Cincinnati's 25 Best Burgers and Veggie Burgers, As Voted By CityBeat Readers

From backyard grill outs and roadside drive-thrus to gourmet interpretations, these beefy bunned babies are like a slab of comfort food you can (generally) hold between two hands. Adhering to a tried-and-true culinary equation, the nucleus of a burger is some type of patty (or two) — beef, turkey, veggie — topped with assorted accoutrements like lettuce, tomato, onion, cheese, pickles, bacon, over- easy eggs, etc. But within those parameters, an almost overwhelming amount of variations on the same general concept can be achieved. And whether you want a damn good basic cheeseburger or to push the limits of a meat sandwich to the extreme is up to you — and whomever you’re ordering from. To help you on the quest for burger nirvana, this slideshow features the top 10 best overall burger joints in the city, as voted by CityBeat readers in the 2o21 Best Of Cincinnati Issue, as well as the best burger chains and 10 best veggie burgers.
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Overall Burger: 10. Gordo's Pub & Grill
4328 Montgomery Road, Norwood
What’s not to love about a pub with more than 100 microbrews and incredible gourmet burgers? Their two standbys are the Jean-Robert, with grape compote and goat and bleu cheese, and the Korean, with a fried egg, kimchi, pork belly, Pepper Jack cheese and Sriracha mayo. You can also sub in a black bean patty for any creative burger concoction. A Xavier hangout. 
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Overall Burger: 10. Gordo's Pub & Grill

4328 Montgomery Road, Norwood
What’s not to love about a pub with more than 100 microbrews and incredible gourmet burgers? Their two standbys are the Jean-Robert, with grape compote and goat and bleu cheese, and the Korean, with a fried egg, kimchi, pork belly, Pepper Jack cheese and Sriracha mayo. You can also sub in a black bean patty for any creative burger concoction. A Xavier hangout.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
Overall Burger: 9. The Turf Club
4618 Eastern Ave., Linwood
The Turf Club is a quirky, neon-lit burger joint in Linwood that whips up big build-your-own burgers. With 8.5 ounces of meat — or a half pound of ground filet mignon — on a bun, there’s plenty of room to personalize your burger with any combination of 13 cheeses, 13 specialty sauces and 14 toppings, ranging from sharp cheddar and bacon to a lump crab and lobster cake and mango curry. 
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Overall Burger: 9. The Turf Club

4618 Eastern Ave., Linwood
The Turf Club is a quirky, neon-lit burger joint in Linwood that whips up big build-your-own burgers. With 8.5 ounces of meat — or a half pound of ground filet mignon — on a bun, there’s plenty of room to personalize your burger with any combination of 13 cheeses, 13 specialty sauces and 14 toppings, ranging from sharp cheddar and bacon to a lump crab and lobster cake and mango curry.
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Overall Burger: 8. Sammy's Craft Burgers & Beer
4767 Creek Road, Blue Ash
Sammy’s Craft Burgers & Beer has been around since 2009, offering fresh food and a casual dining experience. Nothing at Sammy’s is ever frozen, and the restaurant also sources everything from its bread to its produce and patties locally. The biggest and most popular attraction for guests is the ever-changing Sammy’s burger of the month. 
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Overall Burger: 8. Sammy's Craft Burgers & Beer

4767 Creek Road, Blue Ash
Sammy’s Craft Burgers & Beer has been around since 2009, offering fresh food and a casual dining experience. Nothing at Sammy’s is ever frozen, and the restaurant also sources everything from its bread to its produce and patties locally. The biggest and most popular attraction for guests is the ever-changing Sammy’s burger of the month.
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Overall Burger: 7. (TIE) Quatman Cafe
2434 Quatman Ave., Norwood; 224 W. Main St., Mason
This no-frills grill has been serving Norwood patrons since 1966, when it was founded by high school buddies Albert “Albo” Imm and Ken Talmage. Their half-pound burgers are the epitome of simple: no special spice mix, standard 80:20 meat to fat ratio, served with lettuce, tomato, onion and pickle. There's a second location in Mason.
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Overall Burger: 7. (TIE) Quatman Cafe

2434 Quatman Ave., Norwood; 224 W. Main St., Mason
This no-frills grill has been serving Norwood patrons since 1966, when it was founded by high school buddies Albert “Albo” Imm and Ken Talmage. Their half-pound burgers are the epitome of simple: no special spice mix, standard 80:20 meat to fat ratio, served with lettuce, tomato, onion and pickle. There's a second location in Mason.
Photo: Paige Deglow
Overall Burger: 7. (TIE) Arthur's Cafe
3516 Edwards Road, Hyde Park;  8221 Beechmont Ave., Anderson
On Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, it’s “Burger Madness” at Arthur's: For less than $10, you can top an original Arthur’s burger (a half-pound of seasoned lean meat), a Sally burger (five ounces of lean ground beef ), a black bean burger or a turkey burger with whatever the hell you want for no extra charge — well, with two caveats: you must limit yourself to six cheeses and gourmet toppings (fried egg, avocado, boursin, et al) are excluded from the deal. If you’re smart, you’ll ask for a side of pink salsa (salsa, sour cream and a splash of mayo) to dip your fries.
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Overall Burger: 7. (TIE) Arthur's Cafe

