For as long as I can remember there’s been a debate going on about where to find the BEST Burgers in Cincinnati & Northern Kentucky. I can appreciate this debate, because I do love a good burger. But I can’t decide which one is my favorite of those I’ve tried. There are so many great burgers around town, it’s hard to pick just one! So we’ve put together a list of all the restaurants around this area who can boast having the Best Burgers in Cincinnati & Northern Kentucky. Thank you to our readers and writers for contributing their favorites for this list, there’s a little bit of everything on here, from no-frills burgers to gourmet burgers, and we’ve even mentioned a few great burger DEALS around town. Bookmark this list, make your way through the burgers at all of these places and then you try to decide for yourself which is the BEST. It’s just too hard to decide!
Best Burgers in Cincinnati & Northern Kentucky ::
Arnold’s Bar & Grill
210 East 8th Street, Cincinnati ~ 513-421-6234
3516 Edwards Road, Cincinnati ~ 513-871-5543
Newly Re-Opened, Bard’s offers a great classic burger with a side of hand-cut fries. Add an Egg & Bacon for a truly amazing burger!
3620 Decoursey Avenue, Latonia ~ (859) 261-9115
On Mondays Burgers are $5.50 ALL DAY!
318 Greenup Street, Covington ~ 859-360-0840
Bobby’s Burger Palace at Horseshoe Casino
**PLEASE NOTE: Children are no longer permitted to dine at the Horseshoe Casino restaurants, but since Bobby’s Burger Palace is renowned for their burgers we’ve added them to the list as a date night or carry out option!
1000 Broadway, Cincinnati ~ 513-250-3315
Brazenhead Irish Pub
5650 Tylersville Rd, Mason ~ 513-229-0809
City View Tavern
403 Oregon St, Cincinnati ~ 513-241-8439
This is Michelle’s family’s favorite place for a burger. Culver’s is known for their “butter burgers” and their ice cream! Check out the Culver’s website for a location near you.
Five Guys Burgers & Fries
This is Karen’s favorite place for a burger! Check out the 5 Guys Website to find a location near you!
Flipdaddy’s Burgers & Beers
7453 Wooster Pike, Cincinnati ~ 513-272-2337
Fort Wright Family Restaurant
1860 Ashwood Dr, Fort Wright ~ 859-331-8359
Gas Light Cafe
6104 Montgomery Rd, Cincinnati ~ 513-631-6977
Gordo’s Pub & Grill
4328 Montgomery Rd, Norwood ~ 513-351-1999
Herb & Thelma’s
Herb & Thelma’s is a bar that serves a great no-frills, inexpensive burger. There’s not much else on the menu, but you can grab a bag of chips to go with that burger! Plain and simple is the way to go with burgers sometimes!
718 Pike Street, Covington ~ 859-491-6984
Incline Public House
2601 W 8th St, Cincinnati ~ 513-251-3000
Izzy’s is known for their delicious Reubens, but their burger is great too! (And don’t forget a side of potato pancakes!)
Several locations around town
Keystone Bar & Grill
313 Greenup Street, Covington ~ 859-261-6777
Mad Mike’s Burgers
**Mad Mike’s has several locations around town, including Hebron, Newport, Cheviot, Hamilton and two locations in Florence. Visit the Mad Mike’s website for details. Mad Mike’s was a popular response from our readers! And our writer Amy Q. loves them!
Mainstay Rock Bar
***Mainstay Rock Bar is 21+, so keep this one in mind for a date night or carryout! Their burger menu looks tantalizing!
301 W 5th St, Cincinnati ~ 513-721-7625
Old Town Cafe
9 West Pike Street ~ 859-291-0664
2434 Quatman Ave, Norwood ~ 513-731-4370
My family just ate at Red Robin for the first time this week, and we had some delicious gourmet burgers! I loved the Whiskey River BBQ Burger. Red Robin offers bottomless soft drinks and french fries as well! See their website for the location closest to you!
Sammy’s Gourmet Burgers
4767 Creek Rd, Blue Ash ~ 513-745-9484
With several locations around town, you can find the closest Smashburger to your neck of the woods on their website. Smashburger is Kristin’s favorite place to find a burger, you can read more about them in this post she wrote for Family Friendly Cincinnati. One reader mentioned that she likes their veggie burger!
Tavern on the Bend
5471 N Bend Rd, Cincinnati ~ 513-481-7777
Terry’s Turf Club
4618 Eastern Ave, Cincinnati ~ 513-533-4222
Troy’s Cafe & Catering
4877 Smith Rd, West Chester~ 513-860-3206
6040 Colerain Ave, Cincinnati ~ 513-923-9800
**I’m adding Walt’s Trifecta Burger in this list, because even though it’s not a traditional burger, it is an amazing burger experience. It’s made with ground filet, strip steak and layered with smoked brisket. It’s a meat-lover’s dream come true!
3300 Madison Pike, Fort Wright ~ 859-360-2222
At Wunderbar the burgers come on homemade pretzel buns! Or you can substitute homemade rye. Pair it with a side of their AMAZING brussel sprouts and you have the perfect dinner.
1132 Lee Street ~ 859-815-8027
1036 Delta Ave, Cincinnati ~ 513-871-9876
Family Friendly Cincinnati post about Zip’s **This is one of my favorite places to grab a burger!
Zola’s Pub & Grill
**PLEASE NOTE, Zola is 18 & up, so if you have the family with you consider this a carry out option. The editors felt strongly about adding Zola in the list because we love their burger so much! On Wednesdays you can get a burger + side for $6. Popular burgers at Zola are the Black and Bleu, Spicy Jack and the Mo Town burger. Shannan loves their Soul Burger, which is no longer on the menu, but they still make it for her anyway.
6262 Main Street, Covington ~ 859-261-7510