The burger. There aren’t many meals that make the mouth water or satisfy hunger the way a juicy, perfectly cooked burger can. Bleu cheese, caramelized onions, avocado, bacon—take your pick of toppings and enjoy every last bite.
While Utah may not garner the same national notoriety as other food meccas such as New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco, Utah’s impressively delicious burgers are sure to please everyone’s palate and budget.
Although there are many other burgers that could make the list, there simply isn’t space to include them all. In no particular order, here are 13 of the best burgers in Utah, according to ratings and thousands of reviews.
Lucky 13 - 4.6/5 rating, 5,776 reviews
A burger staple for years in the downtown, Salt Lake restaurant scene, Lucky 13 is possibly the best burger spot in the state. With the highest rating and most reviews posted, it’s evident their customers feel the same. Located next to the Smith’s ballpark, you’ll most likely find Lucky 13 filled. In short, Lucky 13 serves up some of the best burgers you’ll ever have—just be sure to bring your ID!
Google reviewer Joshua B. said, “Amazing! Hands down! Perfectly cooked burger...and high-quality beef. Customer service was outstanding, from the waitress and host. Felt very welcomed and happy to have us. Covid precautions were also in place and were handled great to help keep everyone as safe as possible. I will be returning. 10/10 recommend.”
Rich’s Burgers & Grub - 4.5/5 rating, 1,075 reviews
With 22 different burgers on the menu, tasty sides, and excellent southern comfort and hospitality, Rich’s Burgers & Grub is a great place to grab a juicy, unique burger.
Google reviewer Spencer M. said, “Just tried this for the first time tonight! If you’re looking for a life-changing burger experience this is the place! Not only is the food immaculate, but the service was also very fast as well. Daniel and the other gentleman were extremely polite and professional!”
California Burgers & Deli - 4.5/5 rating, 1,178 reviews
Located across the street from West High School downtown, California Burgers & Deli shouldn’t be dismissed as only a teenage hangout spot—it has great food! If you’re looking for a fast, casual, affordable spot to get your burger fix downtown, this is the place.
In a Google review, Hayley M. said, “BEST burgers. Get a double cheeseburger add jalapenos... then thank me later. These are the burgers I dream about before I even crave burgers. The stuff dreams are made of. Great service and prices too! They also make fantastic giant milkshakes and huge bags of fries if that’s your jam!
Crown Burgers - 4.5/5 rating, 2,196 reviews
With locations dotting the Salt Lake valley, it’s hard not to notice the Crown Burgers restaurants. A prevalent burger choice among Utahns looking for a fast lunch or dinner, it’s hard to deny Crown Burger’s appeal, especially with a mountain of pastrami topping off a beautifully char-broiled patty.
Google reviewer Ralph. said, “The Crown Burger is marvelous. It is an epic pile of pastrami on what would otherwise still be a decent burger. Go with a big appetite.”
The Copper Onion - 4.5/5 rating, 2,145 reviews
There are a lot of “copper” options these days, but if you’re looking for one of the best burgers in the state, make sure you check out The Copper Onion. One of the more upscale options on this list, these burgers are made with Niman Ranch beef, perfectly caramelized onions, house-made aioli, and the best cheddar you’ve ever had. One bite and you’ll understand what all the hype was about.
In his Google review, Phillip L. said, “Hands down, this is one of the best meals we’ve EVER had, since moving to SLC. Food is unique and intensely flavorful. Portions may seem small, but you will leave full and satisfied. That notwithstanding, the service here is phenomenal. I can’t say enough great things about our experience...you’ll want to kiss the chef!”
Millie’s Burgers - 4.5/5 rating, 1,134 reviews
If you’re looking for a classically old-school diner burger done extremely well, look no further than Sugarhouse staple, Millie’s Burgers. Having served up and perfected a countless number of burgers in more than 40 years of business, Millie’s Burgers are excellent at what they do.
At Millie’s Burgers, their fresh, cooked-to-order food includes all the best ingredients and techniques. Fries are cut in-house, mushrooms, zucchini, and onion rings are all hand-breaded, and their burgers are always made fresh, never frozen. Even most of their sauces are prepared in-house for small-batch quality and deliciousness.