3516 Edwards Road, Hyde Park; 8221 Beechmont Ave., Anderson
On Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, it’s “Burger Madness” at Arthur's: For less than $10, you can top an original Arthur’s burger (a half-pound of seasoned lean meat), a Sally burger (five ounces of lean ground beef ), a black bean burger or a turkey burger with whatever the hell you want for no extra charge — well, with two caveats: you must limit yourself to six cheeses and gourmet toppings (fried egg, avocado, boursin, et al) are excluded from the deal. If you’re smart, you’ll ask for a side of pink salsa (salsa, sour cream and a splash of mayo) to dip your fries.
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Overall Burger: 6. Tickle Pickle
4176 Hamilton Ave., Northside
Earth-conscious, locally sourced Rock & Roll burgers are exactly the kind of thing one would expect to find in Northside. And Tickle Pickle happens to serve just that. Their burgers are named for famous musicians, like the Nom Petty (a beef patty with mushrooms, Swiss cheese and mayo) and Meatallica (a beef burger with mayo, American cheese, bacon and egg with the option to add goetta). They also have a hearty menu of veggie burgers for the non-meat eaters as well as decadent vegan milkshakes.
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Overall Burger: 6. Tickle Pickle

4176 Hamilton Ave., Northside
Earth-conscious, locally sourced Rock & Roll burgers are exactly the kind of thing one would expect to find in Northside. And Tickle Pickle happens to serve just that. Their burgers are named for famous musicians, like the Nom Petty (a beef patty with mushrooms, Swiss cheese and mayo) and Meatallica (a beef burger with mayo, American cheese, bacon and egg with the option to add goetta). They also have a hearty menu of veggie burgers for the non-meat eaters as well as decadent vegan milkshakes.
Photo: Facebook.com/ticklepicklenorthside
Overall Burger: 5. Good Plates Eatery
235 W. McMillan, CUF
Taking over the space formerly occupied by long-standing Clifton/CUF favorite Cilantro Vietnamese Bistro, Good Plates Eatery serves simple foods and bold flavors, offering a variety of sandwiches and bowls (of the quinoa and salad variety) for both meat-eaters and vegetarians. Their Smash Burger comes with two beef patties, cheddar cheese, pickle and "Burger Sauce."
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Overall Burger: 5. Good Plates Eatery

235 W. McMillan, CUF
Taking over the space formerly occupied by long-standing Clifton/CUF favorite Cilantro Vietnamese Bistro, Good Plates Eatery serves simple foods and bold flavors, offering a variety of sandwiches and bowls (of the quinoa and salad variety) for both meat-eaters and vegetarians. Their Smash Burger comes with two beef patties, cheddar cheese, pickle and "Burger Sauce."
Photo: Facebook.com/goodplateseatery
Overall Burger: 4. Nation Kitchen & Bar
1200 Broadway St., Pendleton; 3435 Epworth Ave., Westwood
Nation has been an anchor in the Over-the-Rhine/Pendleton burger scene since 2015 with its inviting atmosphere and simple and delicious menu. And they now operate a second location in an old firehouse in Westwood. Try the namesake Nation Burger, with smoked cheddar, whiskey barbecue sauce, onion straws and horseradish aioli.
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Overall Burger: 4. Nation Kitchen & Bar

1200 Broadway St., Pendleton; 3435 Epworth Ave., Westwood
Nation has been an anchor in the Over-the-Rhine/Pendleton burger scene since 2015 with its inviting atmosphere and simple and delicious menu. And they now operate a second location in an old firehouse in Westwood. Try the namesake Nation Burger, with smoked cheddar, whiskey barbecue sauce, onion straws and horseradish aioli.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
Overall Burger: 3. Stellar Street Eats
Food truck and forthcoming brick-and-mortar at 6663 Salem Road, Anderson Township
Operated by husband-and-wife duo Ashlee Rose and Ryan O’Neil, Stellar Street Eats is known for its burgers, wraps, steak sandwiches and cult-favorite pimento cheese. Try the housemade cheese on their Pimento Burger, slathered on a double patty with lettuce, tomato and mayo on a bun.
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Overall Burger: 3. Stellar Street Eats

Food truck and forthcoming brick-and-mortar at 6663 Salem Road, Anderson Township
Operated by husband-and-wife duo Ashlee Rose and Ryan O’Neil, Stellar Street Eats is known for its burgers, wraps, steak sandwiches and cult-favorite pimento cheese. Try the housemade cheese on their Pimento Burger, slathered on a double patty with lettuce, tomato and mayo on a bun.
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Overall Burger: 2. Roney's
314 Chamber Drive, Milford
Opened in 1969 in Union Township as part of the Roy Rogers chain of fast food eateries, Roney’s (as the restaurant came to be called after Roy’s dissolved) closed its original location in 2012. The restaurant and drive-thru reopened in Milford in 2015 and Cincinnatians rejoiced for the return of the classic menu and iconic neon sign. With a diverse offering of comfort food — roast beef, burgers and fried chicken — Roney’s is unique in comparison to other burger joints across the city for its toppings bar, says Noah Loftspring, the owner’s son. Roney’s burgers come plain but you can head to the bar to add your own lettuce, tomato, pickle, onion and condiments (including a cult-favorite barbecue sauce). They are renowned for their Lucky R burger: a quarter pound of beef topped with a slice of ham and served on a sesame seed bun.
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Overall Burger: 2. Roney's

314 Chamber Drive, Milford
Opened in 1969 in Union Township as part of the Roy Rogers chain of fast food eateries, Roney’s (as the restaurant came to be called after Roy’s dissolved) closed its original location in 2012. The restaurant and drive-thru reopened in Milford in 2015 and Cincinnatians rejoiced for the return of the classic menu and iconic neon sign. With a diverse offering of comfort food — roast beef, burgers and fried chicken — Roney’s is unique in comparison to other burger joints across the city for its toppings bar, says Noah Loftspring, the owner’s son. Roney’s burgers come plain but you can head to the bar to add your own lettuce, tomato, pickle, onion and condiments (including a cult-favorite barbecue sauce). They are renowned for their Lucky R burger: a quarter pound of beef topped with a slice of ham and served on a sesame seed bun.
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