$$$

North Towns

  • Beer Bar/Hall
  • Brewery
  • American
  • Buffalo Food
  • Burgers
  • Deli-Sandwiches
  • Pub Food

At Buffalo Brewpub we brew our own beers! New York State's Oldest Brew Pub dedicated to Fine Beer, food, and fun! Renowned for its fabulous beer and savory ...

  • Lunch
  • Bar Area
  • Handicap Access
  • Happy Hour
  • Late Night
  • Take-out
  • Good for Beer Lovers

Buffalo Bros Burgers

Buffalo Buffalo, New York 14201 • $$$$$

Buffalo

We are a pop-up shop serving all of #Buffalony and surrounding areas! SmashBurgers are our specialty. Pop-ups, catering, grand openings, showers, corporate ...

Full Service

Butera’s Craft Beer & Craft Pizza

32 Main St Hamburg, New York 14075 • $$$$$

South Towns

  • Italian
  • Pizza

Butera's Craft Beer $ Craft Pizza was newly established in September of 2015, but carries on the tradition of excellent customer service and food from ...

  • Bar Area
  • Handicap Access
  • Happy Hour
  • Late Night
  • Lunch
  • Take-out
Bar

Casey’s Black Rock

484 Amherst St Buffalo, New York 14207 • $$$$$

North Buffalo

Casey's is the type of place where you can get good reliable bar food, and inexpensive drinks. They have a great fish fry on weekends, a spaghetti dinner ...

  • Lunch
  • Bar Area
  • Happy Hour
  • Late Night
  • Lunch
Full Service

Cask + Cow

840 Center St Lewiston , New York 14092 • $$$$$

Niagara County

  • Burgers
  • Beer Bar/Hall
  • American
  • Buffalo Food
  • Deli-Sandwiches

Beers, burgers and more. Opened in 2017, We wanted to create a fun & casual place with a unique menu of fresh and ...

  • Patio
  • Bar Area
  • Happy Hour
  • Late Night
  • Good for Beer Lovers
  • Dog-Friendly Patio
Full Service

Coming Soon: Sophia’s Restaurant- moving

715 Military Rd Buffalo, New York 14216 • $$$$$

North Buffalo

  • Diner

Coming Soon to new address - 715 Military Rd. 1 block south. Featured on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. Loyalists say this is the the best breakfast in ...

  • Handicap Access
  • Lunch
  • Take-out
  • Brunch
  • Breakfast

Davison Road Inn – The DRI

383 Davison Rd Lockport, New York 14094 • $$$$$

Niagara County

The Davison Road Inn of Lockport has been a local institution since the early 70's. This is where the locals have hung out for over 40 years. Since 2007, ...


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Full Service

Doc Sullivan’s

474 Abbott Rd Buffalo, New York 14220 • $$$$$

South Buffalo

  • Buffalo Food
  • Irish
  • Pub Food

A Neighborhood pub set in the heart of South Buffalo's Irish Heritage district serving up cold beer $ spirits along with Pub Fare. ...

  • Bar Area
  • Late Night
  • Lunch
Full Service

Duff’s Famous Wings – Williamsville

4545 Transit Road Williamsville, New York 14221 • $$$$$

North Towns

  • American
  • Buffalo Food
  • Burgers
  • Deli-Sandwiches

In 1946, Louise Duffney opened a corner Gin Mill at Sheridan Drive and Millersport Highway in Amherst, New York, just north of Buffalo. It was in 1969 ...

  • Sports Bar
  • Bar Area
  • Handicap Access
  • Happy Hour
  • Lunch
  • Patio
  • Take-out
Full Service

Ebenezer Ale House

4348 Seneca St West Seneca, New York 14224 • $$$$$

South Towns

  • American
  • Beer Bar/Hall
  • Pub Food

Since it opened its doors in 2011, the Ebenezer Ale House has been providing Western New York with one of the best selections of food and drink in the ...

  • Bar Area
  • Happy Hour
  • Late Night
  • Live Music
  • Lunch
  • Patio
  • Take-out
  • Good for Beer Lovers
Full Service

Essex Street Pub

530 Rhode Island St Buffalo, New York 14213 • $$$$$

Buffalo

  • American
  • Burgers
  • Pub Food

SOB Says: The Essex Street Pub is a fantastic little hidden gem on the edge of the west side. Full of charm and perfect for lunch, dinner or late night ...