Lillian G. wrote, “Burgers...yeah, very tasty. Normally I would have posted a pic but the food looked so good I couldn’t stop.” That says it all, doesn’t it?
Garage on Beck - 4.5/5 rating, 1,462 reviews
If you’ve never been to the Garage on Beck because you’ve been scared off by its refinery surroundings, you are missing out on one of Utah’s best burgers. Located in a renovated auto shop, the Garage on Beck is the crown jewel of Beck Street—just be sure to bring your ID!
Reviewer Alyssa wrote, “Amazing!!! Can’t say enough good things :) The funeral potato[e]s and 5-way burger are the best! A must-try place.”
Burger Bar - 4.5/5 stars, 3,794 reviews
In the same vein as Millie’s, the Burger Bar in Roy offers old-school walk-up nostalgia, excellent food, and great prices. With the second most Google reviews of all the burger spots in Utah, Burger Bar isn’t to be ignored.
In business since 1956, the Burger Bar is famous for its “fresh taste of the food, the great hand-sliced, and breaded onion rings, the handmade deep fried mushrooms, the towering thick milkshakes and the signature “Big Ben” named after the founder.”
Google reviewer Edward wrote, “Burger Bar is an Iconic Staple of the Roy Area. If you have not eaten there, you at least need to try it. There is a reason why it is always so busy. Simple, great-tasting fast food.”
Burly Burger - 4.7/5 stars, 1,868 reviews
All you need to know is in the name: these burgers are burly. Big, juicy, and delicious, these brisket burgers are sure to leave you stuffed—and then some. Located in South Weber, Burly Burger is worth the short drive from Salt Lake.
Google reviewer David wrote, “Holy cow! I have found my favorite place to eat. The burger was flavorful, perfectly cooked, and perfectly sized for a large man. The fries, possibly the best fries I’ve ever tasted. Battered in deliciousness, perfect to eat with nothing else. The fry sauce adds another dimension of taste. An amalgamation of mayo, BBQ, and goodness. I don’t believe there is a better burger joint out there. Wow!”
Seven Brothers Burgers - 4.5/5 rating, 1,693 reviews
Sharing locations across Hawaii and Utah, Seven Brothers Burgers has put their hearts into making their burgers the very best around. With a relaxed, surfer atmosphere, and friendly staff, Seven Brothers Burgers is a great alternative to the usual burger spots you might be used to.
According to reviewer A Yancey, “This place is fantastic! I cannot believe how good the fries are—amazing! I’m a fry lover and know I’ll dream about these. Then I tried my burger and have to say, you knocked it out of the park. Your ingredients are top quality and super fresh. We highly recommend you give them a try, we’ll be back!”
Ray’s Tavern - 4.6/5 rating, 1,164 reviews
Should you find yourself tuckered out after a long day of adventuring Moab, there is no better burger place to recharge with than Ray’s Tavern in Green River. Very much an old-time, rustic, wood-paneled tavern, this burger spot offers great food and great charm for those going through town, just off I-70.
Google reviewer Sebastian T. even went so far in his praise to write this was his “favorite burger in the country.”
Chubby’s Cafe - 4.6/5 rating, 2,338 reviews
A Utah county favorite, Chubby’s Cafe is a solid choice for a large, tasty burger with a little cajun flare. Now with locations in Saratoga Springs, Vineyard, Toole and newly-opened Payson, you don’t have to live in Pleasant Grove to experience the legendary burgers at Chubby’s.
Google reviewer Ryon B. wrote, “Chubbys is always great. I like to try the burger or sandwich of the month, it’s usually pretty good. So is the pastrami burger. Best pastrami burger in Utah in my opinion. And the beer-battered fries are always good. This location is especially good because they have Mountain Dew code red.”
Taggart’s Grill - 4.6/5, 1,784 reviews
Last but not least is the famous Taggart’s Grill in Morgan. Family owned and nestled in the picturesque high desert canyon of Morgan, Taggart’s is worth the drive. Get their garlic blue burger. You won’t regret it!
Reviewer Alex B. reported, “I love this place. It is definitely worth the drive to get some really good food. Their desserts are the best. They also have some really good gluten-free options for those people who need it. I would make the drive out to eat here. It is worth it. Also, the views from there are amazing.”
* Robert DeBry is retired from the practice of law