Columbus Burger Joints You Need to Check Out

You ever just crave a delicious burger? Yeah? Me too. While in Columbus for a few weeks, I made a point to try as many burger spots as possible. Following other lists I’ve seen, local recommendations, and reviews, I started on my journey.

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To start, I sat down and thought about how I would rank the best burgers in Columbus. There’s the bread, condiments, various toppings, and overall taste, the list goes on and on. I decided to base my results on mostly taste and overall restaurant experience.

Whether you like a simple burger or something a little more extravagant, there’s a place for you on this list. You’ll find a wide range of settings from casual spots to more refined ones, so you’ll know where to go for every occasion. Keep reading to learn a bit about each location!

The Thurman Cafe

183 Thurman Ave, Columbus, OH 43206
Phone: (614) 443-1570
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The Thurman Cafe
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With over 4,600 reviews on Google, it’s evident that The Thurman Cafe is one of the most popular spots in Columbus to get a burger. This local restaurant serves American cuisine with a focus on complex, over-the-top burgers.

There’s so much to try at The Thurman Cafe, so you may have to come back a few times. We recommend the Macedonian burgers, the big TC, or the Johnny burger. Be sure to explore the appetizer options, too!


463 N High St, Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: (614) 706-4790
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Source: Bareburger

If you like to keep the environment in mind, we suggest heading to Bareburger. This local restaurant serves organic burgers alongside beer and wine. With an eco-friendly focus at the forefront, you can feel good about eating at this spot.

Bareburger’s menu offers a wide variety of burgers, including several vegetarian options. Be sure to try the blazin’ bacon, wrangler, original, or sweet dreams. Don’t forget to grab a milkshake on your way out!

Flip Side Easton

3945 Easton Station, Columbus, OH 43219
Phone: (614) 472-3547
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Flip Side Easton
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With hundreds of reviews praising the food, Flip Side Easton is obviously a burger spot in Columbus you have to try. Serving the best burgers, sandwiches, salads, and more, there’s something for everyone at this restaurant.

The menu at Flip Side Easton is filled with every burger topping you can imagine, as well as drinks and milkshakes. Try out the chili pepper burger, meat master burger, Impossible burger, or the Uncle Jimmy. Make sure to sip on a milkshake – some even come spiked!

Ted’s Montana Grill

191 W Nationwide Blvd, Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: (614) 227-0013
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Ted's Montana Grill
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Though this spot is a steakhouse chain, Ted’s Montana Grill offers some of the most delicious burgers in Columbus. This restaurant serves burgers, steaks, and more. With an old Western-style interior, you’re bound to have some fun here.

Ted’s Montana Grill serves a wide variety of burgers, including gluten-free options and a veggie burger. We recommend the knife-and-fork chili cheese, delicious duo, avalon, or red rock. Be sure to take a look at the dessert menu, as well!

Preston’s: A Burger Joint

59 Spruce St, Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: (614) 400-1675
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Preston's A Burger Joint
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Though lesser known than some of the other spots on the list, Preston’s: A Burger Joint is a fantastic option for fixing your burger craving. This Columbus restaurant serves burgers, chicken, and more.

The menu at Preston’s: A Burger Joint is pretty short, but offers top-notch dishes, including some gluten-free options. Be sure to try the pastrami bacon burger, spicy boi, classic, or crispy lion’s mane mushroom sandwich. Don’t forget to complete your meal with some banana or chocolate pudding!

Pat and Gracie’s

138 Graceland Blvd, Columbus, OH 43214
Phone: (614) 987-5147
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Pat and Gracie's
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Located in a tavern-like setting, Pat and Gracie’s is a highly-rated burger spot right near Kenney Park. This local restaurant serves some of the top burgers in Columbus, in addition to sandwiches, salads, craft beers and cocktails. With a chic, chandelier-lit space, this spot works for any event.

While there are plenty of great options on the menu at Pat and Gracie’s, the burgers are the star of the show here. Try out the pimento cheese melt, bacon cheeseburger, chimi burger, or build your own. Make sure to grab a beer or two to complete your meal!


121 S High St, Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: (614) 502-0030
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Source: BurgerIM

Looking for a spot with a little more variety? Take a look at BurgerIM. This countrywide chain serves tasty burgers throughout the states. With plenty of reviews about the food, service, and atmosphere, it’s clear this spot has done well for itself.

Choose between regular size burgers and duos and trios of 3 oz. burgers at BurgerIM. We recommend the cowboy, Greek lamb, falafel, or Hawaiian salmon. Be sure to finish it all with a milkshake!

Chop Shop

2159 N High St, Columbus, OH 43201
Phone: (614) 725-3600

Chop Shop
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Located right off the OSU campus, Chop Shop is the go-to burger stop of many in Columbus. This local restaurant serves all of the basics – burgers, fries, and shakes. People love the food and service at this location.

There’s countless delectable things to try at Chop Shop, but there are definitely a few fan favorites. Be sure to try the buffalo bleu burger, chicken sandwich, or swiss and mushroom burger. Don’t forget the onion rings and a milkshake!

Bru Burger Bar

691 N Cleveland Ave, Westerville, OH 43082
Phone: (614) 918-8680
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Bru Burger Bar
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Rounding out our list of burger stops in Columbus is Bru Burger Bar. Serving salads, sandwiches, and creative burgers, there’s something for everyone here. And with over 1,200 positive reviews, it’s clear this spot is quite popular.

You’ll find a vast array of burger options on Bru Burger Bar’s menu. Try out the provencal, stilton bleu cheese, the end, turkey burger, or Bru burger. Make sure to grab some dessert like a milkshake or cheesecake, too!

I don’t know about you, but I’m definitely craving a burger now. After reading this list, I’m sure it’s pretty clear that the city has plenty of amazing burger options, so you should have no trouble finding one you like with my list of the best burgers in Columbus.

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Which spot will you try first? Let us know! Did we leave a restaurant out of this list? Make sure you drop us a line and we’ll check it out!

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Written by Erin Elizabeth

Erin is an editor and food writer who loves traveling and trying new foods and fun cocktails. Erin has been writing and editing professionally for 5 years since graduating from Temple University, and has been on the Restaurant Clicks team for 3 years. She has a long background working in the restaurant industry, and is an avid home chef and baker. Her favorite restaurants are those with spicy food and outdoor seating so that she can bring along her dog, Miss Piggy.