  • Lunch
  • Bar Area
  • Happy Hour
  • Late Night
  • Patio
Bar

Forty Thieves

727 Elmwood Ave Buffalo, New York 14222 • $$$$$

Buffalo

  • American
  • Burgers
  • Pub Food

Forty Thieves is your neighborhood pub featuring 22 draft beers, multiple craft cans, wide variety of whiskey, elevated pub fare, and friendly service. ...

  • Patio
  • Bar Area
  • Happy Hour
  • Late Night
  • Lunch
Fast Casual

Frank Gourmet Hot Dogs

707 Kenmore Ave Buffalo, New York 14223 • $$$$$

North Towns

  • American
  • Hot Dogs
  • Deli-Sandwiches
  • Burgers

Frustrated that he couldn’t get a quality hot dog with more than just traditional elements of ketchup and mustard, Frank persuaded his brother, Paul, ...

  • Patio
  • Handicap Access
  • Lunch
  • Take-out
  • Family Friendly
  • Order Online
Full Service

Gabriel’s Gate

145 Allen St. Buffalo, New York 14201 • $$$$$

Buffalo

  • American
  • Burgers
  • Pub Food

A Word from Gabriel's Gate Located in the heart of Allentown, Gabriel's Gate is one of the original Tift Row Houses, which were built in 1864. We offer ...

  • Sports Bar
  • Bar Area
  • Happy Hour
  • Late Night
  • Lunch
  • Late-Late Night
  • Fireplace
Full Service

Garage Cafe & Lounge

1127 Hertel Ave Buffalo, New York 14216 • $$$$$

North Buffalo

  • American
  • Deli-Sandwiches

1127 Hertel Avenue was our Auto Repair Shop for 25 years and we decided to flip it to a restaurant/Bar! Makes sense right? Stop by and visit us ...

  • Patio
  • Breakfast
  • Brunch
  • Live Music
  • Lunch
  • Take-out
Full Service

Griffon Gastropub – Clarence

5445 Transit Rd Clarence, New York 14031 • $$$$$

North Towns

  • American
  • Beer Bar/Hall
  • Burgers
  • Pub Food

SOB Says About Griffin Gastropub: According to Griffon Gastropub's website, 'If you're looking for a typical 'neighborhood grill' type of place, keep looking,' ...

  • Bar Area
  • Handicap Access
  • Happy Hour
  • Late Night
  • Lunch
  • Patio
  • Reservations
  • Take-out
Full Service

Griffon Gastropub East Aurora

634 Main Street, East Aurora, NY, United States East Aurora, New York 14052 • $$$$$

South Towns

  • American
  • Beer Bar/Hall
  • Buffalo Food
  • Burgers

72 beers on tap, a grand, old industrial building, long list of fine bar grub and even a childrens' menu. This place is a no brainer and a great addition ...

  • Bar Area
  • Happy Hour
  • Late Night
  • Family Friendly
Full Service

Grover’s Bar and Grill

9160 Transit Rd Buffalo, New York 14051 • $$$$$

North Towns

  • American
  • Buffalo Food
  • Burgers
  • Deli-Sandwiches
  • Hot Dogs

Well known burger joint was once Grover Cleveland's hunting cabin and featured on Diner's, Dive-Ins and Dives. Don't pass up the cheeseburger soup. ...

  • Handicap Access
  • Late Night
  • Lunch
  • Patio
  • Take-out
Full Service

Hoak’s

4100 Lake Shore Rd Hamburg, New York 14075 • $$$$$

South Towns

  • American
  • Buffalo Food
  • Burgers
  • Deli-Sandwiches
  • Seafood

Friday fish fry and great view of Lake Erie and the city. ...

  • Patio
  • Bar Area
  • Handicap Access
  • Happy Hour
  • Lunch
  • Take-out
  • Waterfront
  • Private Parties
Bar

Imperial Pizza

1035 Abbott Rd Buffalo, New York 14220 • $$$$$

South Buffalo

  • American
  • Buffalo Food
  • Deli-Sandwiches
  • Pizza

We have been serving the Best Pizza $ Wings in Buffalo $ other food to the Buffalo $ WNY Community for over 26 years.   DoorDash ...

  • Family Friendly
  • Lunch
  • Patio
  • Bar
  • Bar Area
  • Catering
  • Handicap Access
  • Lunch
  • Take-out

JD’s Brew Pub

405 S Cascade Dr Springville, New York 14141 • $$$$$

South Towns

JD's Brew Pub is locally owned by the Morlok brothers, Jeff and Dan. They opened the doors to the pub in 2016 with one goal in mind, to bring craft beers, ...

