Updated September 2019. Sometimes, I’m just really in a mood for a cheeseburger. It’s not a common craving for me, but when I want a burger, I want a really good one. Luckily for me and other burger aficionados, I have plenty of options for where to get a good burger in Chattanooga. Any true burger aficionado knows that, when that burger craving hits, it needs to be satisfied ASAP.
You’ll never run out of places to get a great burger in Chattanooga.
You can easily get your classic cheeseburger, but when you want to switch it up or try something new, any of the great burger spots in Chattanooga will have you covered. Related: did y’all know that National Cheeseburger Day is a thing? Well, it is, and I’m taking it as my reason (read: excuse) to enjoy some delicious burgers around town and tell y’all about them.
Here are 14 awesome places to get a delicious burger in Chattanooga!
Seriously, options. I will caveat that I haven’t been to all 13 of these places, but the ones I haven’t ventured to yet are highly recommended by my friends and fellow foodies.
Tremont Tavern // Ask almost anyone in town where to get the best burger, and you’ll likely get Tremont as the answer. I don’t go to Tremont Tavern quite as much as other places (it’s a bit out of my way), but you can bet when I do, I’m ordering one of their burgers. Tremont is also the only place I’ll get tater tots with my burger instead of fries. You can also enjoy a Tremont-style burger at FEED Co. Table & Tavern on the Southside, and 1885 Grill in St. Elmo.
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Main Street Meats // Among my friends, Main Street Meats is a very close second (to Tremont) for best burger in Chattanooga. I went to MSM for the first time several weeks ago after hearing how amazing their burger is; naturally I had to taste it for myself. Y’all, my friends were right. The bacon and gruyere were perfect touches, and those house pickles on the side are a nice complement.
Slick’s Burgers // Slick’s is another really popular spot to grab a burger in town; several of my coworkers frequent this place. Their menu is pretty small but offers tons of options for you to essentially create your own burger. They even offer different sized patties so you don’t have to get a half-pound burger if you don’t want one. When I go, I stick with a classic beef cheeseburger and fries.
Urban Stack // A member of the Monen empire and another spot to grab a delicious craft burger in Chattanooga! Urban Stack has just about any kind of burger you can imagine and lots of options for customizing them. The Jive Turkey burger is a really nice option if beef isn’t your thing. Urban Stack also has a killer cocktail menu.
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Bitter Alibi // I’ll admit that I’ve only ever eaten at Bitter Alibi for brunch (which is amazing, by the way). But their dinner menu boasts three burgers that all sound delicious, and I’m definitely going to get one next time I go. Good news for my vegetarian friends, the Toadstool is a portobello burger and even I think that sounds pretty tasty.
State of Confusion // They may be known locally for their ceviche, but don’t sleep on State of Confusion’s house burger. It’s juicy, tender, and flavorful, covered in Swiss and cheddar cheese, and served with a pile of crispy yet soft French fries. They also offer a bison burger, which I’m definitely trying next time I’m there. State of Confusion is also one of my favorite brunch picks!
Hi-Fi Clyde’s // The most recent addition to the aforementioned Monen empire also packs a great burger on its menu! To be honest, it’s one I usually forget about, because I tend to go to Clyde’s for their drinks (and those soft pretzel sticks, mmmm). But next time you’re craving a big, double-stacked cheeseburger, head to Clyde’s. You won’t be disappointed.
Sofa King Juicy Burger // Hilarious name, and from what I hear, some pretty delicious burgers and fries. It’s a little more fast-foody than other places on this list, but sometimes you just need that kind of burger! As an added bonus, rumor has it their milkshakes are top-notch.
Nikki’s Drive In // Located on Cherokee Blvd right before the Stringer’s Ridge tunnel, Nikki’s is Chattanooga’s drive-in restaurant, serving up classic diner eats in a space that goes back to the 1940s. From burgers and onion rings to fried shrimp and gumbo, you’ll find something that fits your craving. And the jukebox just makes everything better.
Dub’s Place // Y’all, if you haven’t made it to Dub’s Place yet, you’ve got to get there. It’s 1000% worth the trip to Red Bank. It’s been around for decades and is a local favorite. Back in the 50s, it was known for “crumble burgers” and ice cream. The menu still has those classic crumble burgers and cold treats, but it’s expanded to include more classic burgers, hot dogs, chicken, barbecue pork and more. As chef and owner Jordan Miller said, “We don’t mess around here.” Their fries are cut fresh every morning. Dub’s Place is always closed on Mondays, so go any other day during the week.
Basecamp Bar & Restaurant // This spot is relatively new to the Chattanooga food scene and it’s already earning some love from the community. Its menu highlights Southern comfort food and the vibe is reflective of nature and the outdoors, two things that surround the Scenic City. Enjoy a build-your-own burger (or chicken sandwich, paired with a craft beer) on the back patio with the quintessential view of Coolidge Park and the walking bridge. I can’t wait to go on a chilly fall night and try their DIY S’mores.
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Brewhaus // Where can you get authentic German schnitzel and spaetzle AND a burger in the same spot? I haven’t had the burger from Brewhaus myself yet, but it’s been highly recommended by some friends. I mean, look at that pretzel bun! I will highly recommend their schnitzel, though. And, like any good German place should, they have a great beer selection, on draft and in cans.
Local 191 + Blue Plate // Right next to each other and right on the banks of the Tennessee River, both Local 191 and Blue Plate are great spots to eat a burger and a pleasant meal. There’s plenty of outdoor seating, so on a nice day, enjoy your food outside. Their menus are quite similar but both include a Double-Stack Burger, made with house-blended beef patties and served on locally-made buns.
Jack Brown’s // While this isn’t a locally-owned, Chattanooga-specific restaurant, Jack Brown’s also has great burger options and a killer beer selection. Build your own burger or cheeseburger, try one of their “everyday” special burgers or check out their daily featured burger. In addition to burgers (and tasty fries), Jack Brown’s has a really solid craft beer selection.
If you’re a burger lover in Chattanooga, then you won’t run out of places to enjoy a good one. Where are you enjoying a burger on National Cheeseburger Day? What’s your favorite spot to get a burger in your city?