Jokers Bar

1783 Electric Ave Lackawanna, New York 14218 • $$$$$

Buffalo

Lackawanna's newest bar! Offering you great music, food and drinks. ...

Full Service

JP Fitzgeralds

4236 Clark St Hamburg, New York 14075 • $$$$$

South Towns

  • American
  • Buffalo Food
  • Irish

Great Reubens and much more JP Fitzgerald s is the Southtowns hottest spot for casual fun with family and friends. From "The Best Reuben Sandwich in WNY" ...

  • Family Friendly
  • Sports Bar
  • Bar Area
  • Handicap Access
  • Happy Hour
  • Late Night
  • Lunch
  • Patio
  • Reservations
  • Take-out
  • Private Parties
Full Service

Juicy Burger Bar

1 Buffalo St Hamburg, New York 14075 • $$$$$

South Towns

  • American
  • Burgers
  • Deli-Sandwiches

Juicy Burger is a much loved little spot in the 'burg that serves that little something of which Buffalo/America just can't seem to get enough. As simple ...

  • Family Friendly
  • Lunch
  • Patio
  • Bar Area
  • Happy Hour
  • Private Parties
  • Take-out

Kaboodles Kafe

13677 Main St Akron, New York 14001 • $$$$$

North Towns

  • American

Family run kafe, We are a family that understands what service should be like and how food should be presented ...

Full Service

Kelly’s Korner

2526 Delaware Ave. Buffalo, New York 14202 • $$$$$

Buffalo

  • American
  • Buffalo Food
  • Burgers
  • Deli-Sandwiches

'Teriyaki Wings' - These chicken wings are always huge, incredibly crispy and sauced perfectly using a fresh sauce that has the perfect kick without overdoing ...

  • Bar Area
  • Handicap Access
  • Happy Hour
  • Late Night
  • Lunch
  • Take-out

Kobans Restaurant

3045 Niagara St Niagara Falls, New York 14303 • $$$$$

Niagara County

  • American

Owned and operated since 1980 by the Koban family! Specializing in homecooked comfort food! Have you tried our homemade pierogi's. ...

Full Service

Lenox Grill

140 North Street Buffalo, New York 14202 • $$$$$

Buffalo

  • American
  • Buffalo Food
  • Seafood

Serving dinner, brunch, late-night eats, 400+ bottled beers hand-crafted cocktails. Experience great food and drinks in the casual atmosphere of the historic ...

  • Brunch
  • Bar Area
  • Happy Hour
  • Late Night
  • Good for Beer Lovers
  • Late-Late Night
  • Private Parties
Full Service

Live Edge Brewing Company

2100 Coomer Rd Burt, New York 14028 • $$$$$

Niagara County

  • Brewery

Live Edge Brewing Company is a wonderful taproom located off the beautiful shores of Lake Ontario, next to the famous Schulzes Winery. We promise to offer ...

  • Patio

Lou’s Restaurant

73 Webster St North Tonawanda, New York 14120 • $$$$$

Niagara County

Family-style restaurant ...

Full Service

Lucky Day Whiskey Bar

320 Pearl St Buffalo, New York 14202 • $$$$$

Buffalo

  • American

Lucky Day; a Whiskey Bar with whiskey happy foods. ...

  • Bar Area
  • Reservations
  • Good for Whiskey Lovers
Full Service

MARBLE + RYE

112 Genesee St Buffalo, New York 14203 • $$$$$

Buffalo

  • American
  • New American
  • Seafood

This is quality, 'honest' food served in a pleasant, casual atmosphere. The concise menu covers all the right bases and preparation is unpretentious. The ...

  • Patio
  • Bar Area
  • Happy Hour
  • Late Night
  • Lunch
  • Farm to Table
  • Good for Whiskey Lovers
Full Service

New York Beer Project

6933 S Transit Rd Lockport, New York 14094 • $$$$$

Niagara County

  • Brewery
  • Pub Food

Celebrating the unique and vibrant global beer culture, New York Beer Project is found in the town of Lockport, New York at the epicenter where two counties, ...

  • Heated Patio / Outdoor Seating
  • Bar Area
  • Brunch
  • Happy Hour
  • Late Night
  • Live Music
  • Lunch
  • Patio
  • Take-out
  • Private Parties
  • Rooftop Patio
Full Service

North End Bar & Grill

2692 Elmwood Ave Kenmore , New York 14217 • $$$$$

North Buffalo

  • American
  • BBQ
  • Buffalo Food
  • Burgers
  • Hot Dogs
  • Italian
  • Pizza
  • Pub Food

A Word from North End Bar $ Grill A great neighborhood bar and grill. ...

  • Handicap Access
  • Happy Hour
  • Late Night
  • Lunch
  • Patio
  • Take-out
Bar

O’Neill’s Stadium Inn

3864 Abbott Rd Orchard Park, New York 14127 • $$$$$

South Towns

  • American
  • Buffalo Food
  • Burgers
  • Pub Food

Neighborhood Pub with great homemade American fare, over 50 wing flavors, house cooked turkey, beef corned beef and so much more.. Along with great breakfast ...

  • Lunch
  • Bar Area
  • Breakfast
  • Happy Hour
  • Late Night
  • Patio
  • Take-out
  • Brunch
Fast Casual

Off The Wall Sandwich Company

4068 N Buffalo St Orchard Park, New York 14127 • $$$$$

South Towns

  • Burgers
  • Deli-Sandwiches

Southtowns one stop shop for off the wall, burgers, grilled cheese, sides, salads and starters.   Read Our Article About Their Opening [sm_anypost ...

  • Lunch
  • Take-out
Full Service

Olive Branch Family Restaurant

2343 Union Rd Buffalo, New York 14224 • $$$$$

South Towns

  • American
  • Diner
  • Greek

Olive Branch Family Restaurant serves Traditional American $ Greek Food in a Diner Atmosphere. ...

  • Family Friendly
  • Lunch
  • Patio
  • Breakfast
  • Late Night
  • Take-out
Full Service

Pearl Street Grill & Brew Pub

76 Pearl St Buffalo, New York 14202 • $$$$$

Buffalo

  • American
  • Brewery
  • Buffalo Food
  • Burgers
  • Deli-Sandwiches
  • Pub Food

Pearl Street Grill $ Brew Pub is the second largest brew pub in America.Premier spot downtown for pre/post Sabres, Bison or Bandits games, any First Niagara, ...

  • Patio
  • Sports Bar
  • Bar Area
  • Handicap Access
  • Happy Hour
  • Late Night
  • Live Music
  • Lunch
  • Private Parties
  • Reservations
Full Service

Poppyseed

3670 McKinley Pkwy Buffalo, New York 14219 • $$$$$

South Towns

  • American
  • Buffalo Food
  • Burgers
  • Deli-Sandwiches
  • Pizza

Since 2000 identical twins Sherry and Shelly Biscaro with longtime friend Marina Ciesla have been cooking up some delicious food at the Poppyseed Restaurant. ...

  • Family Friendly
  • Lunch
  • Handicap Access
  • Take-out
Full Service

Rock Burger USA – Cheektowaga

2810 Union Rd Cheektowaga, New York 14227 • $$$$$

Cheektowaga and East

  • Burgers

We are the 'Home of the Stuffed Burger'. We specialize in hand made gourmet stuffed burgers.   Read Our Article About Their Opening [sm_anypost ...

Rock Burger USA – Niagara Falls

8529 Niagara Falls Blvd Niagara Falls, New York 14304 • $$$$$

Niagara County

We are the 'Home of the Stuffed Burger'. We specialize in hand made gourmet stuffed burgers. ...

Full Service

Roost

1502 Niagara St Buffalo, New York 14213 • $$$$$

Buffalo

  • American
  • New American
  • Pizza

Walking into Roost, you might doubt that you're in Buffalo, or on Niagara St. You're reminded of the raw beauty of our post-industrial city and, seriously, ...

  • Bar Area
  • Happy Hour
  • Lunch
  • Reservations
  • Special Occasion
  • Brunch
Full Service

Scotch n Sirloin

3999 Maple Rd Amherst, New York 14226 • $$$$$

North Towns

  • American
  • Buffalo Food
  • Seafood
  • Steakhouse

We pride ourselves as being very hands on from the time we arrive every morning to when we lock the doors at the end of the day. ...

  • Family Friendly
  • Bar Area
  • Handicap Access
Full Service

Snyder Bar and Grill

2067 Kensington Avenue Amherst, NY 14226 • $$$$$

North Towns

  • American
  • Buffalo Food
  • Burgers
  • Deli-Sandwiches

Whether you're hungry or thirsty, we have you covered. ...

  • Bar Area
  • Handicap Access
  • Happy Hour
  • Late Night
  • Lunch
  • Patio
  • Take-out
Full Service

Soho

64 West Chippewa Buffalo, New York 14202 • $$$$$

Buffalo

  • American